Studio recording microphones are incredibly sensitive so they can pick up any sound. This means that they need to be mounted on a shockproof mic stand that will prevent any accidental sounds being recorded due to movement in the recording studio. Essentially, a shock mount suspends the microphone securely but flexibly on a mic stand using an elastic support. Making your own shock mount is as simple as creating a frame on which to stretch some rubber bands or hair ties.
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Things you need
- 4-inch diameter PVC pipe coupling
- Rubber bands or elastic hair ties
- Clip-style mic stand
- Bolts and nuts
- 1/4-inch drill bit
Cut the pipe coupling just inside each open end down to within 2 inches of the bottom then cut across to remove that piece. You should end up with the circles at either end connected by a strip of material at the bottom.
Notch out four places on each circle spaced evenly around the circumference. These notches will be used to hold the rubber bands or hair ties so make them deep enough that the elastic won't slip off. The notches will have two cuts on either side of a raised area where the elastic will sit.
Drill holes in the bottom of the pipe. Cut off the clip portion of the mic stand so that you have a flat platform. Drill holes through the platform. Insert a bolt through both the pipe and the mic stand to secure them together.
Stretch the elastic across each end of the pipe in a criss-cross pattern so that there is a square in the middle. Slide the microphone through the square. It should rest securely without sagging. Use different-sized rubber bands or hair ties if necessary.
Tips and warnings
- Select black PVC pipe and black hair ties for this project if you want to keep a professional appearance that will look similar to a shock mount bought in a store.
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