Though it’s often the most overlooked portion of your rig (second only to guitar picks), a good mic stand can make or break your performance. If you’re in the market for a mic stand, make sure that when you go to make your final purchase you have all the information that you need to get the best piece of equipment possible.
If you’re not sure where to start on your hunt for the best mic stand, you’ve come to the right place. This article will give you all the information that you need to find a perfect mic stand that you’re going to love, as well as give you five great recommendations!
- What Is A Mic Stand?
- What Should I Look For In A Mic Stand?
- Best Practices for Using A Microphone
- The Top 5 Mic Stands
What Is A Mic Stand?
For those of you that weren’t already aware (hey, these articles are for people just starting out just as much as they’re for those of you who are just looking for help making up your mind on what to buy), a mic stand is a piece of equipment that holds a microphone. This can be used by a vocalist, or to amplify and/or record an acoustic instrument.
Obviously, this makes a mic stand pretty important to your performance. If you don’t get something that’s at least halfway durable it would be pretty easy to end up with a microphone in your mouth mid-song, which unless you’re the lead vocalist in a metal-core band isn’t exactly ideal.
There’s also two main types of mic stands. One has a flexible arm that can easily be moved into pretty much any position, and a standard mic stand which while adjustable isn’t quite as versatile. The former is called a goose neck mic stand, while the latter is generally referred to as a standard mic stand. Or just a mic stand, depending on who’s speaking.
A standard mic stand is generally recommended for vocalists because it won’t move if it’s bumped while a goose neck will. A goose neck mic stand is really helpful for amplifying and/or recording acoustic instruments because you have a bit more options as to where you can place it, and it’s less likely to get knocked around in that situation.
What Should I Look For In A Mic Stand?
It’s so easy to find a good mic stand, all you have to do is not buy the cheapest thing you find and pay attention to the construction quality and materials. Cheap mic stands are generally constructed with metal for the arms and extendable portions, but the bolts that lock the arms into positions will be made out of plastic or cheap pot metal. These cheaper parts will warp, bend, or become stripped through use, which will in turn render your mic stand essentially non-functional.
So whatever you do, make sure that your mic stand is made out of good metal. It doesn’t cost that much more, and a good mic stand is going to last you for decades, unlike the cheap counterparts.
Best Practices for Using A Microphone
Unless you’re a classically trained vocalist, odds are no one has ever taught you how to properly use a microphone. It’s not hard, but it will take a bit of practice on your part.
First off, though it’s tempting to get as close as you can to the microphone it’s important that you leave at least a couple of inches worth of space between your mouth and the microphone. Getting to close to the microphone will actually cut your volume and clarity, which in turn is going to make your vocals sound muddy.
Second, never cup your hand around the mic. A mic is designed to pick up the wave of sound you generate, so if you cup the mic your cutting your total volume and tonal range. Instead, keep your hand off of the actual mic portion of your microphone,. Sure, it may not look as cool but it will make you sound significantly better. Lastly, make sure that you’re properly forming your vowels. This is more important in a live setting because there’s already so much background noise that you need to cut through. To help with this, make sure you spend a few minutes each day going over the “Italian Vowels” and Solfage. Both of these exercises will increase your clarity as a vocalist.
Top 5 Microphone Stands
As always, we try to make sure that everyone can come to our articles and find a great option for their rig and budget. So while we recognize that there are certain types of mic stands that will be better or worse than others, we include several different models at varying price points to ensure that everyone can find something that will be a great addition to their rig.
Still unsure where to start on your hunt for the perfect mic stand? Below you’ll find five great recommendations. And as always, if you feel that something else should be included on the following list be sure to let us know in the comments section below.
Neewer Microphone Suspension Boom Scissor Arm Stand
K&M Microphone Stand with Telescopic Boom Arm
Latch Lake Music micKing 2200 Boom
Atlas Sound MS-10C Round Base All-Purpose Mic Stand
Samson MK-10 Microphone Boom Stand