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  1. On 4/28/2022 at 4:03 AM, RsmithSound said:

    Hi, Timo. What is the best way to message you about the new kit? I too have experienced the issue described here. Forgive me if the answer to my question might seem obvious; I'm new to the JW platform. Thank you!

    Hi RsmithSound,

    I'm sorry to hear that you are affected by this issue. We're just beginning the production of the upgrade kits, and are working through the list.

    You would do me a huge favour, if you could send me your shipping details including kit size, contact number for UPS to timo@rycote.com, so I can forward it to the team :)


    Sorry again for the inconvenience! 




  2. Hi All,

    Finally we are about to ramp up production for the fix kits the upcoming weeks. The kits will include a set of new 3D-Tex socks (we've achieved great improvements with different cuts the last weeks as well), and a new Hytrel swivel arm which decouples the basket from the boom pole even more.. Any of you who are affected by the issue, please send me a mail, so I can add you to the priority list to make sure you get these ASAP.



  3. Hi All,

    being so focused on fixing the issue with the new 3D-Tex socks, I forgot to mention that there is a quick and dirty solution to get rid of the handling noise until we can supply the new socks. Please just take off the cotton / Merino wool socks from the basket and use the skeleton just with the windjammer instead. I will keep you posted on the fix



  4. 5 hours ago, Ivan Milborrow said:

    Guys I got a very speedy response from Joe at Rycote Tech Support. 

    Hello Ivan,

    thanks for contacting us.
    We have been made aware that with a particular batch of socks, the tension is too high, so especially on smaller Nano Shields the baskets can resonate. We've identified the problem and worked on different solutions. One fixed it once and for all. We made a new lining based on our 3D-Tex material. This new socks dampens all basket vibrations very efficiently. We achieved -20dB handling noise isolation. Also we've made this version water repellent.

    So, if you could kindly share your shipping address, and the model size you bought, we will ship a prototype of the new lining free of charge. As a small appologiy we'll also include some chroma socks you can pull over the 3D-Tex for green, or blue screen shots.



    Did you get your set, yet?




  5. Hi all, 

    First of all thank you for getting a Nano Shield.  After receiving the first reports we've been able to replicate this on some Nano Shield in our lab. We started immediately to work on different solutions with good results.

    The 3D-Tex sock was on the roadmap for later this year. So while testing early prototypes we found that it eliminated the  issue completely. Instead of trying to isolate the structure borne noise, which always is a trade off between efficiency and stability, we absorb the energy with the spacer fabric on the basket skeleton. This way we effectively prevent that the basket structure can convert it to air borne sound.

    Long story short, or sincerest apologies that you received a faulty product. Please share your shipping address with me @ Timo@rycote.com .

    We'll send you a pre-production version to solve your issue immediately. Once released, you'll be able to pick up a production version with our compliments at your next dealership. 


    Again my sincerest apologies. 



  6. Hi Daniel,

    Thanks for reaching out. Matt is right, the active filter PCBA doesn't allow for digital microphones. The plain cable is available as standard spare part, same as  the Lemo, MZL cables. So you should be able to get it at your next trusted audio dealer. Please feel free to give me a shout, if they don't know about it so I can give them the right order code etc.




  7. Hi There,

    I believe that we took this conversation offline already?

    If so, we have been able to recreate the issue in the AA size basket and are on a solution already. We made up some samples of several solutions which we'll send you to test them :) Hope that solves the issue. I'll post the winner here as well. If you are someone else please send me a pm and we'll get it sorted.

    Thanks so much for flagging this up



  8. 3 minutes ago, daniel said:

    Yes, some kits with extra tips would be nice. Perhaps offer the various wind shields with a PCS option.

    Hi Daniel,

    There'll be sets of 2 tips available with launch for a UK MSRP of £ 34.96 ex VAT.



  9. 8 hours ago, Kisaha said:

    @TimoK thanks for the insight.


    I noticed you have 2 specialized adapters (1 for Cyclone and 1 for classic designs).


    I have 2 questions, and one request,


    1) are those mandatory, or the tips are just fine?


    2) is the adapter compatible with the super shield?


    Can we have a chart/table with all the basic Rycote solutions and the plus/minuses of each?


    Cheers. Pan.


     Hi Pan,

    1) the PCS-Boom comes with one generic 3/8" tip and you can use it with whatever you like.
    The Classic, and Cyclone Adaptor were made based on feedback we got from the sports broadcasting industry. They still didn't use any quick connection system even though their workflow would strongly benefit from it. One of their main reason was that they were scared of the amount of replacement spigots they would have to buy after every season, as the windshields are thrown around by non-sound people during setup and teardown. Therefore, they were asking for a more integrated solution.
    While designing it, we also took the chance to reduce lengths, and weight, and to design a new / better XLR holder.
    However, our boom pole beta testers really embraced the idea but for a very different reason. According to them, no matter how strongly you tighten any 3/8" thread, it still happens that you accidentally loosen the connection with fast mic rotations, and heavy or long mics.


