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Microphone Isolation Shield
Ambient and reflected sound can be a problem when recording acoustic and vocal tracks, especially in a "live" studio environment. Block unwanted sounds from entering your microphone by using this Microphone Isolation Shield from Monoprice!
This acoustic shield features an acoustic foam front and a vented metal back plate, which allows the microphone to "breathe" and prevents reflections within the arc of the shield. It uses a dual clamp mounting bracket, which attaches to booms or stands up to 1 1/4" in diameter. The two outer panels can be folded inward for storage or for creating a tighter acoustic isolation chamber.
The shield features a standard 3/8" microphone threaded mount and includes a 3/8" to 5/8" thread adapter. The shield can be used in a normal upright orientation or can be inverted, so that the microphone hangs down inside the chamber. All assembly and mounting hardware is included.
When folded for storage the shield measures about 17.3" x 15.4" x 5.5". When extended for use it measures about 23.5" x 15.4" x 11.0".
- User's Manual (Nov 8, 2013)
PROS: No cheap materials used
covers a lot of space for isolation
looks clean and sharp
does its job well
even comes with the tools if you don't have them
CONS: Some people may say it's a bit too heavy, non issue for me.
PROS: Good isolation
Side panels are adjustable
Folds for easier storage
CONS: Pretty heavy
Might overwhelm a light duty mic stand
PROS: All metal, solid construction, easy to assemble
CONS: Threaded hole on one of the legs was stripped, won't tighten securely.
PROS: Very well made and nice looking
CONS: None, really, except that the product description copy needs to be edited.
PROS: Great for the price, it's better then buying $200-300 ones
CONS: Not enough instruction but was able to figure it out.
Unfortunately, the shield is very heavy, as noted in other reviews. On its own that's not a huge problem, but when you put it on a stand, you'll notice that because the bracket attaches to the back of the shield, the whole thing wants to tip forward. If you use the extender arm for your microphone, the problem gets worse - everything's unbalanced in the same direction. So I decided to modify mine - I removed the bracket, used a razor blade to cut out a little bit of the foam in the middle of the shield (exactly opposite where the bracket attaches in the back), and re-attached the bracket inside the shield. Now, when I attach it to the stand, it balances much better. I've decided to forego the use of the microphone arm and just use the shield on its own dedicated mic stand (the microphone is on a separate stand). Much easier to move around, place where you want it, etc. I use a straight (no boom) tripod mic stand for the shield and a boom stand for the mic. Hope this helps you!
PROS: Really works. Cleans up the sound.
CONS: Heavy & unbalanced.
PROS: This is definitely effective. I used it for the first time a few days ago recording a sax. It really minimized room reflections. It's a good value and well built.
CONS: It's heavy, which is not really a con. Be sure to mount it on a very sturdy stand.
PROS: Quality construction
CONS: Extension arm bends a bit from heavy mic
PROS: Solidly constructed, minimal assembly required.
CONS: Overall weight can tip over even a sturdy mic stand, so be adaptable (or have dumbells at the ready for counterweight).