The all-new Cyclone family – with, new smaller and lighter models.

The all-new Cyclone family – with, new smaller and lighter models.

The evolution continues

Introducing the all-new Cyclone product range, featuring next-generation wind and handling noise isolation for discerning audio professionals. All Cyclone models are now covered in our new, more advanced 3D-Tex® for even better performance. This durable windshield system possesses outstanding, consistent performance while being easy to maintain as it does not use fur. The Cyclone is truly evolutionary, and now we have taken it a step further.

Three sizes. Endless possibilities.

Three sizes. Endless possibilities.

Cyclone Small

Cyclone Small delivers outstanding performance for small diaphragm condenser and short shotgun microphones alike. The detachable Offset Link bracket, included with Cyclone Small models, provides mic-axis articulation for ideal microphone placement.

Cyclone Small includes Short XLR, LEMO and MZL model variants.

Cyclone Medium

With our new, premium, short XLR, the Cyclone Medium fits a wide range of microphone sizes.

This Cyclone family member accommodates not only short shotgun microphones, but also many popular shotgun microphones too— all in a compact chassis for maximum wind and handling performance with minimal weight.

Cyclone Large

Originally introduced in 2014, the Cyclone Large has been updated with our durable, grey 3D-Tex material.

Used with many shotgun microphones, the latest Cyclone Large maintains industry-leading performance with a neutral appearance.

New, more advanced 3D-Tex® for even better performance.
All Cyclone models feature our new, grey 3D-Tex® material. This advanced variation of our durable material provides a neutral appearance while performing even better than the original, providing 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 consistent performance which location audio professionals can depend upon.

New, more advanced 3D-Tex® for even better performance.

New more advanced 3D-Tex® for even better performance.

All Cyclone models feature our new, grey 3D-Tex® material. This advanced variation of our durable material provides a neutral appearance while performing even better than the original, providing 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 consistent performance which location audio professionals can depend upon.
Premium performance for a wide range of microphones.

Premium performance for a wide range of microphones.

The new Cyclone Small and Medium models accommodate a range of microphone sizes, from compact condenser to shotgun, providing premium performance to a much wider range of microphones in your arsenal.
Premium short XLR.
The all new Rycote premium short XLR available with Cyclone Small and Medium is not only lightweight, it makes these models perfect for use with longer microphones – often 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 microphones!

Premium short XLR.

Premium short XLR.

The all new Rycote premium short XLR available with Cyclone Small and Medium is not only lightweight, it makes these models perfect for use with longer microphones – often 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 microphones!

Superb acoustic transparency.

Superb acoustic transparency.

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.
Even greater microphone wind protection.
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.

Even greater microphone wind protection.

Even greater microphone wind protection.

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.

3D Tex® Material

3D-Tex® material provides enormous benefits in terms of surface turbulence and acoustic impedance. 

Magnetic Z-Locking System

Magnetic Z-Locking System that can be opened and closed in the blink of an eye – using just one hand.
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Multi Suspension

Cyclone takes the Lyre® microphone suspension and incorporates it in a Floating Basket Suspension.
Taking microphone shock-isolation a step further.

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.

Taking microphone shock-isolation a step further.

Taking microphone shock-isolation a step further.

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.

From microphone windshield to suspension in the blink of an eye.

From microphone windshield to suspension in the blink of an eye.

Imagine a windshield that can be removed from or attached to the suspension in an instant using just one hand – allowing audio professionals to capture the best possible audio at any moment – in any environment. This is the unique benefit of Rycote’s Z-Locking System. Reassembly is automatic, and components magnetically snap into perfect alignment.

Superb acoustic transparency

The Windshield combines superb acoustic transparency with an equal effectiveness in protecting against wind noise. 

Open shell structure

Open shell structure, curved contours and no straight or parallel surfaces.

Reduced handling noise

Innovative technique provides vibration isolation between basket and pole.
Consistent performance with low maintenance.

