Rode PSA1 Studio Boom Arm for Broadcast Microphones

Rode PSA1 Studio Boom Arm for Broadcast Microphones

Rode PSA1 Studio Boom Arm for Broadcast Microphones

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  • 32" (820mm) Horizontal Reach
  • 33" (840mm) Vertical Reach
  • Touch-Fastener Cable Wraps
  • Desk-Clamp Included
  • Desk-Insert Hardware
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The Rode PSA1 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 PSA1 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 2.4 lbs (1.1 kg)
Includes two desk-mounting options
Dual-axis swivel mount for accurate positioning
UPC: 698813001057
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Rode PSA1 Studio Boom Arm for Broadcast Microphones
  • 3/8" Adapter
  • Touch-Fastener Straps
  • Desk-Clamp Attachment
  • Desk-Insert Hardware
  • Limited 10-Year Warranty
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    Rode PSA1 specs

    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 5.0 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 20.9 x 8.4 x 3.2"

    Rode PSA1 reviews

    PSA1 Studio Boom Arm for Broadcast Microphones is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 102.
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from One arm to want another 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.
    Date published: 2013-09-16
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from The ultimate in ease of use I set up a small in-home studio for my voiceover work and was looking for something that would easily put a mic in front of my face with little or no damage to a brand new desk set I also purchased -- in comes the Rode PSA-1 Studio Boom Arm. The people at B&H got the item to me quickly, easily and in the midst of one of the biggest snowstorms in recent memory. I installed the item with the included mounting bracket (as opposed to the drill a hole mount also included) and I got the mic right in front of my face and started recording in my new set-up. I love this boom arm over the mic stand boom arm I had that was constantly in the way.
    Date published: 2011-01-11
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Functionality and Flexibility I decided to go with a studio boom arm for a home voice recording set up. I have a MXL-V88 condensor mic and shock mount plus pop filter, connected to a mackie board via a plain old monster cable. It has a simple C-clamp to grip on a ledge, or an interesting in-desk mount where you drill a hole, sink it in, and hold down with a screw tighten bolt on the bottom. The bottom hinge is a little sticky at first, and the finish comes off with friction around the hinges, however it's easy to set up and the spring is strong enough to hold up a mic, shock mount, pop filter, and XLR cable. For under $100 I'd reccomend this for any amatuer/semi-pro home set up.
    Date published: 2010-12-19
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from 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 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.
    Date published: 2011-11-30
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from 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 multiple mounting options which are a separate purchase with other mic Booms.
    Date published: 2008-05-01
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Doesn't hold up 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.
    Date published: 2012-09-19
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Strong clamp, low flexibility. 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.
    Date published: 2013-12-16
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from OK for $, but not great The PSA-1 is an OK basic boom. It has some nice features and a few annoyances. The spring tension is good and it holds a substantially heavy mic without sagging. It's a nice touch that it comes some little velcro ties to attach the mic cord to the boom. A couple of things I didn't like so much: 1) The tension adjustment screws where the arm segments join are just that... plain old screws... not knobs or wing nuts. I have to go find a screwdriver if I need to tighten them or loosen them. 2) The boom arm sits loosely in the base that attaches to the desk and there is no screw or other way to tighten it down. This makes it impossible to set the placement of the boom and keep it set. In particular, my desk isn't level. The boom always swings into the position dictated by gravity.... kind of like a door that won't stay where you set it.
    Date published: 2012-01-11
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