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>a cool scissor arm to hold & move your microphone
Do yourself a favor and skip the Neewer model if money is not as important as quality. Get the Rhode model instead, it'll last much longer and support heavier mics if you decide to upgrade. I've also found it holds its position so much more reliably. [link]
The Rode PSA1 is what I'm currently using with my Shure SM7B mic. It was really straight forward to setup, it has plenty of different angles/positions you can set it up with, and the silent mic movement is on point.
However, this is also the only mic arm I've had so far, so I don't really have anything else to compare it to lol.
Rode PSA1 Link: Amazon
With the mic, shock mount and pop filter it's very close to not being able to hold it up.
It's the Rode boom pole.
I had a quick look at it, and appears it's got a thread mount hole at the bottom. Quite likely 3/8-inch threaded mic mount - if it is this size, then the Rode PSA1 would work fine. I use it myself on a Blue Yeti:
My solution to help reduce my keyboard sound with my yeti was to get a boom arm (Rode PSA1 is love; is life) and attached it to a shelf next to my desk so I didn't have to invest into a shock mount right away. Blue Yeti's are condenser mics, which means they will PICK UP EVERYTHING. Turn the gain down, get that mic as close to your face as possible, and look into a Virtual Audio Mixer, such as VoiceMeeter Banana for Compression, EQ and Noise Gates (may or may not need the NG).
The longest one out there I know is the RODE PSA1 which isn't the cheapest but it is the most reliable and the base arm can reach over a 24" monitor easily.
Is there no option off to your side? I use an L-shaped desk and I clamp my stand to that. Before I had an L-shaped desk I sat right next to a window on my left hand side so I mounted it to the windowsill. if nothing is nearby on your sides then the only other option is a floor stand to be off to your side.
I was curious about the microphone arm as well, as I bought a super cheap one and OPs looked like a great step up. Looks like it's a RODE PSA1. $100..bit more than a step from where I am.
It's the RODE PSA1.
It's a little pricey at $99, but it seems to be the best you can get for under $100. After I got mine I noticed like every big youtuber seems to use the same.
I also like that it comes with the desk clamp mount, and also comes with an in-desk grommet mount.
I use a PSA1 Mount with my silver yeti, it has a ton of room to move around and is super nice convenient for desk space.
Ironic too,I just received and ordered a AKG 712, I used them this past weekend and have been enjoying them with them just plugged directly into the headset jack of my computer, but I do have a schiit stack arriving tomorrow and can't wait to try them with those. :)
AT2020 USB user here! To be honest, when it comes to those range of Mics (AT2020, Yeti, Seiren, etc.), there will be differences yes, but some of the biggest factors in quality will be environment and the settings you tweak through OBS (and possible other third party programs). Really enjoy the AT2020 and I'm a fan of it's more compact size over the dials that come with other mics and from personal taste I find it sounds the best out of the commonly picked USB mics.
I use a Rode PSA1 mic arm that can attach to my desk and a cheap pop filter with a very thin sock over it. I think a shock mount is overkill but personal preference! Don't use one so can't comment on that.
This is the mic arm I use
Price is a bit steep yes, but I got it on a sale. Very good arm. Lots of ways to position, and sturdy!
I've had many compliments on my audio! Feel free to check out my VODs if you would like to hear what my set up sounds like and feel free to ask questions about the AT2020 if you have any!
My Blue Yeti does omni-directional as well, so not worried on that part. However I worry on sound quality. Wouldn't doing omni create too much echo?
I've been researching booms. I'm thinking of the "RODE PSA1 Swivel Mount Studio Microphone Boom Arm"
about $150 I think the shock mount has be the one that razer sells and the mic arm has to be able to support the mics weight.
You might give the Rode PSA1 a look. When I was testing microphones some time back, the Yeti just hung on it. As you know, you have a heavy mic, and when you add the gigantic Blue shock mount, it's even more weight. It'll be close, but I think it'll work.
