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I was looking into microphone holders like this. Assuming your hose is long enough. I ended up using an old clamp I had lying around.
If you don't have a lot of desk space just get an arm microphone mount.
Just attaches to the very edge of your desk, you can stop putting the condenser mic away, and it's easily movable.
Going to need a better stand than that one I linked for the real heavy mics however.
anyone know if you can mount this on something like a NEEWER Scizzor Arm Stand?
This is the boom I'm using attached right to my desk. I'm not sure what the exact specs are for the Podcaster, but if you've got a shock mount it should be able to attach it to the boom. A word of warning: a lot of the reviews on the page say something about it not working with microphone X but 99% of these claims are from people who couldn't take the 3 seconds it requires to look at the clip and remove the insert (the part that you'll actually use to screw into the mic).
but in order for it to work, take the mic holder that comes with it, and unscrew the bottom of it(you'll know what I mean when you're holding it) what you just screwed is an adapter for for the size of the mount on the boom arm to the hole on the snowball
I would suggest a shock mount and a boom arm such as this one: [link]
This is what I use. It holds up my Shure SM7B just fine. The SM7B weighs 765g (1lb, 11oz) and the AT2020 weighs 374g (13.2 oz). As far as the pop filter, it depends. If you'll be speaking straight into the mic then yes, but if you have it off to the side then it's not really needed.
Those pro style booms can get pricey. We got these cheap bastards about a month ago and while the build quality reflects in the price, They'll do just fine. Beats the table top stands by far.
Great show by the way. I actually had never heard the Ryan Adams cover of Wonderwall until your show so thank you!
Heres what I use:
Mics - MXL 990 HE x3
Mixer - Behringer X1204USB Premium. If you only have one mic, then this might be overkill.
Mic Boom Stands - Suspension Boom Scissor Arm (Amazon)
Software - SAM Broadcaster (Also dabbled with Jazler). With SAM it has everything you need production and encoding wise. Jazler has no encoders so you'll need to use a separate software to encode to a Shoutcast or Icecast server.
Shoutcast/Icecast: I purchased my own dedicated server to run (in my case) Shoutcast exclusively. I have room if you need (PM Me).
As already stated below by /u/CaptainYeowang, the mic is a Blue Yeti, Blackout. The stand is a cheapo from Amazon.
No, most dynamic vocal mics are meant to be used in close proximity, typically 3-8 inches away. That's why you should get a microphone arm to position it directly in front of you: [link]
I have this and it doesn't wobble unless I move it and it's loosened. Very sturdy and has a screw extension so it can fit more than one size. I use it with my Samson meteor mic. Best for the money!
Yeah that's true, my table is wood so no vibrations. Modmic or something similar is probably your best bet, unless you want one of those big mic things like this [link]
It's 13 bucks so it's not the best thing in the world, but I have a snowball that actually screws in directly to the arm so it works great for me!
i can't really tell by the pictures alone but the mic stand doesn't seem to be really efficent.
Replacing it with one that hangs on the desk itself would be a better option i'd say. (Something like that [link] (ofc you would pick one that is compatible to your mic))
Also your xbox one doesn't really need to be on the desk itself as i see it. It would make more sense to have it next to the printer and put the pencils, router and lamp on the desk where its more accesable.
Your mic has the 5/8 screw mount, right?
[link] says in reviews that it now includes the adapter for the yeti despite the description, look through the reviews and see if you feel its adequate. Otherwise just keep an eye on reviews in general on mic arms, the yeti is so common that its been tried with most arms.
I use a yeti as well, and I get what you're saying. The way I fixed it was by getting a boom arm that I can attach to my desk and moving the mic close to my mouth and turning the gain down on it. (That's the top knob on the back of the microphone)
Here's the mic arm I got for dirt cheap on Amazon: [link]
I use this for my AT2020 and have yet to get a pop filter. I use an arm because I have no space on my desk to mount a stand, so it's really up to you. I do hear that the Yeti is really heavy and this cheap arm may not support it very well.
you will probably have to tighten the joints with a wrench to make sure it's tight enough, but this stand is super cheap and works great.
You can wait on buying a shock mount...try without and see if you're getting too much physical noise. I've seen plenty of streaming using an at2020 with no shock mount.
