Microphones are some of the most important tools in the trade of audio recording and sound reinforcement and when using them to their fullest capacity, microphone stands are nearly always necessary. It would make sense, then, that a wide variety of manufacturers have brought mic stands to the market.
When it comes to choosing the mic stands that will best serve your applications, there are plenty of consideration to take into account: how tall should the stand be, how much weight will it have to hold, how narrow does the base have to be, how sturdy is the stand, how will that stand hold up over time, etc. These are all important questions to ask.
Another consideration worth considering (as is the case with any product) is what brand the mic stand is. Some brands are notorious for being “cheap” while others have the reputation of being industry-standard. In this article, we’ll discuss the best brands to produce microphone stands to help you better navigate the market.
Though obviously subjective and prone to biases, I’ve done my best to list out these brands based on the following metrics (in no particular order):
- Company reputation
- Variety of mic stands
- Performance of the mic stands
- Longevity of the mic stands
- Currently in operation
With all that being said, let’s list out the brands.
The top 8 best microphone stand brands on the market today are:
Let’s get into each of these brands in greater detail and explain why they belong in the top 8 best mic stand brands. I’ll share their country of origin; a bit of history; an example of a notable stand, and a link to their official website.
Related article: How To Attach A Microphone To A Microphone Stand.
Ultimate Support is attempting a very complicated mission: innovate on the basics. For this, the company works with an in-house team of design engineers in a state-of-the-art facility with modeling software. Furthermore, they even have an on-site prototype building shop complete with a CNC machine.
This methodology proved to be very successful since their products are easily spotted at some of the world’s most famous stages, including Grammys and Oscars. Moreover, they have even provided products for events in the White House.
After 40 years in the market, gaining leverage and building a sturdy reputation, Ultimate Support doesn’t seem to be slowing down. In their own words, they are in a constant “patent pending” state.
Notable mic stand: Ultimate Support MC-125 (link to check the price at Sweetwater)
Studio microphone stands can be tricky because the level of accuracy needed is far superior to stage demands. With that in mind, having a moving base with lockable wheels and super-sized counter-weight systems is the right path to go. Besides, design and construction-wise, they are impeccable.
Adding to that, the non-friction clutch for the extra-long telescopic arm extension (35” to 61”) ensures years of great functionality. Finally, the gravity center created by the combination of counterweights is just perfect to be at ease while those expensive SM81s (link to check the price at B&H Photo/Video), for example, hang over the drum kit on a fully extended telescopic arm.
For more info on this great microphone stand, you can check this video.
Ultimate Support was founded in 1977 by Darell Schoenig. The company is headquartered in Windsor, Colorado, USA.
Official website: ultimatesupport.com
Brixon Manufacturing (the sister company of Latch Lake) has been around since 1939. The owner’s son took the leverage of 80+ years of turning and drilling to create one of the world’s most innovative music accessories companies. That being said, Latch Lake wasn’t born because the founders had this crazy idea; it was more of a coincidence.
The year was 1980, and guitarist Leo Kottke needed to replace his Portuguese wine bottleneck slides he kept breaking. His friend, Jeff Roberts (Latch Lake founder), tried to help him by obsessively searching for a metal alloy that would sound just as good and glass and lasted forever.
The same basic principle of creating a product that would revolutionize its category and be the best in the market fueled every company’s decision to this day. Just like their slide outperforms the competition, their range of microphone stands is among the best you can buy today.
Notable mic stand: Latch Lake micKing 3300 (link to check the price at Sweetwater)
The micKing 3300 honours its name. for starters, the small footprint and incredible reliability of the iron cast (with attached wheels) base is due to Latch Lake’s design that distributes the weight to the sides rather than the center.
Next, the movable (and removable) counterweight for the telescopic arm allows you to dial in the exact weight to keep all microphones safe. Also, their patented boom clutch is equivalent to a double-disc car brake. Finally, the Spin Grip Mic Mount will let you move the microphone to precision every time.
For studio work, this microphone is definitely the king of its kind.
Latch Lake was founded in 1992 by Jeff Roberts and Leo Kottke. The company headquarters is located in Eagan, Minnesota, USA.
