Over the past three years, Rycote, the UK microphone windshield manufacturer, has introduced its patented Lyre - a virtually unbreakable U-shaped clip made of vibration-reducing thermoplastic - into almost all of its microphone suspension products. Superseding older, less efficient elasticated 'hoop-and-rubber-band' suspension systems, the Lyre has greatly improved the ability of Rycote's microphone suspensions to isolate mics from unwanted vibrations, and sits at the heart of successful products like the S-series and redesigned Modular windshields, the Universal Camera Kit, and the InVision series of broadcast and studio recording microphone shockmounts.
All these products featuring the Lyre have been introduced at successive IBC exhibitions over the past few years. For IBC 2010, the Lyre makes its debut on Rycote's stereo microphone suspensions, streamlining the range and making it more robust, easier to set up, lighter, more efficient at excluding unwanted vibrations and, perhaps most significantly, making it more affordable to end users.
From IBC 2010 onwards, almost all stereo suspensions will be sold using the distinctive Lyre microphone clips, which will replace the diverse variety of hoops and elasticated suspensions sold until now. The exceptions are the suspensions in Rycote's mono and stereo extended ballgags, where Lyres will be introduced at a later date.
Whereas the mounting bars in Rycote's existing stereo suspensions have hitherto accepted a variety of microphone suspensions in different sizes and combinations, as of IBC 2010, there will be just two types of mounting clip based on the Lyre design: a so-called 'universal' clip accommodating round and flat-sided microphones from 19 to 25mm in diameter, including Sennheiser's popular MKH range, and a 30mm Lyre clip for still larger mics. This will make it much easier for users to find the right clip for the right microphone. Better yet, the new clips will fit into existing modular mounting bars, allowing existing users of Rycote's recent stereo suspensions to upgrade quickly and affordably, simply by changing their mounting clips. Best of all, thanks to manufacturing efficiencies resulting from the streamlining of the range, the new suspensions will be more affordable than the old-style stereo shockmounts.
Over the next few months, Rycote will be rolling out the new Lyre-based stereo suspensions as part of their Stereo Windshield Kits, including the appropriate stereo windshield and windjammer.
"The introduction of the Lyre to our stereo suspensions makes them more efficient, easier to specify and set up, and more affordable," says Rycote's International Sales and Marketing Manager Stefano Pucello, introducing the new stereo suspensions at IBC. "It's good news for everybody: our end users, sales partners and distributors."
For more information or for a demonstration of the new stereo suspensions, please come to stand A60 in Hall 8, where the new products will be on show throughout IBC 2010.