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Primacoustic Kickstand Acoustically Isolated Mic Stand Review

Kickstand takes the concept behind Primacoustic’s Recoil Stabilizer speaker platforms and applies it to a mic stand. While the name hints that it is targeted for recording kick drum, it works for a 8/18/2010 10:09 AM Eastern

Kickstand takes the concept behind Primacoustic’s Recoil Stabilizer speaker platforms and applies it to a mic stand. While the name hints that it is targeted for recording kick drum, it works for any instrument-recording applications near the floor.

The Kickstand comprises a dense foam base with a quarter-inch, heavy steel top that lets you attach a microphone boom arm (not included). I’m a longtime Recoil Stabilizer user and fan, and have no doubt that the concept enhances the listener’s experience. Whether this translates to a mic stand was a question I sought to answer.

No surprise, my first application was on kick drum. Out of the box, attaching a boom to the Kickstand via the large threaded adapter and lock washer was easy. It’s the perfect height to place a mic either inside or outside a kick drum. It’s attractive and takes up a lot less floor space than a three-legged short stand. I used a Shure Beta 52 on the Kickstand on the inside of the drum and a JZ V67 outside using a traditional three-legged stand. The combo sounded great, as did the individual mics. This was a draw in my book because there was no way to A/B the Kickstand with another mic inside the drum.

I got a better idea of what Kickstand does by setting up two SM57s on a Marshall guitar amp cabinet with both mics precisely placed left and right of the speaker’s dust cover. One stand was a three-legged boom and the other was the Kickstand. In two sessions with separate setups, I confirmed that the 57 on the Kickstand offered more low end and better midrange definition than the mic mounted on the other stand.

At $90, Primacoustic’s Kickstand is an inexpensive and easy way to take your recordings to the next level by providing a more stable and acoustically isolated base for a microphone. A definite buy.