Audio Production, DIY, Tech & Gear, Videos, Voiceover

Last Week’s Video – DIY Portable Audio Box

29 Dec , 2015   Matt   Video

Holiday plans foiled my own plans for a publication schedule. Excuses, excuses. Those of you who have subscribed to my YouTube channel will have seen this already. My plan for the new year is to release a video on Monday and follow it up with a blog on Wednesday.

I don’t know how long I’ll be able to sustain the overhead on DIY videos, but I’m also planning some production practice tutorials down the line. A slightly different series will be rolling out soon, but it needs a little more time. Stay tuned.

On the subject of the audio box, I noticed myself cutting quite a bit of footage from the final video. This suggests I might be able to squeeze another full video out discussing the placement of foam, microphone, and so forth. I’ll mull it over, but the current clip covered everything I thought was most essential.

I did make one discovery worth sharing since the video went live. I went back to my local hardware store on an unrelated errand and found 2′ to 3′ runs of completely threaded rod in 1/4″-20 and 3/8″-16 standard sizes. The amazing thing was how cheap they were. I forget exact prices, but your options on mic placement would open up considerably as compared to the more finished hex or rounded bolts. I couldn’t find any such bolts with threaded sections longer than about 6 or 7 inches.

I was frustrated by that limitation, but with a fully threaded two foot run, you could make a very deep mount by following the steps to mount your microphone as low as forsee ably necessary, then cutting off the excess from the top with a hack saw.

This solution didn’t present itself to  me the first time around because the long threaded runs weren’t in the bolt section of the store. If memory serves, they were nearby in doors or porch installation hardware.

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