The DAV pre retails for 490 quid! Is that the least I could spend to get a "pro" sound? Are there "optimum" settings for minimum noise I could try setting my Ultragain Pro to before I abandon it as a useful recording tool...?
I do have a spare duvet, and coincidentally a hook in the ceiling above where I record. Handy.
While I've got you, one more Q.... I've been using a coat hanger with a pair of tights over it as a pop shield. Seems to do the job. Is there a significant advantage to a purpose made one?
Too orangey for crows - it's just for me and my dog.