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Rode PSA-1 Studio Boom Arm for Broadcast Microphones

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Product Highlights

  • 32" (820mm) Horizontal Reach
  • 33" (840mm) Vertical Reach
  • Touch-Fastener Cable Wraps
  • Desk-Clamp Included
  • Desk-Insert Hardware
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The Rode PSA-1 Studio Boom Arm is a two-section, spring loaded broadcast microphone arm designed for quiet and flexible microphone positioning in broadcast radio studios, voice-over studios, etc. The PSA-1 rotates 360 degrees and features a maximum reach of 32" (820mm) horizontally.

Includes 3/8" adapter
32" (820mm) Horizontal Reach
33" (840mm) Vertical Reach
Holds up to 4.4 lbs (2 kg)
Includes two desk mounting options
Dual-axis swivel mount for accurate positioning
Rode PSA-1 Studio Boom Arm for Broadcast Microphones
  • 3/8" Adapter
  • Touch Fastener Straps
  • Desk Clamp
  • Desk Insert Hardware
  • 10 Year Warranty
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    RodePSA-1 Studio Boom Arm for Broadcast Microphones
     
    4.3

    (based on 77 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (46)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (17)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (9)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (3)

    91%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (58)
    • Versatile (35)
    • Durable (24)
    • Lightweight (22)
    • Compact (13)

    Cons

    • Limited functions (5)
    • Pricey / poor value (4)
    • Bulky/heavy (3)

    Best Uses

    • Home studio (59)
    • Amateur recording (45)
    • Professional recording (36)
    • Pro audio / DJ / mixing (12)
    • Performances (8)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (46), Novice (15), Professional musician (7)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Great Extention for my mic

    I use this Boom with my Sennheiser MKH-416 and it gives me great flexibility with the location of my mic without having to use a floor style stand. Also, this boom comes with...Read complete review

    I use this Boom with my Sennheiser MKH-416 and it gives me great flexibility with the location of my mic without having to use a floor style stand. Also, this boom comes with multiple mounting options which are a separate purchase with other mic Booms.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Absolutely NOT Worth the Price

    After reading all of these reviews (43 at the time of this posting), I had set quite high expectations for this suspension mount. I had even checked YouTube and various other websites to...Read complete review

    After reading all of these reviews (43 at the time of this posting), I had set quite high expectations for this suspension mount. I had even checked YouTube and various other websites to reassure my decision on this purchase.I have a Blue Yeti Pro with a Radius Shock Mount and I found a few people in a similar situation, so I figured I couldn't go wrong. Boy was that a bad decision.Packaging for the mount is mediocre. But I'm not complaining. My main concerns about this mount are the following:The connection piece for the shock mount is absolutely awful. The connection constantly loosens and the microphone and it's setup will sink. I can tighten it up again but not only is that an unnecessary annoyance, but the way it's designed there is a large circular washer-like screw in the way which prevents you from fully tightening it.The cheap "plastic-like" metal that the mount is made of is extremely noticeable. It's quite pathetic for [$] actually. You can't adjust the tension on any of the arms, so you're stuck with what you get.Don't even try to use this mount if you plan on moving it for any purposes. For example, I can not do a two person podcast with this microphone if it requires any moving, as the mount creaks and moans. Leave it stationary and you're fine, but I will also say that it is incredibly ugly.The Velcro ties are quite convenient, so I give it that, but I could buy any mount and grab some Velcro ties for it.After I purchased this and realized my displeasure, I went and bought the K&M 23850 from B&H. This review isn't about the K&M, but for an extra $20, it was absolutely leaps and bounds beyond the PSA-1. Adjustable arms, a FANTASTIC shock mount connection, no noise whatsoever, and slightly more reach. It's also far more aesthetically pleasing. Only thing I haven't figured out yet is how to remove the XLR cable which I don't need.If you really care about your setup, which I would expect you do if you spend [$] on a suspension mount, I can guarantee you the extra $20 on the 23850 will be WELL worth it over this piece of junk.Hope this helps.

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    4.0

    Watch out! Fully spring loaded, strong!

    By H3ft

    from Quebec, Canada

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Affordable
    • Compact
    • Durable
    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight
    • Spring Loaded
    • Versatile

    Cons

    • Pricey

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording
    • Streaming
    • Video Making

    Comments about Rode PSA-1 Studio Boom Arm for Broadcast Microphones:

    I was looking for a good quality, reasonable priced boom and settled on this one after a bit of research.

    This boom is a bit more money than others but I am GLAD I decided to buy this particular one.

    Installation: a snap using the clamp provided, to my desk. I like my desk and the wood is good quality so I did not want to drill into it or mark with an inexpensive clamp.

    Routing the wire was easy as this boom has velcro tabs at 3 points on the arm.

    Connecting my Blue Yeti microphone, windscreen and shockmount could not have been easier.

    The model is super quiet, easy to move around and really a nice addition to my home office/studio.

    I strongly suggest buying this solid piece of quality equipment.

