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I'm starting to think about audio recordings that I want to make in the next few months and one of the sounds I'd like to capture is rain on an umbrella.

My first thought was that I could stand holding an umbrella over my recording gear but I have problems with patience and would probably only last a minute or two before I wanted to move - This would cause noise from the raincoat that I would undoubtably be wearing and throw off the point of the recording in the first place.

My next thought was to clamp the umbrella onto a stand which was also holding the recorder and mics. This seems like a good idea but I'm missing a few parts of the picture to evaluate it properly.

Given an average mic stand set at its lowest (about 1m-1.2m) and that I'm likely to be recording on uneven ground (a country park), what can I use to clamp the umbrella to the stand and still be able to set an angle for it? and how can I reduce the chance of the whole thing blowing over?

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    When it comes to clamping, manfrotto is a great resource manfrotto.com/us-en/products/stands-arms-and-clamps
    – audionuma
    Jul 8 '21 at 7:06
  • I had a look through the Manfrotto site (UK version for me) but couldn't find anything that really did the job. I guess I was hoping for something more like the clamps you used to get in school science labs: a very short rod with a claw/clamp at either end. ...I think I may have just answered my own question. I'm off to look for school science supplies! Jul 9 '21 at 7:55
  • MIght try one of these: rapidonline.com/… Jul 11 '21 at 12:20
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Why not use a lighting umbrella, straight into a light stand - made for each other.

Random picture from Google…

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The lighting clamps generally come with adaptors &/or inserts so they'll fit a mic stand thread [either size], or otherwise they'll just drop right over the end of a standard mic stand & clamp to the straight rod underneath.

…or… gaffa tape.

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  • Thanks, THat's certainly something to think about although a little expensive for a single recording - I'd have to find more uses for the umbrella afterwards to justify it a little more ;) Jul 8 '21 at 18:18
  • Just go with the gaffa tape then …so long as you're not using the same mic stand your mic is on, otherwise I think it's going to be a tad rumbly ;)
    – Tetsujin
    Jul 11 '21 at 9:47
  • I'm going to be using a suspension holder so I'm not too worried about rumble - Gaffer tape may well end up being the solution - I was just hoping there was something just a touch more elegant out there Jul 11 '21 at 12:18
  • You don't really need elegant, you just need somerthing that will hald an umbrella up for half an hour. You'd get far better isolation using two mic stands, though ;)
    – Tetsujin
    Jul 11 '21 at 12:34
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I found a cheap way of doing this.

I went online and found a scientific equipment supplier and ordered a few "Retort Clamps" (picture below) for a few pounds each - very cheap and will fasten almost anything to a mic stand at any angle.

I think these will do the job and potentially many more around the studio.

Scientific Retort Clamp

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