Live show or Recording? Use the Right Mic Stand

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Home Studio, recording studio and live performance professionals need a good deal of gear for their endeavors. Microphone stands are un-unarguably needed in each of these situations. Mic stands will also be required for a live show; not just for the singers but also for the instruments and amplifiers. There are many kinds and makes to choose from. Reliable and sturdy stands are considerations that shouldn't be overlooked. When the consumer learns about microphone stands, chances are they'll make a smart choice. Here are some of the many features and uses for each of these settings.

The straight stand is will be adequate for a band practice setting. These are adequate for practicing but there are better models that should be used for live performances which, generally will be taking more abuse night after night. Though more costly, there are mic stands that offer clutches that are very simple to position, especially if the stage personnel doesn't get it quite right for the performer. The performer won't have to awkwardly fiddle around with the height. A sought after make for this kind of mic stand is Hercules which, again, is more expensive but superior in quality.


Tripod mic-stands are not so great for live stage performances. When basic recording is being done, tripod boom stands, which are not meant to be moved at all, are better for positioning the microphone in tight spots. These mic-stands can be on the more costly side which is one of the reasons why the buyer can have some apprehension and are not so readily going to choose them, especially for general use such as in rehearsals. Also there are goose-neck attachments that can give an extra amount of flexibility for those hard to reach places.

For the smaller studios or home studios, it might not be possible to have a full stand that sits on the floor. The table top stand is going to work out perfectly and fit on any table or desk. The one recording can sit down with their guitar or sing at their computer even in the tightest of rooms. Another popular use for these desktop stands is for conferences and meetings.

Most of these choices will not be unduly heavy and simple to to get set up. Most studio engineers do not have the time on their hands for fluttering around, arranging the gear. Most stands are going to be able to get up and going in just a few short moments and can be adjusted anytime to anyone's needs.


Any microphone that a musician is going to be using will work with any stand that they choose. A musician or engineer that wants to use something custom made needs to spend considerably more. Stands that are made to order are not likely to be as inexpensive and can put a buyer off budget; but the overall investment is going to last a lot longer and will have a more professional look.

Prices will vary on the brands and the shopper has to know what they want and what their uses will be as well as the top price they can afford. The budget for stands is not always so easy to set but don't overlook the importance of them. You can stick with the budget that has been defined but if you go for the cheapest ones, prepare yourself for buying others sooner than you might think.

It will be simple to find microphone stands that will fit a performers needs. Browse right now and calculate a budget that will give the buyer plenty of these options.


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Bruce Hathaway has been a recording engineer and musician for over 25 years. Through this experience, including his own home project studio, he has become an audio expert offering advice to other musicians interested in recording. If you're interested in purchasing microphones and mic accessories, click on the link to see Bruce's online shop.

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