I used this and had no issues with the blue yeti, even considering how heavy weighted the yeti it. Although i also used the shock mount which did add some mass for sure. But if youre looking to spend that amount, im sure some better, premium choices are out there. NEEWER Microphone Suspension Boom Scissor Arm Stand [link]
Unless you have the need for an audio interface then I'd recommend going for the USB version of the microphone. It's a bit more expensive than the standard AT2020 but you make up for it by not having to purchase an audio-interface/XLR2USB converter.
I have an AT2020USB+ and have been using this mic stand without any issues.
I also recommend picking up a pop-filter, they are pretty cheap.
Well for mount you would want something like [link] as for mics they happens to be very complex to setup because of how much stuff exist. Firstly you will want to find microphone that will work with microphone stand you want (like neewer) Find a microphone on amazon in your price range and look up sound test on youtube of them until you find one you like. Mounting mics is kinda complex as there different threads,sizes and mounting styles. Neewer uses screw on type if find a large mic that wont fit in standard thing provided you will need to find a shockmount that matches the thread/size style of neewer mount. I would recommend getting shockmount as banging your mouse and drinks around will be heard easily on mic without it.
this should do, take a look at the microphone holder in the pictures and see if that will hold your mic
Edit: I'm currently using this as my boom stand for my ATR2500, I don't have any problems with it
nice setup. you dont have much but I can tell you keep everything nice and organized, which is the best thing. I would recommend filling up the wall a bit more. Maybe a framed poster or some cheap canvas art. Also, as far as the mic stand, I use a floor stand as well. However, if youre just using it to talk during games/podcasts or any other casual recording, you should look into a desk mounted arm such as this
The only reason I use a floor stand for my mic is because I record violin, so I cant have vibrations from the desk interfering with my recording. My house vibrates much less than my desk, so a floor stand is superior.
But for just using it as a desk mic, the mic arms I linked are SOOO much better because you can easily move it to a good position.
I personally have this one with a different mic and it definitely feels cheap, but you can crank this fucker down real nice to hold a heavy microphone.
A chair is a chair, if you limit the movement and just find a comfortable way to sit for a long period of time and use something like a NEEWER Microphone Suspension Boom Scissor Arm Stand to make the microphone where you need it to be you should be fine.
something like this:
you may have seen some streamers using something like it. Helps with preventing vibrations from things such as tapping on desk or keyboard presses from being translated to the mic. The samson meteor and blue yeti come with or have built in stands/legs. Not as good, but more convenient.
It's not the best arm I've ever seen, it's slightly flimsy. But even with a heavier mic like the Yeti, it works for my needs. Can't go wrong for 14 dollars. :)
NEEWER Microphone Suspension Boom Scissor Arm Stand
this one is OK. the springs are a bit loud but once you get it set to where you need no need to worry about the spring noise.
I mean country. Didn't need a state.
I think this one works. I have it, and it's great for the price.
mhmm ok. does that snowball ICE attach securely to booms or does it only stand on that tripod?
I was looking at this cheap little boom
You're going to hate looking at your main monitor at an angle while gaming. Might I suggest one of these for your mic. That way you can give your self some more space and be comfortable.
This is the boom stand I have now I'm not crazy about it and won't mind buying another one if need be.
We can pretty much just throw my $200 budget away since I feel committed to spend more now. Which is fine to be honest, I just threw a number out there, wasn't really concerned about the money, not looking to spend a fortune though lol :) Besides I'd rather do it right and buy once, then have to worry about "upgrading" in a few years.
I am not dead set on an SM58, It just seems like a solid mic for the money.
I used the provided stand for a bit. It's serviceable, the main problem being the base needs to be where the mic is, which is often where your keyboard is too. I just got a NEEWER mic stand which works with the Blue Snowball and it's awesome. Super cheap too! When you look at it, it doesn't seem to be compatible, but the mic holder can be unscrewed and the base can be further unscrewed again to reveal the connector for the Snowball.
If you can use amazon, go for it.
This ones usually used for AT2020's:
Look up a few videos on youtube to see if it suits you.
Edit: damn the imgur just loaded for me, not sure if you have the space to clamp it?
i dont have too much experience, but i can vouch that that pop filter is great, and i use this mic stand for my samson go (definately lower end than you'd need, its like half a blue yeti for the price of half a blue yeti)
I am using this mic stand - I wish it had more reach but it is functional and inexpensive.
