Rode PSA1

(10 customer reviews)

$99.00

Color MultiColored
Brand Rode
Item Weight 1.74 Kilograms
Style Desktop Stands
Base Type Clamp

  • Broadcast-style Professional Studio Desk Boom Arm with Stard Microphone Threading
  • Over 3′ Hizontal Vertical Reach
  • 360-degree Rotation
SKU: B001D7UYBO Category:

Description






Rode PSA 1 Swivel Mount Studio Microphone Boom Arm.


From the manufacturer

PSA1 Microphone Studio Arm

PSA1

Whether you’re podcasting, broadcasting, on the radio, or streaming at home, microphone placement is everything. The PSA1 is a professional studio boom arm that will help you position your microphone exactly where it needs to be.

PSA1

With its parallelogram spring design for keeping the microphone perfectly stable even when the arm height is adjusted, the PSA1 will help you get the perfect recording every time.

PSA1

Unlike many other studio arms, the PSA1 features internal springs for quiet operation, meaning that even large movements won’t result in mechanical noise ruining your recording.

PSA1

The PSA1 comes with everything you need in the box, including a threaded desk insert for mounting in a studio setup, as well as a clamp for quick and easy mounting onto a desk.

Additional information

Weight 3.83 kg
Item Weight

3.83 pounds

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Country of Origin

‎China

ASIN

B001D7UYBO

Item model number

PSA 1

Date First Available

June 17, 2003

Color Name

MultiColored

Manufacturer

Rode

10 reviews for Rode PSA1

  1. XOR42

    3.5 Stars – Good but smallish, needs weight, no 3/8-1/4 adapter, loose shaft, limited swing.After perusing countless reviews, I settled on the PSA1 boom arm for the SM7b mic that’s on its merry way to me. All the booms I researched in the $100-180 range each had several problems. Overall, most reviewers found the PSA1 to be among the simplest, quietest, and cheapest, so I added it to my studio mic kit order.Don’t let my detailed enumeration of several issues dissuade you from this product until you have judged all the issues presented here in the light of your own scenario.=== OOBE (Out of box experience):The box is a typical keyboard-sized cardboard box within a slicker thin cardboard slip sleeve printed with the usual blurbs. It contained only 4 items: (1) fully assembled boom, (2) C-clamp style desk mount, (3) alternative bushing mount for a drilled hole in a desk, and (4) a small, odd-looking female-male mic thread size expander (not the expected reducer).Removing the goods was a little tricky but not rocket science. There are no markings or instructions as to how to open the inner cardboard box or how to remove the inserts so you just start pulling it apart. It was easy but needlessly confusing. Put some arrows on it or add some “Pull Here” or “Open Here” labels. Ends up dropping the desk hole base and thread adapter since the way I guessed to open it let those items fall out.=== Set UpThis was dead easy and very fast – only 2 minutes. You just clamp the desk mount to the edge of a table’s top surface that can be up to several inches thick. Twist the screw till tight and drop in the boom’s shaft. Done!The C-clamp obviously cannot work desks that have a solid side that rises right up to the top surface without any “under area” to clamp to. For those, you might try the back or front top surface edges that may have clearance under them. Otherwise, you could drill a hole in the desk and use the included desk hole mount.Another alternative is to get a small square of hardwood and screw it onto the top side edge of the desk so that half of it is on the desk and the other half hangs outwards in free space. You could then clamp the base to that or drill a hole in it for the desk hole clamp.You need only install the clamp on a desk’s edge surface, if you have one that sticks out like most then drop the boom’s male shaft into the female mount’s hole. Done. Well, almost, untill I tried to mount my LS-11 with 1/4-20 thread.=== Limited Swing:It also suffers the same back swing issue as do some of its competitors. That is, the lower boom leg, from the base to the elbow, only swings backward from vertical a scant 20 degrees. It doesn’t go back further because the two arms that comprise the leg are already pressed together at that point.Rode would need only increase the size of the elbow joints and add more space between the arms of each leg. That would allow significantly more back movement.The limited back swing also means you CANNOT place the base of the arm near you, e.g., on the edge of a desk to your left. That is because, to clear the mic from your face, you would have to either lift the mic arm way high or to rotate the whole shebang to the side. What most would want is to simply push the arms directly backwards away from you. So, it’s not a showstopper – just another disappointment. It’s a problem you just have to live with unless you go for one of the more monstrous arms you see in studios – and at studio prices!=== Unexpectedly Smallish:This is NOT a studio arm with lots of movement options. It is a simple but stable swing arm about the size of the arms you may have seen as part of the Luxo lamp line used for art, hobbies or precision work. I’d say it is “just” large enough for a hefty mic like the SM7b. The size of the PSA1, much like the Heil boom, is more like the base of a swing lamp where each arm of the boom is only 18-20 inches.While waiting for the SM7b, I planned to use the arm with my Olympus LS-11 hand held audio recorder which compares well to $300-$500 condenser mics and is an excellent USB mic – apart from the expected terrible live-monitor latency which is normal for any unit without a specialized USB driver.=== Poorly described “3/8 adapter”:In today’s world with ever shrinking component sizes, if you see a smallish boom with a 3/8 thread size and the box says it includes a “3/8 adapter”, I’d wager a good many non-pro users would assume that to be a 3/8 to 1/4 adapter and not the 3/8 to 5/8 adapter that it is. As a pro, I still did a quick head scratch since several of my current recording devices now have 1/4-20 threads.I grant that 5/8 is the standard size of mic stand threads and the mics that screw onto them, but Rode should include a 3/8-1/4 reducing adapter, as well, for use with the ever-increasing number of devices that have 1/4-20 threads such as cameras, recorders, small mics, go pros, web cams, and smartphones.Hey, Rode, why not just make a really GREAT unit by adding a small cheap ball head with 1/4, 3/8, and 5/8 threads. Voila, you’ll have a hands-down winner.=== Spring-Balance Issue:A significant problem occurred while I tested the arm with my smaller mics, like the Olympus LS-11 handheld USB recorder and on-location mic. This arm barely works for them. The problem is that the elbow units are spring-loaded to counteract the weight of larger mics. With small mics or no mics at all, the arm swings upwards on its own when the mic arm is less than about 30 degrees downward from horizontal. Without adding weights, the arm has to be pulled down to about -40 degrees below horizontal where the elbow spring increases their torques and the arm refrains from rising on its own.You should plan on needing at least 1-2 pounds of weight on the end of the arm to keep it from swinging upwards on its own. Without the weight and when the mic arm is anywhere above -30 degrees horizontal, it swings upwards to about 10-20 degrees above horizontal. In such low weight cases, you’ll have to pull the mic arm down to about -30 to -40 degrees from horizontal before the knee joints decide to hold the arm there. That effectively disallows movement from -30 to +10 of horizontal.To be fair, this is a low cost boom and the matter is moot with pro mics that typically weigh 1-4 pounds.=== Loose desk mount shaft hole:The C-clamp desk mount hole that receives the boom’s mounting shaft seems rather large for the size of the shaft so it loose. However, as others have noted, since the arm is almost always swung out to the side to some degree, the cantilevered weight pulls the shaft sideways making the mounting feel solid.Another potential issue with a loose mounting pivot shaft is that if the desk mount is not absolutely level, the entire boom could rotate in the direction of the tilted mount. This is not a common case and should not occur for most people when mounting to a level desk surface.=== Bottom Line:I gave the PSA1 3.5 stars because, despite its flaws, it is low cost, very easy to install, is relatively quiet, and most mics above $100 weigh at least a pond or two so it just works. Of the other booms I’ve seen reviewed, they seem to have their own issues such as the Heil’s less mounting sturdy base. I recommend this arm if you understand all of the issues I presented and you have deemed them to be of little consequence for your needs.

  2. T Kuznicki

    Strong and Worth the Extra MoneyThis works great for my Sure and Rode mics.You pay a little extra for the added strength as well as it being much quieter in case you are recording. My last one’s noise showed up on audio recordings and barely held the mics.

