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
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
Drill and drillbit
Scissors or wire cutters
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.