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RYCOTE MICROPHONE WINDSHIELDS - Softie

This range of non-modular windshields, based upon the Rycote wind-noise reduction system, is for use with shotgun and rifle microphones as used by film and TV professionals.

Unlike the familiar Rycote Modular Windshields, these designs slip onto the body of the microphone and may be used alone on handheld or camera mounted microphones or together with Softie Lyre Mounts, a universally sized shock-mount for microphones. See Rycote Microphone Suspensions - Softie Lyre Mount below, for details.

Softie Windshield and Lyre Mount Suspension Kit

Available separately or together in a kit with a Softie Lyre Mount Suspension on a pistol-grip handle, these systems provide a quick, simple, robust and cost-effective solution for modern day ENG and location recording environments.

Softie Windshield

The Softie windshield is a 'slip-on' design, consisting of an open-cell acoustic foam base fitted with an integral synthetic fur (25mm) fabric cover. A robust and practical windshield, 70mm in diameter, it performs as well as a standard Rycote windshield (without Windjammer). Both the acoustic foam and synthetic fur are made from materials which are specially designed and manufactured for the purpose, which offer up to 36dB of wind-noise reduction without any adverse effect on high frequency. In addition the foam is not susceptible to UV or moisture damage, giving this product great longevity. The Softie provides a fast, flexible solution for ENG on-camera microphones. (See Camera Mounted Softies below, where there is a reference table for Softies).

The system is available as either fixed 19mm (031103) or 21mm (031104) microphone diameters, or to suit two nominal microphone diameters; a standard hole fits 19-22mm and a large hole fits 24-25mm. Each of these are offered in various internal depths. It is essential for correct operation that the Softie front section covers all the slots along the length of the microphone. The price lines below show the length of the internal hole, not the overall length, so that a suitable model can be chosen to suit a particular microphone. The following table shows compatibility with a range of microphones. If a microphone is not listed here, please check with Technical Support, as a Softie is probably available for it.

Manufacturer Model(s) Full Kit Softie Only
AKG CK1 + C451, CK1/CK3/CK61/CK63 + C460B 33312 33012
AKG CK 91/CK 92/CK 93 + SE300 B 33312 33012
AKG C 568 EB, CK 68/CK 69 ULS + C460B Red 33352 33052
AKG CK 8 + 451/460, CK 98 + SE300 B, 33372 33072
AKG CK 68/CK69 ULS + C460B Full 33392 33092
Audio Technica AT 4073a (BP4073), AT 875 (AT875R), AT 877 33332 33032
Audio Technica AT 835ST (BP4029), AT 897 33342 33042
Audio Technica AT 835b (AT8035) 33372 33072
Audio Technica AT 4071a (BP4071), AT 815ST (BP4027) 33382 33082
Audio Technica AT 815b (AT8015) 33392 33092
Azden SG(M)-2X (Omni) 33312 33012
Azden SG(M)-1X 33352 33052
Azden SG(M)-2X (Cardioid) 33372 33072
Beyerdynamic MCE 72 33312 33012
Beyerdynamic MC 716, MC 726, MC 736, MC 836, 33352 33052
Beyerdynamic MCE 86 N (C) S, MCE 87vs 33352 33052
ClockAudio C850E 33352 33052
DPA 4006, 4011 33312 33012
DPA 4017 33352 33052
DPA 4017B, 4017C 31101 31103
JVC M-510 33352 33052
JVC MK50 33382 33082
Neumann KM 184 33312 33012
Neumann KMR 81i 33342 33042
Neumann KMR 82 33382 33082
Rode NTG-1, NTG-2 33342 33042
Rode NTG-3 33352 33052
Sanken CS 1 33342 33042
Sanken CS 1e 31101 31103
Sanken CS 3 33352 33052
Schoeps CMC Series, CMC Series (Cut 1) 33312 33012
Schoeps CMIT 5U 33332 33032
Schoeps MiniCMIT 31102 31104
Sennheiser ME 62 + K6, ME 64 + K6 33312 33012
Sennheiser ME 66 + K6, ME 80 + K3U, MKH 416 / 418 33352 33052
Sennheiser ME 67 + K6 33382 33082
Sennheiser MKH 20, MKH 30, MKH 40, MKH 50 33313 33013
Sennheiser MKH 60 33353 33053
Sennheiser MKH 70 33383 33083
Sennheiser MKH 8060 31101 31103
Sony ECM 673, ECM 674 33332 33032
Sony ECM 670, ECM 678, ECM 680S 33352 33052
Sony ECM 672 33353 33053
Softie Lyre Mount Suspension

The Softie Lyre Mount Suspension is a shock mount using two W-shaped plastic lyres which grip a variety of shotgun and rifle microphones. It has a bracket to which is fitted either a pistol-grip handle or CCA (camcorder clamp adaptor) to allow handheld or camera mounted use.

