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The Best Microphone Boom Arm for Podcasting

I got a question through this week that I thought was worth sharing with everyone – in it one of my readers was looking around for a microphone arm, often called a boom arm, to make his podcasting efforts a little easier.

Boom arms or microphone arms are a common step up for podcasters as they start to make their setup a bit more professional. A desk mounted boom arm that swivels makes it so easy to just grab the microphone and start recording whenever the mood takes you. Anyway, let's look at the question:

Thanks for the articles you write, they're extremely informative and helped direct me to purchasing a blue yeti for my first high quality mic (Note from Colin: he's referring to my podcasting microphone guide)

I was curious if you have a recommendation for a desk mount? Notably, I can't seem to figure out if the blue yeti comes with a mount point or if I'm required to purchase one of the stabilizer mounts for any desk mount compatibility.

Cheers and thanks,

Well, funnily enough, I've actually just purchased a new boom arm so I've plenty to talk about in that area.

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neewer podcasting microphone boom arm

I wanted to try the Neewer Boom Arm out because it's at a ridiculously low price on Amazon just now, and I thought, even if it's not the best in the world, if it lasts a year at that price, then it's a bargain.

Well, it turns out the build quality is decent (the metal feels a little on the cheap side, but seems solid enough) and the spring is easily strong enough for my MXL 990 podcast microphone. I'm not sure about the longevity yet, obviously, but I think this will do just fine for those who are only podcasting once a week or less often.

The best thing about the Neewer is that it comes with two microphone mounts – a normal clip mount and a shock mount. Be warned, though, the shock mount is a little small (under 4cm in width), and wouldn't take my MXL 990 – I still use the one I got with the MXL. So, if you have a decent sized microphone, be aware that this shock mount probably wont cut it.

Update – January 2017

A full 3 years after this article was originally written the Neewer is still going strong in our studio. On top of that we bought the Rode PSA1 (mentioned below) this time last year and we've been really happy with that too. One thing we also learned was to avoid ultra-cheap boom arms. We bought a few budget models to try out. There were no disasters (nothing actually fell apart) but having to screw and unscrew to swivel your mic can get annoying fairly quickly!

rode podcasting microphone boom armIf you're happy to spend a little more to get some higher end kit, you normally can't go wrong with Rode. They have a really solid unit in the Rode PSA1 Swivel Mount Boom Arm and you can see our Rode PSA1 review here. Just have a look at the Amazon reviews and you'll see the great feedback. It's a professional bit of kit, well made, and will last you for years even if you're podcasting regularly.

Mounting a Blue Yeti on a Boom Arm

Now, for the question on mounting a Blue Yeti microphone on a boom arm, Blue microphones actually sell their own shock mount that will allow just that.

The Radius Shockmount is custom built for the Blue Yeti and the Blue Yeti pro and will let you put it on any microphone stand or boom arm. Sorted!

If you're a Yeti user, you might fancy taking a look at our Blue Yeti Accessory Guide which shows you the many ways you can upgrade your mic. We also have a review of the Blue Yeti if you don't currently own one but want to know more about them.

Need More Help?

I hope that was useful to everyone in choosing how to mount their podcasting microphone. Using a microphone arm, or a boom arm, is a great way to stay flexible and save desk space.

And if you're looking for more help with choosing the right podcasting equipment for, then we'd love to work with you.

Check out The Podcast Host Academy, where we hold regular live Q&A sessions, run a community forum, and offer access to every video course, checklist, and ebook we've ever made!

Discussion:

  1. nj on 27th November 2015 at 8:12 pm

    question for you: what type of mic would i use to do a podcast interview while cooking in a kitchen?

    thanks!
    nj

  2. Xandra on 27th December 2015 at 9:23 am

    Hi! I’m going to buy the Blue© Yeti from a site in my country called lazada. Since NEEWER isn’t a brand catered in that site or in any store in my country, I was wondering if I can use this mic in any suspension boom or stand even without the Shock Mount. In the link below are the brands which the site cater. It would be a really great help to me if you would be able to answer. Thank you!!! 🙂 http://www.lazada.com.ph/catalog/?q=Suspension+arm+mic

    • Jamie on 22nd January 2017 at 4:14 pm

      Xandra

      The Blue Yeti is q very heavy microphone so the boom arm needs to be one that can support it’s weight.

      I have used the Yeti on one of the cheaper boom arms that Colin recommends.

      As long as the boom arm has tightening screws which stiffen up the arm then you should be ok.

      You do not need the shock mount to connect the Blue Yeti to any Boom Arm but without one you will find that you may get some vibration noise through the Mic.

  3. Mike on 12th December 2017 at 3:28 am

    I am getting a ATR-2011 Audio Technica microphone. You think the Neewer would be ok?

  4. David Pierson on 28th February 2018 at 7:20 am

    Thanks for updating the Article in 2017 about the boom arm. How bout 2018? Majority of reviews say to steer clear from the cheap boom arms…

  5. Ravikiran srinivasulu on 2nd December 2018 at 3:46 am

    HI,

    Thanks for the article. I have got a RE320 microphone with a Shock mount. Which mic stand should I go for? I checked the Rode, but it is slightly costly. Can I go for any of the tripod stands like the Konig & Meyer 25400 Boom Mic Stand? Or should I stick only to ones that attach to the table?

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Colin Gray

Colin has been teaching people how to podcast since 2007. He's worked with Universities, businesses and hobbyists alike. He started The Podcast Host to share his experience and to help as many people as possible get into Podcasting. He runs Podcraft, to spread the art of podcasting, and does the Mountain Bikes Apart podcast whenever he can. Who doesn't like to talk bikes, after all!

January 20th 2017