Lesson 33

Recording Studio Accessories

Don't forget all the little things...their cost might surprise you.
All these little, but necessary things are cables, mic stands, stereo mic bars, adapters, mic clips, pop filter etc.

First I’ll talk about cables. Good quality cables will have solid connections on each end. These connections won’t wiggle, or be loose. For the inside wires, the bigger, the better. Some cheap cables only have a few strands of wires inside. This is fine for short cable runs, it’s not ideal. You also want to get a cable that has a ground shielding that’s thick and has full coverage of both the signal wires. With the exception of long cable runs, like more than 100’, the cable doesn’t effect the sound quality. The reason better cables are better, is because they are less problematic, such as a poor connection, less prone to interference, and they last longer. 

Microphone stands 
There are several things to look for in a microphone stand. Check the tightening screws. Can you make them nice and tight? Can the stand be boomed out all the way, and hold a microphone without slowly seeping downward. Are the screws easily over tightened? Some stands will slowly drop down, and when you tighten the screw to try and stop that from happening, the screw can become stripped.

Extending boom arms are also a convenient feature. This gives more flexibility to have a smaller footprint, or use the stand for high microphone placement, like drum overheads.

Stereo mic bars are a convenient tool for mounting 2 microphones to a single stand. I would normally mount them in an XY stereo pair, 

Adapters are something that I tend to acquire as they are needed. My most commonly used adapter is probably a 1/4” to XLR.