Top 10 Best Microphone Stands That You Can Rely On

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Introduction

As musicians who practice regularly, we know that unreliable microphone stands can be a nuisance during performances. The market is flooded with a wide range of microphone stands and it can get confusing to choose the perfect one.

This is why we did a careful analysis of the best microphone stands that are sturdy and stable. The factors that we kept in mind while modeling our list were portability, height extension range, price, types of clutches and clamp strength, among other factors. We’ve made a mention of stands that will satisfy the various needs of a drummer, a vocalist and probably most musicians under the sun.

So dive into our reviews and find out the best microphone stand for yourself.

Comparative Table

Model

Height Extension Range

Weight

Price

Atlas Sound MS-10C All-Purpose Microphone Stand

35”-63”

10 pounds

Hercules MS533B Hideaway Boom Stand

42.1”-94.5”

5.21 pounds

Pyle Pro PMKS56 Tripod Microphone Stand

51.2”-78.75”

7.3 pounds

Ultimate Support PRO-ST Pro Series Microphone Stand

41.7”-63”

12.79 pounds

K & M Microphone Stand 21090 (210/9)

35½”-63⅛”

7 pounds

DR Pro Tripod Mic Stand

40”-69”

8.1 pounds

RODE PSA1 Swivel Mount Studio Microphone Arm

32.5”-33”

3.84 pounds

Hola! Music HPS-101TB Microphone Stand

40”-63”

5.25 pounds

NEEWER Microphone Suspension Boom Scissor Arm Stand

Up to 31.5”

1.28 pounds

On-Stage MS7701B Tripod Microphone Boom Stand

32”-61.5”

4.41 pounds

1.Atlas Sound MS-10C All-Purpose Microphone Stand

What’s to like?

Popular among musicians, Atlas Sound MS-10C features a highly versatile stand with durable tubing. It has the renowned Atlas Sound wear-proof clutch which ensures that this stand remains your jamming companion for many years. You get a positive locking control with the 3 piece clutch that is incorporated in this microphone stand. Also, MS-10Cis pretty stable with its die-cast circular base that has a 10”diameter.

What acts as a great shock absorber are rubber pads which are coupled with base-edge concentrated weight distribution. The stand has a height extension range of 35” to 63” and a tubing diameter of 5/8” and 7/8”which is adjustable. Further, the tubing is made of cold, rolled steel which adds to the durability of the stand. For a secure positioning of the stand, Atlas provides top and bottom lock-nut rings.

We believe round base stands are highly sturdy and this particular model can support a lot of weight without toppling over. Moreover, the round base makes it highly portable and ideal for events where the height of the microphone needs to be adjusted constantly. The model has serviceable and replaceable parts and is quite affordable. Also, it’s not bulky and weighs 10 pounds.

What’s not to like?

The lack of an underneath locking ring to screw on is something that we didn’t like. Also, setting up this stand is not easy as it does not come with a handbook.

Pros

  • Atlas Sound wear-proof clutch
  • Shock-absorbing rubber pads
  • Portable

Cons

  • Lack of an underneath locking ring

2.Hercules MS533B Hideaway Boom Stand

What’s to like?

Weighing merely 5.7 pounds and a height extension range of 42.1”to 94.5”, Hercules MS533B Hideaway Boom Stand is a good option to consider if you’re looking for microphone stands.

To attach a microphone to this stand, you need to push the lever up or down to quickly mount the Quik-N-EZ adaptor. You can also leave this adaptor attached to the mic clip for speedy setups so that you can quickly slide the mic in.

What’s special in this stand is a 2-in-1 Boom Clamp which adjusts boom length and angle simultaneously. A 30.7” boom can be attached and detached instantly and this increases convenience during performances. This hand is especially helpful when you don’t have a lot of time to fix your equipment before a performance.

The base of this model is a tripod stand which is quite supportive but definitely not as sturdy as a round base. Featuring an EZ Clutch with vertical adjustment, this stand has a clutch mechanism that has to be pressed or squeezed for it to function. This is relatively better than the screw mechanism on most stands and makes it easier to adjust the height of the stand.

