Rycote Baseball

Minimise the ‘Swoosh‘ when booming!

This ingenious little 3” windscreen has been specifically designed for interior boom pole use. The Baseball greatly reduces the ‘swooshes’ (unwanted noise artifacts caused by laminar airflow across the mic) induced by fast boom swings and other rapid movements.

Light. Fast. Simple.

The Baseball is fitted with a soft yet durable end-cap. Made of thermoplastic elastomer – a unique plastic and rubber mix – the end-cap helps secure the mic and provides an effective seal against wind. The Baseball comes in ‘19/20’, ’21/22′ (green end-cap) and ‘24/25’ variants, reflecting compatible microphone diameters in mm.

Please check the mic compatibility list below for the version you require, or get in touch with a Rycote Technical Specialist.
Shock mounts, microphones, stands and cables shown for illustration purposes only and not included with Baseball.

A whole new
ball game!

The Baseball came about from listening to customers; it offers a fast, practical solution to address the universal ‘swooshing’ noise problem experienced by sound pros when booming.

Features

  • Significantly increased performance
    versus conventional foam windscreens
  • Provides -30dB of wind noise attenuation,
    across the frequency spectrum
  • Rapid attachment and removal
  • Durable and easily maintained
  • Incredibly lightweight – only 17g*
  • Offers capsule protection to the mic
    (during scene ‘down-time’ and equipment changes)
  • Acoustically transparent open cell foam
    and soft felt cover construction
  • Handmade in the UK

*Weights / dimensions approximate

A whole new ball game!

The Baseball came about from listening to customers; it offers a fast, practical solution to address the universal ‘swooshing’ noise problem experienced by sound pros when booming.

Features

  • Significantly increased performance
    versus conventional foam windscreens
  • Provides -30dB of wind noise attenuation,
    across the frequency spectrum
  • Rapid attachment and removal
  • Durable and easily maintained
  • Incredibly lightweight – only 17g*
  • Offers capsule protection to the mic
    (during scene ‘down-time’ and equipment changes)
  • Acoustically transparent open cell foam
    and soft felt cover construction
  • Handmade in the UK

*Weights / dimensions approximate

Go faster.

The Baseball Windjammer® is an incredibly useful little add-on product for the Baseball, allowing for even faster/deeper boom swings indoors. Importantly, with the Windjammer fitted, the Baseball can now also be used outdoors in light winds.

The Baseball Windjammer comes in one size, which fits all our Baseball variants, i.e. 19/20mm, 21/22mm and 24/25mm. Weighing just 15g*, the Baseball Windjammer adds very little extra size or weight when fitted to the Baseball.
Adding a Baseball Windjammer to the Baseball brings a very useful extra 10dB of wind noise attenuation, across the spectrum. So, the performance of the Baseball with the Windjammer fitted is -40dB wind noise attenuation, across the frequency spectrum.

You can buy the Baseball Windjammer on its own, or as a ‘Combo’ pack with the Baseball of your choice (see ‘Specifications’ below)

Capture the performance.

The Baseball is fantastic for interior boom pole use… but that’s not the whole story. The Baseball 21/22 is compatible with some very popular mics used for pro-audio music applications (e.g. the Neumann KM180 series). This Baseball model is a great choice for recording instruments with these mics – partner it with the Baseball Windjammer to capture the performance in stage/concert environments too.

Super-light combination.

The Baseball perfectly complements the INV-7 HG Mk III. The ‘mic / Baseball / INV-7’ combo makes for a super-lightweight, compact and discrete rig.

What the sound pros are saying…

We asked sound pros for their thoughts on the Baseball during testing – here’s what they said!

‘The new Rycote Baseball is a huge step up from the normal wind protection foams. Protective against light breeze, it’s the lightest and more trustful way for the operator or recordist to swing and boom, minimising even more the effects of movements, swooshes and pops.’

Guido Lerner

Sound Recordist

‘As you know for a long time I have been having trouble in finding a suitable foam gag for both the Schoeps CCM and the Sennheiser MKH-50. The problem was that during a fast pan you can hear the wind, but I am pleased to report that the Baseball wind gag has eliminated the problem for me on both makes of microphone.’

Malcolm Davies – A.m.p.s. CAS.

Production Sound Mixer
www.manxmoviesound.com

‘Thanks to the new Baseball, tight interior dialogue can now be covered with a really quite aggressive boom swing, without generating wind noise on the mic capsule.’

Darrell Briggs

Sound Mixer / Supervisor / Recordist

Read more Rycote Baseball reviews...

Scott J Farr, CAS
Production Sound Mixer
www.farroutsound.com

We used the BB on several projects and found that it was a good substitute between the stock foam and a Softie or BBG on the MKH50, for light wind or fast cueing between two or more subjects. We liked that it had smaller profile vs the Softie.


Jim Greenhorn
Production Sound Mixer

Using the Baseball on my DPA4018C enabled my boom operator to swing quickly between actors without any wind effects on the capsule, and with no discernable degradation in the dynamic range of the microphone. Its low profile and discrete colouring combine to make it a very useful and attractive product.


Richard Paterson
Freelance Sound Recordist

I have been using the prototype ‘Baseball’ exclusively with my Sennheiser MKH 50 for the last 6 months, and it eliminates the audible ‘Whooosh’ when fast cuing a boom pole. Also, where I’ve used it where I have noticed a big improvement over previous setups is when using my MKH 50 in Ob Doc interior setups where previously I would use a ‘Smoothie’. The ‘Baseball’ I’ve found better – especially when suddenly having to go outside without a chance to put on a windshield /windjammer setup on the microphone. I have also put a ‘smoothie 5cm Fur’ on the Baseball, and it’s a great fit and it so far has performed perfectly in medium winds etc.