Official website: latchlakemusic.com
Parent company: Brixon Manufacturing
König & Meyer has been a big name in the music industry for a long time. Indeed, this company was founded 70 years ago in Germany and never stopped growing. Nowadays, they employ over 250 employees in two primary manufacturing plants. Furthermore, they even manufacture almost all the metal and plastic parts in-house to ensure maximum quality at all times.
This leverage and continuous investment in innovation granted the company a privileged spot among stand manufacturers in the world. In other words, when musicians and studio employees see the K&M logo on a stand, they feel safe because they are always working with the most reliable stands in the market.
Notable mic stand: K&M 210/9 (link to check the price at Sweetwater)
The K&M 210/9 is the quintessential sturdy microphone stand. It is available in three colours, including white, which is something not-so-common in the industry. But more importantly, it is the most stable, easy-to-use, durable tripod microphone stand with boom you can find in the market today.
The material used in its manufacturing process is steel, making it a 3-kilogram extra-rugged stand that can take virtually any abuse. Also, the company’s proprietary T-bar locking screw in the boom section and the clutch in the vertical section are as steady and reliable as it gets.
Those looking for a simple microphone stand that will consistently get the job done, exuding German precision every time, might find this a perfect choice.
K&M was founded in 1949 by Karl König and Erich Meyer. The company headquarters is located in Wertheim, Germany.
Official website: k-m.de
What happens when you combine the knowledge of countless hours of studio time and endless touring with OEM manufacturing leverage? Well, in the case of Triad Orbit, a strong desire to reinvent the tools they have been using for decades, AKA, microphone stands.
Unlike many other companies, they didn’t set out to make the good better but to start again, creating a new, unique, and superior line of products. So, what can you expect from this juxtaposition of events? Simply products that better answer the needs of music professionals around the world.
Whether you are looking for a stand that can cover studio or stage needs (or both), or if you need an accessory that you think hasn’t been invented yet, check their website before making any decisions.
Notable mic stand: Triad-Orbit T3 Tall Tripod (link to check the price at Sweetwater)
Although it might look like a regular microphone stand on the outside, it is built utilizing a different mindset than any of the competition.
This shows especially in the way the base tripod works; you can fine-tune the position of each leg of the tripod to any height at any given moment using a mini clutch that can be activated with your foot. This feature provides the stand with maximum flexibility to work on uneven terrains or, for example, a stairway—all of this while supporting a maximum weight of up to 20 kg.
For those who thought they had seen it all in the world of microphone stands, pay this company a visit here.
Triad-Orbit was founded in 2012 and is headquartered in Kingston, Washington, USA.
Official website: triad-orbit.com
Although Gator Frameworks was introduced to the public in 2013, Gator has been making history in music accessories since the year 2000. Moreover, they gathered such an impressive reputation building and selling cases and gig bags that, if you’ve been in the music industry for some time, you must have seen them.
At launch, the company presented 50 distinct, innovative stand models at the NAMM show. Because of them, they were awarded the Best in Show honour at Summer NAMM 2013. This initial acclaim led the company to a new 180,000 feet, state-of-the-art facility to keep growing and innovating.
Gator is way more than a stand manufacturer; it is the one-stop solution for all music accessories the modern musician needs.
Notable mic stand: Gator Frameworks GFW-MIC-2120 (link to check the price at Sweetwater)
The detachable boom is excellent for flexibility live and in the studio. Likewise, the easy-to-use one-hand clutch to adjust the height is a great asset to make changes on the fly. Finally, the collapsible, adjustable bottom tripod for easy storage and carrying makes it perfect for touring musicians.
The company even added two great details:
- Removable cable management clips to keep everything tidy and looking great.
- A safety bright red ring in each of the tripod legs to ensure visibility on a dark stage.
Learn more about this great stand here.
Gator Co. was founded in 2000 by Crystal Morris and is headquartered in Tampa, Florida, USA.
Official website: gatorframeworks.com
Parent company: Gator Co.
Atlas Sound changed its name to AtlasIED because of a merger with Electronic Designs, another huge company. Just like when members of famous groups put together a new one, we call it a supergroup, this could be a super company made by two leading corporations.
On the one hand, Atlas Sound provided years of tradition in the most demanding spheres of the music industry. On the other hand, Electronic Designs can proudly say they fitted airports with equipment that is still running after fifty years of abuse.
