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You might not think a portable digital recorder would need to wear a thick fur hat in the sweltering heat of summer, but if you're using its built-in microphones, special windshields are absolutely necessary to protect your audio from wind noise. Not only will they allow you to capture clean audio in gusty locations, they also make your recorder look really cute. Check out this post for the coolest hot summer accessories for portable audio recorders.
Proper wind protection is critically important whenever you use a microphone outdoors whether it's winter, spring, summer or fall. The fluffy fur on a dedicated recorder windshield diffuses rushing air before it comes into contact with a microphone element. If you use a microphone outdoors without wind protection, you're likely going to pick up a lot of distorted audio. So, whether you're using a portable digital recorder to record an outdoor musical performance or you're mounting it to a video-enabled DSLR camera, you should dress up your recorder to protect your audio. And now, without further ado, let the fashion show begin!
Fashion meets function on this Edirol R-09HR digital recorder. The two-piece Rycote Mini Windjammer fastens perfectly over the recorder's microphones, while leaving space in the middle for the operator to plug in his headphones.
I'm afraid you can't wear this strümmel. It's been designed by Rycote specifically to fit on the ultra-compact Sony PCM-M10 digital recorder. This Mini Windjammer fits over the foam windscreen that comes with the recorder for the ultimate in wind noise protection.
It may look like just a ball of fluff to you, but to a Tascam DR07 portable recorder, this Rycote Mini Windjammer is the most comfortable poofy hat in the world. A touch fastener allows you to strap it firmly to the recorder, so it doesn't shake and create noise, as opposed to muffling it.
In another century a device similar to this would have been used to apply shaving cream. However, in this day and age, the powerful Zoom H2 is used to make surround-sound recordings with its four built-in mics. This dedicated Rycote Mini Windjammer will protect the H2 from wind noise, so you can bring the sound of any environment into your productions.
If you don't see your digital recorder featured in this post, don't worry. More of these windscreen toppers are coming out in the near future. Keep your eyes on B&H Insights for future posts on this subject! If you have any questions about wind protection or portable recorders, we encourage you to post them in the Comments section.