The shockmount has to be one of the coolest looking items in the studio. Such visually soothing geometries on the end of the boom like the web from a 1950s robot spider suspending your mic in the ether. That cool, old school look is formed by the suspension bands. Those bands isolate the microphone from the stand to prevent your super sensitive condenser and ribbon mics from picking up floor vibration. Anybody who's ever set up a recording studio in a warehouse in an industrial zone knows how important shockmounts are.