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Sterling Audio UMS Utility Microphone Shield
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A great way to allow precision control and variability in your professional recordings is to isolate the microphones between a musician’s voice and i...Read More
Provides the perfect barrier for your recording session when you have mics in close proximity.
A great way to allow precision control and variability in your professional recordings is to isolate the microphones between a musician’s voice and instrument from one another; Sterling’s compact, light (UMS) is an excellent choice for just this task. When using two microphones in proximity like this without proper separation, troublesome issues like cancellation and phasing can occur, leaving the recording thin and unnatural. The UMS will ensure excellent proximity separation between these mics.
Sterling’s Utility Microphone Shield does an excellent job of keeping unwanted vocal reflections to an absolute minimum. When you’re recording any podcast or YouTube speaking performance, you want to have the most discreet isolation from other room surfaces to ensure the highest clarity and annunciation transfer.
The Utility Microphone Shield’s extremely versatile lightweight aluminum design includes a flexible gooseneck that easily clamps to most microphone stands. This allows you to hook it up in almost any angle or configuration to accommodate the complexities of drum microphone placement. Keeping the hi-hat isolated from the snare drum gives you a perfect, clean mix that’s highly controllable; for a robust, full recording you can always add distant reflections with room ambient mics as well.
Crash/Ride Cymbal Isolation
Unwanted acoustic reflections come from multiple sources: Intended sound source reflecting off of untreated walls and ceilings back into the microphone pick-up pattern; unintended sound source bleeding into the microphone.
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- Likely best option in this size and price range
- Small, plenty of niche applications
- Subtle improvement in sound quality
- Expensive for size, materials, and construction
- Probably percieved as much more than it is
- Sound improvement only marginal
- Additional isolation in studio
- Feedback disruption
Comments about Sterling Audio UMS Utility Microphone Shield:
The common perception seems to be that if you're trying to record in a less-than-ideal space, a bit of foam on a stick will totally isolate your microphone and give you real studio sound. THIS IS NOT THE CASE. Reflection filters are intended more to contain some the sound of your voice or the sound source before it has a chance to reflect around the room. A reflection filter is a good investment, IMHO, if you're serious about getting good sound from your mike. I use an sE Electronics SPACE, probably the best traditional reflection filter money can buy, and while that thing makes a major difference, even it can't perform audio miracles.
Now, that said, consider the Sterling UMS. It truly is little more than a thin sheet of punched aluminum with a surprisingly unsubstantial layer of acoustic foam, on the end of a flimsy gooseneck. The gooseneck has plastic 5/8"-27 threads on either end, with plastic screw caps that attach the UMS and the stand clamp. For what it is, it's a sleek design and has plenty of niche uses. However, if you purchase this with the intent of using it alone to turn your basement into a treated vocal booth, you are wasting your money. This is not suitable for primary acoustic treatment. Your money is better spent on a larger reflection filter that wraps around the microphone, and your time better spent learning proper mike technique and close miking. If you use it with this intent and "hear a noticeable difference," it is almost surely a placebo. I'm sorry, but that's the case.
If you already have decent acoustic treatment (or a good reflection filter), or if you have nice uses, this could be a good thing. I believe it is overpriced. I wouldn't have been happy had I purchased it at full price. But I can see this being useful to isolate a snare mike from a hi hat, and I have used it to reduce feedback from the upright bass mike in my jazz band's rehearsal space with decent results. But DO NOT PURCHASE if you're expecting miracles.
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