Atlas Sound QR-2

Quick Release Adapter for Atlas Sound MS10C, MS10CE, MS12C, MS12CE, or Similar Microphone Stands
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Set Up Mic Stands in Seconds!

The Atlas Sound QR-2 microphone stand quick release adapter is serious touring timesaver. When every second before the show counts, the QR-2 is absolutely invaluable. The way the QR-2 works is extremely simple. Just attach the base into the threads of your mic stand base (we know it works with the Atlas Sound MS10C, MS10CE, MS12C, and MS12CE). Next, attach the other end to the stand itself. Once you've set up the QR-2, breaking down and setting up your microphone stands takes only seconds. You're going to love the convenience and ease of use the Atlas Sound QR-2 quick release adapter gives you!

Atlas Sound QR-2 Microphone Quick Release Mic Stand Adapter Features at a Glance:
  • Adds quick-release convenience to your microphone stand
  • Installs easily into your Atlas Sound MS10C, MS10CE, MS12C, MS12CE, or other similar microphone stand
  • Allows you to detach and attach your mic stand from its base in seconds
  • Durable metal construction ensures years of consistent, reliable use
The Atlas Sound QR-2 microphone quick release adapter setting up mic stands easy!

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Very Solid Piece

OK, so here's the deal. I ordered this piece from Sweetwater because their service is always top notch and they carry a lot of Atlas Sound's products...among the very best for mic stands. As always the adapter arrived promptly and the price was (of course) competitive. What I wanted to do here was to mount the adapter on a 3/4" thick plywood keyboard shelf that sits on my organ, so a boom stand could be mounted/dismounted. After years of hassling with booms needing a very heavy base to prevent tipping (although, Atlas' boom stands have been by far the best), I wanted a convenient solution that also would make my rig more compact. The Atlas QR2 is a beautifully machined piece, made entirely of steel and finished in what appears to be a black anodized coating. If you know something about machining, you will immediately appreciate the quality and the price! Here's where the rub comes in. The QR2 upper "male" section is supposed to lock with the three steel balls popping into machined recesses in the lower "female" section. Releasing it is as simple as pressing down on the upper sliding ring. The problem is that you can also release it by simply rotating the mic stand shaft that's screwed into it with not much pressure/torque, and then simply lift the mic stand out. For my application, the keyboard shelf has a slight angle on it (about 10 degrees or less). This slight angle with a boom arm attached is enough to rotate the boom by the very slight force of gravity alone and release the upper section! In other words, even the slight angle of the upper keyboard shelf makes it impossible for the boom arm to stay in place. Even when mounted in the normal way as part of a regular mic stand, it would take very little pressure to rotate the stand and release the locking balls. Because of leverage, it becomes MUCH easier with a boom arm attached to a mic stand. The whole locking system is pretty much "besides the point" when you can simply (and very easily) twist and lift the stand to release/decouple it. Since there is a lot of depth to the female/male attachment, I was able to modify the QR2 to work perfectly. I punched out the drift pin that holds the sliding ring mechanism and removed all of it from the upper male end. The leaves you with a straight male/female connection. I drilled the upper section for a new 1/8" drift pin that is a little less than a quarter inch wider than the section and ground matching grooves in the flange of the lower female section that the upper section can simply drop into and locate solidly. Now I simply lift out the upper, yet it cannot rotate with a boom arm mic stand inserted. Atlas' product is made to very high standards (as always), but the engineering (and prototyping) could have either gone a step further...or even in the opposite direction where the stand just drops in as in my case. One way would have made the product a bit more expensive, but more functional, The other way would have made the product much simpler, less expensive and still more functional. This is a long-winded "review" for such a minor product, but I didn't want to criticize Atlas so much as to offer thoughts that might help both Atlas and consumers. So beautifully made product that doesn't quite function the way you would think.
Music background: recording engineer, musician

Okay... So

It does exactly what it's says, but it doesn't say that it's super wobbly. I like the solid feeling of the Atlas stand the way it is, and this kind of undoes all that... A great idea, but not as good as you'd think
Music background: Performer
See also: Atlas Sound, Atlas Sound Miscellaneous Mic Accessories