In this “Best of” series, we’ve talked about many of the essential parts of a home studio. One of the parts people often overlook, however, are the accessories that hold it all together. Microphones need cables, stands, and pop filters, monitors need stands and isolation pads, and equipment needs a desk, among other things. Today we’re checking out the cables, stands, and more that have the best reviews or are fan favorites among our Home Studio Enthusiasts Facebook group.
What Accessories Do You Need for Your Home Studio?
Let’s take a quick look at what kinds of accessories you’ll need to put your home studio together and start recording:
Studio Microphone Accessories
For every mic you plan on recording simultaneously, you’ll need a stand. If you’re recording anything other than just vocals, you’ll want boom stands so you can easily position the mics at any angle. Boom stands of different heights can also be useful, like short stands for guitar amps, or tall stands for drum overheads.
Every mic recorded at the same time will also need its own cable. I recommend buying decent cables, as excessively cheap cables can introduce unwanted noise and tend to break easily.
Another must if you’re recording vocals is a pop filter. It’s far easier to prevent plosives (“p” sounds) and excessive sibilants (“s” sounds) from reaching the mic in the first place than they are to remove from your tracks once they’re recorded. Some mics come with a pop filter, but beware that some budget mics come with flimsy or poorly designed pop filters that don’t really do anything but provide a false sense of security.
Studio Monitor Accessories
Your studio monitors should be positioned at ear level at equilateral angles, which a desk isn’t always conducive to. If you don’t have shelves to place them on, you’ll need stands or risers. To avoid bass frequencies transferring from your monitors into your desk and throwing off your mixes, an inexpensive pair of isolation pads is a must. Also, since most monitors don’t come with cables, you’ll likely need a pair for those.
Last but not least, you’ll need a table, desk or another surface to set everything on. Any flat surface with enough room should work, but there are special studio desks out there that will hold all of your equipment within arm’s reach, raise your monitors to ear level, have built-in rack spaces and computer shelves, and help with cable management. Though not essential, studio desks make working in your home studio more convenient and functional, so if you have the budget they’re worth a look.
Stands and Isolation Pads
First up, we’ll check out the recommendations for mic stands, as well as accessories for mounting studio monitors:
(Please note that since studio gear goes in and out of stock frequently due to high demand and low supply, prices can and will vary. If the item you want is out of stock, you may want to seek out another vendor, pick a different item, or wait until the one you want is restocked.)
On-Stage Tripod Mic Boom Stand
I bought an On-Stage tripod boom stand when I was just a college kid doing small gigs for beer money and I still have it today. It’s stood up to 20+ years of abuse and will probably be around for many more. My go-to stand for everything that needs a boom. The boom is also removable for using it as ajust a tripod stand.
- Our best selling stand, the MS7701B features a steel-reinforced plastic leg housing which offers less weight and exceptional strength
- Folding legs with plastic endcaps for durability and reduced floor vibrations
- Steel midpoint locking clutch adjusts height from 32" to 61.5"
- 30" removable boom arm allows for easy positioning
On-Stage Round Base Mic Stand
For non-boom applications, my round-base stand is my other standby. The small footprint is great for cramped rooms where space is a premium, and the weighted base keeps your expensive vocal mic from eating floor.
- Height: 34-60 inches
- Base diameter: 10 inches
- Professional quality die-cast zinc clutch
Gator Frameworks Weighted Base Boom Mic Stand
I originally bought this stand for podcasting, but quickly learned the value of a short boom stand for miking guitar amps and kick drums. Make sure to get the version with weighted base and counterweight, or you’ll be searching the house in the middle of a session for something to keep your mic from tipping over. A bit pricy for a stand, but worth every penny.
