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Custom Mic Stands – Do You Need One?

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Custom Mic Stands

Having the right mic stand for podcasting can make all the difference – if not from a technological performance standpoint, then from one of comfort and practicality. 

This is why custom mic setups have become so prevalent, especially the stands and supporting equipment which, if not appropriate for the scenario, can make it much more complicated and cumbersome than the process needs to be. 

But what exactly are the benefits of custom mic stands, and what varieties are available? 

02/18/2024 03:07 pm GMT

What Is A Custom Mic Stand? 

A custom microphone stand is, as it sounds, a stand that has been specifically designed to not only hold the microphone you possess, but also to fit in with the specific studio setting you have – or indeed with any performative requirements you might have. 

In podcasting this can mean a specifically angled mic stand, so as to properly work within a restrictive space.

Or it could be one that has been designed to be less cumbersome or in the way during filming – depending on your format. 

Where Can I Get Custom Stands? 

While there are many business ventures that manufacture and sell custom mic stands, there are several that stand out from the crowd due to their prices, service, shipping, and the quality of their merchandise. 

Custom Mic Stands

Such companies include Crystal Rocked, Devil & Sons, Metal Dozer, Rebel Stage Gear, Iron Awe Mic Stands, Blue Weld, Two Twisted Stage Art, Micstand.com, Katherine Ford, and Viscardi Designs. 

A look at the website of each of these companies offers something different, and while specializing in performative stage microphone stands, have the capability to provide custom stands for any situation you might require. 

Consumer Products

There are also numerous consumer products on the market that are specifically geared towards podcasting, and which offer a range of different mounts and positions for use. 

Notable products include the Samson MD5, the Heill CB-1 PTT, the Proline MS112, Gator Frameworks’ GFW-MIC-0821, and the Heill SB-2 – all of which feature different fittings and mounts, and which allow for different positions of the microphones during use. 

What Are The Benefits? 

Custom Mic Stands

When it comes to custom mic stands, there are several benefits that can improve the whole podcasting process for both the host, guests, and crew.

Ease

One of the main benefits with a custom microphone stand, is that you can have them specifically designed for your working process. 

This means that you can have it catered to the space you are working in, designed to the demands of your specific project, and designed in such a way that makes it ergonomic and convenient to you as the user. 

Uniqueness 

Depending on the nature of the podcast, you might be on video.

This means that you might want a unique piece of equipment – either as a means of establishing/reinforcing a brand, or to simply set a specific aesthetic tone with your setup. 

Space Saving

Depending on your recording space, full sized microphone stands – or indeed general conventional stands – might not be suitable for the space you are working in. 

With a custom stand, you can have something made that both meets the needs of your space, and which can make the most of the area you are working with. 

Are There Any Downsides? 

Are There Any Downsides? 

Of course, there are certain downsides when it comes to having a custom microphone made. 

Price

Having something made custom is always going to be more expensive than purchasing something from the store – and microphone stands are no different. 

While you might get a high quality product that is designed specifically for your needs, it will certainly be reflected in the price – meaning that it might not be suited for up and coming podcasters, or those who have yet to properly establish themselves with a regular viewership. 

Parts

Of course, in the studio things can always go wrong, especially if equipment needs to be moved around and transported before and after recording

In these moments, equipment can become accidentally damaged, and parts could need replacing.

However, depending on the extent to which your mic stand is unique, it might require specialist parts that can only be ordered from the supplier. 

This can be a hassle when in the moment, and could potentially hinder filming/recording if you are low on time and funds.

This differs from consumer products, wherein replacement parts and products are easier to come by. 

Things To Remember

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When choosing the right custom mic for you, there are certain things you need to assess before making a purchase. 

Your Needs

It is important to properly assess what exactly you need from your equipment, and how important these needs are to the overall process. 

If you have a space issue, then the size of the stands are important to factor in.

Likewise, if the nature of your podcast has a lot of movement and unforeseen factors, then strength and durability might be something you want to consider. 

Your Budget

You also need to consider your budget, and just how much you are a) willing to spend, and b) are able to spend realistically. 

This can help you not only find the right company for you and your needs, but can help you to hone down your requirements so that only the vital elements are catered for – thus avoiding paying too much needlessly. 

Final Thoughts

And there we have it, everything you need to know about custom mic stands, and the benefits they can have to the functionality of a podcast. 

Having the right setup is incredibly important, if only from a comfort and practicality standpoint. Podcasting can be difficult, and if your technology doesn’t work for you, then it is going to make the whole process that much harder. 

So if you have an unusual setup, and need something a little more catered to you, then why not consider getting a custom mic stand? Something tells me you won’t be disappointed!

Matt Brook

With a background in Journalism and years of experience in the industry, Matt brings a wealth of knowledge to the WiredClip team.

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