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Old November 18th, 2006, 07:46 AM   #1
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A little info on shock mounts please.

are there different basic types/designs? do they all use "rubber bands" to isolate the mic?

is there one brand/type that's regarded as "the best"?

I'm looking to mount a shotgun on-camera.

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Old November 19th, 2006, 08:36 AM   #2
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Yes, you have the basic idea, as illustrated in this $30 consumer grade unit:
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/cont...ughType=search
Notice that it's designed to mount in the cam's accessory shoe. But a hefty mic tends to flop around in rubber bands.

So if you have a good mic, plan on paying more like $60 and get K-tek suspenders rather than simple rubber bands. This is a popular pro model, and is what I have:
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/cont...ughType=search

You'll need a camera shoe adapter for the one above:
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/cont...ughType=search

As you can see, B&H's online catalog is like an encyclopedia of product info. Also, they have good sales people so you can call and make sure your mic with fit the shock mount.
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Old November 19th, 2006, 08:55 AM   #3
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Thanks for the reply.

Can you tell me what the difference is between the $30 consumer grade unit and the more expensive model? does the higher priced one isolate the mic better? or is it just more durable?

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Old November 19th, 2006, 09:08 AM   #4
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The Audio Technica kit that I pointed to comes with the standard rubber bands but adds a package of K-Tek suspenders.

The mount structure itself is better because of metal construction and adjustable height. Sound isolation is probably about the same with either type of suspender, but a mic will droop and flop around in rubberbands, and is subject to slipping out. K-Teks hold the mic securely and keep it pointing level and straight.
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