Another very cool demo of the RedHead windscreen in use on the new Zoom H1 Handy Portable Digital Recorder from (of course) Redheadwindscreens.com. Note, the Zoom H1 is showing in stock at more places including Amazon.com right now. Now only if we can get these guys to make some furry dead cats over the most popular Mics like the Rode VideoMic, Sennheiser MKE 400, and my new AT875R short shotgun. I think i'll give them a holla about that....
This is really getting out of hand. I haven't even touched Tuesdays, Wednesdays, or part of Thursday's mail bag and now it's Friday. I might be close to admitting that I have a serious problem of some type. I said 'close to admitting', i'm not ready to admit YET! LOL - Ok moving on, it's Friday and today's mail bag has a few nice items. One that i've been waiting on is the Redhead windscreens for the Zoom H1. After the Tascam DR-08 vs. Zoom H1 review i'll get to doing some Windscreen tests.
example of Redhead Windscreen on Zoom H4n
The Zoom H1 has become my favorite go to audio recorder for a quick take. I can get this setup on just about anything fairly quickly. I shot a demo about LCW's BigEye viewfinder found here: http://cheesycam.com/quick-review-lcw-bigeye-profinder-dslr-view-finder/ using only the on board microphones and the X/Y stereo configuration sounded sweet. Of course I was in a controlled studio and just like any microphone, it's completely vulnerable to small breezes. The sad fact is the basic Zoom H1 package does not come with any type of windscreen.
If you're wondering about a DIY, I actually had a go and failed pretty miserably. Sure, whatever fuzzy little monstrosity I created made a slight difference, but nothing like a Redhead Windscreen. There's actually different types of fur, thickness of fur, length of fur, acoustically transparent backing, and a bunch of other things to consider for best performance. By the time I got the materials, tested a few, and had wifey sew everything up, I put in more than enough funds where I should have just purchased one. In fact, I did purchase one and wifey to this day gives me dirty looks about wasting her time whenever I strap on the purchased Windscreen. Well you don't start appreciating good gear until go through some of the pains I guess.
So i've been waiting on everyone's favorite brand Redhead Windscreens to finally release a Zoom H1 version. Redhead Windscreen is owned by active Vimeo Member and Audiophile iamkalaniprince. Just a few days ago the Zoom H1 version was announced, and i'm excited to get a hold of a couple since I have multiple H1's. The above video is an example shot with a Redhead Windscreen on a Zoom H4n, but there's a long list of Audio recorders that are supported. You can find more information about RedHead Windscreens at http://www.redheadwindscreens.com/.