Punk Rock Innovator Introduces VEX V1 Mic Stand
Thomas Lopez, founder and principal designer for VEX Stands, has introduced the patented V1 Microphone Stand.
The V1 mic stand features, among other innovations, an ergonomic lock lever which provides a comfortable, durable alternative to traditional clutch mic stands. The lever also allows for quick adjustment and accurate, consistent height placement.
The V1 comes with a patented carrying case - designed with touring performers in mind. The customisable carrying case is constructed with a 1680D PVC Shell and Heavy Duty EVA foam interior. Dual hand straps are designed to make loading in a breeze, no matter if you’re heading out on tour, playing live, or heading into the recording studio.
Equipment is kept safe and secure thanks to the base compartment's metal D-ring, which can accommodate any combo lock - and the whole kit breaks down to a compact 43in x 2in, while the base measures 10 1/4in.
Teaming up with Lopez at VEX Stands is stylist and designer, Mitch Phillips and Phunk Junkeez founding member, Kirk Reznik. The trio plan to make their debut at the 2021 NAMM exhibition in Anaheim in January.
Lopez has been involved in the DIY and punk scene for over 30 years and finds inspiration for his products in the ethos of both of these communities.
He also owns and operates the vinyl-only Slope Records, which boasts an extensive roster of artists.
His collaboration with Reznik and Phillips is built upon their shared values of innovation, expression and design. Although the three officially joined forces as VEX Stands in 2020, they have been collaborators on numerous different projects before this.
VEX has worked closely with working musicians to develop the V1 Microphone Stand to ensure that it meets the rigors of live performance, coupled with rugged construction for studio use.
The hexagonal aluminum poles utilise the inherent strength of the shape, which distributes torque evenly and provides durability.
“The novel new microphone stand design relies on one of the building blocks of our universe, the Hexagon,” explains Lopez. “The Hexagon is at the centre of omnipresent consciousness, and utilising this connection deepens the experience between artists and their audiences. By over-engineering our equipment, we allow musicians to rest assured that they can rely on their gear for years to come.”
VEX Stands has more products in development, including a patented microphone case with six compartments, as well as a desk mic stand and a single microphone carrying case.