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5. Audio > Reduce a Microphone’s Wind Noise

Reduce a Microphone’s Wind Noise

Microphones are designed to pick up sound, but some sounds, such as wind, are unwelcome guests. A windsock can help reduce the sound of wind as it blows past a microphone.

Many sports fanatics have probably seen cameramen flanked by a group of personnel, one holding a long pole with a funny-looking, furry object hanging off the end. Well, both the pole and the fuzzy object have an important role in capturing quality audio. The pole, better known as a boom [Hack #53] , helps position the fuzzy object, better known as a microphone (covered in a windsock), to capture the necessary audio.

Designing a Windsock

The first step in creating a windsock is to purchase the necessary fabric. Many fabric stores carry fake fur, which provides the best wind noise reduction. In fact, the longer the hair, the better. And while you’re at it, get some of the gaudiest stuff you can find, because it’s not going to show up on camera anyhow. (Okay, that last part isn’t necessary, but it’s fun!)


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