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Foldable, stand-mounted acoustic microphone shield.

The CAD VocalShield VS1 was designed to help you achieve a pure vocal recordings in any room, professional or at home. VocalShield VS1 is constructed from a high-quality, 16-gauge micro cell acoustic foam, resulting in a dry recording environment, reducing reflections, echos and attenuating unwanted environmental acoustic interference. The VocalShield's Innovative folding design allows for maximum portability and is supplied with mounting hardware that adapts to most microphones for easy, flexible placement. The VocalShield VS1 is an essential tool for enhanced performance and a vital accessory for the professional musician. *Mic stand sold separately

FEATURES
  • High-quality micro cell acoustic foam
  • Innovative folding design
  • Reduces reflections, echos
  • Attenuates unwanted acoustic interference

A must have for vocalists or voiceover artists. Order yours today!

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CADVocalShield VS1 Foldable Stand-Mounted Acoustic Shield
 
4.4

(based on 73 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (38)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (29)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

No Pros

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home studio (6)
  • Home recording (4)
  • Recording (3)
  • Vocal recording (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (68), Yes (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Use it correctly and you'll love it.

Mics reject off-axis sounds already, so this is pictured wrong. In fact, if you sing into it like this, you'll get a midrange honk from the mic being at the focal point of...Read complete review

Mics reject off-axis sounds already, so this is pictured wrong. In fact, if you sing into it like this, you'll get a midrange honk from the mic being at the focal point of a semicircle. Put it on a boom stand and mount it OVER the mic to kill ceiling reflections, by far the worst offenders of a home studio. Stand on carpet with the singer's back to the drapes, and you'll kill most reflections coming into the front of the mic. The back side of the mic doesn't need as much help.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Be careful during assembly

BE ADVISED: THIS DOES NOT COME WITH INSTRUCTIONS, NOR IS IT ON THE MANUFACTURER'S WEBSITE. This makes the assembly of the little mic-holding bit on the bottom difficult. The small bar with a...Read complete review

BE ADVISED: THIS DOES NOT COME WITH INSTRUCTIONS, NOR IS IT ON THE MANUFACTURER'S WEBSITE. This makes the assembly of the little mic-holding bit on the bottom difficult. The small bar with a mic-holding screw on the end DOES NOT go into the bottom of the shield. I did this, and now I cannot remove it, even with pliers. The circular part is where you put it over the actual mic stand's screw, and then attach the shield over that, holding it in place.

Thankfully, the assembly is similar to CAD Audio's AS-22, so look up pictures like the one linked below are helpful for figuring out how to put the thing together.

http://blog.mixonline.com/briefingroom/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/AS22-inside.jpg

I'll edit this review once I hopefully manage to correctly assemble it so that I may review its acoustic abilities; from what little I've tested so far, it works very well and is sturdily built, which redeems the item a bit. This technical hiccup just needs straightening out.

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(19 of 21 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Use it correctly and you'll love it.

By Doctordawg

from Los Angeles

Pros

  • Kills reflections dead

Cons

  • Always deployed incorrectly

Best Uses

  • Recording vocals at home.

Comments about CAD VocalShield VS1 Foldable Stand-Mounted Acoustic Shield:

Mics reject off-axis sounds already, so this is pictured wrong. In fact, if you sing into it like this, you'll get a midrange honk from the mic being at the focal point of a semicircle. Put it on a boom stand and mount it OVER the mic to kill ceiling reflections, by far the worst offenders of a home studio. Stand on carpet with the singer's back to the drapes, and you'll kill most reflections coming into the front of the mic. The back side of the mic doesn't need as much help.

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(12 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Nice piece of Kit

By Uncle Tom

from Tennessee

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Pros

  • Can't Edit Tags
  • Look Wierd
  • Nice Piece Of Kit
  • This Makes It
  • Works very well
  • Works Very Wellbut

Cons

  • No instructions
  • No Mic Stand Lock Nut

Best Uses

  • Helps Outdoors Too
  • Home Studio

Comments about CAD VocalShield VS1 Foldable Stand-Mounted Acoustic Shield:

Very effective at reducing room noise and reflections for a very low cost. As others have said, be careful how you assemble it.

If your stand doesn't have one, you need a 5/8"-27 locking nut/collar, screwed down on the stand threads. If you don't have one you will have to buy it, they do not include this 10 cent item. They can be hard to find & will cost you more than a Dime.

