Month: February 2019

Rycote Modular Windshield Kit blimp

Total noise cancellation: the Modular Rycote Windshield Kit and the new PCS-Boom Connector

The Modular Windshield Kit Rycote sent me won the 2000 Technical Achievement Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. In the 18 years since then, the family-run business hasn’t stopped inventing new products that set the industry standard. The PCS-Boom Connector is the latest example of how Rycote address the problem of unwanted noise; they use a holistic approach. Microphone manufacturers bundle their microphones with basic mounts and that’s it. If it’s a dynamic mic, it’s a plastic clamp. A large diaphragm microphone usually gets a rubber band based shock mount that lasts for a few months before the rubbers start wearing. But anything else – from shotgun to lavalier mics – must do with the simplest of mounts available. Especially shotgun mics, then, need more sophisticated mounting and shock absorption systems, because they’re continuously being manipulated, often mounted on boom poles of some length and subjected to rough handling. And when there’s enough wind blowing, the mic’s interference cancellation slots serve as windcatchers, resulting in blowing and whistle sounds that can …

bubblebee spacer bubble with furs

Easily reduce wind noise with the Bubblebee Windkiller and Spacer Bubble Kit, two excellent lightweight solutions

I found out about Bubblebee Industries when I was searching for shotgun microphone windshields on the web. They didn’t exactly float to the surface – I had to dig into the results – but I was intrigued by the names they give their products and the design. And so, I asked for test units and got their Windkiller and Spacer Bubble kit.