Following the success of the PIANO, the PIANISSIMO is mainly designed for the new generation of short shotgun microphones and coincident stereo, surround-sound combinations and many other mics shorter than 8 in (21 cm).
As with all other Cinela windshields since 2007, Pianissimo integrates a unique full-cage isolation to prevent vibrations and handling noise by an additional ~15 db. This Cinela invention, the well-known “floating basket” principle, is achieved by four flexible “U” isolators installed around the cage. A rubber bellows at the bottom of the cage insures flexibility and keeps wind out.
Rycote has introduced two great additions to its product line- The Super Shield and the Super Softie.
The Super Shield is a lightweight, aerodynamic and ultra-robust windshield system providing professional performance and versatility via a simple to use, “no-frills” design. The central chassis of the Super-Shield supports a range of “pods” in lengths to fit almost all location-style microphones and provides for great aerodynamic balance and adjustment of centre-of-mass balance. The integral shockmount equipped with our patented Lyre technology isolates the microphone, and together with a captive mic tail cable, significantly minimizes handling noise. Read More
New microphones for film and video production come around as slowly as wrap on an 12-page day, but just last year it happened again.
The Sennheiser name gives the MKE-600 plenty of street-cred, and from my listening evaluation and field test, I believe this German-made mic delivers on the brand’s legacy, particularly for the intended professional market often referred to as “ENG” (Electronic News Gathering) or “Journalism”. While the MKE-600 is priced for the growing market of small hand-held video production, the audio performance of this electret condenser far exceeds what the low price suggests, and will likely find a place in the mic kits of many accomplished sound mixers.
DSLR filmmaking is a hobby, passion, and profession that is constantly growing among creative types. But no matter what level you’re operating at, we can all agree that oftentimes built-in camera mics just don’t cut it. If you’re capturing sharp, crisp images, you want audio to match. Trew Audio is currently stocking three excellent XLR shotgun mics, that will far outshine your DSLR’s mic, for less than $300. These mics can be shoe-mounted or suspended from a boompole, providing more versatility than solely camera-mountable mics.
As purists often do, we who have stubbornly insisted on a hardwired boom must finally admit defeat: What started as a novel party trick called “Wireless Boom” is now the rule. On production stages where a hand-held boom is used, the boom mic is much more likely to be wireless […]
A guide through the full line of VP89 shotgun mics.