April 20 2020
- 1 Compatible Microphone Arms For Blue Yeti
- 2 Why You Should Get A Mic Stand Or Boom Arm For Your Yeti
- 3 Why You Might Consider Replacing The Original Yeti Mic Stand?
- 4 What If I Want To Go Back To Using The Original Stand?
- 5 Factors To Consider Before Buying A Stand For Your Blue Yeti?
- 6 Recommended Blue Yeti Mic Stands To Buy
Thanks to its simple plug & play USB connection, all you have to do it connect it to your PC / Mac and you are good to go.
You want to become a Youtuber and make your first video, whereby good recording quality is a must. Or maybe you want to be a podcaster where audio quality is even more important?
… and WOW, you’re in shock, the sound is just outstanding (at least comparing to your old set up).
You get better at the tasks in hand, you spend more time perfecting your videos, editing them, listening out for any audio distractions that may need to be filtered out (you know, the ones that can put viewers off).
Compatible Microphone Arms For Blue Yeti
Comes in small & large version, has 38" (horizontal) & 37" (vertical) reach with a max load of 4.4 lbs.
Adjustable scissor arm constructed from steel for strength. Swivels 360° and has a max load of 3.3 lbs.
Modern looking with dual mount and a max reach of 32". Can hold up to 2.4 lbs and has cable management grooves.
You’re entering the realms of audio nerdness, and before you now it, you’ve stepped up your game and demand even more sound quality so you can stand out from the rest.
The time has come to throw out that Blue Yeti mic and find something newer and better, right?
Well not necessarily.
Often we blame our tools, rather than our setup.
Why You Should Get A Mic Stand Or Boom Arm For Your Yeti
Let’s be clear, the intension here is not to get you to go and spend money on a stand or boom arm when not needed.
The Blue Yeti already comes with a solid and stylish mini stand that is designed to rest on your table, and for the most part, this is perfectly sufficient for the average user.
Having said that, as we develop our skills, we find that we want more quality and instinctively want to level up in search for betterness (yes, I made up a word).
All that’s being said, is not to be too hasty. Your Yeti might still possess all the qualities that you require and might just need a little help to prove itself.
Audio Issues From Blue Yeti
Now note, these audio issues might be occurring without the understanding that you (not your mic) may be at fault.
If we want to remove blame altogether, we can at the very least say that your audio quality can be drastically improved using the same hardware.
Here are some reason for poor audio quality (hint, it’s your stand)
→ Microphone Desk Noise Pickup
Often when your mic is in use, you likely will need to be doing things on your computer or write things down… you might even accidentally kick your table leg.
All of these will send shockwaves into your mic as the the original stand is in contact with your desktop. However, having a boom arm mount set up, eliminates these unwanted shockwaves, even the ones that come fixed to your desk.
→ Lacking Microphone Arm Extension & Adjustibility
The existing Blue Yeti stand allows you to pivot it along the x-axis about 270° (but even that is limited as the cable gets in the way).
However, this involves handling the mic itself which will pick noise. Alternatively, you can adjust it by pushing or pulling the whole stand (& microphone), but this still picks up unwanted noice as opposed to having say a boom arm mount that clamps on your desk. Simply move the arm that is designed to glide softly (reducing shock) in different directions.
→ Hunching Over & Vocal Issues
Ideally finding the best position for your Yeti before production would be the best solution. However, you will inevitably need to hunch over to get closer to the Yeti which is not good for your back and can even effect your voice.
This is particularly true if using the device for singing, where desktop height is not ideal.
Why You Might Consider Replacing The Original Yeti Mic Stand?
The original Blue Yeti stand is stylish and a very solid piece of metal, giving it stability and rigidity. However, depending on what your microphone needs are, it might not fit your requirements.
As mentioned before, imagine being a singer, a job that generally requires standing. Somehow, I cannot imagine standing hunched over a table being very comfortable or productive?
On an other note, being a podcaster requires having your mic close to your mouth for optimum audio performance, with the ability to move it out the way silently when needed… something hard to do with a table stand.
Disadvantages Of Using The Blue Yeti With The Original Stand
The Yeti microphone is a decent bit of kit, but there are disadvantages to using the existing stand which can promote noise interference.
So here are but four examples of disadvantages when using the default stand.
→ No Extension Arm Or Reach
Users need to position their bodies to get close to the mic, instead of being able to do it the other way. The stand is simply too short and cannot extend.
→ Blue Yeti Audio Directional Pickup Issues
Blue Yeti is a side address mic, which picks up audio from the sides of the receiver and not the top. This limits the use of the mic even further… something that can be overcome with boom arms.
→ Mic Noise Sensitivity
Being a mic with a stand designed to rest on your desktop, the Yeti easily picks up vibrations from your desk, such as keyboard typing and tapping on your desk.
→ Shock Mount Fixtures
The original stand is simply not designed to accommodate shock mounts in the same way boom arms can.
What If I Want To Go Back To Using The Original Stand?
It goes without saying that you can revert your Yeti back on the original stand. Put it in location and tighten the side nuts and you’re done, right?
Well, there’s a flaw, and that’s lining up the inside spacers… a simple task made tricky.
Watch this video by Easy Vocal Harmony, to get what I mean. ↓
Factors To Consider Before Buying A Stand For Your Blue Yeti?
There are several factors to consider when wanting to buy your first mic arm. Here are 4 important to consider.
#1 Mic / Arm Compatibility
As you’ve likely found this page through searching Blue Yeti mic stand, it’s obviously important that the mount screw thread is compatible with the Yeti’s screw hole in order to attach the microphone to the stand.
