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|
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.