Make use of a microphone shock mount to improve your audio recordings. In this video from the ModPod podcast series Show Me Your Setup, hosts Dan and Josh demonstrate why using a shock mount will improve the sound quality of your podcast recordings.
A shock mount is a piece of hardware that helps to isolate your microphone from vibrations that could otherwise cause unwanted and distracting noise in your recordings. Normally, a microphone is mounted directly to a stand or boom arm. Instead, you can mount your microphone into a shock mount, and then attach the shock mount to a stand or boom. The microphone is secure while being suspended in elastics. These elastics act as a buffer so that the physical and sonic effects of movements and bumps are lessened.
Over time, the elastic components of a shock mount will stretch and become loose. When this happens, the microphone can bump against the shock mount housing, creating new noises that we bought the shock mount to avoid. And be sure to watch until the end of the video to hear about my low-cost solution to replacing these loose bands. (Hint: hair elastics to the rescue)
If you’re at all animated, tend to move around, and even bang on your desk when you get excited, you’ll want to learn how a shock mount suspends your microphone and better isolates it from outside movement.
There are numerous types of shock mounts available. Often there is a specific one designed to work with your favorite mic. There are also generic mounts that will accommodate a variety of different microphones. For added noise reduction, as well as increased ease of use, we recommend adding the shock mount to a boom arm to facilitate easy microphone placement. In another video we explain more about boom arms, click here if you’d like to see.