The shield attaches to top of mic stand after slipping mic extension bar (large hole) over stand threads on top of the lock nut.

Unlike some makes & models that use the bar to support the shield, this is opposite, bar with adjustable riser supports the mic, stand supports the shield. This holds the shield very solid but a real heavy mic near front end of bar, may not be super rigid.

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(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Does The Job As Intended

By Jimmy J

from Way up North

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Pros

  • Cheap Acoustic Solution
  • Rugged Construction

Cons

  • Minimal instructions

Best Uses

  • Home Recording

Comments about CAD VocalShield VS1 Foldable Stand-Mounted Acoustic Shield:

I bought this as the "Stupid Deal of the Day" at a greatly reduced price. I have a new studio, with bare walls and floor. The echo and boom are pretty bad, and I was researching what type of acoustic material to buy. Then I saw this item and decided to give it a try. It seems to be well made and threads onto the mic stand easily enough, just be careful not to cross-thread it. I put it on the same mic stand as my Shure SM-58, but it was like wrapping a wool blanket over everything. I wanted some small amount of acoustic large hall sound, but not the boomy effect.

I put the vocal shield on a second mic stand, and placed it about 4 1/2 feet behind the mic. After some experimentation, I found the ideal distance and height from the mic. I use a ribbon mic to amplify my acoustic guitar, and with the proper positioning, the vocal shield also removed the hollow boom echo sound from the guitar.

I think that I am going to like this vocal shield. Probably most people will set it up as intended, but don't be afraid to play around with its placement if you aren't getting the results that you want.

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(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

VERY WELL BUILT - lacks balance

By Recording Man

from South America

Pros

  • Easy to assemble
  • Improves Performance
  • Nicely packed
  • Superb Construction
  • Uncomplicated Device
  • Well priced
  • Works as intended

Cons

  • Balance issues
  • Lacks Assembly Nstrutions
  • Slightly Hard To Install

Best Uses

  • Home Studio
  • Mic Focus
  • Recording
  • Recording Vocals

Comments about CAD VocalShield VS1 Foldable Stand-Mounted Acoustic Shield:

To be honest, I purchased this item because it was on sale and was the least expensive vocal isolator available on MF. I was surprised to notice that the built quality surpasses its price. This is no cheap isolator. It is a VERY WELL BULT product.

It does not come with a lot of separate pieces to assemble and it is quite simple to imagine what goes where. But if you are not familiar with this type of product, I suggest you search some guidance on internet or ask instructions from the manufacturer (INSTRUCTIONS NOT INCLUDED ON THE PACKAGE), or better yet, give them a call. If you don't know what you're doing, you could end up damaging the shield.

Now, the bad thing is that it is a heavy item for an average mic stand. I recommend using a strong, sturdy stand. The stand I own is a cheap one and it will hold a microphone on its shock mount like a champ. But when I add the VS1, the whole thing becomes unstable. Don't get me wrong, the stand still holds everything together (VS1 shield, shock mount, mic), but if you as much as "caress" the stand, it will fall down with everything it holds.

Hope this has helped.

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(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Sturdy assembly and works well

By Jessica Tee

from Tx

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Pros

  • foldable, lightweight, fast assembly

Cons

  • none

Best Uses

    Comments about CAD VocalShield VS1 Foldable Stand-Mounted Acoustic Shield:

    I got this on a stupid deal of the day and I'm happy with the overall product. I needed something on a budget. Some earlier reviews say that the shield doesn't come with instructions or the proper screws to fit American mic stands. As of August 2016, the shield came with both printed instructions and all mounting washers and screws needed to fit American stands. I am using the following stand and mic:

    On Stage Stand MS7701B Tripod Boom Microphone Stand
    MXL V67G mic
    Generic shockmount

    With the shield placed on the mic stand and my large condenser mic on its shock mount, nothing is tipping over. I do not need any counterbalances on the tripod legs to hold everything up. I highly recommend this shield. I'm still learning about recording so I can't say if I hear much difference with or without the shield. I just wanted to comment mostly on the shield's physical properties and how well it works with stands.

