Sling-Shock Microphone Shock MountRibbon microphone specialist Royer Labs has released the Sling-Shock Microphone Shock Mount, promising ‘a dramatic advancement and modernisation of the traditional microphone shockmount’.

Providing isolation between mic and stand, the mount is hand-built and eliminates the use of rubber and similar materials commonly found in microphone suspension systems – stretched rubber bands, bungee cords and rubber bushings – as the main damping mechanism.

The design uses a two-part mechanism consisting of non-resonant nylon cord and damped tensioning springs and is expected to work indefinitely withot loss of performance or function, requiring nothing more than minimal adjustment. Featuring tension balance compensation that is user adjustable, the Sling-Shock aims to improve the performance of any microphone in any environment where vibration is a concern.

The Sling-Shock’s clutching mechanism offers greater adaptability than conventional shockmount designs by enabling critical position adjustments to the microphone. With the ability to fine-tune the vertical and horizontal positioning of the microphone, a knurled lock-down knob secures the microphone in place. It has a soft cotton interior chamber that provides a non-abrasive grasp of the microphone, avoiding the risk of scratching a microphone’s finish. The Sling-Shock can be used on any cylindrical microphone within its size range. The first release fits Royer’s 1-inch diameter microphones and is adjustable (±3.175///eigth-inch) for similarly sized microphones.

Future releases will accomodate a wider range of microphone bodies.

‘The Sling-Shock represents a true departure from conventional microphone shockmount systems,’ says Rick Perrotta, President of Royer Labs. ‘It uses a modern, compact design and durable matte black powder coated finish for an unobtrusive appearance. With its ability to provide fine adjustments and exceptional isolation, I’m confident the Sling-Shock will become an invaluable studio accessory for today’s recording professional.’

The Royer Labs Sling-Shock carries a US MSRP of US$295. It is available now.


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