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Old March 17th, 2006, 11:08 PM   #1
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Windscreen for GL2

Any suggestions for a good windscreen to fit on the GL2's mic? I have Canons (can't remember the number, but costs about $40-50). It just slides over the mic. It is not real solid while on, and doesn't reduce the wind noise near as much as I would wish. I was thinking of buying some shaggy material and wrap over this windscreen.

Thanks for any ideas.

Keith
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Old March 17th, 2006, 11:56 PM   #2
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Wind Muff

Keith,

I live and film in heavy wind often. to buy the wind muffs is rediculously priced for good ones.
You can purchase artificial fur from some fabric shops. My wife built a couple beautiful fake fur coats and that material is just fine. If you can't find any email me and I will ask my wife for the company address, she bought through the mail.
cut out a pattern out of paper that resembles the shape you want. thread a size 7 or 8 needle with dental floss (will never break or rott!!!) Stitch it inside out with a simple saddle stitch or double stitch by hand tie off with a double square knott, dabe a bit of 3 minute epoxy on the knott, let dry.
turn the muff right side out.

you can also attach a small velcro fastener so it doesn't come off.

All pretty simple really. MUCH Cheaper.

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Old March 18th, 2006, 12:31 AM   #3
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Equalizer EQ-GL

Although an unlikely "effective-looking" XM2 snug fitting softie, I DO leave this non-inexpensive device left permanently attached to my XM2 mic - for me, it works.

I did a review for FOCUS magazine of this EQ-GL and I was able to record reduction in the waveform graphic rumble of a 25-40 mph wind-gust noise. This was then plenty for me to be able further reduce this sound within SONY's Noise reduction module. But what crucially what I was serioulsy impressed with was that the "Wuff-Wuff" or growling sound, you normally get with wind gusts attacking the on-board mic, and used in conjunction with the XM2's WIND noise reducer, were acceptably "flattened". And that's where it really scored for me. I tested slipping it on and off while I had the camera's on-board WIND NOISE redux and was able to demonstrte this EQ-GL device further assisted reduction.

I'm no sound engineer, so I really don't have an idea on how it achieves this, as the hair is not what you would think would be effective. Having a snug push fit augmented by a "shaped" internal foam-rubber wide-mouthed thick grommet inset in the rear, the construction is well thought out for the XM2. The fur is laid over an open mesh that you find on other larger blimp type "cages".

All-in-all I find it works and, as I say, I leave it permanently fixed to the XM2. I'm almost convinced, when I use MIC ATTN that it also helps to reduce very noisy background sounds when I'm in a noisy environment.

Oh yes it looks kinda Kool too!

Here yah goes:

http://www.lightwavesystems.com/prod...gl/default.htm

http://www.digitalskate.net/reviews/gl1_equalizer.shtml

http://www.canford.co.uk/commerce/re...20eq%20gl'

It works for me . . ..

Grazie

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Old March 18th, 2006, 01:06 AM   #4
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I can't get you first and third links to work Graham!

It certainly looks odd in the photo of the second link.

I have a Rycote gag permanently on the microphone on my XM2. I have only had to replace it once in the six years since I bought my XM1.
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Old March 18th, 2006, 01:37 AM   #5
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Thanks for the Heads-Up Alan! . . Working on it .. hold that thought!!!

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Old March 18th, 2006, 01:39 AM   #6
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Done it. - G
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Old March 19th, 2006, 09:44 PM   #7
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Yep! I did the same and made one for the stock on board mic and one for the DM50 mic. Steve
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