In the world of audio recording the venerable microphone stand is the quiet workhorse that literally brings it all together. A good mic stand is worth its weight in gold records.
Selecting a microphone stand is really about figuring out what sound source you want to record. Sure, clips and shockmounts can be switched out to fit different mics, but put some thought into which microphones you're likely to prefer. For example, a vintage large diaphragm tube condenser weighs substantially more than a small e609 style dynamic mic. If you've got a larger mic, you need a heavier duty stand with a heavier boom counterweight to go with it. Nobody wants to be the guy who let the studio's prized vintage mic topple into the drum kit.
Speaking of drums, there are some great mic stands specifically for positioning mics high, low, and in the nooks and crannies. If you have ever tried to position drum overheads by making do with regular stage stands extended to their physical limits, you know how awesome it is to have a set of tall, rolling overhead stands with long counterweighted booms. It is night and day in terms of being able to get the sound you're after, and it's a lot safer for your microphones (and your drummer's head).
Another must have that is incredibly versatile is the short kick drum stand. They are great for positioning kick mics, but they are also superb for guitar and bass amps, cellos, acoustic guitars, and even vocals. Yes, we said vocals. It's pretty common practice to record a lead vocal actually in the studio control room. Space in the control room is often quite limited and a sturdy short mic stand works great on a desk top. They are also super handy for other drum kit applications like mic'ing the bottom snare head.
Sometimes it just boils down to quantity. It's always a good idea to have a few spare short mic stands. You never know what unusual or downright bizarre instrument is going to walk through the studio door. On that note, it never hurts to have a good supply of standard vocal mic stands on hand, as well. That's why we offer great multi-stand bundles. You can pick up a bunch of basic mic stands on any budget. We also have bundles with upgraded features like telescoping booms, heavy-duty clutches and hardware and even 20' XLR cables included.
If you have questions about picking the right mic stand for specific applications or to suit a specific type of microphone, we're happy to help you sort it out. Our Sales Engineers are knowledgeable about all aspects of microphone use and placement. We have our own full fledged studios for training where we get to try out all the latest gear including every microphone stand we have. Sweetwater will help you get exactly what you need.
Sweetwater's Sales Engineers are regarded as the most experienced and knowledgeable professionals in the music industry, with extensive music backgrounds and intense training on the latest products and technologies. They are available to offer you personalized product advice any time you need it.