Welcome to the blog again:
Now, do you know that even the best quality mics are less likely to pick up noise-free, crispy clear sounds unless mounted properly? Yes.
Purchasing a microphone stand can be quite expensive, while the cost-effective ones are mostly of bad quality.
If you are looking to save some money while still getting the best deal, I have created this complete DIY guide on how to make a microphone stand by yourself.
Here we go:
Considerations for a Mic Stand
Know this before you start building:
A mic stand should improve the quality of your audio production. So, here are some things you should keep in mind when building one from scratch:
All mics are mobile, you also must be able to move around with your mic stand too. Likewise, you should be able to adjust the poles of it anytime in the angle you want for control.
A mic stand should strike the balance between flexibility and stability. As you move your mounted mic around during a performance, it must remain stable in the setup angle and position.
Without this, your performance could be negatively affected. Besides, instability in any audio performance instrument could be hazardous.
Most mics are heavy and can even weigh more than the stand if you decide to make a feather-weight one. Therefore, your standing system must be durable enough with a high load capacity to bear all that load without breaking.
Your mic stand should blend in with the decor of the space in which you’re to use it. So, focus on aesthetics too when designing it. And even if the DIY stand is not creative and unique, it shouldn’t look like a cheap beat-out one.
So, now, to the main thing.
Building A Boom Microphone Stand From Scratch
Here are the items you need:
- (2✕) 0.5-inch threaded union Tees.
- (2✕) 1.5-inch lengths of PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride) pipe.
- (2✕) 1.5-inch slip-threaded adapters.
- (2✕) wooden base. Any flat slab of timber will work.
- (2✕) 1.5-inch slip-snap PVC joint threaded.
- (2✕) 1 0.5 inches elbow joint.
- (2✕) Threaded pipe measuring 0.5 inches.
- (2✕) Threaded pipe flange 0.5 inches.
Now, to the guide:
1. The Boom Arm
You will first need to remove the rubber ring at one end of each union tie.
To make any adjustments, tighten or loosen only one of the caps.
After removing the ring from one end and loosening the other, slide the PVC pieces into the union tees.
2. Continued by the Boom Arm
Now we have two adjustable tees. It’s now time to attach the 2′ longer tee to a 1′ shorter tee using one of our threaded adapters measuring 0.5 inches to make a stand.
The threaded end fits seamlessly into the base. The slip end will snugly fit over the shortest PVC pipe. To ensure extra security, you can use heavy-duty glue to hold the adapter and PVC pipe together.
3. The Clip
You could make your microphone clip, but why not create your masterpiece?
This brings us to the slip-snap joints. This joint is very similar to the threaded tee joint but has an open top.
This is a great way to improve your microphone’s performance. You can also use a simple 0.5-inch tee fitting if you cannot search the slip snap at your local Hardware Store or Home Depot.
Although your microphone won’t snap-in, it should slide in smoothly. Make sure your microphone clip assembly is attached to your boom arm via the 0.5-inch elbow joint.
4. The Base
The last and most difficult step is the hardest. Get ready to make this one up to the finish. Your mic will probably be heavier because the PVC boom arm is so light and cheap
This means that you need a solid, sturdy, and weight-holding base to make.
The DIY mic stand must not tip over. It will not flex or quiver due to the threaded tee joints on the boom arm and the threaded pipes. This ensures that it is not tipping over.
Let’s now make it a mic stand!
Attach the 0.5-inch threaded adapter plates to your wooden base.
The adapter plate will perfectly fit the PVC pipe, and the boom arm assembly will attach to the top wooden base.
This technique is crucial in ensuring a solid base. Although it may seem cheaper to use a PVC pipe as a base, PVC pipe will bend and tip your microphones’ weight.
To keep the diameter of the fittings in your mind and take your microphone to the store to check that they fit. The cheap PVC pipes and connectors should have a larger size.
Voila! Now you have a cheap functional mic stand. This cheap DIY mic stand design would be functional and can be modified to suit your needs.
Making your microphone stand is as essential as getting a microphone. This article was compiled to ease the expenses of getting a microphone stand with a microphone.
Good luck in making your own microphone stand and recording quality sounds.