It sounds like your mic's gain is turned way too high and you are picking up a lot of room noise, which you've tried to reduce using a noise gate. Noise gates are not a very good solution to a high ambient noise level -- you'll get a hard start/stop with very obvious background noise at the edges. The easiest solution is to turn your mic's gain down and move it closer to your mouth. Ideally the mic should only be a few inches from your face. Try turning the gain all the way down and see how close you have to get before your voice is picked up well, then adjust from there. If you just can't get your condenser mic to pick up your voice without also picking up the room noise, you can try to reduce the noise level--close up your case, crank the fan speed down as much as you can, get quieter fans--or use a more directional dynamic mic (for an extreme example, an SM58 will barely pick up anything that's not directly in front of it).
I use one of these to make positioning easier: [link] it's a bit expensive but 100% worth it.
Sure thing! I got a RODE PSA1 here on amazon. A bit pricey, but it can support a good bit of weight and still articulate easily.
$0.02 here. I'd go for the Rode arm. I just bought it last week.
Its roughly 4x the cost, but its a damn good arm. I have a Blue Yeti Pro, spider shock mount, and Blue Pop filter on it and it holds up the weight with no problem.
You might be saving a few dollars now, but in the long run if the equipment isn't that durable or useful when you upgrade, you end up spending more.
From experience I can tell you that the Neweer arm is absolute ass and I've had to junk mine after about a month of use. It isn't strong/sturdy enough for the mic that i got(Audio Technica AT2020) and it was just a pain to setup from the start. I just splurged and got the RODE PSA1
Personal preference. I have two monitors but one of them is able to go into vertical/portrait mode. Saves some desk space and also is just really great for reading chat and has plenty of room. I find it better for observational stuff and not being the active monitor.
I don't know much about the Samsung Meteor and to be honest; unless you're an audiophile or extremely picky, the mics will get to a certain point where you won't be able to notice much difference. For example a Blue Snowball and an AT2020 will have a fairly noticeable difference but an AT2020 and a Blue Yeti are more comparable. The best difference comes from your recording environment and editing settings such as a noise gate. I use the AT2020 and have found that one to be amazing. Just do your research and go from there, that's what I did.
As for stands, most higher end mics come with adapters so they can fit a variety of stands. I use THIS ONE and really like it. Popfilter wise though, I don't think there'd be TOO much of a difference between them. Some might last longer than others but I'm sure you can pick any and be fine. Someone more knowledgeable can tell me otherwise xD
As for tips there are plenty of those floating around. Again, being resourceful is good so just look around :). Having a set schedule is a good thing and if you're able to stream the amount you mentioned, you have a good chance of growth!
My main tip for people starting out now would be to not get caught up in all the shiny things. The notifiers, graphics, etc. I think people nowadays look at the larger channels and assume you won't get anywhere without that kind of stuff. They can help, but no sense in getting ahead of yourself. The main thing is to just,
BE ONLINE. Really. The more you're online, the more people will see you. Simple as that.
Hope this helps!
Good call, get this Rode Mic stand, used for my Yeti but also worked with the Snowball:
You don't need a capture card for a good quality of stream, especially if your i7 is current-gen or at least recent. I have an AMD FX-8350 and I am able to run my encoding preset on faster instead of veryfast, which is a small but noticeable quality increase. You should be able to do the same, if not even a little better. The quality increase beyond faster/fast becomes so small though that it is pretty much a waste of your time to try. Getting a capture card just to take a little load off your CPU for that?.. Pointless. Probably won't even help since you already have a decent CPU and can already push to a decent encoding level.
Anyhow, with that rant out of the way...
The set-up that you have outlined in your picture is good, although I would consider adding a mic boom arm. The difference in quality being able to be a bit closer to your mic is something that you cannot ignore. I personally use the Rode PSA1 which I am quite fond of, although there are cheaper alternatives. Also, if you do some research into setting up Adobe Audition to actively filter out noise from your mic feed, that can be another nice little boost to your audio quality.
If you want to save a little money, you can pick up a blue snowball instead of the yeti - it's basically the same thing, easier to fit on a mic boom arm, and half the price. Get the yeti if you want the on-mic mute button and gain knob. Some say that the yeti has slightly better sound quality but.. I can't tell the difference. The snowball is usually $50 on amazon vs the $100 of the yeti.
Also, don't worry about a popfilter unless you're speaking directly into the mic. I used one for a long time but I've found it pointless since I just keep the mic to the side of my face anyway.