If these don’t fit each other, you then have a big problem. So when doing your own research, be sure to find an arm that has a mount with a 5/8″ male mic screw thread.
Failing this, it’s possible to find a screw adaptor that increases the thread’s diameter to fit the Yeti.
#2 Microphone Weight Restrictions
OK, this is a no brainer but a factor easily forgotten while being too eager of buying your mic stand.
However, it’s important to check the mic’s max load and if that load is capable of handling your Yeti’s weight?
The Yeti’s weight (without the stand) = 1.2 lbs (0.54 kg)
So does your stand of interest support this weight? If yes, then you are good to go!
#3 Shock Mount To Fit Blue Yeti Mic Stand
If you’re really getting series about your audio setup, the next step would be investing in a shock mount that cradles your microphone and stops it from absorbing those unwanted vibrations being picked up from the floor, your desktop or even while moving it out the way.
Shock mounts essentially work like a basket held in place by elasticated strings / springs that absorb any shockwaves moving up the arm. The idea is for the mic to stay in one place while everything attached to it does the moving (a little like shock absorbers in a car)
#4 Mic / Pop Filter Compatibility
When buying your Yeti microphone stand, you might want to spending a little more and get yourself pop filter to stop popping sounds. It’s important that the pop filter can attach to the stand.
Recommended Blue Yeti Mic Stands To Buy
OK, to be clear, there’s no way I can physically review all these products. I simply do not have the funds to buy them all and rate them.
Let’s be honest, non of us really believes that review pages have had all the products physically tested?
What I can do is carefully research and look at the hits and misses of each product so you don’t have to.
So without further ado, here are my recommendations for which blue yeti mic stand to pick from.
InnoGear make a few microphone stand versions, but this one has built-in springs concealed giving it a far more modern sleek look.
This mic stand model comes in two versions, small & large, so the specifications mentioned here is for the large version.
This stand has got flexibility written all over it, with the ability to hold up to 4.4 lbs (2 kg), rotate 360 degrees, reach out 38 inches horizontally & 37 inches vertically.
The arm stand without any weight hanging is able to balance at any position without bouncing up… making it a well balance piece of kit for a range of microphone weights.
- Improved significantly to hold up to 4.4 lbs
- Microphone arm length 19 inches
- Rotates 360 degrees
- Maximum reach 38 inches horizontally & 37 inches vertically
- Finely balanced with or without load
- Beefed up clamp for added desk support
- Wire ties along arm
- Built-in springs (sleek look)
- 0.53″ square tubes (stronger than standard 0.39″)
- Stiff fresh out of the box, needs time to loosen
- Lacking smooth movement control due to stiffness
Although somewhat old fashioned in look and feel, the AK-35 gets the job done at a budget. It’s an adjustable scissor arm stand made out of all steel construction, making it sturdy AND easily foldable for transportation.
It has a threaded screw adaptor at the end of the mount to give you the flexibility to attach a variety of mics including the Blue Snowball, Yeti and many more.
The base clamp / clip has been redesigned for improved grip and can be attached to any desktop as thick as 10cm. The design also allows for 360° swivel giving you the option to position your microphone any way you want.
With a Max Load of 3.3 lbs (1.5 kg), it is not the strongest in the list, but is strong enough to support the Yeti’s weight of 2.2 lbs (1 kg).
Not bad for a budget microphone stand that also offers a life time warranty.
- Perfect for Blue Yeti / Snowball mics
- Fast & easy adjustability
- Good load-bearing capabilities
- Great value for money
- Issues with foam pads disintegrating
- Arm length might be considered short for some users
Before we start, let’s look at some specifications in list form for an instant visual of what this arm has and can do.
- Dual mount (upside down or right way up microphone positioning)
- Channel groove on arm for cables with manage clips
- Maximum arm reach 32″
- 360° rotation
- Max weight 2.4lb
- C-clamp to attach to desk (or drill through desk)
- Area on radius shock mount to fit pop filter
What a good looking aluminium tube-styled desktop boom arm encompassing internal “quiet” springs and a built-in cable system for clean lines.
As it is manufactured by Blue, you can be sure it’ll be compatible with your Blue Yeti microphones and a whole range of non Blue mics (provided they don’t weight over 2.4 lbs (1 kg).
This mount is ideal for desktop setups and perfect for game streaming, Youtube videos, podcasting, voice-over, radio, and more.
- Toolless setup
- Tubular design (hidden springs)
- Hidden cable system
- Easily adjustable
- Known issues with friction hinges
- Complaints about not supporting Yeti’s weight
✅ Do you need a mic stand?
Not necessarily, it will depend on your needs and if sound quality is paramount to your goals.
A mic stand will hold your mic in place and make it easy to position / move during production while limiting pick up of knocks, bumps and any other forms of vibrations... this is partucularly something you'd want to avoid during podcasts or recordings of songs.
✅ Do all mics fit all stands?
In terms of threads, most mic stands should use standard threads that fit most mics and if not, they usually provide a thread adapter. However, there are other factors to consider over and above fixtures. For example, can your mic stand support a heavier microphone or will the stand simply collapse due to the microphone's weight?
✅ What is an average cost of a mic stand?
How long is a piece of string?
It really depends on how serious you are about your audio. If you're just starting out, there's likely no need to go high end, as inexpensive mic stands (between $10 & $80) can do a decent job. However, professionals will invest more to achieve better levels of audio clarity.