IBC 2014 video: Rycote Cyclone windshield – the blimp reimagined

By newsshooter contributor Clinton Harn:

The Rycote Cyclone
The Rycote Cyclone

Rycote were at the IBC show in Amsterdam showing their new Cyclone windshield. It is a completely new take on the original ‘dead cat’ furry blimp designs that are commonly used throughout the industry.

Resembling the cockpit design of the Millennium Falcon or a B29 Superfortress, the Cyclone uses a non-symmetrical housing that is super lightweight and snaps apart quickly to allow access to the microphone. As well as changing the shape and structure of the Cyclone, Rycote have used a high tech material called 3D-Tex as the outer fabric. It is great for reducing wind noise and yet is acoustically very transparent. You can still add an optional furry windjammer for additional protection against wind noise.

The Lyre suspension system is used to hold the mic
The Lyre suspension system is used to hold the mic

The Cyclone uses Rycote’s now famous Lyre suspension system to hold the mic, as well as a new Floating-Basket Suspension to reduce noise and vibration by forming an isolation barrier between the windshield basket and suspension. This “multi-suspension” system is a real improvement over previous designs.

Our team liked the design of the Cyclone so much that they voted it best new audio product at IBC 2014.


You can find out more about the Cyclone on the Rycote website.

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