Never Bought Microphone Stands Before...

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jturk1000

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This seems like such a simpl piece of equipment, but I've never had one in my arsenal. Next weekend I have a bride who's requested I use a handheld microphone/stand to provide sound support for the officiant/bride/groom during their outdoor wedding ceremony. The same ceremony, I'm providing a mic for a string quartet.

Anyone have a good suggestion for a stand to use for the ceremony (maybe one that has good 'legs' that will present good outdoor placement on grass) and a stand for micing sting quartet - or maybe simply getting two of the same will do just fine.
 

NickyB

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Yes ..... a short, floor standing mic stand with a heavy steel base and a "shotgun mic" with a dead-cat wind muffler. This way it'll be out of the frame of pictures yet get the job done. If you don't have a shotgun mic, then use one with an Omni-directional pickup pattern on a standard height steel based mic stand. Use a wireless belt pack taped to the stand so it can be moved swiftly without cable issues.
 

jturk1000

And WHERE is Alma MI ?!
We're hoping not to spend more than we need to on this - this is the first time I've received a request for this since opening shop in Michigan 7 years ago. Hoping to use my wireless mics. The pickup on one is omni-direction, but the other may not be (but will have to do - probably will use with strings).
 

jturk1000

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What about tripod-type legs and a few yard "staples" or other type of small yard/ten stake at each leg?
 

NickyB

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I've owned both and yes, you can pin the tripod legs to a soft surface but not indoors. I use all steel bases because I've had the pins break where the tripod legs fold up and they're not as stable as the steel base stands.

For those outdoor ceremonies I use a very short steel based stand (it's made for desktop use) that's only about 15" high with a shotgun mic connected to a wireless belt pack. It's sits low to the ground so its out of picture frames yet sensitive enough to pick up everything. Only problem is getting it out of the way when the B&G make their recessional.
 

Ausumm

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The tripod mic stands are great for musicians, but not so much for ceremonies.
My heavy, round base stand broke, so I used a tripod last weekend.
The ceremony is usually in a small area, so people kept stepping on the tripod legs.
 
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