If you’ve been a great bathroom singer for years and have finally pushed yourself to market your singing skills professionally, you will need to get a good microphone. But what if you don’t get a microphone stand with your mic? How will you keep the microphone adjusted to record your voice? Well, you can either buy a microphone stand, which means more expenses, or you can make your own microphone stand to complete your audio setup.
In this guide, we will tell you how to make a microphone stand to record your songs more comfortably. And no, this is not just another guide where we will tell you to duct tape your mic to basically anything you can get your hands on. We will give you a solid solution that lasts a long time!
Things to Consider When Making a Microphone Stand
Before we talk about how you can make a microphone stand, there are a few things that you should consider.
- Your Microphone Stand Should Be Flexible
One thing that you should prioritize the most when making a microphone stand is how flexible it is. You will often need to move your mic stand and adjust it, so it’s in a comfortable position for you to record. A mic stand should be able to rotate and extend so that the user can move freely and adjust its position according to their movements.
- Your Microphone Stand Should Be Stable
Another important thing to consider when making a microphone stand is to check how stable it is. While every mic stand should be flexible, it should equally be stable. You want it to move freely but not too freely to damage your mic and go out of control.
- Your Microphone Stand Should Be Durable
Most of the DIY mic stand guides you find would be about temporary mic stands that would not last long. When making your own mic stand, you should make sure that it is durable. An ideal mic stand should be able to withstand the heavy weight of the mic. So make sure that the stand you are making can hold your mic for longer durations.
- How Your Microphone Stand Looks
The aesthetic look of your microphone will not matter if the only thing you want to do is record songs. But if you are someone who also likes to record themselves while singing the song, you will care about how you look in the camera. For streamers and singers who like to record themselves, you would want to make a stand that matches the aesthetic of the rest of your audio setup. You may want to spend some more money on the aesthetic look of your stand.
Before you go ahead and discover the options that you have for making a mic stand, there are some important things that you will have to consider. You don’t necessarily have to spend a fortune on the components of your mic stand, but these are a few things that you would definitely want in your setup.
How to Make a Standing PVC Microphone Stand
The standing PVC mic stand is one of the easiest, most convenient, and most affordable options when it comes to DIY mic stands. The materials are very easy to find, and you will also have all the aforementioned features in this type of mic stand.
- 1 elbow fitting
- 2 PVC pipes
- 2 pivot joints
- 1 slip-snap fitting
- 1 threaded adapter plate
- Plyboard for the base
- 1 threaded metal pipe
- Spray paint for aesthetics
Make sure that the fittings you get are of the right size for your microphone.
Building the Base
- Connect the threaded adapter plate with the plywood.
- Connect the threaded metal pipe to the adapter plate to make a stand.
Make sure that the metal pipe and the plywood are connected in a stable way to hold the mic. Make sure you pick solid plywood so that your base is strong and will not tip over from the weight of the mic.
Connecting the PVC
The PVC pipe will ensure that your mic can easily extend and adjust.
- Insert the PVC pipe into the pivot joint. If you can’t find a pivot joint, use a union tee fitting.
- Now connect this part to the metal pipe installed in the base.
- Make sure this joint is tight enough to stay in place and not come apart when tilting your mic stand.
Connecting the Boom Arm
The boom arm is the part of your mic stand that holds the mic. Here’s how you can build and connect your boom arm:
- Insert a PVC pipe into another union tee fitting or pivot joint. The OVC pipe should be at least 1 meter in length but not too long.
- Make sure all the fittings are tight so that the boom arm stays in place.
Putting the Mic in Place
Use a slip-snap fitting to serve as a mic holder. This fitting will make it easy for you to just snap and hold the mic holder in place. If you cannot find a slip-snap fitting, you can use a tee fitting. Cut one side of the tee fitting to slide the mic inside. A slip-snap fitting will allow you to snap the mic in place, whereas the tee fitting will allow you to slide the mic in position.
Painting Your Mic Stand
Now that you have built your own mic stand, the next step is to paint it. This is optional. You can use spray paint to make your stand look aesthetically pleasing and hide the markings and numbers printed on the PVC parts and other components. A matte black finish would be perfect to go with the rest of your setup.
So now that you know how to make a microphone stand from scratch, go ahead and try it out yourself. You can easily find all the materials listed above at your nearest hardware store.