- Frameworks telescoping boom mic stand for bass drums, guitar amps and desktop recording
- Length and angle independently adjustable with cable management included
- Heavy duty steel construction with black powder coat finish and 10 lbs. base
- With 2.5 lbs. counterweight, The boom arm can hold up to a 1.5 lbs mic at full extension
- Telescopic boom arm is 27" (685mm) at max. extension
On-Stage SMS6000 Near-Field Monitor Stand Pair
If you have plenty of room on your desk for your monitors and can keep the tweeters at ear-level, then you won’t need separate stands. If either of those two conditions is not met, give these monitor stands serious consideration. Steel construction and adjustable from three to four and a half feet.
- Features a 9 1/2" Square platform with 1 mm thick non-slip pad
- Height adjusts from 36 1/2" to 54" with line-it-up pin-locking positions every 4"
- 18" Base offers a number of application options for set up
- 3 rubber feet for vibration dampening and leveling on solid flooring
- 3 leveling spikes for carpeted surfaces or for pinpoint contact
JBER Acoustic Isolation Pads
Whether you’re setting them on your desk or on stands, your monitors will cause some unwanted vibration on their mounting surface unless you do something to decouple them. These pads accomplish that goal for 5-inch or smaller studio monitors, and they’re a bargain at this price point. I particularly like that they have reversible tops and bottoms for angling your monitors up or downward, making them useful for a variety of monitor placements.
- Dimensions - 7.5 x 11 x 1.6 inch (W x D x H). Designed to hold up to 22 lb without changing the shape.
- High-density acoustic foam for professional use (50kg/m^3 density).
- Designed with multiple configurations allowing you to move the monitor isolation pads into a versatile array of angles for the best sound quality.
- Generates cleaner more precise sound by reducing vibrations and low-end distortion.
- Sized to fit all popular 5'' inches Studio Monitors - Yamaha HS5, JBL 305PMKII LSR305, KRK Rokit KRK RP4G3 RP5, Mackie MR5, M-Audio BX5, Adam F6, Tascam VL-S5, Alesis Elevate 5, Behringer MS16 JS-MS70, klipsch r-150m and many more.
Sound Addicted Studio Monitor Isolation Pads
The same concept as the previous pair of isolation pads, just in a larger size to accommodate 6.5- to 8-inch monitors. They have a similar construction and angle feature to the JBER pair.
- SMPad 8 is made out of the highest quality acoustical foam (50kg/m^3 density).
- 10.65'' x 13'' x 1.8'' inches (W x D x H). Designed to hold up to 44 lb without changing the foam shape.
- Every pack comes complete with two pads, one for each of your left and right speakers.
- Designed with multiple configurations allowing you to move the monitor isolation pads into a versatile array of angles for the best sound quality.
- Sized to fit all popular 6.5'' - 8'' inches Studio Monitors - Yamaha HS7 HS8, KRK Rokit RP8 G3, Mackie MR8, JBL LSR308, Focal Alpha 80, M-Audio BX8, Rockville APM8W, Kali Audio, PreSonus Eris E8, Seismic Audio Spectra-8P, ELAC Debut B6.2, Adam Audio F7 and many more.
It’s just two plugs and some copper, right? Not quite. There are some pretty great cables out there, and also some terrible ones. Here are some cables at different price points that I can recommend based on my own experience or that of trusted friends:
Cable Matters 2-Pack XLR Cables
I have used some of the most expensive cables and the cheapest as well, and these are surprisingly well-constructed and affordable for the pair. I always order two when I need one because you never know what the next session will bring. A good choice for monitor cables or other applications where the connector doesn’t get moved around a lot.
