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Rycote Classic-Softie Windsheild.

My Dad worked in the building trade and was also a keen photographer. As a child he taught me the importance of always having the right tools for the job. This is a lesson I have carried with me into my own professional life and probably explains my large collection of microphones! It also applies to microphone accessories such as shock mounts and windshields. There is no point in having a great recording ruined by unwanted handling, or ‘blasting’ wind noise.

Rycote have built an international reputation through decades of R&D and are widely recognised as market leaders in both shock mounts and wind protection for location recording and ENG. The Rycote Classic-Softie featured here effectively reduces wind noise by 25db whilst leaving the frequency response of the microphone completely unaffected. It consists of an outer layer of synthetic fur and an inner core of specially designed foam which is not degraded by UV, and is also impervious to moisture, making it perfect to use even in the most inhospitable conditions.  The Rycote Softie also comes in a variety of different sizes to suit a range of microphones.

Sennheiser MKE803Sennheiser MKE803 with Rycote  InVision  INV-7 Lyre shock mount.

Putting on the Rycote Classic-SoftieAmazingly fast to put on ……………………………………………………….

Rycote Classic-SoftieSennheiser MKE803 with Rycote Classic-Softie Windshield. An extremely light and versatile combination.  Perfect for location situations where equipment has to be carried!

CLICK HERE  to hear my favourite singer on a windy day in a tree about 30m away.Distant Blackbird SingingBlackbird Indicated by Arrow

CLICK HERE to hear a close-up of sinister burrowing bees recorded with a mild breezeBurrowing Bee

CLICK HERE to hear the noisiest pig in the world having his diner. Recorded with moderately strong wind not far from a busy main road.  Microphone at a distance of about 2m.Pig.

The rejection characteristics of the microphone help to suppress the traffic sounds and the Rycote Classic-Softie deals with the wind……… and the pig deals with his diner!

CONCLUSION.

Right tools for the job!

 

 

Sennheiser ”Telemike” (Circa 1976) with ME20, ME40 & ME80 capsules.

Sennheiser ''Telemike'' Operating Instructions. 1976

Sennheiser Telemike with ME80, ME40 and ME20 Capsules

My eBay bargain with K2-U powering module and MZF 802-U 100Hz filter.

Below, page from ‘Telemike’ manual.Sennheiser Telemike Operating Instructions 1976Spezial Teleskop MZS 802

Sennheiser’s ‘Telemike’ is an extremely versatile, high quality, modular, electret microphone system originally designed for reporters and film makers. It consists of a powering module K1, K2 or K3, a metre long telescopic boom arm MZS 802, (how cool is that?) and a choice of 3 interchangeable microphone modules (ME-20 Omni, ME-40 Super-Cardioid or ME-80 Shotgun) There were  also a number of accessories such as the 100Hz filter, windscreens and various clip mounts and table stands.

Unlike all of the other Sennheiser microphones in my collection ‘Telemike’ is extremely light. Even with the ME80 attached to the telescopic boom it adds very little weight to a camera or portable tape machine, making it an attractive tool for location recording. Back in the 70’s an additional benefit of the telescopic boom was that it kept the microphone at a distance from the motor noise of the camera or tape machine.

Apart from professional users ‘Telemike’ also attracted an army of amateur video camera owners and tape recording enthusiasts. It was easy to use and came with a handy booklet of instructions on how to connect Sennheiser mics to a huge range of tape recorders from 51 different manufacturers!! (No that isn’t a typo!) My Dad was a tape enthusiast with an interest in local history, and so when I was a child we always had at least 2 tape recorders in the house! The microphones that were supplied with domestic machines were usually of poor quality. These Sennheiser mics offered the keen amateur a huge improvement in sound quality. They also produced excellent results with more professional machines such as the Revox A77 and B77 which did not provide on board phantom power.

CLICK HERE  for a short voice demo of ”Telemike” featuring all 3 capsules.

Original Users guide and Technical SpecificationsSennheiser MKE 202 User manualsennheiser mke202 manual002sennheiser mke202 manual003sennheiser mke202 manual004sennheiser mke202 manual005sennheiser mke202 manual006sennheiser mke202 manual007sennheiser mke202 manual008sennheiser mke202 manual009sennheiser mke202 manual010

Sennheiser MKE 202. (with K2pre-amp)Sennheiser MKE 202Sennheiser MKE803 (K3 pre-amp with 3 position bass roll-off)Sennheiser MKE803

These versatile modules can also be simply used either hand held or stand mounted. All in all, a very useful set of microphones!

 

 

Repairing a Rycote Windshield and Panamic Shock Mount for Sennheiser MKH815T

On the day I chose to record the voice-over for this video the wind was lashing the trees and bushes in my garden and the branches were swaying backwards and forwards. So I thought it would be a great idea to demonstrate the effectiveness of this vintage Rycote windshield by recording the voice-over sitting on a bench at the bottom of the garden!

Sennheiser MKH 815T Manual

Rycote Mini Windjammer for the M-Audio Microtrack II

"Daddy where's the gerbil gone?"

“Daddy where’s my gerbil gone?”        “I don’t know darling….. testing 1…2….”

I bought this M-Audio Microtrack II a few years ago and it has proved to be a brilliant piece of gear. No bigger than a packet of cigarettes, extremely light and very easy to use. Records up to 96khz 24bit on balanced TRS jacks  (with 48v phantom) and SPDIF. It has phono and USB outputs and records to flash memory cards.

It also comes with a small detachable stereo mic which is surprisingly good! For impromptu live recording,  sound effects gathering, and wildlife recording, it punches a long way above it’s minimal weight!

Up til now I have countered outdoor wind noise using home made foam windshields, that have often been somewhat imperfect (ie crap!) So I was delighted to discover that Rycote  make a mini windjammer specifically for the Microtrack. Not only is it acoustically transparent but it will cope with considerable gusts of wind without any sign of ‘blasting’! Rycote kit is not noted for being cheap (the Mini is around £20) but if you want the job done properly it is worth every penny! Thoroughly recommended!