I got a new shotgun-microphone a little while ago, and while I was bored one night in my dorm, I decided to see if I could built a shock-mount and boom for it out of items I already had laying around.
Step 1: Materials
- A broken mini white-board from off of the door to my room
- Scotch tape
- A bag of rubber bands
- 2 different mini tripods I had already (The kind you can get on Amazon for around 3 bucks)
- 3 unsharpened pencils
- The microphone holder that came with my camera (the kind that has a shoe mount and a threaded standard tripod mounting hole)
- A broomstick stolen from the dorm building kitchen. haha.
For tools, all I used were:
- A pair of scissors
- A sharp exacto knife
Step 2: Take apart the white board
Not including the plastic edges, the whiteboard is made up of 2 layers, one of thick cardboard, and the other a thin piece of sheet metal with the shiny white paint on one side.
Originally I had thought of using the sheet metal, rolled into a tube to act as the housing for the shockmount, but after trying it, and discovering that it was just too flimsy, sharp, and generally not suitable, I decided to make something out of the cardboard layer instead.