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Title: Mic stands
Post by: billybob476 on February 29, 2012, 07:27:41 AM
So I recently bought a Blue Yeti USB microphone (which I used for the Battletech podcast I recently did). One thing I noticed was that I was getting a decent amount of sound transmitted through the desk that the mic was sitting on using the stock-supplied stand that came with the mic.

So I'm thinking of picking up the Blue Radius Shock mount for the mic (http://www.amazon.com/Blue-Radius-Shockmount-Yeti-Pro/dp/B005DVF15A (http://www.amazon.com/Blue-Radius-Shockmount-Yeti-Pro/dp/B005DVF15A)) which I understand will minimize sounds transmitted into the mic via the desk/stand.

It seems that I'll need a new stand a well (since the shock mount won't fit in the Yeti stand), any recommendations on a half decent affordable mic stand? Probably something that either sits on the desk or clamps on to it.
Title: Re: Mic stands
Post by: moyer777 on February 29, 2012, 08:12:56 AM
I have tried two different kinds so far.  The $50 to 80 range break, but I have one that has been great.  http://www.amazon.com/PSA-Swivel-Mount-Studio-Microphone/dp/B001D7UYBO/ref=sr_1_13?s=musical-instruments&ie=UTF8&qid=1330531725&sr=1-13 (http://www.amazon.com/PSA-Swivel-Mount-Studio-Microphone/dp/B001D7UYBO/ref=sr_1_13?s=musical-instruments&ie=UTF8&qid=1330531725&sr=1-13)

This one rocks.

I did read an article on reducing noise in the studio and believe it or not they reccomended not using a desk mount. Nthey said the best results by far are with a stand alone boom mic stand.  Like this:
http://www.amazon.com/Pyle-Pro-PMKS3-Tripod-Microphone-Extending/dp/B002PAZZ9E/ref=sr_1_2?s=musical-instruments&ie=UTF8&qid=1330531725&sr=1-2 (http://www.amazon.com/Pyle-Pro-PMKS3-Tripod-Microphone-Extending/dp/B002PAZZ9E/ref=sr_1_2?s=musical-instruments&ie=UTF8&qid=1330531725&sr=1-2)
Title: Re: Mic stands
Post by: QuadShot on February 29, 2012, 08:14:39 AM
We use the Yeti's for our podcasts as well, and did run into that issue at first. So, what we did was to "build" microphone tables. I bought two lap top tables from an office supply story (Staples), they're on rolling frames, and then I set the mic's on like 1/4 cork board to help absorb the sound. That way, the mics aren't on the desk with the computer, and pick up very little sound. Oh, there's still a tiny bit of noise but not even noticable. The two stands cost about $60 total (I think they were about $30 each) and they work pretty well. If money is not really an object, then go for the shock mount and stand. But that's kind of an investment...
Title: Re: Mic stands
Post by: QuadShot on February 29, 2012, 08:15:59 AM
Rick, the Yeti's are kind of on the heavy side, not sure if the boom stand alone would support it?
Title: Re: Mic stands
Post by: billybob476 on February 29, 2012, 08:23:05 AM
According to Amazon's site, the Yeti is 4.4 lbs, though I imagine that includes the somewhat heavy stand.

EDIT:

Here's the specs on the mic, so the actual mic is 1.2 lbs.


Dimensions (extended in stand): 4.72" (12cm) x 4.92"(12.5cm) x 11.61"(29.5cm)
Weight (microphone): 1.2 lbs (.55 kg)
Weight (stand): 2.2 lbs (1 kg)

http://www.bluemic.com/yeti/#/specs/ (http://www.bluemic.com/yeti/#/specs/)
Title: Re: Mic stands
Post by: Rico on February 29, 2012, 08:28:10 AM
I still use one I bought at Radio Shack like 6+ years ago!
Title: Re: Mic stands
Post by: billybob476 on February 29, 2012, 08:30:10 AM
Yeah, I mean there's always on of these: http://www.stevesmusic.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=265_184&products_id=7509 (http://www.stevesmusic.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=265_184&products_id=7509)

but I worry since the mic is a bit heavy it wouldn't be very stable (especially if I wanted to put it at an angle). I like the idea of a swivel mount so I could just move it aside when not in use.

