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DynaMount X2-R

Remote Controlled Mic Positioner By Matty Moon
Published May 2022

DynaMount X2-R

Tired of running back and forth between the control room and live room? Meet your new robotic assistant...

DynaMount are a family business, run by brothers Jon and Mike Russo and based in San Diego, California. The company started life in the early 2010s and soon gained some heavyweight customers, including producer/engineer Joe Barresi and guitarist Pete Thorn. Initially self‑funded, a Kickstarter campaign in 2015 boosted their plans to develop a remote‑controlled microphone placement device for commercial release and, by March 2015, their Gen 1 Axial range went into full production, with four models offering single‑ and dual‑axis movement, controlled over your choice of Wi‑Fi or USB using a desktop or mobile app. The X1‑R and V1‑R models also offered full 360‑degree mic rotation. Towards the end of 2020 the brothers released updated Gen 2 versions of the V and X models; reviewed here is the X2‑R.

The new designs work on broadly the same principles as the earlier models, as you might expect, but they have a smaller footprint and support wired Ethernet remote control in addition to the originals’ Wi‑Fi and USB. Movement can also now be assigned to third‑party USB controllers (eg. game joypads). The robots themselves are acoustically quieter and offer finer adjustment than the Gen 1 models. Also, all of the Gen 2 robots can be fitted with an optional Z‑Axis attachment, bringing four inches of vertical movement to the party, and a Capsule‑Lock accessory, which makes it possible to rotate the mic’s capsule around a fixed point.

On Test

On receiving the review unit, I installed the remote‑control app on my iPhone as well as on the studio’s desktop computer, and created a DynaMount account so I was confident that I would be ready to go. The following day, I set everything up shortly before a client arrived at the studio, and this was trivially easy to do. A multicoloured LED on the power unit indicates its connection status, and it’s definitely a good idea to have the LED Colour Code guide to hand, so you can decipher the colours and adjust the settings as required. Using the phone app, it was easy to input the studio’s Wi‑Fi credentials and, after successfully establishing a connection, the machine ran through an automatic calibration procedure; it was soon ready to use....

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