Overall, if you’re a musician who needs to make quick adjustments before sessions, you will find this microphone stand really useful.

What’s not to like?

On using this stand, we found that its boom arm does not swivel and the movement angles are limited. Also, to reposition microphones along a vertical axis, we had to move the entire stand.

Pros

  • 2-in-1 Boom Clamp to adjust boom length and angle at the same time
  • EZ Clutch with vertical adjustment

Cons

  • Boom arm does not swivel

3.Pyle Pro PMKS56 Tripod Microphone Stand

What’s to like?

Pyle Pro PMKS56 has an extendable telescoping boom arm which makes this microphone stand easy to use and flexible. With a stable tripod leg base, Pyle Pro PMKS56 ensures stability and balance and prevents it from collapsing.  This model has an enlarged tubing which improves the stand’s stability and provides structural support.

PMKS56 also has a height extension range of 51.2” to 78.75” along with a reliable clutch. Built in a simple, compact manner, this stand features a classic black finish. We really like the positioning of the mic holder which makes it ideal to have an optimal pickup for studio and concert performances. This is a heavy-duty mic stand with a tripod design and pivot knobs that lock tight and keep the stand sturdy.

Also, the stand includes a universal 5/8” mic adapter that can be used for various clamping and attachment mechanisms. Not only is this stand ideal for musicians who are always on the go, but also highly useful in the studio as it can hold heavy condenser mics securely. While the stand can be used with or without the boom, you’ll have to purchase the boom separately.

 The stand can support small powered monitor speakers and extends to over 6 ft. which makes them ideal to be used as powerful personal monitors. This means that you can use these stands for the purpose of public address.

What’s not to like?

PMKS56 is bigger than average stands and can’t be used with ease on cramped stages and small spaces. Also, its heavy duty look gets in the way of performers on stage. The stand doesn’t collapse low enough to be used by drummers.

Pros

  • Extendable telescoping boom arm
  • Enlarged tubing for structural support
  • Heavy-duty mic stand

Cons

  • Bulky

4.Ultimate Support PRO-ST Pro Series Microphone Stand

What’s to like?

PRO-ST is a popular mic stand that is heavy-duty, has a durable construction with a secure clutch. It features a patented universal mic attachment and has field-replaceable parts. We really like its quick-release weighted base which is great for performers. The moderately weighted base gives the much needed stability to every performer. This base can also be easily replaced so that the performer can move on stage with ease.

PRO-ST is compatible with most mics and can extend from 41.7” to 63”. Ultimate Support has provided this stand with a durable finish so that even if it is dropped by mistake, the stand remains intact. This finish is scratch resistant and will not rust over a period of time. Great for performers who bring a lot of energy on stage, it’s really easy to pluck the mic in and out of the stand. PRO-ST is truly a mic stand for all needs. It comes with a tripod along withweighted and stackable bases which have short and regular heights. Also, the stand can be used with or without telescoping or fixed length boom arms.

What’s not to like?

We think the only drawback of this stand is that it’s quite bulky, weighing 12.79 pounds. Some musicians might also find it pricey.

Pros

  • Quick release weighted base
  • Durable, scratch-resistant finish

Cons

  • Bulky

5.K & M Microphone Stand 21090 (210/9)

What’s to like?

If you’re looking for a professional tripod mic stand with telescopic boom, then K & M Microphone Stand 21090 is the one for you. This stand has a height extension range of 35½” to 63⅛” and an adjustable telescopic boom arm with an extension range of 18” to 30⅛”. Also, it is easy to transport due to its foldable legs and comes with a 5-year warranty. K & M has made this stand highly durable by incorporating a zinc die-cast base and Swiss steel construction.

