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brightmillion

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Best Procedure to Store / Cover a tube mic?
« on: January 25, 2014, 03:00:32 am »

What is the best procedure for covering a tube mic on a stand while not in use?
Sorry if this is a simple question. I've read varying theories on other forums (whiskey pouches, ziplock baggies, golf club covers) but would like some expert advice if you guys don't mind.
For example, a mic that is set up in a vocal booth and is used frequently, but not necessarily every day. Instead of always taking the mic down and back in a case, what is the best material to cover the mic to stop dust/contaminants from getting in? Or, is it even necessary?
Are there things best to be avoided? Such as, "never us a such and such" etc..  I'm assuming nothing that would have lint on it, but I am wondering if plastic causes static to attract dust ,etc?
Is it best/necessary to let a tube mic cool down before covering?
Thank you for your help,
Dan
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Re: Best Procedure to Store / Cover a tube mic?
« Reply #1 on: January 25, 2014, 05:39:52 am »

A dust free bag that lets escape possible humidity.
Cloth (except "lint-free") may produce dust on its own.
Leather can have acids or other chemicals in it that can cause corrosion.
Simple paperbags with semi-glossi surface might be the way to go.
The type you get at the baker's shop.

Plastic can work too, but leave the bag open at the bottom.
Electrostatics are not a problem, the mic's metal housing is a perfect screen against it.
The bag itself should, of course, be clean.

You don't need to let the mic cool down before covering.

More important than covering the mic after recording is a good pop-killer that keeps spray away during singing.
I've have good results with metal mesh screens or screens made of two layers of fine woman's nylon stockings.
They cause very minor sound changes, much better than most commercially available cloth type pop killers with too thick cloth on it.

It's easy to test the "sound" of such with your own ears.
Stand in front of your mic with a headphone on and insert various popkillers while singing or talking. The results are obvious.

Regards
Kai
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Re: Best Procedure to Store / Cover a tube mic?
« Reply #3 on: January 25, 2014, 08:51:40 pm »

Thank you Kai & Klaus! I feel better now knowing :)
I totally missed the "stickies" section somehow, I apologize for posting an already answered question. On that note, I'm off to read 2 pages of stickies threads..!

For anyone else finding this, here is a direct link to the "Stickies" section answering this question and others:

http://repforums.prosoundweb.com/index.php/board,28.0.html
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