The VoxGuard is a simple device designed to control the ambiance around a microphone. The usual setup is to place the VoxGuard onto a mic stand using the threaded adapter that is supplied to hold the VoxGuard in place. The microphone is then attached onto the threaded attachment using a mic clip.
Large diaphragm studio mics
Large diaphragm studio microphones are generally very sensitive to sound and noise. Therefore they are normally used with some form of shock-mount or suspension. This eliminates noise such as foot tapping from transmitting from the floor through the mic stand and into the microphone. The VoxGuard is ideally suited for this type of microphone. Merely attach the shock-mount to the threaded adapter and you are set to go. Because the microphone and the VoxGuard will be relatively close to the center of gravity, the stand should remain very stable.
Hand held microphones
For added flexibility, the VoxGuard has been designed with a cable access slot to allow typical dynamic microphones such as a ShureSM58 or Sennheiser MD412 to be used. Begin by attaching the mic clip to the knurled threaded attachment. Then, bring the microphone cable through the access slot and connect to the microphone. The access slot has been designed in such a way that the microphone can still be articulated so that it can move up or down to suit. That makes setting up the VoxGuard mush more efficient.
Using the VoxGuard for post production
When recording voice over tracks, it is often preferred that the tracks be completely void of any room ambiance. This allows the engineer to add in reverb, echo or darken the track to suit the movie set. An easy way to further reduce room ambiance is to have some form of acoustic treatment behind the voice talent. This can be an acoustic panel or even a suspended blanket situated 3 feet (1 meter) behind the microphone.