Good travels to you in the land of twitch, and good luck. :)
If you get one of these I'd suggest getting a longer cord for your microphone. That way you can make it follow the arm down and make it look a little neater.
> Right now I only have an old Acer monitor but I'll be upgrading monitors in the next year or so.
When you buy a monitor, I suggest buying around the resolution of 1080p...at least for a gaming monitor. New big monitors are epic but for hardware capture you need to stay at 1080p max.
As for audio, you can get off w/ something like the behringer 802 and some condenser mic in the 120-180 range, I use sterling audio but thats me. If you're looking for quality of life also get a rhode boom mic, the psa1 is what I'm talking about and it is damned perfect. Also pop-filter.
You shouldn't need an HDCP stripper w/ acer unless it's very old, look up on newegg or acer's site for HDCP compliance. The only gaming anything that is always on HDCP I know of is the PS3.
If you're in for quality, I suggest also getting the matrix switcher instead of just a splitter, makes like a bit nicer and if you ever want to add any more outputs such as a TV just for gaming its pretty nice. Might also be hoot of you to look into a device that strips audio off of an hdmi line, I don't know how expensive they are as I'm only familiar with the professional grade ones, just makes device setup for consoles that much nicer...run everything through hdmi strip audio into 1 input on the mixer and you're good to go...I should buy one...hmm....Looks like you can pick one of many up on amazon for 30USD.
Gonna keep copy-pasting this 'cuz everybody knows "that guy" in party chat who lives in a wind tunnel with kids hooked up to scream-torture devices 24/7, while simultaneously executing full body karate movements into his keyboard and mouse, eating industrial grade cheetos from the fucking twilight zone and laughing at 120 decibel "you laugh you lose" compilations on Youtube inbetween bites. On an open mic. Without headphones.
Gonna keep copy-pasting this 'cuz everybody knows "that guy" in party chat who lives in a wind tunnel with kids hooked up to scream-torture devices 24/7, while simultaneously executing full body karate movements into his keyboard and mouse while eating industrial grade cheetos from the fucking twilight zone and laughing at 120 decibel "you laugh you lose" compilations on Youtube inbetween bites. On an open mic. Without headphones.
I posted this elsewhere for the Yeti, but most of these tips should work for the Nano as well:
The Blue Yeti should work well if you only have a single mic. You'll have even better results in your regular recording location due to better sound dynamics (a circular room with stone walls and omnidirectional pickup is going to be awful acoustics). It is a condenser, so expect it to be very sensitive to background noise, but also very good at picking up the quality in voices. Do a pass with a noise reduction and equalization to bring out some bass and treble and the voices to make the dialogue much clearer.
The biggest problem you may face is with the stand. The Blue Yeti desk stand is atrociously bad, and barely usable. Any sort of vibration in the floor (including feet shuffle) is picked up, and let alone activity on the desk that is popular with table-top games. There are very cheap solutions available that easily doubled the quality of recordings when I implemented it, which I would recommend starting with. Eventually, you should upgrade to boom arms to keep mics off the center of the table and a shock mount to attach. This will reduce a lot of sound problems, give you more space for battle maps, and help you with a multi-mic setup. This is the one I use and highly recommend, although it is certainly costly and you might consider picking up a cheaper one if you are on a budget.
If you want to use a multi-mic setup without audio bleeding or phase issues, it'll be all about how to position the microphones. There's no silver bullet otherwise, so if you want to give it a shot, use cardioid mics angled at 90 degrees from each other with everyone placed in a triangular position around the table. It takes a while to get right, but when you do, it's amazing. Saving that, you can try your best to sit on two sides of a table with two mics (one for each side). Definitely avoid omnidirectional settings if possible, because - by definition - those pick up everything including echoes and background noise from places where you aren't sitting.
For the record, I have and use the Blue Yeti and like it a lot, but if you are looking to expand your microphones up a little more, avoid buying a second one. USB microphones do not play well together at all, and you'll need to spend a lot of technical time to make it work (and usually it completely prohibits two mics being the same type if you are relying on software solutions). Instead, look into a USB/XLR microphone like the ATR2100 that can be used in a computer and also a mixer if you upgrade to using one.
