March 2nd, 2008, 01:46 PM
I noticed one at Steve's Music here in Toronto and it seemed very sturdy/heavy/etc. And it was around $100.
It reminded me of stands people are picking up from stores like Guitar Center. Since that's really the only purpose I want to fill, I'd rather not pay for a light stand/boom buddy combo....or a Manfrotto package that's around $170.
I really only plan to use it for booming a lightweight MKH-8050 (but possibly a heavier Rode NT3 every now and again).
Anyone have any suggestions?
These are ones I'm considering. I'm sure a sandbag would be good to use on them as well.
March 2nd, 2008, 06:51 PM
I carry two of the Quick Loc A-372MC in my audio kit.
I paid around $20 each for them.
If you are doing a talking head shot they work great.
March 2nd, 2008, 06:53 PM
When there's no movement involved and the talent is seated, I regularly use studio/stage mic stands to get the mic in the right place - along with a suitable shock mount. Some limitations are: boom length is somewhat short (might be difficult to get the stand out of shot when shooting 16:9), and height also - hence comment about seated talent.
March 2nd, 2008, 07:46 PM
about a little trick to move a mic stand further from the talent, but still use it to get (maybe) better audio, or at least the mic closer to the mouth of the talent, or in a better position.
I recently did a job shooting a talking head using a shotgun on a mic stand w/articulated boom (not a Quicklock), but wasn't happy with initial audio. To try something different, I attached a flexible gooseneck to the boom, and the mic to that. Got me close enough that the mic stand wasn't "crowding" the talent, and allowed some extra movement of the shotgun that the boom alone wouldn't provide.
The extra weight of the gooseneck will require locking the boom pretty tightly, but I was happier with the audio, and, more importantly, after seeing/hearing the tapes, my first-time client was, too.
I brought the gooseneck along "just in case", but will now make it part of my travel kit. I guess I could pick up another 12-14" on something like a stage production where the stand is on the floor lower than the stage, and the mic would pick up better by being just a little closer. It might look unconventional, with the chrome gooseneck on the end of a black boom, but for better pickup, I'll do it. Now I have to buy more to accommodate all the mics I might use on a stand.
Does anyone know where I can buy black goosenecks? (Chrome reflects too much light).
Consider trying it when you need to get that mic just a few inches closer.
March 3rd, 2008, 07:01 PM
Do you mean like these?
March 3rd, 2008, 07:09 PM
I had never looked for a black one before , but this is exactly what I mean: