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How to store microphones properly between use
Old 11th August 2018
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How to store microphones properly between use

I have a number of mics, mostly Beyer dynamics, but also a pair of ribbons, and some sdcs and ldcs. I record at most a couple of times each month, and between takes I store the mics in plastic bags (to protect against dust) in pouches, which I in turn keep in plastic storage boxes. Does this sound like a good way to store them? Is there anything I should think about?

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Old 11th August 2018
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The mic's I use frequently stay out in the room on stands, covered by clear sandwich bags when not in use.

Mic's not used frequently are stored in their boxes and cases and put away.
Old 11th August 2018
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Always store with a packet of silica gel to absorb moisture. Otherwise you are locking in the moisture with the microphone - not good for the capsule.

Ribbon mics should be stored with the ribbon in the vertical position to prevent sagging.
Old 11th August 2018
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I’ve never experienced a mic failing or degrading from just sitting around. They’re often on display for months or even years at stores without stories of ill effects. What would I hear or see leaving a mic on a stand in place in a nice clean home studio for a few years?
Old 12th August 2018
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home depot plastic shoe boxes with quarter size holes punched in the lids and cheese cloth glued under that so the boxes breathe but no dust
Old 12th August 2018
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Always store with a packet of silica gel to absorb moisture. Otherwise you are locking in the moisture with the microphone - not good for the capsule.

Ribbon mics should be stored with the ribbon in the vertical position to prevent sagging.
Xander, those are great tips! I do already follow them. However, one of the reasons I asked about mic storage, I realise now, is that I am a bit worried that I am overdoing it with wrapping the mics in plastic bags inside their pouches. As you recommend, I keep one or two small bags of silica with each mic. How often should these be changed though?

My my ribbons are kept in an upright position.

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home depot plastic shoe boxes with quarter size holes punched in the lids and cheese cloth glued under that so the boxes breathe but no dust
That is a good idea! Thanks!

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Old 12th August 2018
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Xander, those are great tips! I do already follow them. However, one of the reasons I asked about mic storage, I realise now, is that I am a bit worried that I am overdoing it with wrapping the mics in plastic bags inside their pouches. As you recommend, I keep one or two small bags of silica with each mic. How often should these be changed though?

My my ribbons are kept in an upright position.

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I just bought the silica packs linked below. They are supposed to change color when they have absorbed all the moisture they can. They can be reactivated by heating in an oven or microwave. Since I just got them I can't say how well they work, but the reviews on Amazon seem good.
Amazon.com: [25 Packs] 10 Gram Orange "Dry & Dry" Premium Indicating(Orange to Dark Green) Silica Gel Packets - RECHARGEABLE: Home & Kitchen
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I just bought the silica packs linked below. They are supposed to change color when they have absorbed all the moisture they can. They can be reactivated by heating in an oven or microwave. Since I just got them I can't say how well they work, but the reviews on Amazon seem good.
Amazon.com: [25 Packs] 10 Gram Orange "Dry & Dry" Premium Indicating(Orange to Dark Green) Silica Gel Packets - RECHARGEABLE: Home & Kitchen
This could make for an interesting yet again observation/test as to how long gel caps take -or saturate in their attempt to 'suck up all the moisture in the room in all but a vapor sealed container.

Sharp11 said; The mic's I use frequently stay out in the room on stands, covered by clear sandwich bags when not in use.

Out in the room' or in the drawer' a non sealed bag protects from dust and allows the mic to ride the natural room humidity curve.

edited to add.. zip loc's -open enough for a balance of dust protection and breathability.

Last edited by Wayne; 12th August 2018 at 11:45 PM..
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