The Best Microphone Boom Arm for Podcasting

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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 boom arm to make his podcasting efforts a little easier.

Boom arms are a common step up for podcasters as they start to make their setup a bit more professional. A desk mounted swivel arm 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 – here’s my Neewer Boom Arm review.

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.

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. 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!

I hope that was useful to everyone in choosing how to mount their podcasting microphone. If you have any questions, though, please do just drop me a comment in the box below, or get in touch via the contact page. Look forward to hearing from you!

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3 Comments

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

    thanks!
    nj

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  2. 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

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About the author: 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!