Saturday, 25 August 2012

Homemade Zoom H1 Shock mount

Originally published on Nov 20, 2010 @ 13:50

The Zoom H1 is a great little stereo XY recorder but it suffers from a lot of handling noise. When mounted on top of an SLR using a hot shoe to 1/4" screw adapter it picks up over movement of your hand, zooming, focusing and button pressing. A solution to this problem is to use a shock mount which will dampen handling noise by using elastic or rubber. I had a look on eBay and camera websites and found that an off the shelf shock mount which may or may not be suitable for the shape of the H1 costs about £35. The H1 itself costs around £90 so I decided to have a go at making my own.

After looking for suitable raw materials in the usual DIY shops and failing I was about to give up when solution appeared from within a kitchen cupboard.

Shock mount raw material

Yes, It's a plastic cup, but made from a really good type of plastic.  It is quite thick, not brittle and very strong. I'm sure my wife won't notice if it goes missing...

An hour later after getting the dremel out and a quick coat of fast drying enamel paint.  My homemade H1 shock mount was complete.

It features four yellow elastic bands which act as the shock absorber.  I bought a large box of different colour elastic bands for under a pound.  I'm using a hot shoe to 1/4" thread screw thing that I bought from eBay in order to attach it to my camera.

Finally, a shot of what this looks like mounted on the camera.  It still picks up noise but this really helps and the noise is minimal if you are careful.