Location sound mixers require equipment that will not only withstand extreme conditions, but also maintain consistent performance. Maintenance is often a time-consuming, yet necessary evil.

3D-Tex was developed for both outstanding performance and ease of maintenance. Dust it off after mild use or rinse and air dry after heavy use to maintain outstanding, transparent and consistent performance for years of faithful use.

Consistent performance with low maintenance.

Consistent performance with low maintenance.

Location sound mixers require equipment that will not only withstand extreme conditions, but also maintain consistent performance. Maintenance is often a time-consuming, yet necessary evil.

3D-Tex was developed for both outstanding performance and ease of maintenance. Dust it off after mild use or rinse and air dry after heavy use to maintain outstanding, transparent and consistent performance for years of faithful use.

Real world testing.

We understand that all the engineering expertise in the world wouldn’t mean a thing if the finished product couldn’t stand-up to the challenges of real-world location recording.

In addition to testing with new, more powerful wind machines, Cyclone prototypes were sent out into the real world for real testing by location sound professionals. With various iterations of 3D-Tex covering Cyclone prototypes, we were able to learn where our developments were truly successful and where additional development was required. As a result, the Cyclone range performs incredibly – in all conditions.

We extend special thanks to the professionals that put the Cyclone through the harshest test imaginable – the real world.

Photo: Home of the Blizzard – Philip Samartzis – Cyclone Windshield

Real world testing.

Real world testing.

We understand that all the engineering expertise in the world wouldn’t mean a thing if the finished product couldn’t stand-up to the challenges of real-world location recording.

In addition to testing with new, more powerful wind machines, Cyclone prototypes were sent out into the real world for real testing by location sound professionals. With various iterations of 3D-Tex covering Cyclone prototypes, we were able to learn where our developments were truly successful and where additional development was required. As a result, the Cyclone range performs incredibly – in all conditions.

We extend special thanks to the professionals that put the Cyclone through the harshest test imaginable – the real world.

Photo: Home of the Blizzard – Philip Samartzis – Cyclone Windshield

Extreme weather recording

For extreme “weather warning” conditions an optional Windjammer allows previously impossible recordings.

Lyre® technology

Cyclone uses Lyre® microphone suspension to reduce the bulk of shock and handling noise.

Reduced room tone effects

Reduced room-tone effects that characterise conventional tubular designs.

Cyclone – Specifications

All components designed, manufactured & assembled in Stroud, United Kingdom.

Cyclone Windshield Kit – Small (3 variants)

Product Codes:

089103 (XLR)
089104 (LEMO)
089105 (MZL)

Microphone Compatibility

CYCLONE SMALL – XLR
DPA 4017C, 4018C
Neumann KM100 series
Schoeps CMC series
Sennheiser MKH 8040*, MKH 8050*, MKH 50

CYCLONE SMALL – LEMO
Schoeps CCM series

CYCLONE SMALL – MZL
Sennheiser MKH 8060*

Dimensions

Overall length: 297mm
Body length: 142mm
Front Diameter: 157mm
Back Diameter: 113mm

Weight: 

Suspension w/o C-Arm: 302g
Cyclone Kit: 586g
Cyclone Kit & Windjammer: 738g

* Our recommendation for the Sennheiser MKH8040/8050 is the Cyclone Small (XLR) model, based on the use of the Sennheiser MZX (XLR module) with these microphones. If you wish to use either of these mics without the MZX module attached, you can do so using the Cyclone Small (MZL).

