The Automated Mic Project

Step-by-Step Instructions on How to Build Your Own Automated Microphone


Step 1: The Parts

Here’s a list of all the part you’ll need for this project:

  • Boom Microphone Stand
  • Control Box (PA-30) with Remote
  • Mini Linear Actuator (PA-14)
  • Mounting Brackets and Hardware
  • Galvanized Strapping
  • Screws and Bolts

automated mic stand parts 1
autopmated mic stand parts 2

Step 2: Taking Apart the Stand

In order to get everything mounted onto the boom stand, you’ll need to take apart the mic stand. For this one, it comes apart in four different parts, the base, the main rod, an inner rod and the boom. Your may be a little bit different.

Step 3: Preparing the Mounting Brackets

autoamted mic brackets

This is where you’ll need your mounting brackets, galvanized strapping and screws. I chose a galvanized strapping that can fit a screw through its holes. Using measuring tape, I measured the size of the large main rod and the size of the smaller inner rod. I then cut two portions of galvanized strapping and bent them so they were sized to fit each rod.

The holes on the strapping should line up so that you can put the screw straight through. Once you have the screw through, put the mounting bracket through the screw. The bolt can be screwed onto the other side, holding everything in place. Do this for both of the mounting brackets.

Step 4: The Bottom Mounting Bracket

automated mic bottom

At this point, the inner rod should be inside the larger rod. You can take your bottom mounting bracket and slide it down the larger rod to the very bottom. The direction of the bracket is shown in the picture.

At this point, you may want to put the plastic hand piece back onto the stand. This is only for aesthetic purposes. Don’t screw it on, just let it sit there.

Step 5: The Top Mounting Bracket

automated mic top

Next you’ll pull out the smaller rod a bit and slide the smaller mounting bracket on. Once this is on, you can screw on the large nut that the boom stand came with as shown in the picture.

mic stand screw

Step 6: The Boom

Now you can screw on your boom. Make sure that your actuator is facing the opposite way that your boom is. Otherwise, the mic stand will fall over when it gets too high.

Step 7: Wiring the Control Box

mic control box

Now you can wire up your control box.


The actuator has two wires coming from it. You can strip these two wires so that enough copper is showing to wrap around the terminals on the control box. On this control box, the wires of actuator go to the ‘Output’ of the control box.


You may need to strip your power wires to have enough copper for connecting. Connect your power wires to the positive and negative terminals. This is the ‘Input’ side of the box.

You’re good to go. You should now have a fully functional automated microphone stand.

automated mic fully  assembled

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