How does sound resonate into the microphone?
Sound is in fact vibration. Touch a speaker cabinet while music is playing and you can feel the vibrations from the bass driver. Stand on the dance floor in a nightclub and you can feel the bass through your feet and legs. Bass frequencies are very powerful and once they start, they will cause other mediums to vibrate as the sound passes through the air or by direct coupling. If a drum riser vibrates, the mic stand will also vibrate and send these vibrations into the microphone. This is why studios often employ shock-mounts. They isolate the microphone from the transmission line.
How does foam work to isolate the boom-stand?
Technically speaking, by introducing a spring or isolation device between the stage and the mic stand, the energy in the form of vibration will dissipate into heat as the foam is set into motion. This is called a thermo-dynamic energy transfer. The foam ‘spring’ dissipates the energy before it reaches the microphone.
Why is the kickstand so heavy?
The concern here is retaining the transient attack of the kick drum. When you ‘firm up’ the stand so that it does not move, the microphone will deliver a more precise transient. When you allow the microphone to float, you remove the resonance, but also eliminate the advantage of having a solid, fixed capture point. The mass essentially holds the microphone in place after we ‘float it’ with the ‘spring’ foam isolator.
Can a heavy mic and boom cause the foam to tilt?
Of course anything is possible, but the KickStand employs a large area of high density foam to provide a stable platform. The best way to avoid tilting it to use a boom arm with a counter balance weight. This will center the downward gravitational pull.
It seems the KickStand is mostly for bass drums?
Well, it was originally designed for use with bass drums, but it also makes a lot of sense to use it on other instruments too. For kick drum, it will sharpen the transient attack which invariably will improve the sound of the drum.
How will the KickStand help with bass guitar?
Bass guitars produce huge, powerful low frequencies that can cause the stage to resonate. If these are allowed to enter the microphone, they could cause certain frequencies to cancel out while reinforcing others. The KickStand eliminates the resonance, thus producing a cleaner more natural sound.
How will the kickstand help with electric guitar?
These days, guitar sounds can be huge and produce a ton of bass. Amp stacks, drop-D tuning and 7-string guitars make matters worse. The KickStand will help clean up the low end mud by eliminating the unwanted resonance from coupling with the guitar amp microphone.
How will the KickStand help with contrabass?
This once again comes down to eliminating the resonance from the contrabass, vibrating into the stage, which then will vibrate back into the microphone causing disruption. The KickStand reduces the offending resonance from entering the mic.