Jun 08
DIY recording equipment

DIY hacks that will make recording sound easier

Have you ever thought about upgrading your sound recording equipment but the cost halted you in your tracks? Not everyone can afford to go and buy all the gear required to record sound on location. Even if you can, a back up boom pole or windshield are always handy to have in case of an accident.

So here are a few examples of ways to save money and make your own…


DIY boom pole for less than $20

If you ever have had problems recording sound effects on location, for example sounds that are out of reach or too dangerous to get close to, or need a boom pole to stay out of camera, this excellent video by Indy Mogul shows you how to make one yourself.



Make your own ‘deadcat’ windshield…

If like me you use portable recorders, you probably realised early on that the provided windshield is pretty useless in anything more than a gentle breeze. Although a good ‘deadcat’ windshield won’t cost a fortune, the video below shows how to make your own, if you so wish.



Make your own microphone blimp…

While I love and always use Rycote modular suspension kits (blimps) if you are building up an arsenal of microphones, it’s quite possible the extra cost of the blimps for each mic becomes too much. If so, take a look at the following video which shows how to make your own for just a few dollars…


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