Thanks to the T-Bar Locking Screw, the tightening hardware on the main knob has a long extension which makes it easy to securely tighten the main arm. Weighing merely 7 pounds, this stand is ideal for touring and production. Tripod mic stands are popular among guitarists who have a pedalboard or collection of pedals at gigs. This particular stand is one of the most popular among guitarists. Furthermore, the telescopic boom helps you get position your mic exactly where you need it. Actually, if you’re familiar with K & M Microphone Stand 210/2, then you won’t find any major difference between 210/9 and 210/2. The only difference is a telescoping boom instead of a single piece boom in 210/9. Having a solid build quality, this stand is stable even when the telescoping boom is fully extended even with slightly heavier microphones.

Also, its clutch requires less torque to keep the tubing in place which prevents early wear from over-tightening. Being highly versatile, this stand is suitable for all types of general vocal, singing and, musical instrument usage applications.

What’s not to like?

When we’re talking about mics that are really heavy, the boom of this stand could have a bigger counterweight for extra support to prevent it from tipping over. To get over this problem, you could try adjusting the boom to make it parallel to one of the legs.

Pros

  • Easy to transport due to its foldable legs
  • T-Bar Locking Screw for tightening the main arm
  • Requires less torque to keep the tubing in place

Cons

  • The stand might tip over with really heavy mics

6.DR Pro Tripod Mic Stand

What’s to like?

DR Pro Tripod Mic Stand has an adjustable height that varies from 40” to 69”. It also has a telescoping boom which is extendable from 19”to 31”with tripod legs of 25”on each side. Weighing merely 8.1 pounds, this stand is strong and durable with powder-coated finish paint and tough tubing. It is also highly versatile and can be used in a plethora of settings like concerts, schools or even churches.

Since it works well with most mics, you can be assured that it will hold heavier mics easily. All you need to do is tighten the boom arm clutch sufficiently with the large thumbscrew. The clutch of this stand has rubber washers in it which does a good job of holding the boom in perfect position. This stand is definitely costly but we think it’s worth it.

What’s not to like?

You might find this stand to be a little expensive when compared to other models on this list. Also, it has little plastic nuts that tend to break off from the metal.

Pros

  • Tough tubing
  • Powder-coated finish paint
  • Versatile

Cons

  • Little plastic nuts which tend to break
  • Expensive

7.RODE PSA1 Swivel Mount Studio Microphone Arm

What’s to like?

RODE PSA1 Swivel Mount Studio Microphone Arm is a one of a kind mic stand as it can rotate 360 degrees with a maximum reach of 32.5” horizontally and 33” vertically. The stand has 2 desk mounting options- a compression mount and a hole mount along with a 2-axis swivel mount for accurate positioning. You can use it in your studio, radio station, for broadcasting purposes and even at home.

Also, this mic arm comes supplied with a 3/8”thread adaptor, Velcro cable wraps, desk clamp, and desk insert style attachments for versatile mounting options on desks. You can now guess why we chose to include this model on our list. It’s has everything that one looks for in a microphone arm. PSA1 is compatible with most mics between 1.5p and 2.4 p when combined with shock mount.

You can swivel it in any direction and get the perfect angle to keep the mic in a comfortable position. Furthermore, this arm can withstand a weight of up to 4.4 pounds including the shock mount. This means that it’s not fragile at all.

What’s not to like?

The thumbscrews incorporated in this model seem to be fragile and there have been complaints regarding the same.

Pros

  • Can rotate 360 degrees
  • Compatible with most mics

Cons

  • Fragile thumbscrews

8.Hola! Music HPS-101TB Microphone Stand

What’s to like?

Hola! Music HPS-101TB Microphone Stand has a unique patented leg housing that locks legs when it is opened without the screw. This ensures that the stand will remain intact during performances. Once you put the stand on the ground and open it, the legs will automatically get locked, making sure the stand is stable and the microphone is safe.  

Multiple points of adjustment and locking on this stand provide better angles of use when setting up instruments, amplifiers orwhile singing.. An ergonomic center clutch allows easy height adjustment within the range of 40”to 63” for convenience in usage while sitting or standing.

