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Has anyone with a Sony PCM D50 had better luck with an alternative or custom windsock?

Cutting out wind from recordings on near-windless days is getting a bit tired..

It's great otherwise, so I'm not really complaining


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The Rode Dead Kitten is meant to be a good alternative, not used one on a D50 but works well with an Nt-4

Thew's Reviews posted a comparison of the Dead Kitten & the standard Sony one here

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Cheers Andrew-- it's a good comparison. From his recorded examples it sounds like the Rode reduced a considerable amount more wind noise but at a cost to some top end.. which might start to then make the pre-amp noise a problem.. I'm going to give the dead kitten a go this week anyway. Thanks – James Hayday Nov 30 '10 at 20:55

@James The D50 is really not of much use without a windscreen unless its statically positioned and inside. Personally I had a hard time justifying the high price tag of Sony's own and tried alternatives. I found GigWig's Eliminator a great buy, it eliminates the wind a great deal, it's cheap, doesn't shed a lot and it actually stays in place on top of the recorder.

GigWig Windscreens

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yeah I always use one, but it's not great hence me looking for an alternative. I'll take a look at GigWig. Thanks – James Hayday Nov 30 '10 at 20:44

I buy from Red Head Windscreens they work out a lot cheaper for me.

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I've got the standard Sony one, but I've heard good things from multiple people about the Red Head screens. – Shaun Farley Nov 30 '10 at 12:54
Thanks Ade --- have you compared them to the standard ones or just gone red head from the start? – James Hayday Nov 30 '10 at 20:56
Red head from the start, I priced up the Roycote one and for me in the UK it was £30. The Red Head worked out around £20 (delivered from the USA). A few others on this site recommended it so I took the plunge and it works great. If its something stupid like 70 mph winds you will still get some wind noise but windsheilds can only do so much. – Adrian Millington Nov 30 '10 at 21:32

my wife made one for me out of cheesecloth and fuzzy yarn. Works great and looks awesome. :)

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