The main component of the Softie lyre mount consists of two plastic, lyre shock-mount suspensions, connected by a flexible, rubber-lined, tubular clip. This unit is extremely robust, and has been tested in all environment conditions to ensure it performs. The shape of the Lyre provides the exact amount of compliance required to isolate the microphone capsule from vibrations and handling noise. Unlike other elastic and rubber suspensions, the Softie Lyre Mount is more resistant to extremes of temperature, operating unhindered at lows of -35 degrees C and highs of 100 degrees C. The mount has a diameter of 70mm and lyres are 70mm apart to suit a microphone diameter of 19-25mm and support short to medium length shotgun microphones, whether cylindrical, tapered or flat-sided (e.g. MKH series) in shape. For longer microphones the Rycote Modular Suspension should be used.

The Softie handle is a pistol grip with adjustable angle. An XLR cable may be anchored to the under-side of the mount using three integral cable clamps, providing isolation from cable-borne noise and an aperture in the handle grips an XLR connector in the base, to provide further strain relief for a lightweight microphone 'tail' (included in the Softie Kit only). It may be attached to a boom-pole, using the 3/8 inch thread in the base, or used hand-held. See Rycote Microphone Suspensions - Softie Lyre Mount for details of the CCA and Multi-mount.

Note: 031101 and 031102 Softie-Lite kits incorporate the Rycote 041136 or 041135 INV-Lite suspensions mounts.

Camera Mounted Softies

Softies can be used on camera mounted microphones, however care must be taken to avoid the 25mm fur length from appearing in shot. For details regarding choice of an appropriate model to suit a microphone please see Softie Windshields above, or see the table below for microphone/camera sizing.

Manufacturer Model(s) Full Kit Softie Only
Canon XL-1 33323 33023
Canon XL-1S 33323 33023
Canon XL-2 33323 33023
Ikegami HL DNS-201W, HL DV-7W, HLV 77, HLV55, HLV9 33332 33032
Ikegami MC10, MC-11, MC230 33332 33032
JVC DY-500, GY HD 200, MV-P615U 33322 33022
JVC DY-70U 33352 33052
Panasonic AJ HDC27, AJ HDX900, AJ MC700P, AJ MC900P 33332 33032
Panasonic AJD-700, AJD-800, AJD-910 33332 33032
Panasonic DV 200, DVC200 33332 33032
Panasonic WM-L30 33342 33042
Sony ECM XM1, HDV Z7 33322 33022
Sony BVP 550, BVP570, BVP950, PD170, UVW100 33332 33032
Sony DSR 250, DSR-130P/WSP, DSR-200, DSR-300 33332 33032
Sony DSR-PD150, DSR-PD170, DSR 500 33332 33032
Sony ECM NV1, HVR A1 (Mic ECM NV1), HVR V1 33332 33032
Sony DXC-637, DXC-D30P 33342 33042
Sony DNW-7, DNW-790, DNW-90P, DNW-90SX 33323 33023
Sony DNW-90WSP, DNW-9-NSP, DVW400, DVW600 33323 33023
Sony DVW700P, DVW700WSP, DVW707 33323 33023
Sony DVW709, HD-905P 33323 33023
Sony BVP5, BVP7, BVP537, BVW 33333 33033
Sony DXC 637 33343 33043

Note: Sony camcorder microphones vary depending on viewfinder assembly; Softie sizes stated are for standard assemblies. If the Softie is to be used with a custom viewfinder assembly, please contact Technical Support for guidance.