  3. Anthony Flores-Rodriguez

    Best Boom Arm I bought for $100!Now I’m not a boom arm expert but I will compare the Blue Compass boom arm to the PSA1 Rode boom arm so you can understand my reason for the rating.Refer to bottom for quick pros/cons of each boom armsThe Rode stays in place no mater where you place your mic. It has one screw on the top joint that controls all the tension. You dont even have to adjust the other joints. Even the angle of that your mic was in will stay the same with the PSA1 Rode because its got two arms that keep the mic angle regardless if the boom arm position. With the Rode, you just have to tighten on the top joint screw and it will stay. I can even adjust the angle the mic is in the boom arm to be horizontally. Comes with an thread adapter too. The only drawback is the there is no housing for the cables and desk clamp is a bit wider but other than that I prefer the PSA1 Rode over the Blue Compass. I can live with thr slightly wider clamp and I can easily buy boom arm cable sleeves or cable sleeves to address the housing issue. Also it does come with 3 velcro strips to hold the cables.In comparison, I like how simple and clean the Blue Compass looks for a 100 dollar boom arm. This boom arm has housring that covers up the wires and cords. (PSA1 Rode lacks)The desk clamp is small , sleek and easy to attach to any desk.(PSA1 Rode lacks)This boom arm just fits comfortably on it. It even comes with an adapter theading for different size mics.What I hated about Blue Compass is what everyone else hates about the Blue Compass; it does not accurately stay in place. (PSA1 Rode does!) If you bend the first joint diagonally and then bend the next joint more than 90s degrees the arm will jolt back and not stay no matter what. Even untightening the tension screw, and adjusting the joint knobs, it will not stay in place accurately. For example you cannot position the last joint( where you can angle the mic horizontally) how you want because it will spring out of position. Refer to picture I’m literally holding it from springing up even with the tension screw adjusted and joints tightened. You are limited on the angles you can place your mic on the Blue Compass because when you move the arm the mic, the arm does not have mechanism to retain the angle. You are subject to the way the angle of the mic is screwed in on sometimes. It might be facing up when you want it towards you. How I wanted my mic was to be horizontal but low near my mouth so that I can be heard and see my computer screen. This is not possible. It is with the PSA1 Rode!Blue CompassPros-Housing Hides wires(looks clean)-small strong desk clamp-thread adapter-Has Tension screw-joints can be tightenedCons-Does not stay in place( jolts back alot)-Limited angles-Does not retain mic angle when arm is reposition-Tension screw mechanism not the best-Joints need to be adjusted even after tension screwPSA1 RodePros-Can retain mic angle regardless of arm position-Has thread Adapter-Has Tension screw (on highest joint)-Joints don’t need be tighten if tension screw adjustedCons-slightly bigger desk clamp (not much difference though-no cable/wire housing( can be fixed with cable sleeves)

  4. BTL31

    Pretty good for medium-heavy micsFor a light mic like the HyperX solo it pops up with the slightest touch or all by itself. I had to add a weight to the end to balance it. Clamp mount is very sturdy but the included flush mount is even better if you care to drill a hole through your desk. Wish Rode sold more flush mounts as other things like lights can use this same mount.

  5. Chee Chang

    9/10Overall, mic stand is decent. However, for the price it should have offered better flexibility and quality. If it wasn’t for the price and what you actually get I would have given it a 10/10.

  6. Dominic Muñoz

    good qualityvery good quality and sturdy. i use it with a hyperx quadcast and sometimes it is so sensitive that when i touch it, it goes up by itself. so the mic might be too light for it. other than that its a great arm

  7. Joe

    QualityThis microphone boom arm is quality. The only complaint that I have is that it’s not designed for cable management. To hide the cables inside the hollow arm, you’d have to cut and solder the XLR wires.

