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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)
Standing it on a table with the feet works, though it would seem that the reflection from the surface would be a problem - a boundary PZM or such might work well though. I haven't tried it personally.
Tempted as I was to rate this poorly because of the mic stand claim, I'm giving it a 10 because of the build quality and because it really does work PERFECTLY on a speaker stand. Use it that way and you'll agree.
PROS: Effective, well built I got it on sale for fifty bucks which makes it even better!
CONS: Weighs a ton
PROS: Good isolation
Side panels are adjustable
Folds for easier storage
CONS: Pretty heavy
Might overwhelm a light duty mic stand
The unit also looks nice, which is important when using promotional photos or when the press comes to visit.
Great price, fast shipping!
PROS: Well crafted quality finish. And, it does work as a shield, of course!
CONS: I'd like a step-by-step assembly sheet.
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: Very heavy duty, solid construction, and includes feet for desktop use. It also uses two attachment clamps that attach to a vertical tube of a stand, instead of just attaching to the threaded top of a mic stand. The price is also unbeatable.
CONS: It's so heavy, I had to buy a better stand!
I've seen more of these pop up from other manufacturers lately, but they're not as well made, cost more, and are usually smaller in size. The Monoprice version is the best option by far.
PROS: Price, Build Quality
PROS: REALLY SOLID CONSTRUCTION.
CONS: Heavy. Broke the boom arm off of a stainless steel mic stand, so those cheap ones from the music stores may bite the dust if you try to use one of them. Pads on this thing kept coming off. Basically bought some Gorilla Glue and glued them back on. It is VERY heavy, so it kept sliding down. It also kept pushing the STAND down. Still, imho, you WANT heavy construction, as it will no doubt last much longer.
PROS: Isolates noise
Wrap around design
Doesn't cause echo
CONS: Very heavy
Awkward to mount
PROS: Does a good job of blocking out ambient sounds. I have a loud heater that kicks in randomly, and using the shield has made my recordings sound fine even when it's making noise.
CONS: Heavy. It's too heavy for most of my light stands and threatens to topple them over. I had to resort to a sandbag on my mic stand base.