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Welcome to our big microphone stand test 2022. Here we present all the microphone stands we have tested in detail. We have compiled detailed background information and added a summary of customer reviews on the web.

We would like to make your purchase decision easier and help you find the best microphone stand for you.

You will also find answers to frequently asked questions in our guide. If available, we also offer interesting test videos. Furthermore, you will also find some important information on this page that you should be aware of when buying a microphone stand.




Summary

  • For a microphone, you will normally also need a microphone stand, as you probably don’t want to hold it in your hand all the time.
  • Microphone stands are available as table stands with a base, as table microphone arms and as floor stands. Apart from the swivelling microphone arm, you can buy stands with or without a swivel arm (boom).
  • You can get microphone stands at amazon.de or at various specialist music shops (e.g. Thomann). You can also order your stand online there.

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Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying a microphone stand

How much does a microphone stand cost?

Microphone stands come in a wide range of prices. You can buy a microphone stand for as little as ten euros. The top products, on the other hand, cost over 500 euros.

The differences in the individual price ranges are due, among other things, to the ease of handling – expensive microphone stands can be adjusted in height and orientation much more easily than cheap models.

Class price quality
Cheap models from 10€ not very comfortable to use
Middle class 30-100€ easier to adjust in height
Top products over 500€ protection against impact sound, easy to adjust, heavy and stable, protected against tipping over

Also, better-quality models offer better protection against impact sound – that is, slight vibrations in the floor when someone walks by near the micro. If there is insufficient impact sound absorption in the stand, this can lead to rumbling noises during recording.

Finally, more expensive mic stands are often heavier and more stable. This means they are better protected against “tipping over”.

The stability of your stand is especially important if the microphone attached to the stand is both valuable and sensitive to falling, such as condenser and especially ribbon microphones.

How do I attach a microphone to the stand?

The first step in attaching a microphone is to put it into a microphone clamp – this clamp acts like a pair of (elastic) pliers that hold the microphone in place. The clamp has a thread that you can use to screw it into the microphone stand.

The clamp is included with most microphones, but you can also buy one separately if you are not satisfied with the quality of the clamp supplied.

Did you know that many microphone stands also have a powder coating?

The additional layer of powder coating increases the longevity of the stands.

Two thread sizes have become established on the market for attaching the clamp to the stand, namely 3/8 inch and 5/8 inch. In Europe, 3/8 inch is the standard for microphones and stands. In the USA, on the other hand, 5/8 inch is common.

If the stand and the microphone clamp do not fit together because of different thread sizes, you can buy a screw adapter (also called a reducing thread). These are also available in music stores.

Decision: What types of microphone stands are there and which is the right one for you?

Basically, you can distinguish between three types of microphone stands:

  • Table stand
  • Articulated arm
  • Floor stand

Microphones have many different uses. Because of this, it is important to have the right microphone stand. This is the only way to get the best quality out of your recording equipment.

To give you a better overview, in the following section we present the three types of stands mentioned above. We show their advantages and disadvantages and hope to make your purchase easier.

What are the characteristics of a table tripod and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

A table tripod is usually small and handy. These features make it very space-saving. The microphone is screwed onto the stand or inserted into the corresponding holder and then placed on a table.

You can easily move and position it to adjust the distance to the microphone. This makes it very suitable for recording devices that you can connect directly to the computer. These include speech and USB microphones. However, the stand offers you few options for aligning the microphone and is therefore relatively inflexible.

Advantages
  • Small and handy
  • Inexpensive
  • Space-saving
  • Variable microphone distance
  • Can support heavy weight
Disadvantages
  • Table top can reflect sound
  • Relatively inflexible
  • Can obscure field of vision
  • Susceptible to jerks

A tabletop stand can support a lot of weight, so you can easily attach accessories like pop filters to it.

If your tabletop reflects a lot of sound, this can cause some problems with the recording. It will pick up a lot of unwanted noise. It is also prone to jerks on the table and stand. In some cases, a tripod that is too large can also obscure the field of vision. Table stands are suitable for Let’s players, podcasters or recording sound for YouTube videos, among others.

First and foremost, a microphone stand should be stable. This is where the wheat is separated from the chaff. While inexpensive tripods are mostly made of plastic, professional tripods are usually made exclusively of steel. So you should not save money at the wrong end.

How does an articulated arm work and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

An articulated arm is attached to one edge of the table with the help of a screw mount. The multiple joints allow you to easily move and align the stand. This makes it possible, for example, to pull it closer to you or to let it disappear from view for a short time. This makes it very space-saving.

The microphone is screwed onto a thread or inserted into a corresponding holder. You can adjust the stand to your individual needs and change both the height and the position. It is possible to hang the microphone upside down or to turn it sideways. This makes the alignment very flexible.

Advantages
  • Very flexible
  • Space-saving
  • Can be moved out of sight
  • Individually adjustable
  • Not jerky
Disadvantages
  • Can’t carry much weight
  • Not as stable

An articulated arm is not as jerky as a table tripod, but not as stable as the other two types of tripod. It cannot support as much weight. Using heavier microphones or attaching accessories to the tripod can be problematic in some cases. This type of tripod is perfect for computer voice recording and live streaming.

What are the characteristics of a floor stand and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

The floor stand is the classic stand that is placed on the floor. It can be placed anywhere in the room and allows you to record while standing. The microphone is placed in a holder or screwed onto the stand and aligned accordingly.

