As you might have noticed we really like Rycote at BOOM Library, so here is another product we tested for you. We took it with us to some of our last recording sessions. Can you spot it in the picture below?
No, it’s not the Super-Softie in his right hand. It is the case in his left hand attached to his belt. These are the new microphone protector cases that can store up to six mics in a very solid PVC case with a water resistant heavy duty Oxford Nylon sheathing. Enjoy reading our BOOM Library review and get the chance to win a 20cm Rycote mic protector case for your next recording session.
We did a little testing, to be on the safe side without microphones and drowned the tightly closed case under water in our kitchen sink. We can assure you that this case withstands quite heavy rain because nothing was wet inside the case after holding it for nearly a minute in the water jet.
After that we put some of our microphones that fit inside the case into the extendable plastic tubes. Just screw them together until the mic is tight and safe. You can get the case in two different lengths, 20 and 30 cm. This way you can store mics with a length ranging from 125mm to 180mm (20cm case) and 200mm to 340mm (30cm case). The plastic tubes have a clever flat-edge design on one end to preserve them from rolling down a surface.
We tested the long 30cm version in order to use it with our beloved Sennheiser MKH 416. However, it is suitable for a lot of different microphones as well. At the end of this review you will find a list of compatible mics. Especially shotguns and other small diaphragm condenser mics fit perfectly. Inside each plastic tube there are 4 pieces of foam to cushion the mics. You can also separate two small mics with the foam. This way you can carry even more than three mics. For example, we used it with two Sennheiser MKH 8040, one MKH 416 and one DPA 4007.
The first time we stored all three tubes inside the case we had the feeling that it did not fit at all. The trick is to align the top edges of the hexagon and there you go. We’re pretty sure when the zipper is closed this case will protect your mics extremely well in nearly every condition.
Our equipment is already safely stored inside a big travel case where we have tailored slots for each mic. So we use this case for the smaller trips. You can easily store up to six different mics inside it if you want. As shown in the first picture above you can attach this case to your belt or bag pack with the provided carabiner. If you also own the Rycote Cyclone (click here to read our Rycote Cyclone review) you could switch mics while you are climbing high in the mountains without any hassle.
This is the compatibility list form the Rycote website but you can simply measure your mics and see if it fits the specs because the list is, of course, not complete.
Mic Protector Case 30cm:
- Audio-Technica AT 4073, BP4073, AT 897, AT 875R, AT 877
- Azden SGM-X, SGM-2X
- BeyerDynamic MCE 85 BA
- DPA 4017b
- Neumann KMR 81i, KMR-81D
- Røde NTG-2, NTG-3, NTG-4, NTG-4+
- Sanken CS-2, CS-3e, CSS-50
- Schoeps CMC series + Cut 1 filter, CMIT5u, SuperCMIT
- Sennheiser MKH 416, MKE 600, MKH 60
- Shure SM 81, VP89S
- Sony ECM 670, ECM 678
Mic Protector Case 20cm:
- AKG CK91, CK92 & CK93 + SE300 B, P170, C480 B
- Audio-Technica AT 831b, AT 8053a, AT4053b, Pro-37, AT 2121, AT4041
- Audix SCX1-HC, M1280-BHC
- Behringer C-2
- BeyerDynamic MCE 85 PV
- DPA 4007A, 4018A, 4016, 4017C
- Microtech-Gefell M300, M310 & M320 series; SMS 2000 series (M200, M210 & M270; M294, M295, M297, M296, M221
- Neumann KM 100 & KM 180, KMD series
- Oktava MC-012
- Røde M5, NT-5, NT-55, NT-6
- Sanken CS-1e
- Schoeps CMC series, MiniCMIT
- Sennheiser e614, e914, ME62 K6, ME64 K6, MKH 20, MKH40, MKH 50 & MKH8060 w/MZX
- Shure VP82, KSM141
Win a mic protector case 20cm of Rycote.
How? Simply like and comment our Rycote review & raffle post on Facebook until 20th of July.
Please comment: What will your next recording session be and why is this gadget indispensable for you?
The winner will be announced and contacted at the end of July.
Good Luck! 🙂