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RYCOTE 031103 SOFTIE-LITE 19 Front only, 19mm hole, 170mm long   Stock code:
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£39.00
RYCOTE 031101 SOFTIE-LITE KIT 19 Front, shock mount, 19mm hole, 170mm long   Stock code:
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£95.00
RYCOTE 031104 SOFTIE-LITE 21 Front only, 21mm hole, 170mm long   Stock code:
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£39.00
RYCOTE 031102 SOFTIE-LITE KIT 21 Front, shock mount, 21mm hole, 170mm long   Stock code:
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£95.00
RYCOTE 033012 SOFTIE Front only, 19-22mm hole, 50mm long   Stock code:
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£59.00
RYCOTE 033312 SOFTIE KIT Front, lyre mount, handle, 19-22mm hole, 50mm long   Stock code:
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£124.00
RYCOTE 033013 SOFTIE Front only, 24-25mm hole, 50mm long   Stock code:
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£59.00
RYCOTE 033313 SOFTIE KIT Front, lyre mount, handle, 24-25mm hole, 50mm long   Stock code:
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£124.00
RYCOTE 033022 SOFTIE Front only, 19-22mm hole, 100mm long   Stock code:
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£69.00
RYCOTE 033322 SOFTIE KIT Front, lyre mount, handle, 19-22mm hole, 100mm long   Stock code:
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£147.80
RYCOTE 033023 SOFTIE Front only, 24-25mm hole, 100mm long   Stock code:
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£69.00
RYCOTE 033323 SOFTIE KIT Front, lyre mount, handle, 24-25mm hole, 100mm long   Stock code:
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£147.80
RYCOTE 033032 SOFTIE Front only, 19-22mm hole, 120mm long   Stock code:
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£69.00
RYCOTE 033332 SOFTIE KIT Front, lyre mount, handle, 19-22mm hole, 120mm long   Stock code:
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£135.00
RYCOTE 033033 SOFTIE Front only, 24-25mm hole, 120mm long   Stock code:
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£69.00
RYCOTE 033333 SOFTIE KIT Front, lyre mount, handle, 24-25mm hole, 120mm long   Stock code:
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£147.80
RYCOTE 033042 SOFTIE Front only, 19-22mm hole, 150mm internal length   Stock code:
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£69.00
RYCOTE 033342 SOFTIE KIT Front, lyre mount, handle, 19-22mm hole, 150mm internal length   Stock code:
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£135.00
RYCOTE 033043 SOFTIE Front only, 24-25mm hole, 140mm long   Stock code:
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£71.00
RYCOTE 033343 SOFTIE KIT Front, lyre mount, handle, 24-25mm hole, 140mm long   Stock code:
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£147.80
RYCOTE 033052 SOFTIE Front only, 19-22mm hole, 180mm long   Stock code:
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£69.00
RYCOTE 033352 SOFTIE KIT Front, lyre mount, handle, 19-22mm hole, 180mm long   Stock code:
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£135.00
RYCOTE 033053 SOFTIE Front only, 24-25mm hole, 180mm long   Stock code:
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£69.00
RYCOTE 033353 SOFTIE KIT Front, lyre mount, handle, 24-25mm hole, 180mm long   Stock code:
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£135.00
RYCOTE 033062 SOFTIE Front only, 19-22mm hole, 210mm long   Stock code:
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£76.80
RYCOTE 033362 SOFTIE KIT Front, lyre mount, handle, 19-22mm hole, 210mm long   Stock code:
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£153.60
RYCOTE 033063 SOFTIE Front only, 24-25mm hole, 210mm long   Stock code:
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£76.80
RYCOTE 033363 SOFTIE KIT Front, lyre mount, handle, 24-25mm hole, 210mm long   Stock code:
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£153.60
RYCOTE 033072 SOFTIE Front only, 19-22mm hole, 240mm long   Stock code:
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£69.00
RYCOTE 033372 SOFTIE KIT Front, lyre mount, handle, 19-22mm hole, 240mm long   Stock code:
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£153.60
RYCOTE 033073 SOFTIE Front only, 24-25mm hole, 240mm long   Stock code:
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£76.80
RYCOTE 033373 SOFTIE KIT Front, lyre mount, handle, 24-25mm hole, 240mm long   Stock code:
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£153.60
RYCOTE 033082 SOFTIE Front only, 19-22mm hole, 290mm long   Stock code:
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£69.00
RYCOTE 033382 SOFTIE KIT Front, lyre mount, handle, 19-22mm hole, 290mm long   Stock code:
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£153.60
RYCOTE 033083 SOFTIE Front only, 24-25mm hole, 290mm long   Stock code:
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£69.00
RYCOTE 033383 SOFTIE KIT Front, lyre mount, handle, 24-25mm hole, 290mm long   Stock code:
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£153.60
RYCOTE 033092 SOFTIE Front only, 19-22mm hole, 320mm long   Stock code:
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£69.00
RYCOTE 033392 SOFTIE KIT Front, lyre mount, handle, 19-22mm hole, 320mm long   Stock code:
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£153.60
RYCOTE 033093 SOFTIE Front only, 24-25mm hole, 320mm long   Stock code:
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£76.80
RYCOTE 033702 SOFTIE Lyre mount, handle, 19-25mm hole   Stock code:
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£53.00