Wind noise is frequently an issue when recording outdoors. Furry windshields for the Sony PCM-M10 recorder cost between $22 and $80 on the internet. No thanks, I decided to make my own. This idea can be applied for different handheld recorders – be imaginative.
What I’ve simply done is to cut a piece of fur to wrap around the top of the recorder and sewn it up like a sock (more details at the bottom of this post). If you’re stuck in the field without any kind of windshield, a thick woolen sock would be better than nothing!
Here are some recordings with my homemade windshield. WordPress won’t let me upload mp3s, you can listen to them on Stephen’s Archive.
To make this you need faux fur, elastic, a sewing machine and a sewing machine operator (my mum sews for me). I think that faux fur can be bought from craft shops.
Windshield performance may be better with longer fur. I just used what I could scavenge. Another improvement would be to sew a tab at the base of the “sock” to help pull it over the recorder.
Here’s a sketch of how I constructed the wind shield. Exact measurements are not required. I used “guesstimation” to get a good fit. You don’t need a close-fit over the top. A dead-air cavity should not harm your recordings (zeppelins use dead-air cavities).