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Floor microphone stand or desk arm stand?

Permanent link to this post Posted by Rocky.B » Thu Jul 13, 2017 9:59 am

i am newbie to Podcasting with Audacity, currently i'm still in building my studio.

i struggled if is it necessary to buy a blue yeti and what's the best microphone stand? blue yeti is heavy so i have to prepare a good stand for it. I was thinking to chose this microphone arm stand, while after searching in the forum and i learnt that though floor standing boom stands can be awkward to position for desk use, but offer much better isolation from noises that originate from or on the desk (such as keyboard noises, putting down your coffee mug and so on). Is this true? because i thought desk arm would be much more convenient.

Could you please advice what's your equipments? it's just a hobby with limited budget, would love to hear your recommendation.
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Re: Floor microphone stand or desk arm stand?

Permanent link to this post Posted by steve » Thu Jul 13, 2017 12:01 pm

I use a reasonably good quality floor standing boom stand.
When using a heavy mic, it is advisable to not extend the boom fully. Additional weight can be added to the other end of the boom to help counterbalance the weight of the mic.

Another solution that I've seen work well is to suspend the "spider" (the microphone suspension mount) with three cords from hooks in the ceiling. Note that the hooks should be screwed into the ceiling joists and not just into plasterboard (although special plasterboard fixings could be used). The reason for three cords is so that the microphone does not swing or spin. The microphone should NOT be suspended by the microphone lead.
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Re: Floor microphone stand or desk arm stand?

Permanent link to this post Posted by kozikowski » Thu Jul 13, 2017 2:38 pm

The stand doesn't do noise isolation. That's the job of the shock mount.

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What's your room like? That more than anything else will tell you what your sound is going to be like.

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You can't see it in this pix, but the other end of that microphone boom has a 1L bleach bottle and piece of clothesline hanging from it to balance the microphone. That picture isn't written up yet. Those are furniture moving pads and there's one on the floor.

Yetis have some interesting features. You can't ever get more than one USB cable away from the computer, you can't go through a USB hub with anything else and you can't extend the cable. How much noise does your computer make?

Apparently, there is a shock mount for a Yeti (scroll down).

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/contro ... sku=829490

Sometimes Yetis have USB noise problems and those are very difficult to solve.

Typical USB noise sound
http://kozco.com/tech/audacity/clips/US ... neClip.mp3

Why did you pick the Yeti, or it was common and you're just not sure yet?

If you have a quiet room, your choice of microphones goes way up.

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Re: Floor microphone stand or desk arm stand?

Permanent link to this post Posted by kozikowski » Thu Jul 13, 2017 2:47 pm

There is a Yeti-Pro which doesn't have USB whine sound but it's not a beginner microphone and it's not cheap.

Describe your show.

You should stop building your studio until you discuss two points: Will you ever have one or more live human guests, will you want to interview somebody over Skype or Chat?

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Re: Floor microphone stand or desk arm stand?

Permanent link to this post Posted by kozikowski » Thu Jul 13, 2017 10:16 pm

Turns out to be a 3L bottle.

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Please note you can't do this trick with an arm-style desk stand. You're stuck with whatever the springs in the arm can handle. There's other tricks as well. When I use it, the stand is by my left elbow—not across the desk—and the microphone is just left of my nose at Power Fist spacing.

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Re: Floor microphone stand or desk arm stand?

Permanent link to this post Posted by Rocky.B » Fri Jul 14, 2017 1:37 am

steve wrote:I use a reasonably good quality floor standing boom stand.
When using a heavy mic, it is advisable to not extend the boom fully. Additional weight can be added to the other end of the boom to help counterbalance the weight of the mic.

Another solution that I've seen work well is to suspend the "spider" (the microphone suspension mount) with three cords from hooks in the ceiling. Note that the hooks should be screwed into the ceiling joists and not just into plasterboard (although special plasterboard fixings could be used). The reason for three cords is so that the microphone does not swing or spin. The microphone should NOT be suspended by the microphone lead.


Hi Steve, thanks for your advice, i will add a "shock spider" in my list.
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Re: Floor microphone stand or desk arm stand?

Permanent link to this post Posted by kozikowski » Fri Jul 14, 2017 1:46 am

Rycote makes some good universal shock mounts that don't happen to be spiders.

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They work just fine, but they don't photograph as well. They do have the advantage that they don't have rubber bands or shock bands to break, not that breakage happens all that often.

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Re: Floor microphone stand or desk arm stand?

Permanent link to this post Posted by Rocky.B » Fri Jul 14, 2017 1:54 am

Hi Koz, thank you so much for your very detailed advice, you are a real professional and know a beginner. Yes, i just though Blue yeti is common and may be a must have. And i am thinking to put those gear in my bed room, to chat with my girlfriend and record, we live in different city, it would be a perfect gift when we are old. :D
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Re: Floor microphone stand or desk arm stand?

Permanent link to this post Posted by kozikowski » Fri Jul 14, 2017 2:18 am

to chat with my girlfriend and record, we live in different city

That's why I asked you about recording Skype or Chat. Audacity doesn't work for that.

There are Windows applications designed to record Skype. Which chat application do you use?

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Re: Floor microphone stand or desk arm stand?

Permanent link to this post Posted by Rocky.B » Sat Jul 15, 2017 1:33 am

Oh, i never realize this. I use Skype. lol, what an idiot. :oops:
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