  8. basementjack

    Tips for use with Blue Yeti MicFor me the decision was between this and the Heil arm which is in the same price range (This arm was $100, the Heil was $120 as this was written)Neither arm is perfect.One nice thing about the Rode, and probably the Heil too, is that the arms are made in such a way that the angle of the mic is the same no matter what position the stand is in.Pros of the Rode arm: Comes with either a desk mount or a recessed hole mount – Note that using the desk mount adds about 2″ of height as it sits on top of the desk, where as the recessed hole mount is flush with the desk. The Desk mount is better with the Rode vs the Heil – the Rode is very stable on the desk, as it’s a small cone – another nice thing about the rode, is that the clamp that goes around the back of the desk only sticks out about 1/4 inch – I was able to push my desk right up against the wall with this one. The Heil requires a few inches of clearance behind your desk. So the Rode Desk mount is better than the Heil As for the arm itself, I believe the Heil is a better arm. The Heil has a channel to hide the cable – this one does not. The Heil arm is slightly longer, however it mounts flush with the desk, so if you’re trying to clear a monitor, you’re just as likely to clear it with the Rode. The Heil also is 5/8″ threaded – so you don’t need to use an adaptor, which means less chance for jiggling. (My Rode Arm DID include the 5/8 to 3/8 adapter so that is good!) But the big difference is at the end where the microphone attaches – The Heil comes with a slightly longer rod at the end – and this is important if you use a Blue Yeti USB Microphone. I could not use the Blue Yeti on this stand as the connecting rod was too short, and the USB cable would not clear the thumb screws used to tighten the stand. There is an easy solution for this, but it requires an additional purchase (see below) Tips for Yeti Owners: The Yeti is a very popular USB mic (Just look at the review counts here on Amazon) so I’ll share some tips for its use. To use the Yeti with this Boom, and without a shock mount, you’ll need to buy a small extender – if you don’t the USB cable doesn’t clear the arm (Hence my comment above about how the Heil has a longer rod) I bought the On Stage QK2X $11 (Also known as QK2B in black $9) on Amazon and that gave the needed clearance, and also made it easy to remove the mic for storage. Note that I don’t own the Blue Shock mount so I can’t speak to using that here. One user complained that the Yeti was too heavy – that has not been the case for me, so I can only assume that the other user also had a shock mount and perhaps a heavier pop filter. I’ll update my review if I note any problems. One more observation: I was concerned if this would clear the top of my monitor, and it just barely does – I can put the arm even with the desk and it clears the screen by about 1/4 inch – however, here’s some good news – I found I don’t need the arm to be even (parallel) with my desk – by the time you add the Yeti, and the QK2X, the mic is so low that you end up pushing the arm up, which means you have even more clearance over the monitor! Update Feb 2014: I obtained a Heil PL-2T arm a few months ago, so I’m able to fully compare the two. I really wish there was a way to “merge” these two products into a single, best of breed arm. Both arms have internal springs – this is critical as external springs tend to make noise and resonate (as is evidenced by a few Ikea desk lamps I have that use external springs) I believe the interior spring mechanism used by both arms is superior to cheaper arms. The Rode has a better desk clamp and also includes the hole mount for free. The Heil arm is nice in that you can route the cable through it, it has a native 5/8 thread on the end a longer downrod – there’s about 2″ of clearance between the arm and the start of the threads on the Heil. Overall, I think both are great arms. I’m happy with both. I will say that the 3/8 to 5/8 thread adapter on the Rode arm bugs the heck out of me – the mic on that arm is ALWAYS Loose- it seems impossible to keep it tight. The connection from the Heil PL-2T arm to the Mic feels very solid by comparison, and is superior with 5/8 threaded mics if you’re going to move the arm during the broadcast. I hope this review helps in your decision, if it does, please mark it helpful below as that will help other users see the review.

