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Robert Bobson November 18th, 2006 07:46 AM

shock mounts
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.


David Ennis November 19th, 2006 08:36 AM

Yes, you have the basic idea, as illustrated in this $30 consumer grade unit:
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:

You'll need a camera shoe adapter for the one above:

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.

Robert Bobson November 19th, 2006 08:55 AM

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?


David Ennis November 19th, 2006 09:08 AM

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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