Professional Studio Boom for Microphone

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Introduction: Professional Studio Boom for Microphone

Create a professional studio boom for a microphone from an old spring lamp (boom-style) and a Snowball microphone.

I chose Snowball because the screw sizes were right and I like the price for a mic/condenser combo. I am sure other mics would work though. It is the same size bolt for a standard shock mount so instead of the snowball, you could use a shockmount and any standard shotgun mic as well.

Step 1: Assemble Your Materials

Required equipment:

1 Snowball brand microphone or equivalent 1/4" mic mount (standard shockmount)
1 old spring-style boom lamp
Wooden Table or other surface through which a hole can be drilled

Required tools:

Drill and drillbit
Screwdriver (phillips)
Scissors or wire cutters
Your brain

Step 2: Remove the Light Fixture From the Lamp

- Cut the plug off the end

- Pull the cable up through the housing

- Unscrew the light fixture mounting nut on the back of the lamp

- pull the light fixture out of the lamp

Step 3: Remove the Light Housing

- Inside the light housing (where the light bulb used to go), there is a nut holding the housing on. Remove this nut.

- Remove the housing.

Step 4: Prepare the Microphone for Mounting

- Your Snowball mic needs to be prepared for mounting

- Separate your mic from the tripod

- Unscrew the sliding stem from the tripod base

- Unscrew the screw on the bottom of the tripod base

- Pull apart the tripod base and separate the pieces

Step 5: Mount the Microphone to Your Boom

- Screw the washer and stem into the mouting bolt on the boom (THESE ARE THE SAME SIZE! LOVE IT!)

- Screw the microphone into the stem.

Step 6: Mount the Newly Created Boom to Your Surface

- Your newly assembled boom now needs a home

- The end of the boom should be a standard 5/8" but this is something you will want to check. Drilling a hole too big in your table would be VERY bad

- Drill a hole exactly the diameter of the boom end in your table

- mount the boom

Step 7: Enjoy Your New Boom!!!!

This is now ready to go. Your boom can pull towards you or push away for temporary storage. You will want to put some type of birdcage or shockmount between the metal and your mike to reduce errant vibration.

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I'd love to make this!

One question, though.

How can I make this for the Samson Co3U microphone?

Thank you in advance.

Kind regards,

S. Jansen

Cool, it looks like Wheatley from Portal 2. Will definitely try this though. :)

I might have to make one of these for my radio show..thanks!

I happen to have one more of those boom lamps. (I got two from my friendly neighborhood garage sale just in case I screwed one up) If you want it and you live in the Bay Area, speak up and it is yours.

Cool I live on the other side of the world, but thanks all the same. You could use the second for a webcam stand!

Thanks for the offer...but i'm a little bit across the country =]

I might go find one at a garage sale.

Hey does anyone know of a good way to make a shock mount for the Blue Snowball microphone (The one he has)? I think the ringer would be best, but would be hard to make.

Awesome, must make this, as my very own Snowball Mic is coming in the post tomorrow!

is there any cheap replacements for the stuffs that you used...like for the snowball mic, etc.

Isn't a good idea to go for something cheap, If you really need to get something cheap then the Behringer C1U is the way to go, You could also pick up an alternative for £40 from your local Maplins or Radioshack.