You get the option of two different clutches to adjust the length and angle of boom along with a Euro-style metal telescopic boom. The boom can be extended from 4” to 27”and you can also use the stand without the boom arm.

 While the presence of multiple wires can cause clutter in your studio or while performing on stage, HPS-101TB has 2 clip-on cable holders to avoid cable clutter. Weighing merely 5.25 pounds, this stand is lightweight and one of the best microphone stands on our list.  

What’s not to like?

If you’re a performer who prefers using heavier microphones, then you might feel that this stand lacks the mass needed to support one. Also, while using the stand we noticed that the stand has a tendency to tip over if the legs are not completely aligned with the boom arm because HPS-101TB is lightweight.

Pros

  • Patented leg housing locks legs
  • Ergonomic center clutch allows easy height adjustment
  • 2 clip-on cable holders to avoid cable clutter

Cons

  • Tendency to tip over

9.NEEWER Microphone Suspension Boom Scissor Arm Stand

What’s to like?

Featuring an adjustable black scissor arm made of high-quality steel frame, NEEWER Microphone Arm Stand is one of our personal favorites. It has adjustable arms and you can adjust both the height up to 31.5” and the angle for your convenience. Being the lightest microphone stand on our list with a weight of 1.28 pounds, you can carry it easily to your gigging sessions and recording studio.

A table mounting clamp helps place the stand on the table. Designed for heavy-duty use, this stand is suitable for all types of handheld/dynamic microphones, including the heavier ones. This foldable arm stand is not only mobile but also durable since it is made of steel. Along with this, the stand has a solid and smooth movement and once the moving joints are locked, it’s quite sturdy.

Furthermore, NEEWER Arm Stand can be set up easily and can be clamped to the edge of your desk to free up space for other equipment. The advantage of this stand over other weighted desk stands is that the boom can be extended high enough from the desk to record while the performer is standing up. Compared to the older models, this stand has an upgraded clamping mechanism.

NEEWER has added a green sponge pad to the clamp for added grip and to stop the scissor boom stand from scratching your desktop. With all these amazing features, we feel this model is one of the best microphone stands on our list.

What’s not to like?

Despite the arm stand’s tall appearance, it does not have the longest reach. Also, certain users mentioned that the mic holder rod can become loose over time. There is no acoustic isolation which means that the desk might transmit vibrations and noise to the microphone.

Pros

  • Lightweight and portable
  • Boom can be extended high enough from the desk to record
  • A green sponge pad to the clamp for added grip

Cons

  • Does not have the longest reach
  • No acoustic isolation

10.On-Stage MS7701B Tripod Microphone Boom Stand

What’s to like?

On-Stage MS7701B Tripod Microphone Boom Stand has steel-reinforced plastic leg housing which reduces the weight of the stand and offers incredible strength. For durability, the stand has foldable legs with plastic end caps. This also helps reduce floor vibrations.

MS7701B has been crafted from a hybrid sheet metal which further enhances the durability of the stand. A steel mid-point locking clutch helps to adjust the height in the range of 32”to 61.5”. Along with this, a 30”removable boom arm ensures easy positioning. The boom arm can be removed and also folded flat. You can easily transport this stand from studio to stage as it weighs only 4.41 pounds. Besides, the stand makes use of a solid cast end which is compatible with Blue Yeti mic and other mics that use a 5/8”size screw mount.

Featuring a Euro-style boom, the stand has an individually adjustable clutch for boom length adjustment and a different clutch for boom angle adjustment. As a performer, you can easily adjust the boom arm anytime during your performance. A professional quality die-cast zinc clutch helps lock the vertical shaft in the aforementioned height range. On-Stage claims this model to be their best-selling stand and we don’t disagree.

What’s not to like?

The stand has a tendency to tip over when a heavy mic is used with the arm being extended to its full length in a 90-degree angle relative to the stand.