- Pro-grade microphone cord is designed for microphones or other professional recording, mixing, and lighting equipment with the 3 pin XLR connectors
- Convenient and cost-effective 2-pack microphone cables provide spare or replacement XLR cables (XLR male to female cable) to use on a set of microphones or on different systems
- Balanced Mic cable with soft PVC jacket is constructed with oxygen-free copper (OFC) conductors for delivering pristine sound
- Copper braided shielding of these Mic cables provides maximum cancellation of hum and noise; Polyethylene insulation improves high frequency response. Heavy duty metal connectors with molded strain relief and grip treads increase durability and help easy plugging and unplugging
- The Mic cord is compatible with equipment with 3-pin XLR connectors such as shotgun microphones, studio harmonizers, mixing boards, patch bays, preamps, speaker systems, and stage lighting with an XLR cable port
Pig Hog XLR Cable
One word: rugged. I got a set of three Pig Hog cables for free with a hardware purchase a few years back and have been incredibly impressed with them. If you’re the kind of person that is on the go a lot or is a clumsy oaf like me that is constantly running over the cables in your studio with your chair, these are worth a little extra coin.
- High Performance Tour Grade Microphone Cable
- 8mm high quality rubber outer covering
- Heat shrink protected connectors
- Lifetime Guarantee
- Length: 10 ft
Mogami Gold Cable
Mogami cables are supposed to be the best. According to their website they are 95% quieter than other cables, which makes them a great choice for recording condenser mics. They are a bit of sticker shock, but more than one person I know swears by them and won’t use anything else.
- From large recording facilities to small project studios, engineers and artists trust Mogami GOLD STUDIO XLR Microphone Cables for professional results. Engineered to provide an enhanced dynamic range with a pin-drop quiet recording environment, Mogami GOLD STUDIO XLR Microphone Cables help to cure many of the problems encountered in a typical project or home studio.
- Mogami GOLD STUDIO XLR Mic Cables are wired with Mogami Neglex Quad High Definition Microphone Cable, a balanced 4-conductor cable with amazingly superior clarity and the highest cancellation of noise and RF interference. Mogami’s quad cable design is renowned for vastly improving the rejection of noise to the tune of a 95% quieter background as compared to even the best 2-conductor microphone cable.
- Use Mogami GOLD STUDIO XLR Cables for pro audio sound with nearly any device equipped with an industry-standard XLR 3-pin input or output. Common uses include to and from mixers, preamps, amplifiers, audio interfaces, loudspeakers, powered speakers, studio monitors, and more. Also excellent for use with amplifier, percussion, and vocalist mics as well as vocal effects, processors, and loopers.
- This Mogami GOLD STUDIO-10 XLR Microphone Cable is a 10 foot length. The Mogami GOLD STUDIO XLR Microphone Cable series is also available in 2, 3, 6, 15, 25, 50, 75, and 100 foot lengths.
- Mogami Lifetime "No Excuses" Warranty: all brand new Mogami cables include Mogami's Limited Lifetime "No Excuses" Warranty to the original purchaser and are proudly supported by Mogami and their dedicated network of Authorized Resellers. Please reference the entirety of Mogami Cable's Limited Lifetime "No Excuses" Warranty specification for complete details.
Aokeo Microphone Pop Filter
This affordable pop filter solution was my first pop filter that didn’t come with the mic, and still my go-to for most vocal applications. It clips on the mic stand and has a flexible gooseneck to place the filter at the best angle in front of the mic. I like that I can set it up 6 inches away from the mic capsule to keep myself from getting too close to my condenser mic in the heat of the moment. If your mic doesn’t come with a good filter, this is a great option at a super-cheap price.
- DUAL-LAYER POP FILTER: The first screen blocks air blasts as any pop filter normally would; The gap in between then disperses any remaining air pressure, so by the time it passes the second screen, the blast is easily contained to produce great quality recordings.