Thus, combining the attention to detail and precision from one and the expertise of the other, the products you could expect from AtlasIED are nothing short of amazing. They have the details you would expect from a company that’s been around for so long and the innovations of an industry leader used to excel in the most challenging environments.
Next time you come across an AtlasIED stand, you know that your microphone is secure hanging from a state-of-the-art piece of equipment.
Notable mic stand: Atlas Sound SB36W (link to check the price at Sweetwater)
Speaking about state-of-the-art pieces of equipment, have you ever heard about a microphone stand that uses air suspension to protect microphones? Well, let’s introduce the SB36W to your life; this is not just another microphone stand.
For starters, the triangular base is fitted with ball-bearing, silent motion, vibration-absorbing swivel casters. In a studio environment, being able to roll the base of the mic stand to find its perfect position is a great asset. On top of that, the heavy base and the boom counterweight offer expensive hanging microphones all the care they might need.
Speaking of which, if the clutch accidentally loosens and the vertical tube was to fall rapidly, the air encapsulated at the triangular base will keep it safe. Finally, the mic holder swivel accepts all microphones and adapters.
Atlas Sound was founded in 1934 by Bob Reinhardt and Carl Blumenthal in Brooklyn, New York. After a merger in the mid 1980s and an acquisition by Miktek Corporation in 1999, the company margerd with Innovative Electronic Designs to become AtlasIED. The company headquarters is based in Phoenix, Arizona, USA.
Official website: atlasied.com
Hercules might be the most sought-after stand brand in the world today. They not only sell an utterly innovative catalogue of stands for any instrument and accessory you can think of, but they are also a synonym of trust and dependability.
This relevance as one of the most innovative companies in the market caught the eye of KHS Musical Group, a Taiwan-based corporation founded in 1930 that recruited brands the size of Mapex, for example.
This strategic partnership allowed Hercules to enter the world market. Ever since this acquisition, it is not at all strange to see the yellow-and-black products in the biggest stages in the world. Try it for yourself, the next time you see a live show, take a closer look and check for that bright yellow among the stars.
Notable mic stand: Hercules Stands MS533B EZ Clutch (link to check the price at Sweetwater)
Several details make this Hercules stand one of the best in the market. To begin with, the EZ system in the clutch and the mic clip allows for fast and easy adjustments. Moreover, the EZ mic clip can take wireless microphones as well as regular ones. You can forget about that special mic clip for that singer (who never brings it to the gig). On the other hand, the EZ clutch system allows one-hand adjustments to microphone height.
On top of that feature (literally), you’ll also find that the boom part can be removed and you can turn this boom stand in a straight one in seconds. If versatility and sturdiness are what you are after, you might find it with this Hercules stand.
KHS Musical Instruments Co., Ltd. was founded in 1930 in Taiwan and created the Hercules Stands brand in 2002. The company is headquartered in Tainan, Taiwan.
Official website: herculesstands.com
Parent company: KHS Musical Instruments Co., Ltd
Created in 1979 as a division of Jam Industries USA LLC, innovation has always been the path for this company. Moreover, they built a national reputation for being the most innovative but affordable company for stands and accessories of all kinds and for all instruments. Though this brand gets my top budget pick, its stands are far from cheap in build quality.
This reputation was not an overnight phenomenon, though; it is the outcome of a specific approach. What the company did was to open up a communication channel with some of the biggest retailers in the industry and take their suggestions to make better products that would address musicians’ needs better.
Likewise, the creation of such products as double and triple guitar stands, speaker stands with locking pins, quick-disconnect weighted microphone stands, and many others began with a genuine need from the musician side.
Notable mic stand: On-Stage Stands MS7701B (link to check the price at Sweetwater)
The quintessential boom microphone stand looks exactly like this MS7701B. For starters, the all-metal removable boom arm is a not-so-common combination of easy to maneuver and sturdy (regardless of the microphone it is holding).
Secondly, the clutch with a grip makes it easy to adjust it with sweaty hands in just half a twist. Finally, the hybrid composition of the rugged tripod base keeps the stand lightweight and also provides a sturdy base.
Those looking for a simple yet effective design that can cope with any situation might find here a great candidate.
On-Stage Stands was founded in 1979 by Jim Hennessey in Hartford, Connecticut. Today the company headquarters is located in Berlin, Connecticut, USA.
Official website: on-stage.com
Parent company: The Music People (Jam Industries USA, LLC.)