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The Primacoustic KickStand is a heavy microphone boom-arm isolator that combines a massive stabilizing base with an isolation pad to eliminate resonance from the stage, drum riser and studio floor from entering the microphone.
A common problem with bass guitar and kick drum is resonance on a live stage. This is generally caused by low frequencies coupling with the wood flooring which will combine with the instrument at certain frequencies and generate unwanted peaks and valleys.
Another problem is the physical vibration from the kick drum pedal and low-end from the PA system that causes the drums to rattle and transmit through the drum riser. Microphones that are near these sources are prone to picking up these unwanted sounds. The KickStand helps eliminate the problem by decoupling the microphone stand from the stage while introducing a stabilizing mass to hold the microphone firmly in place.
The design begins with a thick, high-density open cell acoustic foam isolation pad that covers the entire bottom plate. An innovative laser cut steel platform is 'wedge' shaped to eliminate standing waves while offering sufficient height to allow a boom-arm to be articulated into the ideal position. The isolation eliminates the resonance while the added mass stabilizes the microphone capsule for greater clarity and improved transient response.
Although originally developed for bass drum, the KickStand is very effective on electric guitar, bass and other instruments that generate low frequencies or may be subject to floor resonance from entering the mic via the microphone stand.
Acoustic Isolation Tools
Primacoustic offers a complete selection of acoustic isolation devices such as the CrashGuard and VoxGuard that can attenuate unwanted sounds from entering nearby microphones while the Machine Room can control the noise from the never ending whir of the computer. The TriPad, KickStand and KickPad help isolate resonance from going into microphones and mic stands. And the Freeport can be used to improve the acoustics in any room.
For stage use, the ShowPad makes it possible to bring drum machines and mini keyboards on stage while the TelePad takes full advantage of the thousands of i-Phone applications such as tuning lyrics and playback by bringing your i-phone to the mic stand, right where you need it.
The KickStand is an isolated boom stand base, designed to eliminate resonance from the stage, drum riser or studio floor from entering the microphone. It features a high density open cell acoustic foam isolator that is coupled to a heavy, laser cut steel platform that is shaped for optimum boom placement.
The weight is important as it provides a stable platform for improved transient response. Once in place, positioning the microphone is simple using any standard boom.
By eliminating the resonance, the sound engineer is no longer battling resonant phase issues that may contaminate the sound, making it both easier to accomplish the task while improving the sound of the drum kit.
The KickStand is equally suitable for positioning the microphone inside or outside the kick drum. Once in place it will eliminate resonance from the stage and noise from the drum kit itself from transmitting through the hardware to the microphone.
Floor toms are particularly troublesome with respect to low frequency resonance. By isolating the mic stand, you help decouple the microphone from the stage which in turn reduces the low frequency resonance that can cause feedback.
When amplified, the upright bass or contrabass is particularly sensitive to low frequency resonance. By decoupling the microphone from the stage or studio floor, you will eliminate phase cancellation caused by the sound resonating through the mic stand.
Anyone that has played a guitar amp in an apartment knows that sound will resonate through the floor into the apartment below. The same thing happens on a stage or in a studio. By eliminating the vibration borne resonance from going into the mic, you add clarity and detail. This applies to both electric guitar and bass.
- Combination boom-stand base and vibration isolator
- Eliminates disruptive resonance from the microphone stand
- Improves transient response of the microphone
- Makes getting the sound you want fast and mixing easier
- Heavy laser cut steel plate provides weight and mass.
- Standard threaded mic adapter with quick release knob.
- Angle allows full range of articulation for boom.
- Wedge design eliminates standing waves from reflecting into mic.
- High density open cell foam for maximum isolation.
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