NEEWER scissor arm: [link]
I'm using the mic holder that came with the arm (the mic is just a little fatter than the holder, but fits just fine). Scissor arm does a really, really good job with this mic, and can rotate and well as scissor.
I can't help you with a recommendation on mic as I'll be looking to replace my Yeti but I can warn you the Yeti picks up on a lot of noise. To get my audio close to what I wanted it at I had to set up some sound editing software and run a virtual audio cable through it. Then I had my friend who knows a bit more about audio set up some filters to clean up background noise/echo/audio levels. From what I hear dynamic mics are much better for picking up your voice without pulling everything else in the neighborhood.
As far as arms go I use: [link]
its cheap and it gets the job done. About the length of an arm shoulder to hand. Easy to set up and I couldn't be happier. I put it on the side of my desk and it lets me suspend my mic right out of the view of the camera but near my face. With the default stand I couldn't have my mic on my desk otherwise it would shake and create all kinds of loud noises.
I went with a really cheap one. Sure, there are better ones out there but so far it has been working great and not giving me any problems.
The AT2020 is a great mic, but it can pickup some vibrations without a shock mount, but you can fight a lot of that with a compressor or a noise gate in OBS. If you are wanting to go a tad cheaper on the mic, but still have good audio, you can go with the Blue Snowball ICE. Its a very solid mic for $50 although its USB, not XLR. The snowball is also driverless so you can use it on your console for party chat too. Also, if you are at a desk, this mic arm is rather nice and its going for $14. I use it for my Razer Seiren Pro (which is hefty) so it can hold a lot of weight and not droop.
As for what you have listed specifically, This is great for an "intro to great audio" setup. Also on what Vacancygames says about condenser mics, 100% true, but OBS has a build in background noise suppressor you can find in the audio settings. It works wonders for my Seiren which picks up every...little...thing...
Thanks man, and yes, the management is going to be touched up, I left it like that because I wasn't sure if it would look good the way it is. And I will link it:
Mic mount: [link]
I will warn you not to get a microphone stand that holds less than 1.2 lbs (The yeti's weight). I'd recommend something that holds 3+ pounds at LEAST.
This Neewer boom arm is perhaps the one he's talking about, and if it is, it says specifically on the page that it is NOT suitable for the blue yeti. If you bought this one, you're gonna be dealing with sag problems i.e. any bump, movement or otherwise on whatever it's clamped to, the boom arm will drift and fall under the yeti's weight.
Again, something that can hold 3+ pounds is your safest bet.
Also, shock mounts are pretty simple and easy to make yourself! There are plenty of tutorials on Youtube on how make your own shock mount, don't buy one if you don't have the money!
I have never owned an XLR mic but when I researched, everyone says XLR is better. I don't know about that but the at2020 is a great microphone especially for $20. If you can get a power supply and mixer and stay under the price of the yeti, I would do that. BUT the Yeti, which I have, is great in its own right. Super easy, USB, plug and go. As far as the arm, you don't need it but it is a great upgrade. I got this and it works perfectly fine.
It is nice to have the mic off of your desk and easily out of your face if it is on the arm, for that price, it's a no brainer.
Its this one NEEWER Adjustable Microphone Suspension Boom Scissor Arm Stand, Compact Mic Stand Made of Durable Steel for Radio Broadcasting Studio, Voice-Over Sound Studio, Stages, and TV Stations [link]
I have it clipped ok the back of the dual monitor stand
The ATR2100-USB would be my pick. Keep in mind that since it is a Dynamic mic you have to keep it somewhat near your mouth. A cheap boom arm would do the trick
Cheap (but has springs)
but if you have noise gate + other good audio in general, you won't notice it in stream. Not worth getting the $99 one over this one.
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Hey, i wan't to get a new mic and i selected the MXL 770. Will it work with BEHRINGER U-PHORIA UM2? Will it fit into this microphone stand? Also, i can connect my headphones to the audio interface, right (I heard that output audio sounds better if you have an audio interface)? I would use the mic for chatting with my mates on Discord and gaming.
I bought this one for my Blue Yeti Blackout and it works well enough... I am sure if you spent something closer to $50-70 you'd get a little more rigidity out of it but... Honestly, the Yeti is a heavy as fuck mic and much larger than other "studio" microphones, and this stand works fine. I will say the base clamp could use a little redesign but otherwise it's great.