    2) Yes, the Modular adaptor is retrofittable on all Modular generations, Pre-Modular, Supershields, Super-Blimp kit, Perfect For basket windshields, Classic-Softie Kits


    That's a really good idea about the chart. Let me check whether we have a document like this already.




  10. Hi All,

    We really thoroughly tested it in Germany...

    I'm still based in Hamburg, and we used the facilities here and a big workshop in Berlin to test everything way beyond its capabilities and continuously improved it until we were happy with the results. One example is that we increased the connection strengths to ten times what was specified when I took over the project.

    Basically the only thing we left untouched is the mechanism itself. The rest was flipped upside down and modified to a degree that it looks like a completely new product. However, it's still based around the clever mechanism Rycote developed about 3 years ago. I don't want to hijack this thread to advertise our product, however some jigs and machines we used are shown in the IPS video below. If you have any questions, please pm me.






  11. On 9/10/2018 at 4:08 PM, Eric Toline said:

    I think that if you replaced the fur on the new windscreen for the CS-M1 with a BBG structure/frame of the same size you would have a winner in my mind.

    Very interesting idea Eric, will give it a thought. Thank you

    However, as we would need some new tools to make this happen it won't be an easy decision to take, and I'm afraid it wouldn't be available soon. Anyway, it's definitely worth considering.




  12. 4 hours ago, VAS said:


    Hello Timo,


    I would like to congratulate you for your new position and job.




    :) Thanks Vas, it's a new challenge and was a chance to work with some of the nicest people in our industry... Love it!!


    Hope you're doing great, too, sir. 

  13. 1 hour ago, Eric Toline said:

    The Windshield 10 kit sells for $600 here in the US. Not exactly an impulse buy.

    Based on my experience with the BBG for MKH 50 mics, I'd take the BBG over almost anything else. Plus there's big difference in price between the WS-10 & a BBG.


    Thank you for your honest feedback Eric, and glad to hear that you are happy with the BBG. I will look into this but as mentioned earlier, I have some doubts that the very short body would allow to hold two Lyres, and a BBG. Please bare with me to give it some thoughts. 





    40 minutes ago, Eric Toline said:

    It would be nice if Rycote offered a smaller sized BBG for the CS-M1.


    Hi Eric,

    Just curious, would you prefer a smaller diameter BBG over a WS-10? It's not that much longer than the CS-M1 with BBG and connector and provides a far better wind protection as it also covers the mic body and the connector.



    A BBG might be tricky to mount and still have enough space for the Lyres.

  15. Hi Ilari,

    yes, very light microphones are a challenge to suspend. The distance between the Lyres plays a huge role, too. With such a short body, the weight of a windshield is mainly carried by the first Lyre. The longer the body / distance gets, the more the second Lyre can support the first.  Therefore we had to go for the 82-shore in the front because it needs to be able to carry a Softie and most of the weight of the mic. The second Lyre had to be 82-shore to control the side movements. When you attach the Softie, you obviously have the main load before the first Lyre, and the body acts like a lever. Thus, the 2nd Lyre needs to be strong enough to keep the reinforced side movements under control.

    However, we of course tested other combinations and mounts. This setup proofed to be the best compromise between suspension and mic control on the end of a 5m boom pole :)





  16. On 1/23/2018 at 1:10 AM, Armin Siegwarth said:

    well now google finds it...

    I was here http://mymic.rycote.com/products/shock-mounts-suspension/invision-broadcast-film/

    and even the site search did not find it with the article number - however...


    I think its cause Javascript was turned off on my end and I was directed to an alternative site.


    Good to know it fits in an standard basket - the Rycote/DPA one is a standard 10cm wide.  


    The cyclone is just so damn ugly when the basket is away with this UFO on top and the shadow profile is bigger than a standard one. I like the quick magnet design and floating basket though. 


    Hi Armin,

    Sorry for the belated answer. Just to put it out there. You can just take the C-arm with UFO suspension off within a second with 2 fingers.




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  19. Hi all,

    Just some clarifications. Supercaps always charge slowly, thus turning the slate on and testing it after a few minutes won't show you the backup time you'll get when your slate was running for some time. The charging circuitry is disabled when the slate is switched off to prevent for permanent power consumption. So by the time your charged batteries need to be replaced, the supercap should easily hold the TC for 10 minutes and more. The advertised 14 minutes are no marketing data but measured time if you leave the supercap the time to be fully charged.

    As Bud, Sarcanon, and Eric stated 4 NiMh batteries should easily hold up for an entire shooting day even when it takes 14 hours or more.




    Mine holds code for much longer than 25 seconds, no problems changing a battery, probably even have a cup of tea as well and code would still be held.

    Ive found in some low low light sets, the display is too bright on lowest setting and i have put a strip of ND over readout.

    Also when backlit, the perspex is too transparent and therefore needs a backing. And on my too do list is to design a foot for it, so AC's can put it down without laying it down awkwardly

    Now I'm feeling picky, but while I'm at it, the bloop light doesnt dim when the readout is dimmed, so its always blindingly bright. Im sure a firmware upgrade could fix that if It ever gets mentioned to the right person. 

    Hi Soundpod,

    the bloop light dimming was just put on our list! Thanks so much for the input.

    Kind Regards


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