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.
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!
If 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.
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