Pros

  • Steel-reinforced plastic leg housing for strength
  • Crafted from a hybrid sheet metal for durability
  • Foldable legs with plastic end caps

Cons

  • Tendency to tip over when a heavy mic is used
Factors to Consider Before Buying a Microphone Stand

Before we look at the factors that one should keep in mind before buying a microphone stand, let’s get acquainted with the 6 categories of mic stands-

1.Tripod Stands – which are the most common and designed for general-purpose use.

2.Tripod Boom Stands – which offer a longer reach than standard tripod stands.

3.Round Base Stands – which are ideal for singers on stage, because they use less floor space and are harder to trip-over than tripod stands.

4.Low-Profile Stands – which are commonly used for kick drums, guitar cabs.

5.Desktop Stands – which can look similar to low-profile stands, but are intended more for podcasting and bedroom recording.

6.Overhead Stands – which are the largest and most expensive of all stands, and are used when extreme heights and angles are required, such as with drum overheads.

While buying a microphone stand, look for the following factors-

Height Range

You can change the height of almost all the microphone stands, but the distance varies considerably. Many stands are designed to go much higher and lower in addition to a standard range (approximately 35′′-65′′). A microphone stand that is small enough to carry a microphone in front of a kick drum (8′′-12′′) will not be sufficiently high for drum microphones that are overheard. And for choir or organ recordings in a tall room or auditorium, you may need a microphone stand to stretch to 10′ or more.

Clutches

The other important consideration is the clutch, the mechanism that locks the height of the stand into place. On microphone stands there are two basic types of clutches, twist, and grip, with twist becoming far more common. A cheap twist clutch takes many turns to tighten and may still not hold tight; while higher-end twist clutches, such as the quarter-turn clutch of Ultimate Support, lock tightly for fast adjustment with minimal movement. On the other side, grip clutches need only one-handed twist to change them, which is a huge live performance bonus.

Another type of clutch that you will find on booms (including some studio booms) is a tension screw that either tightens a collar or pushes inside the tube to stop it from slipping. They vary greatly in performance and typically only occur where changes are rarely needed. Many booms also use a kind of clutch at the base for changing the angle.

Base Options

One of two basic designs comes with regular microphone stands: flat and tripod. Typically, flat bases are made of cast steel and built to be sturdy enough to prevent tipping over the stand easily. These may be in round or triangular in shape. These are not as compact as tripod bases with their smaller footprint and heavier weight but are equally robust from all angles. Tripods usually have a broader footprint and may be more robust than flat bases. Some mini microphone stands built for computer use or for microphone bass drums and guitar cabinets feature small flat bases to allow them to get into extra tight spaces.

Tripod bases come in a variety of sizes and they are favored by many engineers because they are lightweight and can fold smaller than flat-base stands. So long as you keep the weight of the microphone over a leg rather than between two legs, the bases of the tripod are extremely stable. If correctly placed, you can position two stands of the tripod base very close together.

Portability and Weight

There are many contributing factors to microphone stands' weight and overall portability. On that note, a heavier stand doesn't necessarily mean it's less compact— there are plenty of lightweight microphone stands you would never want to take on tour, both because they aren't sturdy enough for live use and because they wouldn't be cracking and breaking.

Options such as stronger, more durable tubing, heavy-duty clutches, or the form of solid tripod legs used in Triad-Orbit stands increase a microphone stand's weight without compromising its portability.

Tripod Mic Stand Vs Solid Base Stands

Tripod Mic Stand

Solid Base Stands

  • If you’re just looking to purely sing and nothing else, then a solid base stand may be more your speed.
  • If you’re showing up to your gig with a guitar in your hand, then a tripod’s going to be your best bet.
  • Solid base stands aren’t boom compatible because the center of gravity is moved too far out horizontally. They work best if you don’t have a need to mic up another instrument.
  • Tripod stands, allow you to use them with or without a boom, making them essential if you want the sound of your instrument to shine through.

FAQ’s

1.How do clip-on microphones work?