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    5.0

    Real piece of work

    By Fretz

    from Washington DC

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Durable
    • Easy To Use

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home Studio
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Rode PSA-1 Studio Boom Arm for Broadcast Microphones:

      This mic boom is ideal for a cluttered studio desk. I hang a KSM 32 and it pivots and stretches perfectly. It attached securely with no trouble.

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      4.0

      It works

      By AB3

      from Hillsboro, OR

      About Me Novice

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio

        Comments about Rode PSA-1 Studio Boom Arm for Broadcast Microphones:

        Works as expected. Perfect for my NT-USB. Has a channel down the arm for cords coming from Mic with velcro tie-ins. Easy to set up.

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        4.0

        The PSA-1 Boom Arm by Rode best in class

        By Ted Hartman

        from Sierra Vista AZ

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Easy To Use
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Rode PSA-1 Studio Boom Arm for Broadcast Microphones:

            I am using the PSA-1 with a Blue Yeti/Blue Spider Mount. The mic is heavy but the PSA-1 does not notice. I can adjust it to a certain position and it stays there. Very nice product, pricey but one of the best.

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            5.0

            Rode PSA-1 Studio Boom Arm

            By jmzll

            from Seoul, South Korea

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Easy To Use
            • Lightweight
            • Surprii

            Cons

            • No Internal Mic Cabling

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Home Studio
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about Rode PSA-1 Studio Boom Arm for Broadcast Microphones:

            After reviewing several studio boom arm's online, the PSA-1 became a front runner. For price vs. quality vs. usability it's hard to dismiss the PSA-1 and if you own any Rode mics it becomes an obvious choice.

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            3.0

            Just OK

            By Rob in New Jersey

            from NJ

            About Me Novice

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Lightweight

            Cons

            • Pricey / Poor Value

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Home Studio

            Comments about Rode PSA-1 Studio Boom Arm for Broadcast Microphones:

            Works well with my Blue Yeti but not an exact fit.

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            5.0

            Perfect product

            By missharvey

            from Montreal

            About Me Novice

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Home Studio

              Comments about Rode PSA-1 Studio Boom Arm for Broadcast Microphones:

              was exactly what i wanted, looks and feels pro, arm is really strong and easy to use, took about 15 secs to install, recommend strongly!

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              3.0

              Great Boom, but could use a little help.

              By Geo_One

              from Boston, MA

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Easy To Use
              • Lightweight
              • Versatile

              Cons

              • Screw Head Strips

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Events
              • Home Studio
              • Mobile DJ
              • Performances
              • Professional Recording

              Comments about Rode PSA-1 Studio Boom Arm for Broadcast Microphones:

              Great boom. Easy to set up with lots of options. Adjusting the tension is easy to strip the screw head.
              They need a better design. Maybe an allen key?

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              4.0

              Decent Arm

              By Adam D

              from Philly

              About Me Novice

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Lightweight

              Cons

              • Loose Head

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Home Studio

              Comments about Rode PSA-1 Studio Boom Arm for Broadcast Microphones:

              A fairly decent, light weight arm. The velcro pieces that come with it to secure mic cable are just barely long enough to get the job done. I guess another 1/2 inch per piece would have cut into their profit margins. Only other complaint is that the mounting bracket on the mic end doesn't really get tight enough for me to feel confident in doing mic position adjustments on the fly. Once you get it balanced and where you like it, best to keep it there and not monkey with it.

              Overall a good entry level arm.

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              5.0

              I would buy this product again and again

              By Sexy1Dj

              from Thunderbay canada

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Easy To Use

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Home Studio

                Comments about Rode PSA-1 Studio Boom Arm for Broadcast Microphones:

                PSA-1 Studio Boom Arm for Broadcast Microphones by Rode is the best one i ever have goten here its well woth the money i would tell others to buy this its strong and last is so yes im happy i have gotten this for my mic a phone for my djing live online .

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                3.0

                Strong clamp, low flexibility.

                By Steve S

                from Benton Harbor, MI

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Durable

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Home Studio
                  • Professional Recording

                  Comments about Rode PSA-1 Studio Boom Arm for Broadcast Microphones:

                  The clamp secures extremely well — which is wonderful because most boom arms cheap out on this crucial part. The only drawback I've found is that the arm is not easily adjustable. You'll need a screwdriver to loosen or tighten the joints. This is fine for "set it and forget it" style use though. Overall very very good arm, but don't expect a wildly flexible arm with quick adjustability.$[$] is a lot for what this is. For those on a tight budget, I'd definitely look elsewhere. There's nothing very special happening here beyond the strength, stability, and construction. I'm happy with this item because I expect it to last until... well forever. $[$] isn't too bad for an eternity.

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                  5.0

                  Quality Boom arm

                  By Porcha42

                  from San Jose, Ca

                  About Me Experienced

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Lightweight
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Amateur Recording
                    • Home Studio
                    • Mobile DJ
                    • Performances

                    Comments about Rode PSA-1 Studio Boom Arm for Broadcast Microphones:

                    I use this arm with my Blue Yeti Mic. This is a quality arm, durable and easy to use. Stays out the way when not in use. Quality look and finish. Able to handle heavy mics like the yeti.