Henry Dyer
Boom Operator

I was fortunate enough to get to use the Baseball prototype. It gave me the confidence to really swing from one actor to another at pace, without any fear of wind rush over the mic. It’s allowed me to go for fast paced dialogue without the need to bulk up the mic with extra protection and therefore extra weight and the extra high frequency loss that that brings with it. No foam gag compares. Thank you.


Ronan Hill CAS
Production Sound Mixer
www.ronanhillsound.com

I asked Rycote if they would make an interior windshield for a boom mic which offered more protection than foam but had a smaller footprint than a Softie.
They had something in development and sent me a sample of their new ‘Baseball’ windshield which covered all the bases.
It’s a quality product which sounds and looks great!’


Simon Bysshe
Production Sound Mixer

We have been using the Rycote Baseball with a Schoeps MK41. It has been a very useful addition to the kit box, allowing us to make quick swings and transition from interior to exteriors without wind noise, whilst retaining a transparent clear audio track. Thank you Rycote for another great product!


David Harcombe
Production Sound Mixer AMPS, IPS.

Rycote have always been at the very forefront of innovation, from the first Windjammers to Undercovers and Over covers, they are always looking to push the envelope for Recordists working in difficult and challenging conditions. So, when I heard they were going to make a new acoustically clear cover for Cardiod mics, to bridge the gap between use inside and outside, I jumped at the chance to try it out.
Bridging the gap between a full outdoor suspension and just a light foam, the Baseball allows you to easily transition from a tight scene inside to outside, without the fear of wind-noise ruining the scene. With its integrated seal, it means I can swing and keep my light suspension on in conditions where I would have had to change to something much more robust. I can swing much faster than I could before without the ever-present fear of low frequency whoosh ruining a sensitive documentary moment. A really useful tool in the ever- expanding arsenal of wind-noise suppression for the documentary sound recordist.


Tim White
Production Sound Mixer

The Baseball is a great new windshield. It is far more effective than a foam gag when you don’t need a full Rycote but need to avoid the wind-rush during boom sweeps. For me, the Baseball has become my go-to windshield.


Peter Davis
Boom Operator

Thanks once again for sending the baseball for the MKH 50. I’ve been trying to use it but our current job seems to require alternative setups up until yesterday hence this email.

We were really pleased with our first play with the Baseball which was a shot that started outside a front door, then into the house, down 2 turns in the corridor, under a second door frame and then into the room. We decided the basket wouldn’t have a low enough profile for such little space. The main test was the fact that it held up outside in really mild breeze – that would have made a normal foam useless – and then allowed me to swing between two people who were about 4 feet apart in a ‘SWAT team’ raid scene.

The second use was at a party scene, which had two people far apart with their lines really close together – meaning the swing needed to be swift, and again it held up every time, so we are really happy with it so far. We have now made it our standard ‘foam’ because it is just as transparent as a foam.


David Lindsay

The Baseball reduces boom swing ‘wind’ and it’s a useful quick-fix for going from inside to outside quickly!


Jonathan Blagrove

I’ve been using it with my MKH50 on a number of shows and projects now and it is never off! It’s perfect for use indoors, much better than the stock foam that came with it and much lighter than using a baby ball gag, which is ideal for long run and gun doc days. I’ve used it outside a bit too and it performs well in light wind, though I tend to switch up to my 8060 and WS1 setup if I’m outside for long periods. Certainly recommend it to other recordists and will be picking up the release version this week! Many thanks again for another excellent product!


Martin Seeley
Production Sound Mixer

The baseball simply made a mic that I was hesitant to use in all but the most static situations widely useable. My boom op could re-cue to the next actor much faster without producing the dreaded ‘swoosh’.


Mark Wellman
AMPS

I have been testing the Baseball on my DPA 4018c for 9 months now. Right from day one it made a positive difference. This clever little ball lets you swing with no “swoosh” whilst still keeping the frequency performance intact. The baseball is a must-have in your audio arsenal.

Baseball Specifications

Baseball (19/20mm)

Mic compatibility

DPA 4018
Schoeps CMC Series
Sennheiser MKH 8040, 8050*

*Using MZX 8000 XLR modules.
Remote MZL cables not currently compatible.

Baseball (21/22mm)

Mic compatibility

Audio-Technica AT4049b, AT4051b, AT4053b, AT4021b, AT4022, AT4041
Neumann KM180 Series (KM183, KM184, KM185)
Sennheiser ME64 K6

Baseball (24/25mm)

Mic compatibility

Sennheiser MKH 40, MKH 50

Please check the mic compatibility list above for the version you require,
or get in touch with a Rycote Technical Specialist.

Baseball Only

What’s in the tube?

Single Baseball or 3 pack
‘How-to’ Instructions*

(*printed on reverse of insert card)

Product codes

19/20 Single Pack – P/N: 039701
19/20 3 Pack – P/N: 039703
21/22 Single Pack – P/N: 039705
21/22 3 Pack – P/N: 039706
24/25 Single Pack – P/N: 039702
24/25 3 Pack – P/N: 039704

Baseball Combo’s

What’s in the tube?

Single Baseball
Baseball Windjammer
‘How-to’ Instructions*

(*printed on reverse of insert card)

Product codes

19/20 Single Baseball & Baseball Windjammer – P/N: 039710
21/22 Single Baseball & Baseball Windjammer – P/N: 039711
24/25 Single Baseball & Baseball Windjammer – P/N: 039712

Baseball Windjammer

What’s in the bag?

Baseball Windjammer
‘How-to’ Instructions

Product codes

Baseball Windjammer – P/N: 055345

Baseball Video, brochures and images

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