March 13, 2011

Rycote suspends HD DSLR recorder

Rycote has launched what is claimed to be the first effective suspension mount for portable recorders, to isolate them from vibrations and handling noise.

Any portable recorder with a 1/4-inch screw thread can be mounted on the suspension, and attached to a microphone stand, boom pole or camera hot shoe – via a 3/8-inch Swivel Adaptor that allows it to be turned through 180°.

It is included as part of Rycote's new Portable Recorder Audio Kit (designed for use with the popular Zoom H4n recorder, which seems to be the number one choice of DSLR users). The kit includes a windshield designed for the H4n and a Soft-Grip extension handle for using the recorder handheld.

The 106g suspension unit is also available by itself and uses Rycote's Lyre design, which is claimed to offer "unequalled isolation and robustness". Unlike rubber or elastic suspensions the Lyre is unaffected by temperature extremes, and so can be used in harsh environments (with an operating temperature range of -20°C to 35°C).

By David Fox

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