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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17 Discussions


3 years ago

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

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!


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!


10 years ago on Introduction

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

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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.


11 years ago on Introduction

You got lucky: the tripod desk stand that comes with the Snowball mic is not standard. Most desktop stands will not have a small screw on the bottom like that. You got extra lucky that the small screw was actually the right size and thread. Unfortunately for the rest of us who have other tastes in microphones, the funky little desk stand isn't normally available by itself. Good job all the same!

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Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

You may have luck using microphone reducer bushings.  The bushings via this link adapt  a standard 5/8 microphone thread down to a 1/4" tripod mount - which is a standard 1/4 - 20 thread bolt at the hardware store.  -or the 3/8 tripod mount :)


11 years ago on Introduction

Is that one of those trackballs with the programmable macros? I like the fact that you simply used the desk as the base.


11 years ago on Introduction

This is cool. When I create my home studio this will be a cool addition. Thanks for the instructable.

Clever. If you are reluctant to drill a hole in your desk, you could use the weighted base from one of those chintzy, house-burning, power wasting, halogen torchiere lamps. Just unscrew the lamp tube, chuck the metal cover of the base, and poke the end of the boom into the hole through which the lamp tube was screwed. By the way, if your looking for one of these boom lamps, people toss them all the time, because the crappy clamp they come with breaks, and the poor souls just can't imagine any other way to affix their lamp to a surface... So it's time to throw it away, and trek back to wally mart.


11 years ago on Introduction

Amazing. Adjustable, handsfree microphone and webcam, here i come! :-)


11 years ago on Introduction

This looks great! I can't believe you put it all together so easily.