I'm just a hobbyist who had to do a lot of my own acoustics as well, so I'm definitely not an expert. But I can appreciate the struggle that you're going through so I wanted to impart some knowledge I've gathered over time.
> Even hardware suggestions would be great
Get a rode boom arm for his mic, its a pretty expensive arm for it but its sturdy and never let me down.
> if theres anything to boost his viewers
Don't worry about stuff like that. You can re-tweet his stream on Twitter and talk to your friends IRL about his stream to get attention to his stream.
> He did make a comment about needing a better audio set up if he wanted to stop relying on his roommates
My friend TG has a professional help website with a Do It Yourself guide: [link]
Hope this helped.
I posted this elsewhere for the Yeti, but most of these tips should work for the Snowball as well:
RODE PSA 1 Swivel Mount Studio Microphone Boom Arm [link]
I have this mic with a mounting arm and shock mount. The mic is definitely hefty, but I've had no issues with either the mounting arm or shock mount holding the mic in any position.
I have this mounting arm: Rode PSA1
And I have this shock mount: Samson SP01
Happy to answer any other questions you might have. Would definitely recommend this mic, especially if you play an instrument that could be plugged into the quarter inch jack in the back.
I recently upgraded to this setup (already had the arm):
You will need an arm and shock mount to keep the vibrations from your keyboard and setting things on your desk from making it up through the arm into the mic. The arm I linked works MUCH better if you can drill through the desk instead of mounting it with the clamp. In general, I do not like the clamp mounts as the repeated movement of the arm has a tendency to loosen the clamp and chew up the edge of the desk.
The AT2020 is a nice light mic, and the shock mount with pop filter does not add much size to it at all. It looks very nice IMO. That shock mount is also very easy to use. It grips the microphone with a clamping sort of action, so it's easy to remove the mic if you ever need to. The AT2020 also produces very crisp and clean sound. I am very happy with the quality compared to the Blue Yeti I had previous. It was definitely an upgrade.
On the topic of the Blue Yeti, I would avoid microphone that even have the OPTION of using USB, since they are much heavier and create a lot more strain on the arm.
The TASCAM interface is nice and small, and has everything you need for a basic setup, plus a little bit of extra. Note that you WILL need to install the software for the interface, and your microphone will not function correctly until you do. Your PC will be receiving mono audio from the microphone through the interface, and the software will allow you to convert it into a stereo signal. It will also give you the option of looping the mic audio back into the interface to monitor your own levels. Additionally, you can use the interface for your audio out (you will need a 1/4in adapter if your headphones use an 1/8in plug). You'll get better audio quality provided the source is a high enough quality to benefit from the external processing. If you use Winamp, you will need to install the kernel output plugin in order to send Winamp audio to the interface.
My only complaint with the interface is that you end up with 3 playback, and 3 recording devices. US-1x2, US-1x2 Mixing Driver 1, and US-1x2 Mixing Driver 2. Just use Mixing Driver 1 (leave the others enabled) and everything will work correctly. Don't use the US-1x2 device for anything, since that is running without the software processing.
PSA1 is a very popular choice. Another nice arm that is the Blue Compass (pretty hard to find lately)
Amazon, its the "RØDE PSA1 Swivel Mount Studio Microphone Boom Arm"
I'm using this on my blue yeti pro
Rode PSA 1 - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001D7UYBO/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1
I love it! Its this: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001D7UYBO/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1
Rode PSA1: https://www.amazon.com/RODE-Swivel-Mount-Studio-Microphone/dp/B001D7UYBO
It's attached by a clamp. You'll see in the photos on that Amazon link
No, the PC doesn't get picked up by the mic (probably because I'm using a NZXT Kraken x52 to water cool my CPU). Here is the microphone arm I'm using -https://www.amazon.com/RODE-Swivel-Mount-Studio-Microphone/dp/B001D7UYBO . It's a very well built microphone arm and I would recommend it.
Yeah, I actually bought a neewer arm before the rode and it couldn't handle much weight at all.
The rode is on sale for $89.25 on amazon right now.
Stand and cover. If thats not what you meant lmk.
Use that. It's the only mic boom that I trust. I went through a few of the recommended ones before I got to that. More pricey, but worth.
