I've been using a layer of lycra on mine, plus a layer of hessian.
I've pushed a loop of aluminium in between the front of the foam nose and its
aluminium cover. This sticks out the sides about an inch to give more space
between the lycra and the capsules. I found that the tightly stretched lycra
(so if doesn't flap in the wind) was curving in too much. Someone mentioned
that they'd filled the space under their lycra cover with down.
The hessian is stretched over wire frame that took forever to make and looks
lumpy and silly, and doesn't come off easily. I've not convinced that it's made
any difference. I'm thinking of replacing the wire frame with plastic garden
mesh, maybe with another layer of lycra instead of the hessian, which is hard
to work with because it doesn't stretch much. Or maybe try Vicki's mohair
solution directly over the lycra cover.
I have to say that hessian makes the whole thing look very unobtrusive and
difficult to spot when I hide it among the trees for unattended recordings.
I've been on the lookout for brown lycra, but I doubt it'll look as nondescript
I really need to work out a good way of evaluating the effects of these layers,
as I'm not convinced the outer one especially is worth the extra bulk.
> -----Original Message-----
> On Behalf Of vickipowys
> Sent: Friday, 7 June 2013 7:13 AM
> Subject: Re: [Nature Recordists] Re: Tascam DR680 + 2 Audio
> Technica AT4022 Omnidirectional Condensers with Yoga Block
> for SASS array
> I agree, you will need some wind protection, it only takes a
> light breeze to ruin a recording.
> For my various DIY foam SASSes I use several layers:
> 1. sheer stretchy lycra type of fabric
> 2. a thin woollen beanie
> 3. an open-knit furry mohair 'beanie' or similar, green is a
> good colour for camo
> I really can't pick the difference if I remove some of the
> layers, so I generally leave them all on, and that protects
> the mics from the elements as well
> Good luck with your recording, you should get some good
> sounds with that rig.
> Vicki Powys
> On 07/06/2013, at 1:46 AM, rock_scallop wrote:
> > Hi Ryan,
> > You will probably want to add wind protection. Even a very slight
> > breeze blowing against an unprotected capsule will likely create
> > distortion. It can be hard to find times with no wind at all, even
> > deep in a forest. "Really windy" usually means something
> different to
> > the nature recordist than to the average person.
> > There are a variety of materials and methods people use to
> make wind
> > screens. Lightweight polar fleece (but not the wind block
> > type) has worked pretty well for me.
> > John Hartog
> > rockscallop.org
> > --- In
> > <naturerecordists%40yahoogroups.com> , Ryan
> Logtenberg <> wrote:
> >> Hi all,
> >> Time to stop sitting on the sideline for me. This is what
> I plan on
> >> buying to record some nice soundscapes in the forest.
> >> My cost will be around $1300 for this kit:
> >> Tascam DR680
> >> 2 x AT4022 Omnidirectional condensers
> >> 1 foam/cork yoga block that I'll use to create an DIY SASS array
> >> 1 generic tripod
> >> I have heard that I don't need to really worry about wind
> noise with
> >> these types of microphones except in really windy
> locations. Is this
> >> true?
> >> With my budget, would you recommend something different?
> >> Thanks!
> >> Ryan