Uh what? I got the same bundle, there is no stand. It's a shock mount, don't mean to be rude but there is no stand with that bundle.
Op this is the stand he got-
Really appreciate the response you seem pretty knowledgeable on the subject. I'll do some research on the JBLs, they're only 10$ more so if they outperform the Rokkit's that much seems like a no-brainer.
Kinda a random question but any chance you know a good mic boom for a desktop? I was looking at this one here but I'm a little hesitent throwing a 200$ mic on a 20$ stand
Set up a noise gate (discord has one labeled input sensitivity) / lower the recording volume, put it on a cheap mic arm and sit closer to it (about 6 inches from your mouth). Bam, no more keyboard noise. I used to have the regular Snowball + an MX Blue keyboard and this fixed it for me. You can also put a sock/pantyhose over it for a popfilter.
I got the Neewer arm from Amazon. I have it clipped to the side of my desk rather than the front, and it gives a surprising amount of control. I don't think it's exactly what you're thinking of, but with the amount of control it offers, it should meet your needs and I highly recommend it
Use one of these to hold the mic at your chin level when gaming, and swivel away when not using.
As someone who has done this with a desk clamp before, be careful because at least some Blue Yeti mics have a screw-in (whatever it is called) area that is larger than the standard. I ended up having to get plumber's tape to put over the screw on the clamp to make it larger for the blue yeti (though it did fall off at least once, a second application helped hold it secure for several months til I took it down recently).
For reference, I believe the clamp I got was this:
is it this one? did you need any adapter or anything to fit the blue snowball on?
Right now i'm using this mic stand from amazon, can't beat it for $12.50usd :
It still picks up a decent amount of keyboard clacks, but i'm using a loud mechanical keyboard so your mileage may vary. Using voicemeeter to adjust the gain, I was able to get it to a manageable level.
It was a cheaper arm on Amazon. It can barely handle the weight of my Blue Yeti mic. With some adjusting I got it into a position that works for me, but it took a lot of trial and error.
NEEWER Adjustable Microphone... [link]
I’d probably recommend the Rode arm instead even though it’s more money. I heard that arm is much stronger and I’m probably going to pull the trigger on that shortly.
While a floor stand would technically be a little better than a desk arm when it comes to picking up keyboard noise (unless you have a shock mount), they're just... a pain. I don't have it as my main mic arm, but I do have one very similar to this, and it would do the job.
I use the NEEWER arm, it's not the best, but it was pretty cheap when I bought it. The only issue I have with it is that the joint/end of the arm that holds the mic is really weak, it just droops down and you can't adjust it because its not strong enough to support the yeti's weight. Still works out fine, though. [link]
If you buy it, you're really going to want to buy a shockmount for it too. Most people switch from the stand to an arm to get rid of the vibration sounds whenever you do something on your desk. Even when switching to the arm only, people could still hear if I rubbed my desk or anything.
Would recommend getting a mic stand if you purchased this. The mic is already big, and with the desk stand it comes with, it's pretty damn large.
It says it's not compatible with the blue yeti, but it is. Currently using this.
This is what I use to get the Yeti upside down, it connects to things like desks, or in my case, a wood piece inside of the wardrobe. You may need to get something longer to accommodate your height (Unless you have some place higher than your waist to connect it). If you get it, I'll tell you how to connect it to the Yeti. That may be what you need, if not, go get an adjustable mic stand. Trust me, you feel more confident when you're comfortable standing in front of a stand, and it's harder to breath when recording sitting down.
btw I'm 6 years younger than you, I'm basically a kid in comparison to a crapload on this sub, yuh damn oldheads!
NEEWER Adjustable Microphone Suspension Boom Scissor Arm Stand, Max Load 1 KG Compact Mic Stand Made of Durable Steel for Radio Broadcasting Studio, Voice-Over Sound Studio, Stages, and TV Stations
Its this one: [link] and it doesn't get in my way. I very much like it. When I'm using the mic it is positioned to where its close to my mouth but not above the nose area. So it doesn't block my face. I also sometimes have it pretty distant from my face. And I don't use webcam.
Haven't used the Zalman mic so I'm wondering what kind of range it has on it. If they pick up decent sound from about a foot away you could try a mic stand like this. It's a bit much just to attach a small mic sure but if your Zalman mic is toast there are a number of cheap condenser microphones out there.