Three Things to Consider Before Buying a Microphone Stand

A solid mic stand is a performer’s most important, yet most overlooked, pieces of equipment.

Singer singing into microphone.
A good microphone stand frees hands to play instruments and makes it easier to amplify sound without interference.Nick Hawkins

A good mic stand for a singer is like a good guitar strap for a guitar player. By holding the microphone, a stand gives a performer one less thing to hold or distract them during a performance. Here are some things you’ll want to keep in mind as you shop to make sure a stand helps you perform at your best, is easy to use and transport, and it doesn’t occupy too much real estate on stage.

AmazonBasics Tripod Boom Microphone Stand
This lightweight model is easy to collapse and store.AmazonBasics

Full-size mic stands have one of two base styles: a tripod or solid round base. Tripods are lighter than base stands, and because they fold down, they’re easier to transport and store. The downside is tripods occupy space on what might be a crowded stage. Solid base stands are stable and take up less stage space but are heavy and more difficult to transport and store.

RODE PSA 1 Swivel Mount Studio Microphone Boom Arm
You can mount this model to a desk for recording tracks to a computer.Rode

Mic stand arms come in either boom or straight configurations. Boom-style arms are great for desktop use or when you need to adjust for mic clearance over an instrument like a guitar or keyboard. However, they are a bit tricky to counterbalance and compensate for the weight of some microphones at the end of the extended arm. Straight stands are more stable and easier to use if you don’t need the extra clearance afforded by a boom.

Microphone Stands Gig Bag by Hola! Music, Dual Compartment, 50 Inch Long with Shoulder Strap
You can adjust the height on this model, and it collapses for easy transport.Hola! Music

Choosing a mic stand depends a lot on its intended use. If you’re mostly performing in a studio, a desktop model with a boom arm is probably a good choice. If you’re playing different venues, a floor model that’s easy to transport will likely suit you better.