This is my DIY project to hold audio gear. Anyone that has a drill and a few bolts can complete this project. Level of Difficulty: 2/10
I’ve tried a lot of DIY solutions to hold audio equipment (B&D WorkMate, small folding tables and even small step ladders). They all fell short of my needs. Despite looking a bit odd, the Audio Walker works well.
One of the best things about the Audio Walker is it holds everything neatly in one place. With my short films, I have noticed in post that a cord or piece of audio equipment is visible in the shot. How I wished I could keep everything off the ground and move it easily out of view of the camera.
I spend a lot of time trying out mics and equipment. I often leave the Audio Walker set up and it takes only minutes to try new equipment out. It is ideal to demonstrate gear to my students.
- The walker frame is lightweight aluminum and folds up to fit in a car (used $30 USD).
- Can be used as a dolly to move audio and camera equipment.
- Plastic seat is ideal for mounting equipment to, just drill some 1/4″ holes.
- Carries all your bags, cords, stands with ease. Keeps things off the ground.
- Very maneuverable – you can lock both brakes when in position.
- The removable wooden dowel is ideal for XLR cord storage and to hold cases etc. (keep everything off the floor)
- Rubber wheels are very quiet.
- Standard mic stand and extension are bolted to the frame allowing mic to be located in a variety of locations. Mics reach 8 ft. in the air and far away from the Audio Walker. It could be use as a fixed boom pole for a one-person shoot.
- Easy to build, all you need is a drill and some bolts.
- Mics can be stored on mic holders on the walker’s seat.
- It is a stable platform indoors or out.
- Can be used as a chair (or a walker) after a long day 🙂