  9. Vilkath

    Good Product, Bad Service but a decent attempt to compensate for the hassle.So I’ve only had this boom arm for a few hours but over all I like it. I got everything I was supposed to, even the conversion screw you need to mount a Blue Snowball that some other people had complained was missing. The arm was brand new, no scratches or other indications it was a refurbished model like I had read in other reviews. Over all the product is great so far and I am rather happy with it. I will say the spring arm is Very strong, even with my rather heavy Blue Snowball it really wants to spring up, it wasn’t until I put my Pop filter on as well did it seem to stay down easier.Bit of a tip with the table clamp, use a bit of scrap cloth like a cut up washcloth folded in half. Not only will it give the clamp more friction to hold on, it helps prevent scratching on your table. Might also help vibrations as well (I hope since I dont’ have a shock mount at least yet). The only thing to really consider is this arm is Big and long. My desk is a fairly large 3 1/2 to 4 feet wide with a depth of at least 3 feet. I stil had to put the clamp fairly far back to give the arm enough room to be the proper level to speak into. So if you have a small compact work station/desk this arm might be too big for you.So over all none of the flaws i was worried about from reading some of the more negative reviews seem to have affected my product, and I am happy so far. The only thing stopping this from being a perfect experience is the long series of issues I had getting my product. I recieved Amazon Prime as a gift last Christmas and this was the first order I had made with it. First my guarnted two day shipping was bumped back to a third day for complications at the depot. Then on the third day at 8pm the status changed from “out for delivery” to being shipped within another 3 days, rather annoying since I had been waiting around all day to get the package since Prime can deliver up to 9pm.I also happened to buy the Blue metal mesh Pop filter at the same time as this boom and suffered more problems. I had been home and the driver just dumped the package on my front door, marked it as left on my back porch (unlikely as I live on the second floor of an apartment) and left without so much a knock on the door or even a phone call to tell me it was there. As you can imagine I was rather anoyed by all these problems so I contacted Amazon threw their chat service.Which once you can actually find where on the website their “contact us” button is located isn’t too bad, way faster than calling. Over all customer service was amazing, they were quick to offer compensation in the form of a free month of prime membership and $10 off my next purchase. With the added bonus the chat option also allows you to have a transcript sent to your email. A very nice feature if you’ve ever dealt with customer service who promise the moon but give you nothing once you hang up. In this case the only issue I had with customer service is the last person had promised to leave a message with the driver to deliver the package after 4:30pm as I would be working the day it was delayed too. Never happend, they just left it at the apartment office well before 3pm, no note, sticker or anything telling me they left it there. Not unless I logged into my account and checked order status.So sorry for rambling on but end result Good Product, Bad service but decent attempts to compensate for the hassle.

  10. Jon

    Perfect…..almost!I bought this to replace a cheap $15 mic arm that I used for a while. Replacing it with this was like night and day.The RODE PSA1 is an amazing mic arm, it’s quiet (mostly), sturdy, and has fantastic range of motion. But it’s not without it’s flawsFor starters – after around 6 months a squeak developed when moving the arm forward/backwards. This was resolved by applying a few drops of oil into the spring opening. I now do this every few months as needed.The next issue I noted was that, despite having a fairly heavy mic – the arm would occasionally rise up if bumped. The arm is weighed down entirely by the weight of the mic. This was an annoyance until I found online a solution to tighten a few screws which would increase the tension. Sadly – this information is not provided to you by RODE.In fact – RODE provides virtually no information about how to utilize the arm. I suppose they believe that since you’re buying it, you must understand how to use it (as a professional would). While I understand that mic arms are not exactly complex products – the fact that YouTube videos exist for common solutions people need suggest that it would probably be wise of RODE to include some documentation with the PSA1.The cable management channel is also a bit lackluster – while it does exist, you have to disassemble your XLR cable to thread it through. I’m not sure what a better solution would have been there. I’m too lazy to do that so I velcroed mine to the top.The final issue I have is with the mounting of the actual mic to the arm. There’s a mounting plate that you can secure the mic to – and you can rotate the mic in a full 360 degrees (assuming your cord allows that). The problem occurs when you want to “lock” the mic into place by tightening down that plate – If you “lock” it in place, and then bump it / move it a little, it entirely loosens. While that might not found too bad, it can get annoying after repositioning your mic / arm a few times and having to keep tightening the plate over, and over, and over.Seeing as how it’s really just a large washer holding it in, I wish they would have found a better method to do this.Overall, the PSA1 is a wonderful arm and it’s lightyears above what I was using. I would recommend it to anyone looking to buy an arm for their mic – but I’d also warn them of the issues that I’ve noted.

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