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Sunday, October 27, 2013

New Music Gear Monday: Triad-Orbit Mic Stands

One of the most important tools of any engineer or musician is the simple mic stand. It's an essential part of our music creation process, but it's also so mundane that we take it for granted. It doesn't help that we've been using stands with the same basic design for more than 50 years. That's all about to change with the new Triad-Orbit articulating mic stands, the first really new idea in stands since the creation of the boom arm.

What makes the Triad-Orbit stands different is that each leg of the base has four ratcheted positions that provide up to 65 degrees of pitch. That means that booms are no longer needed for the front line of a stage, the stand can easily be used on uneven surfaces, and the stand can be more easily placed in tight spaces, among other things.

The Orbital boom is also much different that the standard boom that we've been using forever. It's built around a stainless steel ball swivel mechanism to deliver a very wide range of motion (360 x 220 degrees). The Orbital 2 boom is also way different than anything you've seen since it's basically 2 booms on one stand, solving the many problems normally run into when stereo miking, now with using an iPad during a performance.

Triad Orbit stands aren't cheap at $229 for a standard stand, $139 for the standard arm boom and $259 for the dual boom, but they're built like tanks and very well may last a lifetime. Check out the video below to see a lot more about how different these stands are.

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2 comments:

Gian Nicola Beraldo said...

Yes, oh yes we all need such things! I think these stands are derived from the new DSLR video world. Finally, we all need more CAD engineers!
Thank You,
Gian Nicola

Rand said...

Absolutely brilliant design! Best mic stand assemblies and combinations I've ever seen.

Now excuse me while I go find my Xmess Wish List for Santa;-)

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