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DIY $2 Shotgun Microphone?


[ELLIS DOING A STUPID MAGIC TRICK]>>ANNOUCER: With the face made for radio, The voice made for writing, The writing style of a preschooler, And magic tricks so horrible, Teller spoke
out against him. It’s your host Ellis.>>ELLIS: That’s right, I’m Ellis and this
is the House of Ellis Projects and Tutorials Channel. So I was wondering, what I can could do these
mics. The first thought that came to mind was to
run down to Demolition Ranch and see if Matt wanted to load them up into
some shells and see how well they would shoot. Then I remembered his name was on the list
of people I have to stay 1000′ from. With that out of the question, I had to come
up with another idea. My thought train jumped tracks and figured
I would attempt to make a shotgun microphone from one of ’em . So place your bets down below comment section
on if this is going to work out or not. [Ellis waits patiently] Okay, now that I gave you some time to do
that, let’s head on over to the desk. Things we are going to need for for this project. Our 99 cent mic. A tube of some sort. I have here a pen. Some sort of cutting utensil. I have here a drill master rotary tool with
a metal cutting blade thingy. Some helping hands, so we don’t burn ourselves. A soldering iron. Some solder. We might need a solder sucker. Just in case. Some tape. This will be just used to hold down the tube. And finally some safety glasses, because safety. The first thing we will have to do is tear
apart this pen, so let me go ahead and do that now. Okay, with that torn apart, let’s go ahead
and put that off to the side. Okay, next step. We need to get this mic taken apart. So I take it off with my finger there. Go ahead and place the mic capsule in the
alligator clips here. Flip it up so we can have a good view of that. I’m going to go ahead and heat up my soldering
iron, so I can de-solder this. With it up to temperature, let me go ahead
and tin my tip here. Go ahead and desolder this. Okay, with the wire de-soldered, we can go
ahead and get that knot out of there. And remove the shell. Okay, that has been de-soldered and removed
and now we can go on to the next step. Okay, with the microphone element removed,
let’s go ahead and see if it will fit into the tube itself. Looks like it maybe a little snug. We’ll go ahead and remove this outer rubber
peice that’s aroudn the element itself. Just pushing it out. So with the rubber piece removed, let’s see
how well it fits now. So yeah, that fits too loosely. We’ll have to come up with to take of that
later. Let’s go ahead on to the next step. So We have the rotary tool here, so we are
going to make some slots along the tube on both sides. I’m just going to freehand this, no measurements,
just do it willy-nilly. Let me do that now. Don’t forget, protection! And also tape this down too. With it taped down, let me go ahead and cut
some slots. [Ellis cutting slots on one side] Okay, with the slots done on one side, we
going to flip it over and try to match the slots on the other side. [Ellis cutting slots on the flip side] Okay, with a wonderful cutting job here. I guess I need to do a real quick clean up
and we’ll go on to the next step. [Ellis sucking up stuff] Okay, with the surface pretty much cleaned
off here Let’s tackle the wiring. Pretty much it’s a colored enamel, it looks
like, probably. So I don’t think we will have to worry too
much about striping it back any more than we need to. So we’ll leave it as is. Let’s get our tube back and figure out which
way we want the front of it to be. Okay, I’m going to say this is going to be
our front. Or actually let’s make that our back and this
our front. You might have to clean out your pen after
doing all those slots. [Ellis cleans his slots] Go ahead and feed the cable through. [Ellis pushes his tiny wire through the tube] Now that we have our cable through the tube, let’s go ahead and get our helping hands back
here. Get our mic element. And there is a positive marking on here, and
that is where our “copper” colored wire will go. So back to heating our soldering iron. I’ll go ahead and solder the positive on first. [Ellis soldering on wires to the microphone
capsule] Okay, with that done, probably want to check
to see if this still works. Okay, I got another phone here so I’m going
test that out. Another android phone. So we’re testing it right upon the mic. Test, test, test, one, two, one two. [Ellis plays back the recording on the phone] Okay, now that we know that it actually works,
let’s go ahead an pull in another tool I forgot to mention. We are going to use a hot glue gun, just to
make sure these connections don’t come flying apart. Okay, with the hot glue gun heated up, let’s
go ahead and glue ‘er down. Okay, with the hot glue cooled down, let’s
go ahead and slide it back down the pipe here. [Ellis pulling on his cord] You might need some help to do this. We will just take the ink part of the pen
and push the mic back. I’m just going to push it to about half way. Okay, with it in position, let’s just go ahead
and hot glue it in place. Okay, with that done, let’s go ahead and go
back over to the other desk. Okay, with the mic completed you can see that
I’m holding it about a foot away from my mouth. And let’s go ahead and do some tests. I’m going to go ahead and spin it around. Spinning, spinning, spinning. Now I’m on the side. Headings towards the back. And still spinning. Now I’m directly on the back of the mic. And spinning back to the other side. And spinning, spinning, spinning. And we’re back to the front. Let’s go ahead and bring it up closer. Are we getting that wonderful proximity effect? And let’s go ahead and do the spin test on
that too. Spinning, spinning, spinning, spinning, we’re
on the side. Spinning towards the back. Directly talking towards the back of the mic. And spinning again. Spinning, spinning, spinning, spinning, spinning,
spinning. And we’re back to the front. So how does this sound? With the project completed and the tests done, You can tell we didn’t achieve the results
we were after. I was testing to see if I could come up with
a project and film it on the fly with out much planning. That was a fail too. So in the future, I will plan these projects
out better. Also I think doing the projects before hand
will help out, since I’ll figure out the gotchas. So to wrap this up, I’m learning how to plan projects, use what equipment I have, shoot and edit video and also to push myself to do things that
was outside of my realm of comfort. So until next time, go out and do something. Even if fails, success lies in the fact that
you might have learned something.

7 thoughts on “DIY $2 Shotgun Microphone?

  1. I only lost 3 minute of my life plus the time spent typing this reply. THIS IS CRAP HUMOR, DON'T WATCH, DOESN'T WORK. The other annoying thing is the reflection and alternating light of the spinning ceiling fan. There are others who have done this successfully. What those.

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