How to Choose a Desk Boom Arm or Mic Stand

If you’re the creative type, the right boom arm really elevates your studio. 

With a desk mic stand in your production toolkit, you can keep a tidy, organized workspace that’s ready to roll the instant you—or your podcast guests—are good to go. Inspiration strikes without warning and the best desk mic stands abide to keep your setup “red light ready” at a moment’s notice. 

In this article, we’ll discuss how a desktop mic stand can improve your audio quality and workflow, plus a few pointers for choosing the best desk mic arm for your situation. 

Benefits of Desktop Mic Stands

Desktop mic stands and boom arms level-up your gaming setup with a streamlined, camera-friendly aesthetic that saves precious setup time—and efficient cable management that reduces time spent troubleshooting. 

When paired up with a microphone shockmount like the Radius III, a desktop boom helps improve your audio quality by eliminating the rumble and handling noise caused by ambient vibrations—saving you the trouble of cleaning up the audio afterwards. 

How to Choose a Desk Boom Arm or Mic Stand

Here’s a handful of things to keep in mind when you’re browsing for a desktop mic stand with a boom arm:

  1. Quieter is better. When you’re trying out boom arms, listen to the friction hinges for rattles and squeaks. Any sound the boom arm makes as you adjust it is a sound you’ll likely edit out later.
  2. Speaking of friction hinges, try to find a microphone boom arm—like the Compass —that sports hand-tightening hinges without external tools so you’re not rummaging through a drawer of mismatched Allen wrenches every time you want to move the mic. 
  3. A clean studio is an efficient studio, so you’ll want a boom arm with hidden-channel cable management to keep you organized and your cables untangled while you work. 
  4. For your desktop boom to grow with your setup, be sure to get a stand with sturdy springs to support larger mics as you upgrade your studio. 
  5. Desk boom arms that come with a  ⅜” to ⅝” mount adaptor will save you from dozens of studio headaches, regrettable gaffers tape fixes and stressful last-minute trips to the music store. 
  6. For producers on-the-move, a boom arm with a robust desk clamp mechanism is the way to go for temporarily mounting your microphone on a gaming desk. 
  7. If you plan to stay put, consider a desk-mount bushing for a sleek setup that sits flush with your workspace. 

With a desktop boom arm at the center of your podcasting studio, gaming rig or streaming setup, you’re always prepared to record professional-sounding audio whenever creativity strikes. To learn more about microphone boom stands, check out our blog.