- ADJUSTABLE GOOSENECK: The steel metal gooseneck holder fully supports the filter's weight and keep it in place. You can adjust the angle and distance between the screen and the microphone to best fit your needs for yours lovely voice
- CLERAER SOUND: Banish the dreaded hissing and lisping sounds that come when pronouncing the letter "S" and blocks those ugly "plosives" that follows "B" and "P". It is a great item for singers, streamers and actors alike who want help achieving the best possible performance and help protect the spitting all over your personal microphone
- WIDE COMPATIBILITY: Adjustable screw rotating clamp with scratch-proof gripper can secure variety tubular mounting booms or microphone stands. Eliminates anyone's extra elements that prevents them from recording/projecting their best vocals to the public or their audience
- DRAW THEM IN - NOT TOO LOUD, NOT TOO QUIET- WHILE MOST Blue Yeti Microphone Filters are no better than DIY mesh pop filters, Auphonix Surface Spacing acts like an AMPLIFYING MODIFIER, toning down those overly excited moments that make your voice sound brash, without turning a whisper into silence during those “Quiet Spoken Secrets” moments when you need to REEL YOUR AUDIENCE IN.
PEMOtech Curved Pop Filter
Another good option with lots of great reviews is this model from PEMOTech. The curved front and elastic bands on the back mount directly onto the microphone for catching plosives and sibilants. Three layers – cloth, foam, and metal – keep your tracks free of excessive breath sounds or “p” pops. Great for singers who tend to side-address a mic, or if you don’t like the hassle of adjusting a gooseneck.
- ▲▲NOT FOR BLUE YETI▲▲ WIDE APPLICATIONS - Our microphone pop filter suitable for 45 mm to 63 mm diameter microphones such as AT2020, AT2035, AT4040, AT2050, AT2020+, Samson Meteor , Scarlett CM25 ,CAD GXL2400, Apogee, Razer Siren X, BADAAX Mic, Rode NT1A, Rode NT-USB, MXL 770, MXL 910, MXL 2010, CAD U37, BM-800 and many other microphones.
- THREE LAYERS FILTER MIC SHIELD - Three layers design include foam layer, metal net layer and basic etamine layer can effectively reduces the plosive, pops, crackles, wind interference, breath sounds when recording vocals. Absolutely necessary for recording, speaking or singing. This studio mic shield isolation helps to get your best vocal recording.
- MAINTAIN CLEAN - Metal mesh matches plastic frame in a special appearance design. Functionally prevents saliva, keeping cleanness for your microphones and protecting your microphone.
- EASY TO SET UP - Handy and quick to assemble and disassemble from the microphone and firmly fixed on your mic with the combination design of elastic bands and inner rubber ring, Special design perfectly matches with your microphones.
- PACKAGE & GUARANTEE - 1 X Pop Filter(microphone is NOT included).
On-Stage WS7500 Series Workstation
With multiple levels for a MIDI keyboard and monitor, plus a pull-out tray for a computer keyboard and mouse, this is an affordable and compact entry-level studio desk. If you’re outfitting a new studio, this may be a better investment than buying a separate desk and monitor stands.
- Perfect for the home studio
- Ergonomic Z-frame constructed from steel
- Laminate surfaces
- Slide-out keyboard tray
- Steel Tubing: 1" x 1"; 1" x 2" on horizontal floor legs
Studio RTA Producer Station
In no way a necessity, but packed with features that quickly turn a bedroom into a studio. There is space on this desk for a computer keyboard, MIDI keyboard and drum pad, interface, control surface, computer monitors and studio monitors, your recording computer, and tons of rackmount space for outboard effects. Plus the whole thing is on casters for easy movement in limited space.
- 26-1/4" wide slide-out keyboard shelf Ergonomic workspace Dual 13-space lower racks 5-space top rack Pull-out upper shelf
- With plenty of room for all your electronic gear, the Studio RTA Producer's Station is the answer to making your workspace more efficient and ergonomic
- The main tier is big enough for an 88-key keyboard, and dual 13-space racks on each side keep your rack gear squared away
- A 5-space rack holds additional equipment on top and there are dual 8-space CD holders
- The upper tier accommodates additional keyboards or a computer monitor
Best Home Studio Accessories – The Bottom Line
There you have it, my recommendations for some accessories to help complete your home studio. If you have any questions about what you need for your specific setup, feel free to join us in our Home Studio Enthusiasts Facebook group, and we’ll be sure to point you in the right direction.
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