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Microphones, Stands, and Clips

Updated

The Media Studio has various different mic stands for our handheld and shotgun microphones. The following will explain which stands to use with which mics.

Auray Tripod and Tabletop Microphone Stands

These mic stands can be used with any of our handheld or shotgun microphones. Just use the corresponding mic clip.

Photo of Auray Tripod Microphone Stand on left and Auray tabletop mic stand on the right.

Setting up the Auray Tripod Stand

The following video shows how to setup the Auray tripod stand and how to mount a handheld mic.

Rode Micro Boompoles

Our boompoles can be used with XLR or 3.5mm shotgun microphones. If using an XLR shotgun mic, attach the Auray shockmount to the pole. If using a 3.5mm Rode shotgun mic, you can attach it directly to the pole.

Photo of Rode Micro Boompole with a Rode 3.5mm shotgun mic attached.
Microphone Clips and Adapters

All of these microphone clips can be attached to our Auray Tripod and Tabletop mic stands.

This diagram shows the various mic clips and matches them to their corresponding microphones.

Electro-Voice 311 Clip

This clip can be used with the XLR shotgun mics that come with all of our camcorder kits, including the XA10, XA11, XA35, Sony X70, Sony NX80, and others. It can also be used with Electro-Voice 635A/B handheld microphones.

Photo of Electro-Voice 311 mic clip
Photo of XLR shotgun mic on the left side with Electro-Voice handheld mic on the right side.

Rode 3.5mm Adapter

This adapter allows you to mount Rode 3.5mm shotgun mics to the Auray tripod and tabletop mic stands.

Photo of Rode adapter for mic stands and boompoles

Sennheiser and Shure Mic Clips

We have one Sennheiser wireless handheld mic and a couple of Shure XLR handheld mics available for checkout. These handheld microphone kits come with their respective clips, which can be mounted onto the Auray tripod and tabletop mic stands.

Photo of Sennheiser mic clip on left with Sennheiser handheld mic on the right
Photo of Shure mic clip on left with Shure handheld mic on the right

Auray Shockmount for XLR Shotgun Mics

The Auray Shockmount can be used with our Rode Boompoles, the light stands, or even mounted onto a camera using the cold shoe mount. You would use the XLR shotgun mics with this mount.

Photo of Auray Shockmount
Photo of Auray shockmount holding an XLR shotgun mic and connected to a boompole.
Light Stands

You can mount Rode 3.5mm shotgun mics directly to the light stands without using a clip. Just note that you must remove the threaded post adapter first if it is attached to your stand.

Photo of light stand
Image of small, golden threaded post that is used to mount lights to light stands.

Mounting a 3.5mm Rode Shotgun Mic on a Light Stand

The following video shows how to setup a light stand and mount a 3.5mm shotgun mic.

Rode Shotgun Mics

All our DSLR camera kits come with a Rode 3.5mm TRS microphone. Some have the VideoMic Go and some have the VideoMic. We also have two VideoMic Pros available for checkout separately.

The Rode VideoMic GO is longer than Rode's VideoMicro and has better directionality. It runs on plug-in power so it does not require batteries. The detachable 3.5mm cable can be exchanged with a TRS to TRRS cable that would allow you to use the mic with mobile devices. Click here for the quick start guide.

Photo of Rode VideoMic Go model microphone

The Rode VideoMic can use battery power and it has a couple of audio settings. To protect against overmodulation, you adjust the PAD switch (located in the battery compartment) to the -10dB or -20dB settings to reduce audio input levels. The high pass filter (HPF ) is a low frequency cut-off setting, which you can use to remove rumble, camera noise or other low frequency noise. The 3.5mm TRS cable cannot be removed on this model. Click here for the quick start guide.

Photo of Rode VideoMic model microphone

The Rode VideoMic Pro offers lower noise, higher sensitivity, and more adjustable settings than the VideoMic. You can adjust the gain  between -10dB, 0dB, or +20dB (use caution with the +20dB setting as it may result in overmodulation). Like the VideoMic, it has also has a high pass filter and the 3.5mm TRS cable cannot be removed. The Video Mic Pro runs on battery power. Click here for the manual.

Photo of Rode VideoMic Pro microphone

For more assistance, you can speak to Media Studio consultants during regular studio hours, or you can email Jessica Weaver-Kenney ([email protected]).

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