Here it is
Can confirm. Picks up keyboard sounds.
100 $ Mic stand, great quality.
12$ Shittier mic stand
To piggy back on your boom and mic setup I would honestly recommend the RODE PSA1 over a Neewer boom. Yes it may be expensive but its well worth it.
> rode arm
This one? [link]
Here's the arm [link]
The shock mount is custom made because it doesn't fit.
You just need to drill out the hole and make a spacer between the mount and the mic :)
I think it's this one: [link]
I use the RODE PSA1 and it is amazing.
I've found this:
But its a bit too expensive, is there other options?
The mic stand is this one: [link]
And it has this shock mount on it: [link]
With a Samson C01U microphone on it!
The boom arm is a Rhodes PSA1 and I can say this thing is amazing. Well worth its price tag.
The pop filter is nothing special and honestly it gets in the way so i may either get a slip on or one that curves around the mic. But here is the one you see now.
Sidenote: It works great for how i want it setup, but if you are thinking of having it come across horizontally, the problem i ran into is that the cable for the yeti pushes against the lock knobs and can almost feel like its bending the connector. I am looking today for a cable with a 90 degree bend on the connector. I'll update if i find it. Otherwise you may need to buy a shock mount so it keep the mic away from the knobs.
Ah yeah, when you look at it from that perspective..
Well, I found this one, it's 25% off as well atm.
Is this boom arm compatible with the shock mount I originally intended to get?
I'd be comfortable with paying 60 bucks knowing that it wont break or anything.
So new setup would look like this
Depends on your mic. I have a Blue Yeti and absolutely love this one.
This mic is widely regarded as the BEST table mounted boom arm available, and I agree. Been using it for months at this point and it's reputation holds up. It's pro.
Looks like this.
RODE PSA1 Swivel Mount Studio Microphone Boom Arm [link]
RODE PSA1 Swivel Mount Studio Microphone Boom Arm [link]
I've used these, you get what you pay for. It'll work. You know how it is... you could always spend more
I can confirm this boom arm [link] with this mount [link] work well together.
EDIT: Looks like the mount is out of stock... I only paid $30 for it.
RODE PSA-1 is the arm part. Expensive? yes. The quality really holds up the Blue Yeti since it is one of the heaviest mics.
Yeah, a stand would definitely be a good idea, though I'm not sure how to attach one. You could get one with a basic clamp, but it might have to reach fairly far. Or you could get a tall one, and just put in on the floor, and aim towards your face.
Top of the line desk mounted stand
Cheap but good enough desk mounted stand
This is the one I use and I've seen maany people use this one as well on twitch. Obviously I'd recommend going to a store and see for yourself how it looks.
The arm I got was a rode ps1a
and I just got some cheap pop filter at a local store, similar to this one
I want to get these items but i think this is overkill
Im getting a blue yeti with this too.
If you're going to get a desk mount you'll definitely want a shock mount to go with it, unless you like your mic to pick up every bump on the table, and to vibrate while you're typing.
Now everyone seems to love the Rode mic boom (I don't own it myself, I have a floor mount) [link]
And this is the shock mount made by Blue for the Yeti
First of all, it depends on whether you'll also use a Shock Mount or not (that spider looking thingy that hold the microphone). If you're going to do so you can get:
-Rode PS1A (99$): [link]
-Neewer (different options, make sure the one you pick is compatible with Blue yeti as not all of them are): [link]
- Tonor (19$): [link]
It's a Rode mic stand, nothing fancy. It claps to the desk:
A lot of people like this arm. [link] a lot of arms don't fit the Yeti so be sure to double check before you buy a different one.
Dude, your setup is a much cleaner, and much more complete version of mine! It's beautiful!
Is that mic arm this one?
How do you like it?
Probably a Rode PSA1
Im currently using the Podcaster, so this is a pretty bias'd opinion.
If your desk have space for it, a boom arm like the RØDE PSA1 (UK Amazon Link: [link]) compliments the Podcaster really well.
If not, then a simple tripod mount (American Amazon Link: [link]) would prob. also do the trick.
TL;DR A boom arm is really great for the PODCASTER, because, since it is a dynamic mic, you need it to be about a fists length away from your mouth, (at least from my experience.) and a boom arm gives you a lot of flexibility in terms of positioning the mic.