Temperature Range

Safe operating range:
Min. -20ºC (-5ºF) – Max. 38ºC (100ºF)

Input Connectors

Cyclone Kit, Small XLR: Reduced XLR-3f
Cyclone Kit, Small LEMO: Lemo FVN
Cyclone Kit, Small MZL: MZL connector

Boom thread

Brass, 3/8″ UNC female
To suit 3/8″16 UNC male & 3/8″ BSW

Cyclone Windshield Kit – Medium

Product Code: 089102

Microphone Compatibility

DPA 4017B, 4018A
Neumann KMR 81D, KMR 81i
Røde NTG-3, NTG-4
Sanken CS-1, CS-2
Schoeps CMIT-5u, CMC w/Cut 1, CMC w/Cut 60
Sennheiser MKH 416, MKH 8060 w/MZF

Dimensions

Overall length: 385mm
Body length: 260mm
Front Diameter: 157mm
Back Diameter: 113mm

Weight: 

Suspension w/o C-Arm: 276g
Cyclone Kit: 623g
Cyclone Kit & Windjammer: 806g

Temperature Range

Safe operating range:
Min. -20ºC (-5ºF) – Max. 38ºC (100ºF)

Input Connectors

Cyclone Kit, Medium: Reduced XLR-3f

Boom thread

Brass, 3/8″ UNC female
To suit 3/8″16 UNC male & 3/8″ BSW

Cyclone Windshield Kit – Large

Product Code: 089101

Microphone Compatibility

Røde NTG-2, NTG-4+
Sanken CS-3e
Schoeps Super-CMIT
Sennheiser MKH 60

Dimensions

Overall length: 470mm
Body length: 330mm
Front Diameter: 157mm
Back Diameter: 113mm

Weight: 

Suspension w/o C-Arm: 289g
Cyclone Kit: 672g
Cyclone Kit & Windjammer: 889g

Temperature Range

Safe operating range:
Min. -20ºC (-5ºF) – Max. 38ºC (100ºF)

Input Connectors

Cyclone Kit, Large: Standard XLR-3f

Boom thread

Brass, 3/8″ UNC female
To suit 3/8″16 UNC male & 3/8″ BSW

What’s in the box?

Cyclone Small

  • Cyclone Suspension, fitted with 2 x 62-shore Universal Lyres (XLR model)
  • Cyclone Suspension, fitted with 1 x 62-shore Universal Lyre & 1 x 8mm Lyre (LEMO model)
  • Cyclone Suspension, fitted with 2 x 62-shore Universal Lyres (MZL model)
  • Cyclone cable – LEMO FVN, reduced XLR-3f or MZL connector dependant on chosen variant
  • Cyclone Windshield, Small (left & right pods)
  • Additional 1 x 62-shore Universal Lyre (LEMO model)
  • Additional 2 x 72-shore Universal Lyre (MZL model)
  • Hex key driver, for adjustment of Lyre
  • Offset link adaptor plates
  • Quick start guide

Cyclone Medium

  • Cyclone Suspension, fitted with 72-shore Universal Lyre
  • Cyclone cable – reduced XLR-3f
  • Cyclone Windshield, Medium (left & right pods)
  • Pair of Universal Lyre 62-shore, for lightweight microphones
  • Hex key driver, for adjustment of Lyre
  • Quick start guide

Cyclone Large

  • Cyclone Suspension, fitted with 72-shore Universal Lyre
  • Cyclone cable (fitted)
  • Cyclone Windshield, Large (left & right pods)
  • Pair of Universal Lyre 82-shore, for heavier microphones
  • Hex key driver, for adjustment of Lyre
  • Quick start guide

Cyclone Small – accessories

  • Cyclone Windjammer – Small (029103)
  • Extension Handle (037301)
  • Cyclone w/Tac!T cable, XLR-3f (017034)

Cyclone Medium – accessories

  • Cyclone Windjammer – Medium (029102)
  • Extension Handle (037301)
  • Cyclone w/Tac!T cable, XLR-3f (017034)

Cyclone Large – accessories

  • Cyclone Windjammer – Large (029101)
  • Extension Handle (037301)
  • Cyclone w/Tac!T cable, XLR-3f (017034)

Cyclone – Video, brochures and images

Cyclone brochure

Brochure in PDF format
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Cyclone user guide

In-depth user guide
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Cyclone images

Hi-Res image gallery
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Quick start guide

Small Guide
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Quick start guide

Medium & Large Guide
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