Say hello to the Triad-Orbit – a brilliantly produced microphone stand that is rugged and flexible enough to work as a hydra-like boom arm, light stand, camera stand, LCD monitor stand, etc:
[Editor’s note: Is that a great presentation or what?]
TRIAD T3 utilizes a three-section shaft for specialized stage and studio applications and features an air suspension system to protect expensive studio microphone against accidental impact damage.
It weighs 14.25 lbs (6.46 kg) and can extend up to 78.5″. To know the differences between stand+tripod models, click here (PDF).
The next important accessory (the one that really makes this stand versatile) is the IO Coupler that has a proprietary coupling system at one end and a standard mount on the other so you can thread in 1/4″, 5/8″ and other accessories – the options are limitless.
The exclusive IO™ quick-change coupler is standard equipment on all TRIAD stands and ORBIT booms. IO effortlessly captures booms and mics with ease and assurance. ‘On-the-fly’ hardware swaps are now a reality, replacing the tedious task of threading booms and mic clips on and off.
To round out the kit, you have various accessories that go on the other end of the coupler – from different types of boom arms, mic holders, VESA mounts, iPad holders, and pretty much anything you want to throw on there. They also sell sand bags (ballast bags) for a more secure system. You can add rollers on the bottom of the tripod as well.
I thought I’d price out one T3 stand to hold an LED light, a shotgun microphone and a monitor:
- T3 tripod – $219
- Dual-Arm boom set – $199
- Mounting clamp – $59
- Extendable Boom arm – $55 x 2
- 1/4″ mounting studs – $19×3
I may have missed a couple of parts, but the total is about $644. So you could kit out a couple of Triad Orbits for $1,000. Definitely not cheap, but it’ll probably last a lifetime. I don’t know how well it will last outdoors though.
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