Rycote Launches Pioneering Windshield System: The S-Series
Market-leading microphone windshield manufacturing company, Rycote, has launched the innovative, light-weight suspension and windshield system: S-Series. Setting a new industry standard, the Gloucestershire-based company has developed the new system as mid priced entry but with the advantage of the latest innovations, that continues to offer excellent wind suppression, whilst vastly enhancing usability.
Rycote Technical Director Simon Davies explains the design philosophy: “Customer feedback suggested a need for quicker access to the microphones, for adjustment and repositioning, ideal for electronic news gathering. It was this – and the perpetual call for microphone accessories to be lighter in weight - that led us to develop the S-Series.”
Comprising a one-piece web suspension made entirely of durable, flexible, lightweight plastic, the design eliminates the need for elastics, and is engineered to fit all diameters of microphone from 19mm to 25mm. A ‘pinch release’ allows the user to change the position of the suspension in an instant. The windshield itself features a twist-lock system attaching it to the chassis ring for quick, easy release and the acoustic fur covering is integral and provides no drop in performance, with >30dB wind suppression.
“The windshield has to be tough enough to withstand all sorts of conditions, both in amateur and pro situations,” continues Davies. “Our testing procedures made sure that it was all but unbreakable.”
Other features include an XLR cable with Neutrik NC3 (XLR-style) connectors with gold-finish pins and the new pistol grip handle as standard. S-Series is priced between the Softie and Modular Windshield Systems and is available now from Dolphin Music.