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Old June 11th, 2009, 06:00 PM   #1
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Rycote: S-Series vs. Full Windshield Kits (I'm on a boat)


I've just been using a Rycote "softie" with my Sanken CS-1 for a while now, but it's now time to upgrade. I'm going to be doing a shoot on a cruise ship (around the mediterannean sea), so I wanted to get some more wind protection.

I'm looking at either getting the Rycote S300 kit or the Rycote Modular Windshield Kit 3; and just wanted to hear some experienced opinions on both products. I've heard the S300 doesn't give quite as much wind protection as the full windshield kit. But, on the other hand, the S-Series is cheaper and extremely adaptable; for example, eventually when I want to purchase a longer shotgun microphone, it's an easier upgrade...

Therefore, I like the flexibility (and price!) of the S-Series, but will it be enough wind protection for the sea? The video crew have advised me that it's not THAT windy there. But I don't want to be stuck in a situation where the wind gods are shitting on my audio.
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Old June 11th, 2009, 06:47 PM   #2
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I'd take the full windshield kit in case, easy to reach in the cabin.

I shot promo stuff on cruise ship with Bert Newton around Fiji and while a lot were inside, any deckside could easily be repositioned or screened off from any wind.

Cruise clients don't want to *see* any wind.

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Old June 13th, 2009, 10:16 AM   #3
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If this is a run 'n gun shoot, then the softie makes probably more sense. The full windshield delivers 'better' sound but has not only much more weight but is also somewhat vulnerable......they're easily damaged! The softie is good enough - I would take a softie for this kind of a job.
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Old June 14th, 2009, 08:44 AM   #4
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I would bring both and hope I could get away with the Softie but the full kits work in much higher wind than the Softie which is only good for mild breezes.
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Old June 15th, 2009, 06:35 AM   #5
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Forget the Softie unless you are using it for on-camera work.

The S-series is about the same price as the Softie, but has a similar quality to the Basket windshield kit.

The Basket windshield kits now come complete with the ConnBox and patented "Lyre" suspensions (similar suspensions to the S-series) - the Windjammer for the Basket windshield has longer hair than the S-series (and Softie) and will therefore have slightly better wind protection.

The choice between S-series and basket windshield kit normally comes down to what mic. you have as the Basket windshield kit is about 60% more than an S-series.

If you are using a mic. such as a K6+ME66 or NTG 2 or 3, then an S-series would normally be the choice.

If you are using a mic. such as an MKH 416, 418S, MKH 60 or a CMiT, then you are more likely wanting a full Basket windshield kit for these more expensive mics.

I hope this helps.
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