Though the full on floor stands seem a bit more flexible and cheaper. I can just fold up an put it in the closet.
Title: Re: Mic stands
Post by: MARKO on February 29, 2012, 09:53:58 AM
i use the blue mic snowball..... http://www.bluemic.com/snowball/ (http://www.bluemic.com/snowball/)
Title: Re: Mic stands
Post by: QuadShot on February 29, 2012, 09:57:38 AM
Yeah, I mean there's always on of these: [url]http://www.stevesmusic.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=265_184&products_id=7509[/url] ([url]http://www.stevesmusic.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=265_184&products_id=7509[/url])

but I worry since the mic is a bit heavy it wouldn't be very stable (especially if I wanted to put it at an angle). I like the idea of a swivel mount so I could just move it aside when not in use.

Though the full on floor stands seem a bit more flexible and cheaper. I can just fold up an put it in the closet.


if you're going to buy this, you should just stick with the included swivel mount! :)
Title: Re: Mic stands
Post by: billybob476 on February 29, 2012, 10:02:02 AM
Yeah, I mean there's always on of these: [url]http://www.stevesmusic.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=265_184&products_id=7509[/url] ([url]http://www.stevesmusic.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=265_184&products_id=7509[/url])

but I worry since the mic is a bit heavy it wouldn't be very stable (especially if I wanted to put it at an angle). I like the idea of a swivel mount so I could just move it aside when not in use.

Though the full on floor stands seem a bit more flexible and cheaper. I can just fold up an put it in the closet.


if you're going to buy this, you should just stick with the included swivel mount! :)


haha yeah, I'm leaning more to the floor stand now since I can set it up wherever in the house since any recording I do is on my MacBook, not my desktop. I may not want to be tied to my cluttered desk :)
Title: Re: Mic stands
Post by: QuadShot on February 29, 2012, 10:17:38 AM
Good idea billybob. Let me know how the stand works! I was actually thinking of that at some point as well...
Title: Re: Mic stands
Post by: billybob476 on February 29, 2012, 10:31:14 AM
Between this stuff and a new rear wheel for my bike I'm glad my birthday is in March :)
Title: Re: Mic stands
Post by: QuadShot on February 29, 2012, 11:25:34 AM
Yeah, hobbies do be money piggies!! :)
Title: Re: Mic stands
Post by: Meds on February 29, 2012, 11:49:36 AM
Yeah, I mean there's always on of these: [url]http://www.stevesmusic.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=265_184&products_id=7509[/url] ([url]http://www.stevesmusic.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=265_184&products_id=7509[/url])

but I worry since the mic is a bit heavy it wouldn't be very stable (especially if I wanted to put it at an angle). I like the idea of a swivel mount so I could just move it aside when not in use.

Though the full on floor stands seem a bit more flexible and cheaper. I can just fold up an put it in the closet.


Thats what we use on waffle on, i did think of getting a stand and having the mic hanging down weight is a problem. Ilike the idea of the cork board Al. Think i may try that.
Title: Re: Mic stands
Post by: QuadShot on February 29, 2012, 11:55:20 AM
Meds,
The cork works pretty well to dampen vibrations, etc. Plus, I bought a panel of the soundproofing foam rubber, cut it into three sections about 2.5 feet wide by about 18 inches tall, glued them to metal book ends then create a sound proofing station for both the mics (mine on my stand, Joyce's on hers). I finally got the "echo" challenge figured out (dropped the gain on Joyce's mic and boosted the volume level in GarageBand), so our set up works very nice now!
Title: Re: Mic stands
Post by: billybob476 on February 29, 2012, 12:00:43 PM
Tweaking, tweaking, tweaking! Seems like a never ending game :)

Dunno what happened, but I think I've gotten bit by "the bug"
Title: Re: Mic stands
Post by: QuadShot on February 29, 2012, 12:28:10 PM
That it 'tis Mr476, that it 'tis...
Title: Re: Mic stands
Post by: moyer777 on March 01, 2012, 03:54:14 PM
would that make us Tweakers?