Poor Man's Microphone Shock Mount

Introduction: Poor Man's Microphone Shock Mount

About: I've never had much, so I try to do the most with what I have. Most of the time that means breaking stuff...

I know what you're going to say... "There are already tons of easy ways to make shock mounts for cheap." And yes, there are. However, I took it one step farther, and designed a shock mount that A) Can easily be used with a desk tripod, and B) costs absolutely nothing to make.

Step 1: The Tools

All you will need for this is a microphone with a desk tripod (This is an Audio-Technica ATR2100USB, and comes with one) and a towel.

Step 2: Assembly

All you need to do is fold up the towel until it won't fold anymore, then set your tripod over the top of it. None of the legs should be touching your desk... It should be supported from the middle.

Step 3: The Results

As ridiculously simple as this looks, it actually works. I went ahead and recorded 2 samples in Audacity; one without the towel and one with. To do the test, I opened up notepad and typed "Hello, this is the Poor Man's Shock Mount." I had to amplify the results from both of them about 10db so you could see the wave forms, but the results pretty much speak for themselves. The top recording is without the towel, and the bottom is with it.

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    9 years ago

    What poor man has a microphone!?!?!?!


    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    The kind that title's all of his instructables "Poor Man's X", because I'd rather DIY something that works just as well for free, instead of buying it. A shock mount for this mic can run from anywhere between $30-80, and even the more traditional DIY shock mounts cost $5-10 in parts, and assume you have things like saws and drills. This one does what shock mounts are designed to do (absorb vibrations before they get to the mic), and doesn't cost a single penny.