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Sterling Audio UMS Utility Microphone Shield

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A great way to allow precision control and variability in your professional recordings is to isolate the microphones between a musician’s voice and instrument from one another; Sterling’s compact, light (UMS) is an excellent choice for just this task. When using two microphones in proximity like this without proper separation, troublesome issues li...  Click To Read More About This Product

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Overview

A great way to allow precision control and variability in your professional recordings is to isolate the microphones between a musician’s voice and instrument from one another; Sterling’s compact, light (UMS) is an excellent choice for just this task. When using two microphones in proximity like this without proper separation, troublesome issues like cancellation and phasing can occur, leaving the recording thin and unnatural. The UMS will ensure excellent proximity separation between these mics.

Podcast/Desktop Isolation
Sterling’s Utility Microphone Shield does an excellent job of keeping unwanted vocal reflections to an absolute minimum. When you’re recording any podcast or YouTube speaking performance, you want to have the most discreet isolation from other room surfaces to ensure the highest clarity and annunciation transfer.

Snare/Hi-Hat Isolation
The Utility Microphone Shield’s extremely versatile lightweight aluminum design includes a flexible gooseneck that easily clamps to most microphone stands. This allows you to hook it up in almost any angle or configuration to accommodate the complexities of drum microphone placement. Keeping the hi-hat isolated from the snare drum gives you a perfect, clean mix that’s highly controllable; for a robust, full recording you can always add distant reflections with room ambient mics as well.

Crash/Ride Cymbal Isolation
Unwanted acoustic reflections come from multiple sources: Intended sound source reflecting off of untreated walls and ceilings back into the microphone pick-up pattern; unintended sound source bleeding into the microphone.

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Sterling AudioUMS Utility Microphone Shield
 
4.4

(based on 8 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (4)
  • Compact (3)
  • Easy to use (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home studio (4)
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    • Experienced (3)

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Works pretty well in a pinch, worth the money

By Jay

from Los Angeles, CA

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Compact
  • Easy To Use
  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home Studio

    Comments about Sterling Audio UMS Utility Microphone Shield:

    I bought this for doing voice over on the road. Often times I find myself in a place that's less then desirable for recording. There are other more pricey items out there designed as portable booths...but they really aren't what I consider "portable". They're also pretty expensive. This reflector is both portable and inexpensive. It all seems reasonably well made. For sure it significantly reduces the echo in your room. Is it perfect? No. But honestly, it's really pretty good and in your average hotel room, it serves it's purpose for me. Can't go wrong for the money.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Small but effective

    By Guapo El

    from Monterey, CA

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Easy To Use
    • Inexpensive
    • Lightweight

    Cons

    • Limited coverage
    • Not suitable for larger microphones

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Sterling Audio UMS Utility Microphone Shield:

    I recently picked up a Neumann TLM 102 and realized (after plugging it in) that I would need something to help kill reflections when recording vocals in my home studio. My set up is in a living room with carpeted floors and 3 couches, so even though it is not professionally treated, there is enough sound absorption already that I knew it would not take much to get rid of the flutter I was hearing. I actually purchased both this and the much larger SE Electronics Reflexion Filter X. After experimenting a bit with placement, I found the Sterling to provide minimal but effective reduction in room reflections, while the SE shield actually was a bit of an overkill and resulted in a more muffled sound. To be clear- I had very specific needs and circumstances, and I could see how the Sterling would not make much of a difference with other mics. But in my case, with a tiny mic like the TLM 102, it served its purpose and tightened up my vocal takes enough to be passable. Larger mic likely would not benefit at all, and if your room is untreated, don't expect any miracles from something so unsubstantial. But in the right situation this gets the job done, and I can honestly say that although a bit flimsy, the gooseneck allowed for me to position not just behind my mic but also angled slightly above to kill reflections coming off the ceiling- which was 90% of my problem! My suggestion is to take advantage of Guitar Centers's 45 day policy and test it out before committing to it. Another big plus for me is this size is compact and fits nicely in my limited desktop space.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Nice for the money.

    By Robert

    from undisclosed

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about Sterling Audio UMS Utility Microphone Shield:

    Not as big as I thought. The goose neck is too flimsy.

     
    5.0

    Great tool!

    By Rodrigo

    from undisclosed

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    Comments about Sterling Audio UMS Utility Microphone Shield:

    Great tool to isolate the microphone from unwanted sounds

     
    4.0

    Can't beat the price!

    By jason

    from undisclosed

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about Sterling Audio UMS Utility Microphone Shield:

    While the product is smaller than I thought it was going to be, it did help isolate/dampen my vocals enough to make a pretty sizable sound quality difference. If you don't have a good space that is really dead, this can help quite a bit.

     
    5.0

    Iwould buy this again

    By Clyde

    from undisclosed

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    Comments about Sterling Audio UMS Utility Microphone Shield:

    Good

     
    4.0

    Good for what it is

    By T. W.

    from Dallas, TX

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    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home Studio

      Comments about Sterling Audio UMS Utility Microphone Shield:

      It's good for what it is. I use this product as a shield for podcast mics (desktop-sized). Keep in mind, this product is smaller than a normal (studio-sized) shield. I would NOT recommend if you're REALLY trying isolate vocals. But again, it's good for what it is. Small, lightweight, portable.

      (0 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Great Product

      By ArtZie

      from Washington DC

      About Me Child

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home Studio

        Comments about Sterling Audio UMS Utility Microphone Shield:

        Haven't used product yet but I can say I like the fact that it is light.

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