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October 24, 2013 / Randy Coppinger

Triad-Orbit Mic Stand System

Triad 2 - Orbit 2 - Micro 2

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Of all the things that got me excited on the exhibit floor at this year’s AES Convention, I have every intention to purchase a microphone stand system by Triad-Orbit. If you’ve ever struggled with a stand to place a mic in a difficult spot, you’ll appreciate these too. I took lots of pictures so you can see the why this product line is so cool.

The unique split arms configuration shown here seems well suited for drum overheads, piano, or anywhere you want a pair of mikes for stereo recording. The company website also shows the dual arms in use for simultaneous over and under snare miking. To the right: a full view of a Triad 2 stand with Orbit 2 split arms and a Micro 2 at the end of the right boom.

Check out this close-up on the Orbit 2 Y-shaped split.

Orbit 2 close-up

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This close-up shows the ball and joint socket that provides so much flexibility for angling and rotating the boom where you want it quickly.

Ball and socket joint connects vertical pole to boom pole

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Each leg of the tripod has four ratcheted positions and a foot-actuated latch for hands-free adjustment.

Triad leg latches

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This motion GIF from the Triad-Orbit website shows the tilt angles that can be achieved using the ratcheting action.

Each leg has four ratcheted positions and a foot-actuated latch for hands-free adjustment

The telescoping action of the vertical pole is regulated by these ergonomic grips that taper to better fit hand shape.

Ergonomic grip for telescoping vertical pole

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Another rubber coated grip on the telescoping portion of the boom pole.

rubberized boom pole end

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Another ball and joint socket at the end of the boom, called a Micro, makes angling and rotating the microphone so simple.

Rubberized grip at the end of boom arm

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There is a shorter vertical stand that would be great for miking kick, guitar cab, and anything else close to the ground. There is a 3 section telescoping vertical stand too for really high placement. The ball and socket joint is available for a more traditional single boom arm configuration, in addition to the split arm system shown above. There is even a quick release system at the end of the boom pole, similar to a Quick Clip. For more details, see the Triad-Orbit website.

See also: Bobby Owsinki’s thoughts on Triad-Orbit stands

For more convention presentations, photos, audio gear, etc. see: 135th AES NY Roundup

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  1. Jeffrey James / Oct 24 2013 8:04 pm

    I only wish they were a hair less expensive. Mostly because I’d own one by now if they were.

    • Randy Coppinger / Oct 25 2013 6:31 pm

      I actually expected them to cost more, so I was surprised (in a good way) when I saw the pricing. But I hear what you’re saying… Why does all of the stuff I want cost so much? One thing that occurred to me that takes away some of the sting — if I normally would use two mic stands for drum overheads, the O2 split boom would allow overheads on only one stand.

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