I do field recording/sample farming to use in sound design and music production. My focus is trip hop and ambient. Check me out on Soundcloud at Ticklebot.
Anyhoo, I use a Zoom H4n. Nothing fancy but it gets the job done. The dead cat that ships with the H4n is crap. There are a few outfits that will sell you a dead cat for $30 and up, but I love free.
Step 1: Source Materials
I also borrowed a hair scrunchie thingamajig from my better half. Shhhh!
When I sew I use dental floss as thread. Dental floss is mans thread. True story.
I'd recommend a thimble of you've never had a tattoo in your life. Or if you don't like cursing at a ball of fur several times.
If you don't have a faux fur lined coat lying around that you want to hack to pieces, no worries. Any fabric shop should stock faux fur. I priced some online out of curiosity and it was like $4 with shipping. I think that was a yard of fabric too. So a shop should be reasonable about hooking you up with a foot strip.
Step 2: Start Sewing
If you have no idea how to sew, learn. I've literally stitched myself up thanks to knowing how to sew. And I did it drunk too.
Step 3: Keep Going Around and Around
Pointer: bunch the sewn fabric as tight as you can and then stretch the scrunchie thingamajig as you go.
Once it starts looking like a furry anus you know you're making progress. Or something like that.
Step 4: Test It Out
Enter my testing lab. In our bedroom we have a Wind Machine fan. Mainly for the white noise as my cooling bill will show that it's already subarctic in this house...
The Wind Machine kicks out some serious breeze tho. I love it and highly recommend you buy one if ever in the market. I think it was like $40 at Walmart.
By the two pictures you can notice the dramatic difference in the input levels.
So that sums it up. I'll likely edit this Instructable at a later date as I'm using the app to post and I need to get to bed as I have a flight in a few hours.
Hope this helps you save a few bucks and gives you a cool new fingertip tattoo!