Latch Lake Mic King Mic Stand

($750, Xtra Boom sub arm $100, latchlakemusic.com)
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One of the most overlooked pieces of gear in our super studios of the future is the mic stand. Is it possible that there’s no room for improvement for the lowly mic stand? Jeff Roberts of Latch Lake Music, while lifting a sagging piano mic off the strings, decided that there had to be a better way.

So he set out to design a better mic stand. One that would keep the mic where you positioned it without sagging. One that didn’t take a lot of floor space. One that was heavier yet more compact. And one that would hold multiple mics securely. The result? The micKing mic stand. Perfect.

The first thing I noticed about it?

No thumbscrews. Using an ingenious locking Boom Clutch based on the disc brake concept, the boom arm holds heavy mics at long extensions. (Vertically, it adjusts from 4' to 10'4". The boom extends from 3.5' to 9.5'.) Each stand also uses seven Latch Lake Lever Locks to secure the extending three-piece vertical pole and three-piece boom arm. These both let me stabilize my adjustments and make them very quickly.

The base of the stand is a 29 lb. circular iron base designed so that multiple stands can interlock. Three micKing stands will fit in the same space as one folding tripod-base stand. And the base is designed to support the mic in a full 360º arc, not just over the legs. The Xtra Boom also lets you add extra sub-arms, 2’ boom arms, to the main vertical or horizontal arms. I secured up to seven mics on one base this way. For miking drums or doing mic shootouts like we just did (EQ, September ’05), this stand is a dream. Several sub-arms can be linked together to build Dr. Seuss-like creations for putting mics wherever you can imagine.

And making fewer compromises with mic positioning and keeping the mic where you put it is great. I mean you can put stereo mics on a piano or three mics on a singer with acoustic guitar and only use one mic stand. Though some may object to the price, it might just be worth it.