Audio Gear

Sennheiser’s new fig 8 – the MKH 8030: part 1

Introduction It’s like the old saying: you wait for ages for a bus, then two come along at once. In the last year we have seen Rycote (well-established in terms of shock mounts and windshields, but fairly new to making mics themselves) announce a…

February 5, 2024
Audio Projects Film Projects

A little bit of Blumlein

I’ve long been a fan of simple set ups for music recording, often using a mid-side pair only. That’s partly due to the fact that I like the idea of a stereo capture (rather than close-miced instruments and vocals panned across the left-right field),…

October 10, 2023
Audio Gear

Radius Windshields: RAD-1 and RAD-2 shock mounts

I first became aware of Radius Windshields this spring, and a bit of delving showed a familiar figure at the helm – Simon Davies, formerly of Rycote (and whose mother, Vivienne, had succeeded the founder, John Gozzard, as owner). Evidently Simon hasn’t lost the…

September 12, 2023
Audio Gear

Cyclone and Nano Shield: comparing handling noise

Back in October 2022 I posted a blog article on some tests of various windshields I have: these included the Rode blimp, the Rycote Nano Shield and the Rycote Cyclone. The tests were all about performance in wind, but, of course, windshields also vary…

April 24, 2023
Audio Gear

A fig 8 mic from Rycote

Introduction For anyone who has been following the foray of long-established and respected maker of mic windshields and suspensions, Rycote, into manufacture of mics themselves, the announcement of the BD-10 fig 8 at NAB 2023 is an exciting development. With two shotgun mics produced…

April 17, 2023