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    (7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Be careful during assembly

    By Snoopy20111

    from Belton, TX

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    Comments about CAD VocalShield VS1 Foldable Stand-Mounted Acoustic Shield:

    BE ADVISED: THIS DOES NOT COME WITH INSTRUCTIONS, NOR IS IT ON THE MANUFACTURER'S WEBSITE. This makes the assembly of the little mic-holding bit on the bottom difficult. The small bar with a mic-holding screw on the end DOES NOT go into the bottom of the shield. I did this, and now I cannot remove it, even with pliers. The circular part is where you put it over the actual mic stand's screw, and then attach the shield over that, holding it in place.

    Thankfully, the assembly is similar to CAD Audio's AS-22, so look up pictures like the one linked below are helpful for figuring out how to put the thing together.

    http://blog.mixonline.com/briefingroom/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/AS22-inside.jpg

    I'll edit this review once I hopefully manage to correctly assemble it so that I may review its acoustic abilities; from what little I've tested so far, it works very well and is sturdily built, which redeems the item a bit. This technical hiccup just needs straightening out.

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    (6 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Nice but needs additional hardware

    By Usually play a Tele !

    from Charlotte NC

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    Pros

    • Good quality well built

    Cons

    • Needs Extra Hardware
    • No Universal Mic Mounting

    Best Uses

      Comments about CAD VocalShield VS1 Foldable Stand-Mounted Acoustic Shield:

      The mounting slide bracket hole is too small for standard mic adapters plus the height of the mics is not centered in the unit. Additional hardware is required and can be obtained from the local big box hardware store. If you are handy you can adapt, if not move to another brand. They made something which should be so simple into a big deal.All they had to do was make the hole size larger in the mounting slide and add a few mic mounting hardware adapters. The build quality is very good overall. Then they overlooked actually mounting various mics ! I had to make my own mic mount bracket for this unit for mics that do not use a shock mount.

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      (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Great Portable Shield For The Price!

      By MUSIC MAN

      from FLORIDA

      Pros

      • Built well
      • Compact
      • Gets the job done

      Cons

      • Need Heavy Stand 4support
      • Top Heavy On Stand

      Best Uses

      • Home Studio
      • Mobile

      Comments about CAD VocalShield VS1 Foldable Stand-Mounted Acoustic Shield:

      This vocal shield is great for a home studio or the mobile user. The only thing that I need to mention in regards to this Vocal Shield is that you need to make sure that your mic stand has a heavy base. If it does not, it will not be able to hold up this Vocal shield properly. If your mic stands base is not heavy enough, it may have the tendency to tip over because of the weight and design of this unit. Other than that, I have read in a few other reviews that some people said that this shield was hard to set up. I didn't find that to be true for me. Some people might find it a little bit tricky, but I beleive most people will be able to figure out how to set it up, by looking at.

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      (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Really good stuff

      By Snoopy20111

      from Belton, TX

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      Pros

      • Clobbers Reflections
      • Folds Up And Stores Well
      • Very sturdy

      Cons

      • No assembly instructions

      Best Uses

      • Noisy environments
      • Recording
      • Recording anything
      • Untreated Rooms
      • Vocals

      Comments about CAD VocalShield VS1 Foldable Stand-Mounted Acoustic Shield:

      Now that I've had time to properly use this item, I'm putting up another, more positive review. I'm honestly impressed.

      Be warned: THIS ITEM COMES WITH NO INSTRUCTIONS AND IS NOT CURRENTLY ON THE MANUFACTURER'S WEBSITE. There are only a few parts that come with the shield, and they are for setting out the mic in front of the shield so you don't have to use a separate stand. Look closely at the images of this item to figure out where the stuff goes, and whatever you do don't put the mic stand-out into the screw on part of the shield itself, which I in my infinite wisdom did. Very difficult to remove.

      However, I emailed CAD Audio, and they're sending me replacement parts right now for the pieces I scratched up using tools to remove the mic-stand out. They've been very prompt and helpful.

      Besides the paint scratching when pliers were used on it, the whole construction of this item is incredibly sturdy hard plastics, metal, and the like. You'd have to intentionally destroy it to do any damage.

      Now for the sound quality itself: I was blown away. Most folks say these little shields don't help very much, but I say the opposite. I tested the shield in a large, super echo-y living room, and even just moving my head closer to the shield worked wonders. Test recordings were phenominal, however I only have cardioid microphones at my disposal currently which may have not shown the effects of the VS1 very much, but all the same, it was better.

