How To Use A Camera Tripod As A Microphone Stand?

Hello there everyone, in this brief article/guide, I will be sharing with you the quickest and easiest way for how to use a standard camera tripod as a microphone stand.

Recently, I purchased a Canon EOS M200 camera along with a pretty standard camera tripod by Rollei. On top of this, I also got myself a  t.bone MB85 Beta microphone.

t.bone brand is Thomann’s exclusive brand for microphones and related accessories. They make clone microphones at very affordable prices. The reason I bought this microphone was purely based on a need to record any audio into a DAW without any hassle.

I was also considering a microphone stand but then I thought I shouldn’t get one as I just wanted to record some ideas without being worried about the top-notch quality. So this idea came up to my mind. I thought there should be a way to convert camera tripods to a microphone stand.

I did some research about it but most of the solutions were all about going DIY. To do that, you would have to have some tools and time. But I wanted to have the quickest, cheapest and easier way to attach my dynamic microphone to my standard camera tripod.

Almost all dynamic microphones in the market come with a microphone mount (or clamp), so the answer should be about converting the thread which would fit into the thread of the tripod.

This easy solution was not really easy to find with tech specs or products description as I don’t have any tools to measure anything.

Instead, I tried to collect technical specs of standards and validate them with customer reviews! 🙂

Standard camera tripod (According to ISO 1222:2010,) bolt threads come with usually 1/4-20 or 3/8-16 inches.

I also checked this information for my Rollei tripod and noticed that it featured a 1/4″ version.

Here on the first image, you will see the clamp features a 3/8″ female and the tripod thread features a 1/4″ male end.

Microphone Clamp vs Camera Tripod Thread

Adapter to use a camera tripod as a microphone stand

So we basically need an adapter that will connect them to each other. While I was researching the clamps, bolts and mounts category in Thomann, I noticed the Manfrotto brand.

Manfrotto is an Italian company featuring theatre spot accessories, lighting gear bags, lighting stands, lighting bars, trussing sets, background – & backstage systems, lighting hardware accessories, video spotlights, video accessories, stands accessories for mobile devices and various microphone accessories.

Definitely recommended to check out their product line as they offer very high-quality products in respected categories.

I went through some of the potential Manfrotto products in the related category and also checked customer reviews.

Eventually, I decided to go for Manfrotto 088 Adapter 3/8″ – 1/4″.

This item has been rated by 159 customers with an average of 4.9 out of 5! There were many customer reviews that basically mention the identical usage of this item. Most people use this adapter to easily use their camera tripod as their microphone stands.

As you can see in the image below, it’s just a piece of adapter that fits right into the female end on the microphone clamp.

Microphone Clamp with Manfrotto Adapter

At first, I was concerned that the Manfrotto adapter wouldn’t fit into the microphone clamp if I removed that female thread from my mic clamp.

As you can see on the image, it doesn’t feature threads on the thicker body part that is milled. But then I just attempted to screw it right into the female thread. As both male and female thread sizes would be the right size, there was nothing to remove from the clamp thread.

I believe that the milled portion of the item is designed for something else. But in our case, we are just interested in the male and female ends of it.

As a result, now I’m able to attach my microphone to a camera tripod without even buying a microphone stand!

t.bone MB85 Beta Microphone on Rollei camera tripod

I hope this has been a short and sweet guide on using your camera tripod as a mic stand.

Thanks for reading and see you in the next piece of content! 🙂

Osman

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