Full Windshield Kit
|The Full Windshield Kit is the professionals' choice when maximum isolation from wind and handling noise is required.
This complete modular system can be configured to allow almost any microphone to be shock-mounted and provided with varying degrees of windshielding. Components may be ordered separately, or as one of a series of kits, which simplify the selection process for many common configurations.
A Full Windshield Kit is comprised of the following three main components: Modular Suspension, Modular Windshield and Windjammer™.
• Patented Lyre suspensions provide complete isolation against handling noise whilst safely gripping the microphone
• Our new small and medium modular bars are now more durable and less prone to wear and tear.
• Comfortable pistol-grip handles allow handheld use, but also have a 3/8" boom adaptor in the base for quick transfer boom operation
Rycote's suspensions provide complete isolation against handling and cable-borne noises, by supporting the microphone in a cradle arrangement using Lyre suspension webs.
The patented Lyres are extremely robust, and virtually unbreakable, as they do not use no elastic or rubber components which are prone to wear and tear. These completely backward compatible Lyres have replaced the original silicone O-rings suspension, and can be bought separately to upgrade older suspensions. Lyre suspension webs come in five varieties, please see Kit Contents Tab for details.
Small, Medium and Large Modular Suspensions are available, each with corresponding length bars. All other components are shared, including Rycote Pistol-grip with integral XLR holder and boom adaptor (with 3/8" adaptor) for handheld or boom operation.
A Connbox is fitted as standard to Small and Medium Suspensions (Windshield Kits 1- 6), for maximum reduction in unwanted noise. Using a Connbox breaks the transmission path of the cable-borne noise, and significantly reduces handling noise. For the best performance we only use ultra soft/flexible Mogami cable and gold pin Neutrik 3-pin XLR's.
The Modular Windshield is designed to work with the Modular Suspension, and forms an integral part of the Modular Windshield Kit.
The Windshield is a lightweight, durable basket made from flexible grey plastic netting with a screening material attached. The windshield slides on to the Modular Suspension surrounding the whole microphone, connector and suspension. This system creates a still volume of air around the microphone, which provides excellent wind-noise reduction of up to 30dB, including minimal High-Frequency loss.
A Modular Windshield is comprised of: A Windshield body, two end caps, and in some cases extension pieces. The twist and turn locking end caps provide easy, secure and rattle-free on both ends of the windshield. Both end caps can now be removed, facilitating easier placement of the microphone inside the basket.
The modular nature allows the fitting of extension pieces which extends the length of the windshield so that several microphones can be used by one kit. For example, a Windshield 5 is comprised of a Windshield 4 Body, an Extension 1 and two end caps, if necessary it can be used as a Windshield 4, by removing the extension piece.
To achieve maximum protection of up to 50dB, a Windjammer (fur cover) can be used over the Windshield.
Windshields are available in two types, this page refers to 'Mono' windshields which are designed to hold one microphone, and have a diameter of 100mm. 'Stereo' windshields have a larger diameter of 140mm, which fit stereo suspensions designed to hold two microphones.
• Rycote's lightweight, durable windshield baskets are robust enough to withstand the rigours of Broadcast and ENG whatever the weather
• Their modular nature means Rycote's windshields can fit a variety of length microphones making them very versatile
• The Windshield is designed to be used with Rycote's Modular Suspensions and together provide excellent wind and handling noise reduction
• Specially designed for the purpose - Rycote's Windjammer™ give the most effective wind-noise protection available
• Secure and snug fitting, using a draw-string and toggle
• First introduced and invented by Rycote in 1987.
The Windjammer™ first introduced by Rycote is a high quality synthetic fur-cover, which provides the highest possible protection against extreme wind-noise. When using a Windjammer™ fitted over a Windshield up to 50 dB of wind-noise attenuation can be achieved, producing excellent standard audio recordings.
Each Windjammer™ fits one size of windshield, and comes supplied in every Modular Windshield Kit. Windjammer™ is also available in sizes to fit Stereo Windshields, Softies & Baby Ballgags, please see their relevant product family for details.
The Windjammer™ is made from materials which are specially designed and manufactured for the purpose, and as a result has virtually no adverse effect on High-Frequency. To be totally effective it is important that the pile of the Windjammer™ remains in prime condition, so each is supplied with a fold flat hairbrush for ongoing maintenance.
Standard Windjammer™ is fitted with a drawstring and toggle to allow snug and easy fitting, however some users prefer the zipped version which are available on request.
• Mic compatibility chart (105k)