October 18, 2015

Here Are 5 Cheap & Easy Ways to Mount Your Microphone

Setting up a microphone to record audio is not always straightforward.  

For most situations a simple boom pole or C-stand will do just fine, but sometimes you need to get a little inventive with the way you mount your mics. Thankfully Caleb Pike of DSLR Video Shooter offers 5 creative ways to mount a microphone in the video below:

Here's the list of gear he mentions in the video:

  • Cheap Clamps
  • Cheap Monitor Arm
  • Heavy Duty Monitor Arm
  • Zoom Handle
  • Music Mic Stand
  • Boom Holder
  • Nano Clamp
  • 1/4″ to 3/8″ thread adapter 

Again, boom poles or C-stands are usually going to work perfectly for most shooting situations you're going to find yourself in, but the mounting options Pike talks about really come in handy if you're 1.) pressed for time and need to make modifications to your mic placement quickly, 2.) working with a skeleton crew and don't have a boom operator, or 3.) working with limited space, like in a car or bathroom, and can't fit a giant boom pole or C-stand setup. Articulating monitor arms are especially helpful, because you can make fine adjustments to your microphone without having to mess with the cumbersome mic/C-stand elements.

What are some creative ways you mount your mics? What kinds of cheap but effective tools do you use? Let us know down in the comments!     

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I use a mic stand and an adapter that connects directly to my shock mount. Cheap enough to not really warrant any sort of workaround...

October 18, 2015 at 11:52PM

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Steven Bailey
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Have a link to the adapter?

October 19, 2015 at 10:04AM, Edited October 19, 10:04AM

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Bryon Black
Freelance Videographer/Photographer
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I love how this guys videos are always useful, clear and still feel professional. Great tips.

October 19, 2015 at 7:30AM, Edited October 19, 7:30AM

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Gerbert Floor
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I've been trying to find the best way to mount my shotgun mic when traveling light. I almost always have light stands with me, cuz they don't add too much weight to my equipment case (I'm usually flying), but I have yet to find a good setup that gives me a small boom (usually I'm just filming single-person interviews). Any suggestions for lightweight gear that can be mounted/clamped to a standard light stand?

October 19, 2015 at 9:57AM

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Bryon Black
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I have a cheap-o Rode boom pole, the Micro Boom Pole. I think it packs down to 33 inches, and goes out to 81, with a simple 3/8 mount on the end. Best part is it's only $50 new.
I use a crappy plastic grip head from Cowboy Studio ($30 with a heavy boom arm) that fits perfectly onto a light stand. I think I've seen just the grip head for about $10 elsewhere.

October 19, 2015 at 5:07PM, Edited October 19, 5:07PM

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When you need a longer mic boom, Manfrotto make a great Combi-stand that converts from a 13 foot stand into a 6 foot boom in about 5 seconds. It's a very handy stand to have on set when you need a longer mic boom or when you want to hang a small light, and weighs about one third of what a C-stand does.

Manfrotto 420B Combi Boom Stand : $183 US
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/search?N=10546705

October 19, 2015 at 12:26PM, Edited October 19, 12:28PM

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Guy McLoughlin
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Rode put out a line of super light micro boom poles this year. http://en.rode.com/accessories/microboompolepro

October 19, 2015 at 2:07PM

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Can anyone please share the link (amazon and similar) for the clamps? Cant find them=/
Thanks

October 21, 2015 at 12:49PM, Edited October 21, 12:55PM

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Alen Udovč
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They're available at most large hardware stores or look for "Spring Clamps" on teh Grainger site: http://www.grainger.com

October 27, 2015 at 2:40PM

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May 24, 2017 at 4:03AM

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Cool stuff, I have never thought about it

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