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Old October 2nd, 2003, 06:32 AM   #1
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Recommend Shockmount Please

Hi All,

For my school, I'm purchasing a MKH 416 with a Rycote Softie as well as a SGM-2X also with a Softie. Each of the mics will be mounted on Gitzo poles, although I know the SGM-2x is many people's choice too for camera mounted mics.

Anyway, I was going to get the Rycote Softie that came together with a mount and boom adaptor or pistol grip (choice of either).

But I stumbled upon one of the posts here where Ken Tanaka recommends getting the Softies alone. Ken sugested a cheaper alternative mount, which was the MZS-CAM.

So i'm wondering, can anyone give some other recomendations on what shockmount to use with the 416 and the SGM respectively? The shockmounts should be comaptible with the Rycote Softies of course.

My choices so far are to get the MZS-CAM for the 416 and AT8415 for the SGM-2X.

Do thses work well together?

Thanks in advance!
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Old October 2nd, 2003, 06:03 PM   #2
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While the MZS-CAM is good for on camera use, I would not recommend it for boom pole use since it does not allow you to adjust the angle. (The Azden SGM-2X is supplied with a shock mount but it has the same problem as the MZS-CAM from sennheiser)

Instead I would use the AT8415 which is industry standard for boom pole use.*&shs=at8415

BTW: Gitzo offers a new low cost Carbon Fiber boom which is worth a shot.
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Old October 3rd, 2003, 03:01 PM   #3
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I'd definitely go with the AT8415 for the Azden.
And I'll throw in my usual comment about the AT8415. You must criss-cross the horizontal bands to build up enough support for most mics.
This is especially true of heavier mics like the 416, which some people are only comfortable putting in a more substantial and expensive mount like the Rycote.
For the moment, you could get one AT8415 for the Azden and try it with the 416 as well. If you aren't satisfied, get the mount from Rycote specifically for the 416. Even if you get two 8415's and then later got the Rycote, you can always find a use for the AT. They're great for all kinds of situations.
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Old October 3rd, 2003, 04:08 PM   #4
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I would also suggest the AT8415 with the K-Tek K-SUS suspenders which is far superior in every way then the Band that are supplied with the AT8415.

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Old October 3rd, 2003, 05:42 PM   #5
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Note on MZS Cam

I've posted in here about the MZS Cam before, saying it works well but the plastic mount is a real liability. I even predicted mine would crack. Sure enough. It did. I would avoid this thing.
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Old October 7th, 2003, 03:49 PM   #6
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What about the MZS20-1 Combo Mount/Grip/Stand for Me66? Anyone using it?
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