      While there were some hiccups in assembly and such, I am very satisfied. I doubt I'd have gotten it for full price (I purchased it on sale), but I'm glad I bought it.

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      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      I hear an improvement already

      By Dusty

      from Little Rock, AR

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      Pros

      • price
      • Quality
      • Sound Improvement

      Cons

      • Installation not clear

      Best Uses

      • Vocal Recording

      Comments about CAD VocalShield VS1 Foldable Stand-Mounted Acoustic Shield:

      I heard an improvement in my recorded vocals right away. It sounded a little fuller, concentrated, and present. I record into a Rode NT1A condenser mic in an untreated room that I'm sure is terrible for recording in, so any little thing I can do to improve that is good, and this was a great step.

      As was mentioned in another review, there are no instructions in the box, so the initial installation wasn't clear. But once I figured it out I got it setup and working quickly. Seems to be a well made product, looks good, and functions as I hoped.

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      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      An Adapter is included in the shield

      By Mr. Onederful

      from Abbey Rd Stu

      Comments about CAD VocalShield VS1 Foldable Stand-Mounted Acoustic Shield:

      There is a silver stainless adapter in the shield tube body. Turn the shield over, use a quarter to insert into the notches and screw the adapter out. Now the shield will screw onto most mic stands...use the adapter to screw into your shockmount, and screw it onto the mic bracket that is included...now your mic is positioned onto the mic bracket. Push your mic deep into the shield to maximize balance and recording value.

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      (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      connector bar too long

      By Robby Rock

      from Lincoln NE

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      Comments about CAD VocalShield VS1 Foldable Stand-Mounted Acoustic Shield:

      I want to give it one star our of frustration, but to be fair it IS well built and would serve the purpose well.

      In my case however, the connector bar that attaches to the bottom of the shield to the mic stand is too long and it's length can not be adjusted. Therefore, the shield is perched above the microphone and is useless. Not quite sure why the connector bar is so long, or why one much smaller couldn't be included.

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      (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Really Cleans Up a Vocal Mic

      By GUITARMAN412

      from North Andover, MA

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      Pros

      • Clean Sound
      • Easy setup

      Cons

      • Heavy

      Best Uses

      • Home Recording

      Comments about CAD VocalShield VS1 Foldable Stand-Mounted Acoustic Shield:

      I picked this up a few weeks ago because my the sound of my vocal mic was struggling given I record at home in an untreated room. The acoustics in the room introduce a lot of unwanted reflections and reverb that really muddy-up the sound from my mic (an AT2035). With this, all that changed. Out of the box, the shield is easy to setup on a stand, and has a little diagram for how to attach it, but it is pretty straightforward. The shield is VERY well-built, made from sturdy metal. Once set up, the shield has instant results. Singing through the mic with the shield now in place, the sound got a thousand times better. Now every one of my singers compliments me on how "clean" and "clear" her voice sounds. So, if you're struggling to get a good vocal track recorded, this is a must, especially for a home user like myself. I run my mic through a tube preamp, and the sound is now unbeatable. My only gripe is the mass of this thing, as it makes my stand a little wobbly without support. However, I found that putting a small plank of wood or a thin, big book under the base of the mic stand adds the additional support necessary to make the stand stable. Overall, this is a fantastic addition to a home studio, and I would highly recommend it.

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Instant Isolation Booth!

      By yoellis

      from Baltimore, MD

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      Pros

      • Does its job well
      • Easy to set up
      • Good Functional Design
      • Well Made

      Cons

      • None I can think of

      Best Uses

      • Acoustic Guitar
      • Brass Reeds Woodwinds
      • Hand percussion
      • Vocals

      Comments about CAD VocalShield VS1 Foldable Stand-Mounted Acoustic Shield:

      As an instant isolation booth, this can't be beat… It is small enough to be inobtrusive, yet large enough to be effective. I have used it only when solo tracking, so I can't speak to how well it performs in an ensemble setting, but I am certain it would be a marked improvement over the bleed that could otherwise be expected. A great piece that I can wholeheartedly recommend...

