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Mudchild



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MICROPHONE SANITATION!
      #1030732 - 27/01/13 10:09 PM
Any tips on this? I have kids gobbing and breathing all over my 58 day in, day out. What to do? Is there a special spray? What about rubbing some of that evaporating hand-gel in - but might make it smell of the stuff?

Or should I just dip the mic in a nice big bucket of soapy water between takes, frying kids in the process?

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Jack Ruston



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Re: MICROPHONE SANITATION! new [Re: Mudchild]
      #1030733 - 27/01/13 10:12 PM
Just get a headbasket that's yours and stick it on every time you use the mic. Everyone else...The other one

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Wease



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Re: MICROPHONE SANITATION! new [Re: Mudchild]
      #1030735 - 27/01/13 10:25 PM
We have to do this for school

Replace the head every term

Wipe after every session, religiously, with good nuke strength NHS issue anti everything wipes....school gets them from somewhere...shall find out.......

Although I prefer jacks answer.

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John Willett
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Re: MICROPHONE SANITATION! new [Re: Jack Ruston]
      #1030736 - 27/01/13 10:27 PM
Quote Jack Ruston:

Just get a headbasket that's yours and stick it on every time you use the mic. Everyone else...The other one

J




I agree with this - but can't the SM58's head be unscrewed and washed in warm water?

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Chevytraveller
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Re: MICROPHONE SANITATION! new [Re: John Willett]
      #1030742 - 27/01/13 10:57 PM
Wouldn't a dunk in isopropyl be better at sanitising?.. would dry quicker as well



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Re: MICROPHONE SANITATION! new [Re: John Willett]
      #1030747 - 27/01/13 11:39 PM
Quote John Willett:


I agree with this - but can't the SM58's head be unscrewed and washed in warm water?




Or even better, how about unscrewing the 'talent's' head and soaking it in bleach?

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Dynamic Mike



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Re: MICROPHONE SANITATION! new [Re: Mudchild]
      #1030750 - 28/01/13 12:39 AM
http://www.scottmedical.com/index.php?route=product/product&...

You could always try putting a plastic bag over the head. Just take it off when the little darlings start to turn blue.

Or you could use a dummy mic & blu-tak a PZM to the wall?

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Edited by Dynamic Mike (28/01/13 12:39 AM)


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Re: MICROPHONE SANITATION! new [Re: Mudchild]
      #1030776 - 28/01/13 09:44 AM
Spongey pop-shields and a bottle of mouthwash?

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Re: MICROPHONE SANITATION! new [Re: Mudchild]
      #1030778 - 28/01/13 09:47 AM
Quote Mudchild:

Is there a special spray?




Pepper spray.

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Re: MICROPHONE SANITATION! new [Re: Mudchild]
      #1030783 - 28/01/13 10:09 AM
http://citycleaningsupplies.co.uk/index.php/telephone-sanitiser-750ml.html

Would that be any use? I saw a roadie spraying mics with something once (Isley Brothers gig I think).

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Re: MICROPHONE SANITATION! new [Re: Mudchild]
      #1030786 - 28/01/13 10:24 AM
Quote Mudchild:

Any tips on this? I have kids gobbing and breathing all over my 58 day in, day out. What to do?




The perception of health risk far outweighs the reality, but it's not nice to have to use a smelly mic, and worse if the previous user spat the undigested remains of his chinese takeaway stuck in his teeth into the thing!

The grille head on the SM58 can be unscrewed for cleaning, when absolutely necessary but beware that there is a thin piece of foam in their which shouldn't be damaged -- it's important for minimising plosive popping.

A quick wipe over with an antiseptic wipe should be more than sufficient for general use. Sometimes making a show of 'sanitising' the mic is enough to put people at their ease, regardless of the actual medical benefits. But if the grille does start to clog with oral debris, then carefully remove the foam liner, and give it a full on rinse in warm soapy water(I've even had to use a pin to pick out debris before now!). Just make sure that you dry it thoroughly before refitting, and clean the foam delicately before re-installing.

Also, protect the mic's capsule with a poly bag when you remove the grille.

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Re: MICROPHONE SANITATION! new [Re: Mudchild]
      #1030794 - 28/01/13 10:37 AM
Between 1980 & 1985 we had a female vocalist in the band. Around every 6 months i had to use a pin to remove hardened lipstick from the grill as it seemed to affect the sound from the mic if left clogged up.


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Mudchild



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Re: MICROPHONE SANITATION! new [Re: Mudchild]
      #1031089 - 29/01/13 08:55 PM
Thanks for the suggestions all, some of which may land me in jail...

... 'Oral Debris'... good name for a band...

I will definitely get some antibacterial wipes on the go though.

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Re: MICROPHONE SANITATION! new [Re: Mudchild]
      #1031139 - 30/01/13 10:12 AM
Definitely not calling my next band Oral Debris LOL
I have two Electrovoice mikes where the thin foam inner has perished. Is it possible to replace this with, possibly, a little piece of 'fleece' (the sort of stuff you might use to insulate plants over winter in the greenhouse .... I can't remember the proper name) or is there anything else you might recommend?

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Re: MICROPHONE SANITATION! new [Re: whis4ey]
      #1031161 - 30/01/13 12:31 PM
Try contacting EV, they may well have these available as spares, and if not could recommend something suitable to use to make replacements.

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Re: MICROPHONE SANITATION! new [Re: Hugh Robjohns]
      #1031164 - 30/01/13 12:43 PM
Quote Hugh Robjohns:

The perception of health risk far outweighs the reality



Quite.

When I look back at the dodgy places I used to record in, no-one gave it a second thought. Just got on with it.

What next? I should analyse the flush fallout before I decide whether it's safe for my daughter to attend a violin diploma workshop/course for a week?

What a bunch of paranoid, risk averse pansies we've become! :roll eyes:

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Re: MICROPHONE SANITATION! new [Re: Mudchild]
      #1031172 - 30/01/13 01:06 PM
HS, you shouldn't roll your eyes like that, it's dangerous.

Speaking as someone who used to suffer from cold sores I think the price of a few spongy condoms is money well spent.

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Andi



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Re: MICROPHONE SANITATION! new [Re: Mudchild]
      #1031546 - 01/02/13 09:58 AM
I never really thought much about this until a couple of weeks ago, stepped up to a rehearsal room 58 for some BVs and actually physically gagged - not nice over a PA. The mic stank of stale perfume so badly that you'd have to wonder where it's been and what it's been used for. Still, easy answer in this case, my mic, my mouth.

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ManFromGlass



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Re: MICROPHONE SANITATION! new [Re: Andi]
      #1031827 - 03/02/13 02:19 AM
I knew an experimental music chap who recorded sounds from a mic placed inside the body once. As you all have wonderful imaginations I'll stop here except to say at least he covered the mic in a condom. I'll take the scent of latex over cheap perfume any day.
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Re: MICROPHONE SANITATION! new [Re: ManFromGlass]
      #1032195 - 05/02/13 11:18 AM
Hmm, try that with an ADK Thor or Odin

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