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The spider mic mount is typical of the mounts for most of the inexpensive condenser mics on the market today. Not super high quality bands or band anchors, but the unit does OK on Behringer, MXL and other similar type mics. We use this in our radio production studio with a Behringer B2, and it works fine. For the price, we can afford to replace it every 5 to 10 years when the bands stretch out or start coming loose. It helps if the talent wouldn't tug on the mic. I try re-iterating that, but people think it's so cool to tug on a mic boom by yanking on the mic for some reason. Guess it looks impressive, even though it hurts the shock mounts. Good thing these are not a lot of money. As for the windscreen, I have had no-one here complain of P-popping the mic because of the shallowness of the screen next to the body of the mic. I have personally not experienced it when recording the news, the stock report, or weather. So, for those users who are complaining about it being too close and still picking up "plosives" my guess is the mic is getting the air pressure from some other area of the mic not covered by the screen. So far, it's been working fine for us. On our mic, there's about a 3/8" distance between the screen and the mic, which is way farther than the foam ball cover ever was. The Behringer is a cheapo condenser, but still sounds great after 15 years. I did find that more high frequencies and sibilance gets to the mic through this screen than they ever did with the factory foam cover from Behringer. So I had to set the mic processor to filter the DS a little more aggressively and turn down the high's EQ knob just a pinch to balance it out. Otherwise, the pop filter is working fine. Glad the manufacturer included extra bands to keep it strapped to the mic. I'm sure they will dry rot in just a few years, you could probably use O rings or black rubber bands to do the same job. But you do get a spare set with your purchase. The boss loves that it gives the mic a more contemporary look than the old foam style. It "upscales" the mic in beauty, so that is a nice touch. Granted, this wouldn't be something you'd use in a top-grade recording studio, but for the money, you will be fine if applied to the right recording application. In radio, I find it perfectly acceptable and doesn't cause any problems with our condenser mic.
This was purchased to use with a MXL-V67G microphone. The shock mount seems well built for the price and it came with a couple extra of the stretchy bands that hold and isolate the actual mic clamp. I really didn't need the pop filter that came with it. It's a good thing, too, because it seemed to drastically attenuate the signal. I'm using a foam cover on the mic instead. For me it wasn't a big deal as I already had both the foam sock and a filter that clamped on to the mic stand.
I bought this unit is in affordable alternative to the rather expensive shock mount for the Rode NT1. For $14 I set my expectations low so here’s the lowdown:
1. The unit seems OK in regards to construction but there are no teeth in the tightening mechanism so expect that eventually it will get stripped out as most older design shock mounts invariably do.
2. You have to squeeze extremely hard to get the mechanism open enough to except a microphone of the diameter of the Rode. Since this is a universal shock mount if you have a thinner microphone it will be easier. I would not recommend this for anybody without good hand strength and definitely not for anybody with arthritis or any other condition that makes it difficult to squeeze things with a large amount of pressure.
3. As I mentioned in the title of this posting, the pop shield is fairly useless. Not only is it tricky to get on the microphone but mine came covered with a little bit of sticky glue all over the mesh of the pop filter. I understand that the pop filter is more of a bonus when buying this shockmount but I would’ve almost liked to not receive it at all then to be so disappointed with how poorly it’s designed and made. The whole thing is made of plastic and the pop filter area is something that resembles mosquito netting. They did include two extra rubber rings to mount it with so At least that was a nice addition for when the ones already on the pop filter break.
4. UPSTORE was very responsive and kind enough to replace the unit with another unit they offer http://a.co/5OPhEBR but that one did not fit my Rode NT1. If the UPSTORE people are reading this please update your listing because the new unit you sent me doesn't fit the The Rode NT1. This mic has a very unique and small thread, somewhere in the range of 18-19mm so none of the 21mm shockmounts will work with it. So...that leaves you with this as the ONLY low cost option unless you want to shell out $55-$75 for the Rode sanctioned units.
Trying to fit this on a standard mic (Audio-Technika AT2020 XLR) was a little worrisome. The capsule is your basic mic size. However, fitting this around the capsule made me cringe a bit because it required the metal sleeve to bend quite a bit to snap it. It works though.
Make sure you measure the diameter of your mic and read the specs for this.
This package is functional and straight forward. Especially for the money. You could spend 3x as much for a universal shock mount and it would not be much better. Well enough for light to medium duty. It may not last long in a more professional setting. Over all, the ones that are packaged with the microphones will always be superior.
The pop filter is not really a pop filter. However it does add a level of protection for the diaphragm.
You get what you pay for. For $15, the materials are no better nor worse than you'd expect. It feels mostly plastic, and the pieces that are metal feel kind of cheap, but it's sturdy enough and the suspension does prevent a lot more shake noise to the mic than I would previously get with my $12.50 boom arm and Blue Yeti (I now own an AT2020, using the same boom arm). The suspension of the mic only prevents sound from desk shaking, when I move the arm you can hear it pretty clearly, but also slightly less than before. Overall, worth the money.
The pop filter works a charm, and is much lighter than the adjustable goose-neck style units.
The shock mount is a little too small to properly isolate the mic, and the levers you use to release clamping pressure on the mic interfere with the suspension system, translating noise into the mic unnecessarily.
For the price, I love it, but I could have saved money and gotten a pop filter by itself, and then picked up a better shock mount.
Did not fit the MXL770 but I was able to use the parts to fix my old one as the fly bolt on mine broke. Unscrewed the whole assembly from this one and it mounted right up to the old one. In doing so you can see that the ring it's attached to is not solid and has a gap. Relying on that mount to hold your shock ring is no bueno.
I really dig this combo. My mic didn’t have a lot of plosive issues before unless I was quite close to it but now I’ve got next to no issues even right up on it. Overall, I love this combo but, the only thing I would want is a slightly small diameter for the mic. My mic is just a smidge too small to fit in the mount naturally but with the added width of the pop filter, it sits in quite nicely. Basically, it was my bad and if I had a slightly bigger mic it’d be 5 stars.