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What is a shockmount?  If want to record dialogue for your movie, using a shotgun mic on the end of a boom pole is a good way to capture it.  The problem is that if your mic is connected directly to the pole, it will pick up noise from the operator's hands.  A shockmount suspends the mic up and away from this potential noise.

A few years ago, I published an Instructable for a rubber band mic shockmount that was became featured on the home page.  I received positive feedback, but after finally using it in the field, I didn't like it.  The rubber bands tended to move too much and the whole thing looked cheap.  I think I've come up with a better build that is tougher, easier to make, and less expensive.

 
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Step 1: Parts list

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1/2" PVC pipe scrap (2.5" long) - FREE (or just over a buck for a 10' length)
4 rubber bands - FREE (rubber bands are everywhere)
1  1/4" x 1/2" Tee fitting - $1.20 at Lowe's

Step 2: Tools

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Pencil
Dremel
PVC ratcheting cutters

Step 3: Place bands around large end of tee fitting

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The idea here is to create a narrow hole for the microphone to rest in.

Step 4: Mark where bands lie with pencil

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Leave a mark on both sides of each rubber band.  Pencil is better than ink as you can easily rub off leftover marks when done.

Step 5: Remove bands, Dremel, replace

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Time to create the notches which will give the bands a firm grip on the tube.

Step 6: Insert PVC pipe and you are done!

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If you like this kind of thing, come check out The Frugal Filmmaker!

Step 7: Here's the video version...


svarnell13 years ago
Just in case someone isn't paying close attention your 1 1/4" x 1/2" is missing a -. Should have read 1-1/4" x 1/2" Or even possibly 1¼" x ½" (ASCI codes alt 171 and 172 on num lock keys)

I would have painted the whole thing too, because PVC has low UV resistance and it will discolor. Flat black would probably be the best.
Thank you, I just built my own with a few little tweaks.
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I like this design. It is great for those without a boom pole (yet). Would you mind posting an ible' about it, or discussing what you used/did? Thanks!
The base at the very bottom came with the microphone and it is the type that just slides on and then screws tight on top of the camera. I took that with me to Home Depot and just made sure that the pvc pipe (white piece) I bought fit nice and snug. I had to look around the plumbing section for the black pvc piece, so you can use whatever works for you. After I made the slots for the rubber bands I drilled a couple of screws into the base and the pvc to make sure that the mic didn't slide to the right or to the left. This thing is pretty steady, I have actually run around with and it stayed on. The best part, and the main reason I built this thing, is that I no longer pick up the sound of my camera's hard drive (faint little ticks). It will probably take you a few hours to make, but if you are broke and have the time it definitely beats spending the $30-$40. Good luck.
Thanks for the description! Would you happen to have the exact pipe measurements? Like 1/2" for the main pvc connecting to the mic holder, or the main shockmount piece size? Thanks again!
mrbones1215 years ago
nice plan i like it
CrLz5 years ago
Nice update!

I'd suggest trying elastic hair bands (ponytail holders) for a nicer looking rubber band.  I've found the hair ties to last longer and the fabric covering looks good. 
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manutea5 years ago
Good job !! thank you very much .
fixmystuff5 years ago
That's awsome!
photodude5 years ago
I think it's brilliant. I plan to build a couple for some studio mics I use to record music. Thank you.