Cheap Microphone Stand

While looking for a good mike to record my voice with for videos (still getting there) I bumped into a Youtube clip where a similar mike was mounted on a swimg-arm desktop light. Of course I had to do the same thing when I got mine, the Samson C01U. A few weeks back I finally visited IKEA and picked up the very cheap TERTIAL lamp. To get it to do what I wanted I did the following:

  1. I unscrewed and removed the light socket and casing.
  2. I cut the cable at the top and pulled it out of the arm.
  3. I filed down the plastic retainer for the lamp head so the mike holder could fit instead.
  4. I mounted the mike holder and cable to the arm.


Actually there was a bit more work to it than what I listed, but that was mostly because I did not know how go at it at first. In the beginning I tried to remove the light by dismantling it with the cables intact but as I could not figure out how they were attached to the light socket, without breaking it apart, I ended up cutting them anyway. Then I tried to file down the plastic retainer bit, but it took forever, and finally I resorted to a power drill which worked almost too well. The end result did not look very nice, but when mounted it is hardly visible. Below are pictures from the short process and the final result!

About Andreas Aronsson

Professional app- & web-developer. Spare time multimedia experimenter, VR-enthusiast, motorcyclist. In Sweden.
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5 Responses to Cheap Microphone Stand

  1. CYBRFRK says:

    You crack me up!

  2. Happy to be of service! :) And whoa, I was not aware that the RSS feed linked to the image _PAGES_ and not the images themselves, which the actual site does… weird. Anyone not reading the RSS will never end up here :O I am not very surprised though as the Gallery function seems quite crudely implemented as of yet (hardcoded styles, buggy settings), hopefully 2.8 will get it better.

  3. *UPDATE* I moved the comments to the main post, it was not very tricky after looking in the database, and it makes more sense as the image pages, again, are unavailable other than from the RSS :)

  4. Dan says:

    Hey man. My Tertial mic boom came out as nice. Very cool and cheap IKEA hack. Cheers!

    My boom:

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