It gives you the possibility to adjust the height of the stand individually. You can position it exactly at the height of your speaking angle and thus optimise your recording quality.

Advantages
  • Stable stand
  • Height-adjustable
  • Can be placed anywhere
  • Precisely set up to the speaking angle
  • Accessories easy to attach
Disadvantages
  • Takes up a lot of space
  • Unhandy

Accessories such as pop filters are easy to attach as it has a very stable stand. This type of microphone stand is slightly larger and takes up more space than other types of stands. Overall, it is also a little more unwieldy due to its size. Floor stands are ideal for vocal recordings.

Buying criteria: These are the factors you can use to compare and evaluate microphone stands

In the following, we would like to show you which factors you can use to evaluate and compare microphone stands. This will make it easier for you to decide whether a particular stand is suitable for you or not.

In summary, these are the following criteria:

  • The type of construction (table stand, microphone arm, floor stand)
  • The presence of a swivel arm (microphone boom)
  • The maximum adjustment height
  • The handling

The type of construction – Which microphone stand for which purpose?

First of all, you should be clear about the purpose for which you want to buy your microphone stand, because depending on the type of use, there are many different stands you can consider.

Table stands

Table stands have – according to their purpose – a low height. They are available in two versions, namely as a tripod or with a round base plate.

A tripod can take up more space than a base plate, and it is also easier to accidentally knock over such a tripod. For this reason, we recommend the version with a base plate for the table, especially if it is a sensitive microphone (such as a real condenser microphone).

If you choose the version with a base plate, make sure the plate is heavy enough. Then the centre of gravity is lower and your microphone is sufficiently secured against falling over.

Microphone arm

Another (and safer) alternative is a microphone arm.

This is a swivel arm with spring joints, similar to a desk lamp. You can attach such an arm to your microphone table with a screw clamp. Attached to the arm, you can easily turn your mic in any direction and also adjust its height. In addition, the stand will not distort the table surface.

Floor stand

If you perform in public or want to record not only your singing but also your guitar playing, a floor stand is the right thing for you.

Such stands are also available as tripods and with a base plate. A floor plate is especially practical if you want to place yourself as a singer directly in front of the microphone and don’t want to trip over the outriggers of the tripod.

As with the table stand, you should pay attention to a low centre of gravity when using a floor stand. Stands with a metal base are therefore more suitable than those with a lightweight plastic base. However, the former are also less affordable.

Floor stands for microphones make the most sense for stage performances. This way, instruments can be played at the same time. The heavier the base of the floor stand, the more stable it is. (Picture source: pixabay.com / Pexels)

Swivel boom (microphone boom)

Do you not only want to pick up your vocals, but also play guitar at the same time? Then it can be a hindrance if the stand is directly in front of your guitar when recording, because this will restrict the freedom of movement of your hands. In such cases, a stand with a microphone boom is the right thing for you.

Did you know that boom arms are standard equipment in the film industry?

Depending on the preferences of the production team, a dynamic or condenser microphone is attached to the boom
Boom.

This is a swivel arm that keeps the microphone “at a distance” from the stand rod. Last but not least, you can also use it to adjust the height and orientation of the microphone vertically or horizontally.

This makes the boom particularly useful for miking a drum kit or other musical instrument standing on the floor, as it allows you to position the microphone optimally without having to move the stand.

Maximum adjustment height

With the exception of some table stands, microphone stands are adjustable in height.

Especially when you pick up a drum kit or keyboard, the maximum height of the stand is important. This is because overhead microphones are often used here, which are placed well above the drums with the help of the boom. For this, the stand must be able to be extended upwards sufficiently.

Handling

Do you often have to adjust the height of your microphone or change its orientation? Then the ease of handling is a criterion that should not be underestimated.

Simple microphone stands often have only a thumbscrew for locking. More expensive models, on the other hand, offer locking levers that make handling much more comfortable. They also loosen less easily than a simple screw mechanism.

With many microphones – especially table microphones in the low-cost range – a suitable stand is already included in the delivery.

This way, they are ready to use right from the start and you don’t have to think twice about which mic stand you want to buy.

However, you may want to attach your mic to a different stand later (for example, a floor stand). In this case, make sure that the mic can be unscrewed and attached to a standard microphone stand.

Facts worth knowing about microphone stands

Can I build a microphone stand myself?

With components from the hardware store and a little technical know-how, there should be no obstacles to building a microphone stand yourself.

However, you should bear in mind that you can buy inexpensive stands for as little as ten euros. So the question is whether the material costs and the work involved are really worth it.

If you would like to have a microphone arm and don’t want to spend so much money, you can also convert some swivel arms of desk lamps into microphone arms with a little skill. But then test carefully whether the construction really holds and the microphone is not too heavy for your swivel arm.

In general, microphones need a stand. If you don’t have one, you can simply hold the mic in your hand. (Image source: pixabay.com / congerdesign)

Can I attach my microphone without a stand if necessary?

In general, microphones are dependent on a stand. If you don’t have one, you can simply hold the mic in your hand.

If you have good tape at hand, you can also attach the mic to a drinks bottle, for example a fizzy drink bottle. The bottle should be made of glass, not plastic, because it is heavier.

To make the bottle more stable, you can also fill it halfway with small stones or marbles – but of course not with sand or other fine powder! The latter can easily penetrate the micro and damage it.

Image source: unsplash.com / Matthias Wagner

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