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      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Improves Vocal Recording

      By Sinewave

      from Illinois USA

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      Pros

      • Portable
      • Warms Vocal Tracks

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Absorbing Ambient Noise
        • Isolating Hat from Snare
        • Vocal Recording

        Comments about CAD VocalShield VS1 Foldable Stand-Mounted Acoustic Shield:

        I bought this on a Stupid Deal thinking it was worth trying for the price. I was really surprised to hear what a difference it made. I tracked some vocals for a friend whose vocals always sounded "thin" without serious EQ. Using this shield behind the microphone made a very noticeable improvement to the low end of the recording. The track required very little EQ and needed no low frequency boost to warm the vocal.
        I really didn't expect it to make much difference, but the rest of the guys noticed it too.
        I think that this would work very well to isolate the snare and HH when tracking a drum kit also.

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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Does the job at a good price

        By Debzdoodle

        from Wake Forest, NC

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        Pros

        • recording

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about CAD VocalShield VS1 Foldable Stand-Mounted Acoustic Shield:

            I record a lot at home but I do not have a dedicated space for it. Depending on where I set the mic stand for recording, I get different reflections occur in the room and this causes differences in natural reverbs and quality of sounds. I had always wanted to purchase a vocal shield and when this one came up at a reduced price, it was time to try. It really does work. It doesn't remove all the wet sound but certainly reduces it. Much easier to work with and mix. It appears well built and is easy to attach to a mic stand. The included mic clip adaptor does the trick- very happy with my purchase....

            When it arrived, the mic clip adaptor was in between the two sides of the folded shield and the foam had a large depression in it. However, after 24 hours, it disappeared due to the foam returning to its usual shape.

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            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Great looking, Solid Build, Great Buy!

            By P-Lo

            from Virginia

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            Pros

            • Noticeable Sound Dampening
            • Solid build quality

            Cons

            • Slightly Top Heavy

            Best Uses

            • Vocal Recording

            Comments about CAD VocalShield VS1 Foldable Stand-Mounted Acoustic Shield:

            Product minimizes sound reflections and provides a noticeable improvement on vocal tracks. The VS1 folds, which make it convenient to adjust since I place it in my studio's corner. I found it can be a bit top heavy with the mic so a solid/sturdy mic stand is necessary. Overall, very pleased.

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            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great tool to help the vocals come out great.

            By Sun Birth Music Studio

            from Tokyo Japan

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            Comments about CAD VocalShield VS1 Foldable Stand-Mounted Acoustic Shield:

            I use this in my studio in Tokyo. Everyone said it was hard to set up and the adapters were wrong. I have no idea what they are talking about. Set up is a snap and super easy to do. Makes the vocals come out great. Add a pop filter up front and you'll be ready to rock.

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            (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            An alternative way to use the Vocalshield

            By Steelplayer

            from East Tennessee

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            Pros

            • good quality
            • Sturdy

            Cons

            • Awkward Mount Arrangement

            Best Uses

            • HomePro Studio
            • Home Studio

            Comments about CAD VocalShield VS1 Foldable Stand-Mounted Acoustic Shield:

            Does the intended job of compensating for less than optimum room acoustics. I suggest using a separate stand for the Vocalshield, and the microphone, due to the cantilevered weight offset from the center of the stand. I place a condensor mic on a boom, dropped overhead into the Vocalshield's focal point. I don't use the included bracket, mainly because of potential vibrations being transmitted to the mic body, and more weight than I am comfortable with hanging on one mic stand. The unit does fold, but with considerable force required. I attempted to loosen the hardware, but it is extremely tight, so I just left it alone to prevent any damage to the hardware. I think this is a good problem solver where you may have room reflections from close walls as most of us with home studios have to contend with. I plan to use it primarily for vocals, and possibly in front of an amp where there may be extraneous noise close to the floor.

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            (2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            Does NOT work on American microphone stands!!!!

            By George-qOhc6

            from Huntington Beach, CA

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            Comments about CAD VocalShield VS1 Foldable Stand-Mounted Acoustic Shield:

            WARNING: This product does NOT work on your standard american sized threaded microphone stands. (I'm not sure why that is since this product is designed in Ohio.) Yes it comes with an "adapter" stuck inside the European threads, but it is installed by a machine and nearly impossible to remove without special tools or hurting yourself. Even if you remove that, and are able to attach the shield to your stand, it still leaves you without being able to attach your microphone to it (since that part of it is also...you guessed it: European sized.) If there is a way to do this, the instructions do not specify how to make this adjustment! I returned this product immediately! Don't waste your money.

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