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                    1.0

                    Disappointed

                    By Mike

                    from NYC, NY

                    About Me Experienced

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                      Cons

                      • Limited Functions
                      • Unreliable

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Rode PSA-1 Studio Boom Arm for Broadcast Microphones:

                        It sags when the RODE PROcaster is on it attached to a connecter to the computer. To the deal's top. I needed a mic stand that would stay where I had put it. I am disappointed.

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                        3.0

                        One arm to want another

                        By Redmax from Ninjalane.com

                        from Meridian Idaho

                        About Me Novice

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Durable
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                        • Bulky/Heavy
                        • Limited Functions

                        Best Uses

                        • Amateur Recording
                        • Home Studio

                        Comments about Rode PSA-1 Studio Boom Arm for Broadcast Microphones:

                        I bought this as part of the R0de Procaster "kit" and figured it would make me appear more "pro" for having it. This product works like a boom for a desk light but given how things mount you get very little free movement. The PSM1 Shockmount doesn't lock in place so it is difficult to adjust. The desktop base also binds when you try to swing the mic away but will eventually move. There are a few good features like the velcro to hold wires and the spring are strong enough to just barely hold the assembly up. Expect it to sag at certain positions given the weight of the Procaster. Other R0de microphones may work perfectly if they are lighter.

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                        5.0

                        AWESOME LOVED IT THX!!!!!!!

                        By ES

                        from Morgantown WV

                        About Me Experienced

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Clear Sound
                        • Durable
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Versatile

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Amateur Recording
                          • Events
                          • Home Studio
                          • Mobile DJ
                          • Performances
                          • Professional Recording

                          Comments about Rode PSA-1 Studio Boom Arm for Broadcast Microphones:

                          OMG I LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!!!! Very Pleased

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                          3.0

                          Not a bad boom

                          By enospaced

                          from Texas

                          About Me Novice

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Cheap
                          • Easy To Use
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Rode PSA-1 Studio Boom Arm for Broadcast Microphones:

                              hile have used several, this is the first spring loaded boom arm I have owned. Works well and holds its position, but really not a perfect fit for a heavier mic - like the Yeti which it was packaged with. Does hold for most postions even with a heavy mic but when push back to store can collapse when the table is hit or other disturbance unless place the arm in a very mechanically advantaged position.

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                              4.0

                              Good Product for the Price

                              By mattyp

                              from Brantford Ontario Canada

                              About Me Experienced

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Functional
                              • Price

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Amateur Recording
                                • Educational Purposes
                                • Home Studio
                                • Professional Recording

                                Comments about Rode PSA-1 Studio Boom Arm for Broadcast Microphones:

                                Good for the money, tough enough for everyday use. Not quite as nice as a real pro level boom, it doesn't quite stay exactly where you put it, but with a heavy enough Mic it balaces well. The included tie wraps for the cable are a nice bonus. I've installed a half dozen of these and I recommend the desk insert for installation as opposed to the clamp, which can loosen over time.

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                                5.0

                                I would purchase this product again

                                By QWebDesign

                                from Fargo, ND

                                About Me Experienced

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Durable
                                • Easy To Use
                                • Lightweight
                                • Versatile

                                Cons

                                • None that I can think of

                                Best Uses

                                • Home Studio
                                • Mobile DJ
                                • Professional Recording

                                Comments about Rode PSA-1 Studio Boom Arm for Broadcast Microphones:

                                I have a glass top workstation - this was the ideal and truthfully perfect option for me.

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                                1.0

                                Doesn't hold up

                                By Eric A. Meyer

                                from Cleveland, OH

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                  Cons

                                  • Unreliable

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about Rode PSA-1 Studio Boom Arm for Broadcast Microphones:

                                    I got this arm as part of the Rode bundle, so I have a Rode microphone and shockmount attached to this arm.

                                    Sadly, the arm has a strong tendency to sink, meaning the microphone moves downward during use. It will stay in place in at certain angles, but at most placements, it won't stay still. There's no obvious way to tighten the joint that's too loose (the one in the middle of the arm). I can usually finagle it into a position that will stay static, and then just have to be very careful not to bump or otherwise jostle the table too much lest it sink further.

                                    I get that this is not a studio-quality mount and that the cost is pretty bare-bones, but I did expect to get a little bit more than this for what I paid. Odds are that unless I can figure out a way to tighten the joint, I'll have to return it and get a different arm.

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                                    5.0

                                    Excellent Boom Arm

                                    By galen

                                    from Missouri

                                    About Me Experienced

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Compact
                                    • Durable
                                    • Easy To Use
                                    • Lightweight
                                    • Versatile

                                    Cons

                                    • Pricey / Poor Value

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Amateur Recording
                                    • Events
                                    • Home Studio

                                    Comments about Rode PSA-1 Studio Boom Arm for Broadcast Microphones:

                                    I got this to hold my Blue Yeti for a podcast I host and I couldn't be happier. Setup was super easy, it holds its position well and looks awesome. Great job Rode!

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