Desktop mic stand w/ good weight holding and long boom

Discussion in 'Microphones' started by scurrier, Jun 16, 2009.

  1. scurrier

    scurrier Guest

    So one thing that I'd like to be able to do is have a mic stand on my desktop whose base is a few feet away from my sitting position with a boom that extends all the way toward me for singing and maybe another one for a stereo mic stand. This would be convenient for practicing and reviewing practice, or maybe for making youtube videos or something.

    I have a desktop mic stand that I bought at best buy's new music section (which I am actually liking, by the way), but the stand does not have a boom and this makes it hard to keep the stand out of the way. It gets in the way of the keyboard, music that I set in front of my, and the computer screen. I have a couple of floor stands that are tripod style, but the tripod is way too big, so I think that a heavy base would be better. So, my question is, is anyone out there using or aware of a stand that would do what I am looking for?

    I think that there must be a short stand with a long boom. I looked on the internet and tried a search here, but I couldn't find anything that looked like the base was heavy enough to actually hold a mic very far away. Maybe a stand that clips to the desk in some fashion?
  2. dvdhawk

    dvdhawk Well-Known Member

    Here's the only thing I can think of heavy enough to hold a mic "a few feet away" that has a shot at fitting on a desk. Ultimate Support / JamStands

    The base measures about 20 inches from the tip of one leg, to the tip of the next. So if you have room for a 20 inch equilateral triangle on your desk you're golden. The boom telescopes out to just under 36".
  3. TheJackAttack

    TheJackAttack Distinguished Member

    currently Billings
  4. dvdhawk

    dvdhawk Well-Known Member

    I was just going to add the same suggestion as JackAttack's. I think his idea is better if you can justify the cost.
  5. scurrier

    scurrier Guest

    Hmm... this might barely fit. It would only work on one side though as I have less front to back space on the other side due to my interface sitting there. Still, I'd like to stay away from the tripod if possible. Or maybe find another smaller tripod one. Thanks though!

    Yeah one of these would be awesome. I wonder how much it can hold though and still stay in place? Big ole' condensor and shockmount? My NTK is pretty heavy. I have been wanting a monitor arm similar to one of these for some time now to have my screen off of the desk. It's anybody's guess why these things are so darn expensive.
  6. scurrier

    scurrier Guest

    Never mind, looks like it has some adjustment screws like the boom adjustment on most mic stands for adjusting compression of the joint. Cool
  7. TheJackAttack

    TheJackAttack Distinguished Member

    currently Billings
    These types of arms are used in radio broadcast all the time to hold RE27's. If it'll hold one of those boys up it'll hold what you got.
  8. scurrier

    scurrier Guest

    Ha, yeah I was kind of figuring it was a radio type arm. Definitely would be ideal, but a little spendy for my purposes.
  9. Codemonkey

    Codemonkey Well-Known Member

    Scotland, UK
    Here's what I use for my gaming mic (which is the remains of a busted headset)

    Ignore the Kristal session in the background.
    It's made from K'nex, and does the job great.

    It even goes with my other furniture: how's THIS for a surround sound speaker stand?
  10. scurrier

    scurrier Guest

    I didn't think it was that funny....then I saw the counterweight ones towards the back
  11. jg49

    jg49 Well-Known Member

    You could take something like this, which has very small footprint and put a longer boom in it and add a weight like an ankle weight used for running.
  12. scurrier

    scurrier Guest

    Hey, good idea. I was looking at that one as probably one of the best of the bunch. Maybe a typical lifting weight that goes on a barbell would fit on over the main shaft and sit at the base?
  13. TheJackAttack

    TheJackAttack Distinguished Member

    currently Billings
    Still need a counterweight of sufficient mass on the boom itself.
  14. BRH

    BRH Active Member

    LA, CA
    I have an extra one of these.
    Wired XLRF on mic end... bare 1 ft. lead on other.
    Has screw on side mount.
  15. KevNC

    KevNC Guest

    I have one of these, it's a kick drum mic stand -very solid and pretty darn heavy, you might not even need a counterweight but if you did, look again in the drum section of your local shop - all kinds of options for clamping counterweights.
  16. jg49

    jg49 Well-Known Member

    When I said add a weight I did mean counterweight (Well then why the %$*& didn't you say so!!!) Sorry pre coffee!
  17. FLZapped

    FLZapped Active Member

    I have an extra long gooseneck table-top stand that I slid a 10 pound weight plate on to add extra weight to the base.

  18. audiokid

    audiokid Chris Well-Known Member

    BC, Canada
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    I just got two PSA1 studio booms from Rode and they are awesome! They clamp onto my table in seconds or you can fix them permanently ( like the image clamp shown below) with both hardware options included. They extend more than I need and lift away when I don't need it. They rotate and are smooth, quiet and steady. It appears their are two colors, black and nickle. I am very impressed with this studio boom.


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