Getting a quality desktop microphone stand is one of the best investment you can do on your studio setup. Can you imagine how terrible it is if your $500 worth mic fell to the floor due to the unstable stand?
So in this article, We’ve listed out the most critical factors that you must know and review different types of mic stand that are most suitable to be used on the desktop and tabletop.
Benefits Of using Desktop Dynamic/Condenser Mic Stands
1) Saving Desktop Space
It could save you lot of space on your desktop by using mic stand. It is beneficial, especially where there is insufficient space left on your desktop.
2) Avoid Picking Up Desktop Noise
This is one of the major problems with the original short mic stand that comes with the mic. The vibration noise from the PC (especially louder if your PC placed on the desktop), the keyword typing sounds, the noise of the mouse-clicking, and pencil scratching sound when writing. Indeed, all the noise problems can be easily fixed by using a more practical third-party mic stand.
3) More Solid Mic Setup
Sometimes, you might be thinking of adding some useful accessories such as pop-filter, windshield, and shock-mount to your mic. Mostly the original stand that comes in the package will not be suitable for you anymore if you want to upgrade your set up. Accessories matching compatibility issues and the added up weight being the major problems for the mic stand itself.
Things To Consider & How to Choose The Most Suitable One
1) Mounting Screw Compatibility
Most mic stands use different sizes of mounting screw. They are mostly in 3/8″ & 5/8″ threaded mounting screw sizes. You have to know what is the mounting screw size of your mic before buying a mic stand.
That’s fine if both of are in the same size. What if both thread sizes of its mounting are in different sizes? Let me show you the easy solutions for you.
In case the mic stand uses the 5/8″, and the mic is on 3/8″ screw mounting. You can try to remove the screw bracket that attached to the bottom of the mic to make it compatible with the 5/8″ stand mounting as most of the condenser/dynamic mics do come with the removable mounting bracket. Alternatively, you can buy an additional mic screw adaptor that matches the stand.
2) Desktop Space
You can use the tripod or round base stand if your desk is uncluttered and have enough space for additional small studio setups. In case you only have insufficient space available on your desk or your desk is quite cluttered with the home studio accessories, papers, books and all kind of stuff, then I would suggest you get a scissor boom arm mic stand that is extendable and adjustable from the corner.
The purposes of using the mic are by far the most important factors you need to consider before buying a mic stand. And the activities during the recording session largely affects the audio recording quality too if using the wrong mic stand.
If you are a podcaster who always have to do some keyboard typing, mouse-clicking, and writing activities during the recording session, definitely the boom arm mic stands are more suitable for you. The mic with a shorter stand that placed on the desktop does pick up noises from the desktop.
For singers, most types of tripod, round base, and boom arm mic stands will fit because they seldom perform any other desktop activities during a recording session, except singing. If the PC is on the top of the desktop, just make sure your mic is not too close to it to pick up the unnecessary vibration noises. Alternatively, you can use the boom arm for this purpose.
4) Mic Setups
For some advanced users, they might choose to upgrade their mic setup with the additional mic related accessories such as windshield, pop-filter, shock-mount, etc. All these every single add-on accessories will be added-up the total weight of the mic setup that the stand need to bear.
For heavier mic setups, it’s better to go for the mic stand that with the solid base or stronger holding capability to carry its bulky mic setup.
Most mic stands range from around $10 for the basic entry-level stands and could be reaching up to $100 for those high-end mic stands. You can use the basic and affordable mic stand for the cheaper mic setup. However, for more expensive mic setup that cost more than $500, I would suggest that you should get a more high-end and solid-built mic stand just for the sake of its stronger mic holding power in mind.
1) Tripod Mic Stands
1) Ammoon MS-12 Mini Foldable Tabletop Tripod Microphone Mic Stand
2) Neewer Foldable Desktop Microphone Tripod Stand
2) Round Base Mic Stands
1) On Stage DS7200B Adjustable Desk Microphone Stand
2) On Stage DS7100 Desktop Microphone Stand
3) LyxPro DKS-1 Desktop Microphone Desk Stand
3) Gooseneck Mic Stand
1) Pyle Desktop Microphone Stand
2) ChromaCast CC-GDMIC-STAND
3) Ultimate Support JS-DMS75 JamStands
4) Desktop Boom Arm Mic Stands
1) Tree New Bee Complete Set Microphone Suspension Boom Scissor Arm Stand
2. Neewer Adjustable Desktop Microphone Stand with Boom Arm
3. RODE PSA1 Swivel Mount Studio Microphone Boom Arm (High-end)