Elgato, a manufacturer of live broadcast hardware, offers the Wave:1 and Wave:3 capacitive microphones and recently introduced the Wave DX, the company’s first dynamic microphone. In addition to a quality microphone, a suitable microphone stand is also important. The Wave Mic Arm and Wave Mic Arm LP, both manufactured by Elgato, are designed to provide stable and adjustable support for your microphone.
Wave Mic Arm Cantilever Bracket
Horizontal extension: 780 mm
Vertical extension: 750 mm (without extension rod)
Lower arm length: 400 mm
Upper arm length: 400 mm
The maximum clampable thickness of C clamp: 60mm
Maximum support weight: 0.25~1 Kg
Installation: 1/4\” screw ball head, including 1/4\” to 5/8\” adapter, 1/4\” to 3/8\” adapter
The Wave Mic Arm is a cantilever bracket that is familiar to many players. It is designed specifically for the use of live broadcasters and has an extra layer of shell covering. In addition to Elgato’s own large clamps, it also includes counterweights, heightening rods and a 1/4″ threaded ball head, allowing the live host to adjust the installation position of the Wave Mic Arm to suit their desktop configuration and preferences.
Upon opening the box, you will find a large clamp. The clamp design is similar to other clamps from Elgato, featuring a large clamping surface that ensures the stability of the bracket. The bracket is designed to be able to install on most table tops, with beams and columns on the side of the table. The rotating shaft seat is located on the tabletop rather than on the side of the table clamp, which allows the weight of the bracket to primarily rest on the tabletop rather than on the table itself.
The Wave Mic Arm is designed as a cantilever bracket with a spring structure inside the shell, allowing it to support a weight of 0.25-1 kg at the front end. The package includes Velcro straps to secure the upper and lower arms. It is recommended to first install the cantilever bracket on the fixed base and then lock the microphone or install the counterweight to avoid the upper and lower arms from springing up when the Velcro strap is loosened. To ensure the best user experience for microphones of different weights, a 260g counterweight is also included in the accessories. When using a lighter microphone, you don’t have to worry about the spring force of the cantilever being too strong.
The Wave Mic Arm features a 1/4″ threaded ball head on the front of the forearm, which allows for adjustments to the microphone angle. Unlike most microphone stands, which use the 5/8″ threaded thread commonly found on professional microphones, the Wave Mic Arm comes with two adapters, 1/4″ to 5/8″ and 1/4″ to 3/8″, allowing for easy transfer of various devices.
After installing the microphone, there is a cable management groove with a rubber strip above the upper and lower arms. Once the rubber strip is removed, you can hide the XLR wire or USB Type-C cable like the Wave:3 in the cable management groove. When managing the cables, it’s important to leave some extra wire at the shafts and avoid having the wires be too tight at the shafts. Although this may appear unsightly, it will allow for more flexibility when adjusting the position and angle of the bracket later. If your equipment is fixed well, the angle will not be changed, and the wire can be collected just right.
When using a dynamic microphone such as the Wave DX, it is recommended to install the cantilever bracket on the side and add weights to keep the microphone low and as close to the mouth as possible for optimal reception.
When using a condenser microphone like the Wave:3, it is recommended to keep the lower arm of the bracket vertical and the forearm horizontal, allowing the microphone to be hung above the forehead or at an angle in front. This will keep the sensitive condenser microphone away from the keyboard and mouse. The cantilever bracket or base can be easily installed. You can also install the bracket behind the screen and use the heightening rod provided in the accessories to install it between the cantilever bracket and the base, which will increase the cantilever bracket by 15 cm. The upper arm can be directly above the screen to hang the microphone in front, and the top of the screen to collect sound. However, there are many ways to use the microphone to collect sound, and players can install it according to their preferred methods, most of which Wave Mic Arm can easily meet their needs.
Wave Mic Arm LP Low Profile Stand
Horizontal extension: 740 mm
Lower arm distance from tabletop: 70 mm
Upper arm distance from tabletop: 160 mm
Upper and lower arm hinges Horizontal rotation: 360 degrees
Upper arm vertical rotation: 90 degrees up, 60 degrees down
C Maximum clip thickness: 60mm
Maximum support weight: 2 Kg
Installation: 1/4″ screw ball head, including 1/4″ to 5/8″ adapter, 1/4″ to 3/8 ” Adapter
Another special microphone stand from Elgato is the Wave Mic Arm LP. As the name suggests, LP stands for Low Profile, meaning it has a low height. This stand provides ultra-low height double-arm support, making it suitable for those who find that the cantilever bracket combined with a dynamic microphone obstructs their line of sight.
The fixture part of the Wave Mic Arm LP is similar to the Wave Mic Arm, so it doesn’t require a further introduction. However, the Wave Mic Arm LP has double arms that mainly provide horizontal extension rather than vertical direction, and the horizontal extension can reach up to 740mm. Whether you are sitting in a normal posture or lying slightly on a gaming chair, you can easily adjust the microphone to a suitable position. The rear arm is connected and used. But if you don’t need such a long distance, you can install the forearm directly on the fixture and use it with one arm.
Like the Wave Mic Arm, the Wave Mic Arm LP microphone stand also features a 1/4″ threaded ball head and 2 adapters at the front. The cable management design of the Wave Mic Arm LP is also practical and uses a magnetic metal cover to cover the cable management trough of the front and rear arms. It is important to leave some extra space for the wires at all corners to make it easier to adjust the bracket. The cover of the cable management slot will not come loose due to the wire being pulled. Players can also use the magic felt bundle to strengthen the fixing of the metal cover of the cable management. However, I haven’t experienced the metal cover falling off the problem.
According to my experience, when using it on the side of the desktop, the seat should be as close to the side as possible to have a relatively large adjustable space, and the keyboard will not be affected by the lower arm. However, if the player does not mind the clamp on the front end, there are not too many restrictions on its use. Pay attention to the table’s depth, not being too deep. Due to its low-height design, if the player’s monitor is adjustable, the Wave Mic Arm LP microphone stand can easily pass through the bottom of the screen, providing another microphone mounting option.
In terms of design, while the lower arm only provides extended functions, the upper arm offers an angle adjustment range of 90 degrees up and 60 degrees down at the rear end, and the front end has a 1/4″ threaded ball head. This means that although it is mainly used in a low position, it can also be used in high positions occasionally, providing flexibility to meet different usage scenarios.
Elgato’s two microphone stands, the Wave Mic Arm and Wave Mic Arm LP, are designed to cater to the needs of live broadcasters. The standard Wave Mic Arm cantilever stand provides more adjustment space to meet a wide range of usage situations, while the Wave Mic Arm LP stand is designed for ultra-low height double-arm support, providing a low-profile design for those who find the standard cantilever bracket obstructs their line of sight.
In terms of price, Elgato Wave Mic Arm and Wave Mic Arm LP are priced at 3290 yuan. Both are available at the same price, and you can choose the appropriate style according to your usage.
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Title: The Elgato Wave Mic Arm and Wave Mic Arm LP are adjustable in height, able to bend, and can stretch to suit your needs