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Microphone stands not only allow vocalists to perform hands-free but come in handy in all sorts of situations. From overhead instrument recordings to microphones that are so sensitive that they can’t even be handled: a mic stand s a solid essential.
Professional Studio Microphone Stands
Depending on what you need, there’s a wide range of professional microphone stands available. In any case, it’s always worth having a number of high and medium-height boom arm stands at the ready, plus an extra-low stand to record kick drums and snares. It’s also worth noting that standard vocal microphone stands will work fine for most small-diaphragm condenser microphones, but that heavier, large-diaphragm condenser mics are best supported by an extra-tall, reinforced stand.
Boom Arm Microphone Stands
Microphone stands outfitted with a boom arm offer an easy way for guitarists to sing and play at the same time, without the stand getting in the way. Often adjustable in length and height, boom arms always guarantee the optimum microphone position and can sometimes be removed from the main stand. If you want to record a drum kit, go for overhead stands instead; boom arms don’t offer enough stability when they’re extended beyond two metres.
Small Tabletop/Desktop Stands
If you don’t need a large microphone stand and you’re looking for something more compact to set up on a table or desk, a tabletop microphone stand is your best bet. These stands are effortless to set up and fit inside a backpack, making them ideal for vloggers, YouTubers, podcasters and other show hosts and content creators.
Broadcast Microphone Stands
Broadcast microphone stands are a brilliant space-saving solution. These flexible microphone arms are simply clamped onto the edge of the desk and can be easily positioned - often without handling noise. Some broadcast microphone stands even feature an integrated XLR or USB cable or a built-in cable management system. More professional broadcast mic stands are mainly used in radio, recording and podcasting studios.
Straight Microphone Stands
For live performances, studio recording sessions and presentations, if there’s enough space for it, a straight mic stand is a solid solution. Straight microphone stands generally have a tripod or a metal base-plate design. Tripods have the benefit of being easy to fold up; a metal base-plate, on the other hand, usually takes up less space. The height of straight mic stands can vary, so make sure you’re getting what you need.
The Right Microphone Clip for Your Stand
Microphone clips are rarely included with microphone stands since, in most cases, a compatible clip comes included with every microphone. Most microphone clips feature a 5/8" screw thread and have an integrated 3/8" screw thread adapter. If your microphone doesn’t fit your stand, it’s usually just a matter of removing the 3/8" adapter or picking up a separate adapter. Microphone clips with a 1/4" screw thread are mainly made for cameras, camera stands and recorders. Bax Music stocks every type of microphone clip and screw thread adapter, as well as camera microphone accessories.
Frequently Asked Question About Microphone Stands
What’s the best microphone stand for me?
Want to sing or work from a desk? Go for a tabletop stand. If you’ve got ample free floor-space and you value proper technique, you’re better off with a ‘standard’ boom-arm microphone stand. If you’re a podcaster, a broadcast microphone stand is a great solution - just make sure to keep the weight of your microphone in mind.
How do I mount my microphone on my stand?
The right microphone clip probably came included with your microphone. If it didn’t, you can always pick one up. Most microphone clips feature a 5/8" screw thread and have an integrated 3/8" screw thread adapter. If your microphone doesn’t fit your stand, it’s usually just a matter of removing the 3/8" adapter or picking up a separate screw thread adapter.