Oh yeah, use this part of the offical RØDE website to check where you can buy their microphones, and microphone stands(If you didn't know already): [link]
I use exactly the same boom arm (only in red), and I use the AT2035 (which came with its own shock mount and thread adaptor (I don't know what the AT2500 comes with). Either way, it all fits together perfectly.
One thing I will say is that it is very cheaply built. It isn't very sturdy. And because of the way the arm clamps into the desk mount, it doesn't rotate very well. A friend of mine who is also using the AT2035 highly recommends the Rode PSA1 - though it's a fair bit more expensive, it is far better quality.
As for Pop Filters, I currently use this one which just attaches directly to the mic itself. I did use one like this previously, which will connect to the boom arm absolutely fine. I switched the newer, smaller one as I have the mic quite close to my face. The more compact pop filter doesn't obstruct my view.
They <em>totally</em> don't work together. Never ever ever /s
Honestly, if you can get your mic away from the keyboard, you'll probably be fine. If you had the money, this boom arm is pretty much the best you could get. However, it's 1.43 times more expensive than your budget, so I would recommend this one. I don't have a yeti, but I do have this stand, and it's pretty good. Definitely getting what you pay for, for better or worse. I can't find a shock mount to fit with your budget, but you probably don't really need it, unless you use a hammer to press your keys. You will probably need an adapter to get the stand to work with the yeti, which apparently comes with that stand. If not, it shouldn't be that hard to find.
I use the Rode PSA
Good mic arm, I highly recommend if you have a stand alone mic.
Thats the RODE PSA1
I use a Yeti and I got the RODE PSA1 Swivel Mount Studio Microphone Boom Arm and attached it to my desk. As for a pop filter, I got Blue Microphones The Pop Universal Pop Filter
just a sticky pad of Velcro it worked wonders for more stuff under there!
as for the mount!
Microphone arm. The microphone at the end of it isn't so well priced.
Yeah I've heard some complaints, but I figured that something like the Rode PSA1 Boom Arm would be able to hold up the yeti.
i have a rode PSA1 and its a great arm.
HERE IS THE LINK
Here is a very good one, a bit pricey, but very good quality.
I think OP said it was Rode PSA1 mic arm
I believe he said he bought this
Can't go wrong with [link]
hey, it's this one! [link]
Any arm will work, the Rode PSA1 being the favourite. You will need this shock mount which comes in black or silver
Use something like a shotgun mic and a boom arm like the PSA1 swivel boom arm
This can help keep it out of the way when not in use and then drag it to you when needed. Also there are alot of really decent mic to fit such arms that won't cost too much.
I have this exact boom arm holding an AT2020.
This is what a ton of people use with the Yeti, I assume it will work with the Seiren as well.
The Rode PSA1 is probably one of the most used arms for the yeti and other mics. Its clean and rugged. It can hold the Yeti with a shockmount and pop filter just fine. Your best bet is this one.
On a side note, I can't afford the Rode, but I have this arm. It holds my Yeti up just right with a pop filter.
I have the AT2020 XLR and my current setup that's perfect for me includes the Rode Swivel Boom Arm, Behringer USB Mixer, and Pop Filter. I used to use the Icicle Preamp/Converter with the pop filter which was perfect but I decided to go all out.
What's the thread diameter for the spark?
I was looking at this one for my Yeti.
It's a RODE PSA1 that he's mounted into the desk. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001D7UYBO/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1
The bottom base is different because of the desk mount.
After 8 years of audio engineering I am able to gather that much, but what is the mic stand they use? Brand and model? I have not been able to find tan arm like that after MONTHS of research. All I am able to find are the old scissor style with large springs (kinda like what we use in radio stations) I have a very niche case where I need a mic stand EXACTLY like this one. This mic stand has been annoying me. I wish some one from RT would post the brand -_-
I've been using a Blue Yeti with this Rode swivel arm for about a year, and it works just fine.
I am not familiar with the Win 8.1 USB mic issue, but I will recommend this desk mic boom. I have used it for about a year now and is a good buy if you need a boom arm.
Different guy but I use this one and it is not cheap. Have had it for 2 years and works like new.