How to Make a Cool Mic Stand

Written by david ferguson
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A mic stand is essential for home recording. The stand provides a consistent mic placement and signal strength without any interference. While most studios will spend a small fortune on industry-standard mic stands, it's possible to make your own desktop mic stand for home recording with nothing more than a coat hanger.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Wire coat hanger
  • String
  • Microphone

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Straighten out the wire coat hanger, reversing each of the angles to create a long, straight wire.

  2. 2

    Twist the wire 90 degrees in any direction around 7 inches from one end. This will form the first corner of your four-cornered mic stand.

  3. 3

    Twist the wire 90 degrees again, 5 inches along the wire from the point of the previous twist, to form the first side support of the mic stand. Repeat this process to create a 5-inch-by-5-inch base, securing the base by wrapping the end of the wire around the corner where it meets the frame. You should have around 7 inches of wire remaining.

  4. 4

    Loop the remaining wire in half, and secure the loop to the frame at the top and bottom. Angle the loop upwards to create your cool coat-hanger mic stand.

  5. 5

    Create a pop shield to go with your mic stand by using a pair of old tights and a coat hanger. Stretch the tights across the frame of the coat hanger and position in front of your mic stand to improve the quality of vocal recording.

  6. 6

    Customise your stand with cool designs of your choosing. Use sequins, glitter or other ornamentation to round off your quick, funky and practical mic stand.

Tips and warnings

  • Do not to over-bend the coat hanger. This can fatigue the metal and cause the wire to snap.

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