The 15 Best Mic Stands for Home Studios

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The 15 Best Mic Stands for Home Studios

Mic stands play an essential role in any producer’s workflow.

They may not be the most glamorous piece of music gear, but let’s face it—you can’t record without one!

Unfortunately, not all microphone stands are dependable for long term use in the studio.

If you’ve ever been frustrated by a flimsy stand that can’t hold its position for a critical task, you’ll know what I mean.

Luckily, there are better options out there. In this article I’m breaking down the best studio mic stands for every budget and application.

Whether you need to record a full drum kit, or just sing into a mic in your bedroom studio, there’s something on this list that will work for you.

What makes a good mic stand?

A mic stand is any device that supports your microphones so that they can be placed in the ideal locations for recording sound.

To work well, a mic stand must be adjustable enough to be convenient yet sturdy enough to maintain position.

On top of that, mic stands come in a number of shapes and sizes depending on the application.

Here’s are the top picks in the most common mic stand formats.

Best boom mic stands

Boom stands are the most popular type of mic mounting hardware found in recording studios.

Isabelle and Peggy break down vocal tracking.

Isabelle and Peggy break down vocal tracking.

They’re made up of a tripod base supporting a vertical pole with an adjustable boom arm.

The design makes them flexible enough to work for a wide variety of microphone placement techniques.

In many cases, the adjustable boom joint takes most of the stress from daily use, so good build quality is highly recommended.

🧠 Hot tip

Microphone stands produced for the European market have a different thread dimension where they attach to the clip. Known as the Euro standard, these stands will require an adapter to fit most clips and mounts.

Here are three recommendations for quality boom mic stands

Best low profile mic stands

If you regularly mic kick drums or instrument amplifiers, you know you need a small format stand.

These smaller tripod-style stands are essential for positioning mics anywhere close to the floor. Make sure you have a few in your collections if you record drums or amps!

Best heavy duty mic stands

Some classic studio microphone types can be difficult to mount due their weight.

I’m talking about vintage favorites like ribbon microphones and tube-powered condensers.

Not only are these mics heavy—they can be fragile. That means a fall can be catastrophic.

Some classic studio microphone types can be difficult to mount due their weight.

If you have mics like this in your collection, you’ll need to get a heavy duty mic stand to properly support them.

This type of mic stand is often attached to a heavy platform plate at the base and includes a counterweight to offset the mic’s weight over the length of the arm.

Additionally, heavy duty mic stands have a longer reach than boom stands, making them a favorite for tasks like drum overheads.

Best clip-on mic stands

Clip-on mic attachments are clips or stands designed to affix directly to the instrument they’re intended to capture.

While these are more frequently seen in live sound setups, they’re sometimes used in studios for certain tasks.

It’s especially common to see clip-on mic mounts used to attach drum microphones to the snare and toms.

However there are also some other styles of clip stands like the popular CabGrabber unit for guitar cabinets.

Vocal recording demystified.

Vocal recording demystified.

Other stand types

The three mic stand types I covered above should work situations you encounter in the studio.

But there are other stand types that might be useful depending on your needs. Here are a few options that address specific placement issues you may encounter in your studio..

Mic stand hardware

The stand itself is only one part of a complete microphone mounting system.

You’ll need a clip or shock mount to properly attach a microphone to the mount for recording.

Usually, clips will come included when you purchase a new microphone.

This is especially important for large diaphragm condensers, as their bodies may have a specific shape that requires a unique clip.

Called shock mounts, these specialized clips suspend the microphone with elastic bands to reduce the vibration transmitted from the stand.

In addition to clips and shock mounts, you may need special attachments for certain mic techniques or configurations.

For example, most stereo microphone setups require precise placement to yield an accurate stereo image.

A stereo bar that allows two microphones to be mounted to the same stand will help if you intend to try these techniques.

That said, there’s more than one way to get a stereo sound, so make sure you buy the correct bar for your method!

Additional stand accessories for include pop filters,  headphone rests, iPad attachments, and even cup holders!

Shock mounts

These are crucial for reducing vibration and handling noise, especially with sensitive large diaphragm condensers. Most mics will come with their own specific shock mount system if they require one.

If for some reason you need an extra, or if a replacement is not available, you might consider a third-party universal shock mount instead.

Stereo bars

For precise stereo mic setups, a stereo bar allows two microphones to be mounted together.

Pop filters

Essential for recording vocals, pop filters minimize plosive sounds. Check out our in-depth guide to pop filters to learn more:

Other attachments

It turns out there’s a lot you can attach to a mic stand! Here are a few less common mic stand accessories:

  • Hercules DG300B Tablet Holder:
    Clamps onto a mic stand, accommodating various tablet sizes for easy reference or control during recording.
  • K&M 16022 Drink Holder:
    Attaches to the mic stand and keeps your beverage within reach without risking spillage on your equipment.

Support and position your microphones

Mic stands may seem like an afterthought, but using the right one can make a big improvement to your workflow.

After all, the positioning of your mics goes a long way to define the sound you capture.

If you haven’t taken the time to shop for the right mic stand, this guide will help you get started.

Michael Hahn

Michael Hahn is an engineer and producer at Autoland and member of the swirling indie rock trio Slight.

@Michael Hahn

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