All Cyclone models feature our 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.
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!
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.
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.
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.