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Old June 16th, 2005, 09:20 PM   #1
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camcorder clamp for microphone instead of hotshoe ?

Hi,

I have a nice stereo microphone mounted on a studdy stand 3" that fits
into the hot shoe of my camcorder. After a year of use, the hotshoe itself is kinda wiggly, so there is some rumblinh nois generated by the microphone.
I have the "rumble" filter set on the microphone, and I've tightened the
brass threads on the hot shoe mount as tight as possible. Still, no go.
Has anyone ever heard of a good clamp for a microphone, one that may either
wraps around the camcorder ?

These Lightwave products look interesting , but B&H doesn't seem to stock them.

http://www.proaudiosystems.co.uk/aca...amcorders.html

http://www.reddingaudio.com/lightwav...PriceListW.pdf

Thanks for any advice,

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Old June 16th, 2005, 10:14 PM   #2
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I bought the lightwave camera mount about a month ago and although it has not gone through any real filming (yet) in my personal tests I have found it to be a wonderful mount for my senn. me66/k6 combo. In fact I just bought the boom pole attachment (the whole shock mount is in a modular design) for when I go back to school in august.

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Old June 17th, 2005, 02:05 AM   #3
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Brian, do you have this one ?

Lightwave MM-USC Mini Mount - Universal Microphone Mount with Shoe Carriage for Camcorders with Hot Shoe Attachment

Hey, B&H photo sells this. The Lightwave web site shows some specific
mounts for the PD150/170, but much to my disappointment, the VX2000
does not have a custom accessory. Also, most of the product links are broken. Darn it. I guess I'll just have to order it and try it out.

http://lightwavesystems.com/
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Old June 17th, 2005, 01:22 PM   #4
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you might try an "L Flash bracket" if you don't want to spend a lot of money. I just got one to use with my rode videomic, it actually makes for a reasonable and cheap stabilizer for handheld work too.. the one below is only $14 Mark

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/cont...u=70990&is=REG
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Old June 18th, 2005, 06:56 AM   #5
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Thanks for the info about the Minimount guys - I've just ordered one for the FX1 from Pro Audio here in the UK. The little extension arm will take it out nicely to avoid the LCD screen.

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Old June 22nd, 2005, 05:11 AM   #6
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This minimount is awesome !!!! I just tried it out tonight on my Sony VX2000.
Originally, I had trouble with a wiggly hot shoe that had loosened due to usage. The minmount is a wiggly support that doesn't inspire much confidence in my initial impression. But WOW, it eliminated all of
my noise problems with the previous rigid microphone mount on the wiggly hot shoe. Plus, this minimount eliminated the noise from body handling and monopod squeal. The monopod has a rubber base that would "rub" when rotated on a hard floor or mat. Before, I duct taped the monopod base or added a sock, which helped a tad.

I think I'll also buy the L-bracket mark suggested to move the microphone to
the side. That way, my face is not obscured.

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Old June 27th, 2005, 05:34 AM   #7
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After a longer event (two hours), I found that the MiniMount sled screws loosened. The mic was shaking around quite a bit, secured to the loose sled. I'll have to check the video to listen if any rattle was picked up. Unfortunately, I could not interrupt the event to get to my tool box. So, you have to screw every part of this thing tight before using it.
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Old August 10th, 2005, 08:23 PM   #8
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After even more experience, I found that the hot shoe connector to this microphone mount broke. It's just a piece of plastic, and I'd prefer that this broke instead of my hot shoe mount. I expect more from something that costs $160. At the very least, the manufacturer should have
included a dozen replacement pieces, as I'm sure they're fielding calls on a one cent part. I'll make my own replacement parts, but if this had happened
on the way to a gig, I'd be irate.
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