Rycote Cyclone Small XLR Windshield Kit Overview
Cyclone, Small (XLR) premium windshield system for small diaphragm condenser microphones with XLR connectivity. This lightweight, durable system provides transparent, category leading wind and shock isolation without need for fur. Features durable, grey 3D-Tex® material, Floating-Basket Suspension (patent pending) and microphone suspension webs with Rycote Lyre® Technology. Z-Locking basket design provides instant windshield attachment / detachment for lightning-fast microphone access. Overall length 297mm. Perfect for Sennheiser MKH 50, Schoeps CMC etc.
Cyclone Feature Highlights
All Cyclone models feature Rycote’s advanced 3D-Tex® material. This provides a neutral appearance and superior performance over standard basket solutions, with excellent acoustic transparency and superb attenuation of wind-noise. Covering a lightweight yet durable chassis, Cyclone models are designed to withstand the extremes of the field for reliable, daily use – to deliver the consistent results location audio professionals depend on.
Premium Short XLR
The premium short XLR supplied with the Cyclone Small and Medium is not only lightweight: it makes these models perfect for use with longer microphones, reducing the overall size and weight of the Cyclone model required. In other words, Cyclone Medium, with its durable, lightweight chassis, houses many popular shotgun mics!
Superb Acoustic Transparency
The Cyclone has superb acoustic transparency. Designed with an open shell structure consisting of curved contours and no straight or parallel surfaces, it greatly reduces room-tone effects inherent in conventional tubular windshield designs.
Greater Microphone Wind Protection
The unique design of Cyclone shifts the overall bulk to the basket front. This aerodynamically efficient asymmetric basket covered with 3D-Tex material provides enormous benefits in terms of surface turbulence and acoustic impedance, resulting in wind-noise reduction comparable to the combined modular-style windshield / fur cover performance. In truly extreme weather conditions, an optional Cyclone Windjammer can be used to deliver wind-noise reduction that far exceeds any other windshield system available today.
Advanced Microphone Shock-isolation
Rycote uses its industry-leading Lyre® microphone suspension to reduce the bulk of shock and handling noise, but they have taken shock and handling isolation within the Cyclone design to a new level with the exclusive, Floating Basket Suspension* (*patent pending).
Any structure can transmit mechanical vibrations and radiate them as acoustic noise. Moreover, natural resonances, dependent on materials and mass, will amplify certain frequencies and give this a characteristic spectrum. Windshield baskets are no exception, so a small proportion of handling noise links to the microphone through the air, bypassing any immediate suspension system.
The Cyclone takes the Lyre principle and incorporates it into the Floating Basket Suspension. This innovative technique provides vibration isolation between basket and pole, thus attenuating handling noise at source. Each Cyclone size is equipped with a unique basket suspension designed to maximize vibration isolation based upon the combined weight of the basket and specified microphones.
From microphone windshield to suspension in the blink of an eye. Imagine a windshield that can be removed from or attached to the suspension in an instant using just one hand – allowing audio professionals to capture the best possible audio at any moment – in any environment. This is the unique benefit of Rycote’s Z-Locking System. Reassembly is automatic, and components magnetically snap into perfect alignment.
Consistent Performance, Low Maintenance
Location sound mixers require equipment that will not only withstand extreme conditions, but also maintain consistent performance. Maintenance is often a time-consuming, yet necessary evil.
3D-Tex was developed for both outstanding performance and ease of maintenance. Dust it off after mild use or rinse and air dry after heavy use to maintain outstanding, transparent and consistent performance for years of faithful use.
- DPA 4017C, 4018C
- Neumann KM 100 series
- Schoeps CMC series
- Sennheiser MKH 8040*, MKH 8050*, MKH 50
*Sennheiser MKH 8000 Series microphones: Our recommendation for the Sennheiser MKH8040/8050 is the Cyclone small (XLR) model, based on the use of the Sennheiser MZX (XLR module) with these microphones. If you wish to use either of these mics without the MZX module attached, you can do so using the Cyclone Small (MZL).