The professional models transmit in VHF or UHF radio frequency and have 'true' diversity reception (two separate receiver modules, each with its own antenna), which eliminates dead spots (caused by phase cancellation) and the effects caused by the reflection of the radio waves on walls and surfaces in general.

Many models have variable gain on the microphone itself to handle various levels of sources such as noisy sounds or silent voices. Adjustable gain helps to avoid cuts and optimize the balance of signal and noise.

Many models have variable squelch, which silences the output when the receiver does not obtain from the microphone a powerful or quality signal rather than reproducing noise. When squelch is adjusted, the threshold of the signal quality or level is adjusted.

2.Can I attach any other accessories with the stand?

Yes, it is possible to attach accessories with your microphone stand. For example, the pop filter is a must-have if you’re going to record vocals. Pop filters range from simple stretched nylon to foam covers to expanded metal construction, and while the metal version generally does a better job, even a budget nylon model is a vast improvement over no pop filter at all. 

Stereo bars allow you to position two or more microphones in a variety of ways on a single microphone stand. Some are basic and only intended for XY positioning and similar setups, while others have precision measuring tools that allow you to position microphones at different distances and angles.

A collection of quick-release adapters is indispensable if you need to swap microphones out periodically. At the end of your microphone stand or boom, these 2-part adapters screw onto the standard 5/8′′ thread and allow you to pop on and off your microphone clips in seconds.

3.Are shock mounts necessary?

Here are two examples of cases in which you might want to use a shock mount. The first is a very common scenario where you're dealing with live sound. The band is set up, and it's a hollow wooden stage. Each time a drum hit is made, someone steps through the stage, someone pounds their foot, even if they tap their foot in response to the music or in time to the music, the sound resonates through the stage, and the vibration is transmitted through the stand to the microphone, and eventually the diaphragm of the instrument.

The second example is when there is accidental contact with the stand. If you tap the stand, you swing a music stand, and it hits the stand, or you click your foot, and you hit the foot of the stand, any of those sounds will lead to a thump or a tap being transmitted to the microphone through the stand, and most likely to destroy your recording.

So we come to the conclusion that shock mounts are necessary with a mic stand.

4.What is a boom arm?

Great for broadcast talent or podcasters, broadcast booms use a robust variant of the type of scissor mechanism found in some desk lamps to quickly reposition your microphone. This is great if you need to control sound effects or move around your desk while on a microphone. Some broadcast booms are clamped to your desktop and feature some internal shock dispersion to stop movement on the desk from moving up the boom to your mic.

5.What Is the best stand for a podcast setup?

  The suggested stand is the desk stand for the podcast setup. These are designed to be used in a way that does not actually require a lot of movement. Such stands, as you know, are connected to the desk and can be expanded in length as well as can be adjusted to a wide range of angles. For this reason, it is well adapted for this purpose- but it may be appropriate to change or rotate the stand during the recording of the podcast.

6.How do mic stands work?

The most common stand for the microphone is a straight stand. This uses a dome-shaped round metal base or a tripod base to which a microphone mounting post (most commonly a 7/8-27 threaded hole) is threaded. This post can consist of two or more telescopic tubes that fit inside each other, allowing for easy height adjustment. The device to change the height is called the clutch.

7.How much does a mic stand cost?

  Desk stands cost $10 to $25. A round or hex (hexagonal) base stand is best suited for use on a small stage and costs around $20 to $80. Tripod base stands are lighter than round base stands and cost around $20 to $100.

  Conclusion

Investing in one of the best microphone stands will make your performances and recording sessions easier. We recommend Hercules MS533B Hideaway Boom Stand if you’re a performer who needs to make quick adjustments on stage. If you want a stand that can be customized according to your needs, then we suggest Hola! Music HPS-101TB Microphone Stand.

We hope our detailed list of microphone stands was helpful to you. While buying a stand, keep in mind the height extension range in tandem to your singing or recording requirements. Lastly, don’t forget to shop within your budget.

 We wish you luck and happy jamming sessions.

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