May 25, 2014

RØDE Introduces New 25% Lighter Microphone Blimp That Will Help Minimize Vibration Noise

If you've done any sort of sound work, a microphone blimp attached to your boom pole is an absolutely essential piece of kit. One of the more affordable/solid options out there is the RØDE blimp, and they've just announced a new version that has been made 25% lighter, and has a number of useful new features designed to minimize the noise from boom pole vibrations. Check out their introduction video below:

And their description:

Now featuring the Rycote® Lyre suspension system, the Blimp provides the ultimate in microphone suspension and isolation. Constructed from a single piece of hard-wearing thermoplastic, the Lyre provides superior acoustic suspension to traditional elastic solutions, and will never wear out, sag or snap.

The Blimp’s handle has also been completely redesigned, reducing the product weight significantly, while increasing the ergonomics for handheld use. Housed inside the grip is a heavy-duty Mogami cable which splits via a junction box to a highly-flexible thin cable inside the Blimp, to minimise the transference of vibration to the microphone.

With the lightweight design of the handle and suspension system the new Blimp design is over 25% lighter (550gm without microphone or DeadWombat fitted).

The Blimp attaches to any standard boompole via 3/8" thread attachment at the base. The Universal Blimp Mount is available as an option to remove the handle when the Blimp is being used primarily on a boompole to reduce weight.

The Dead Wombat windshield, caring brush and tail/patch cable are included.

And some photos:

The past version of this blimp is the only one that I use for sound with their NTG-3 microphone, and it's a great sound setup that doesn't break the bank but performs essentially flawlessly when you need it to. Unfortunately they mentioned that the new shock mount system isn't compatible with the old one, so you'll have to purchase a completely new one.

The new blimp should be shipping in the next few weeks, and while it doesn't seem like there is a price yet, I would expect it to come in somewhere near the price of the old one, between $300 and $500, but unless you're treating it poorly, it should be a purchase that lasts a long, long time. We'll update when we know the final price.

Link: RØDE Blimp with Shock Mount and Wind Shield

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Well. Only bought two of the old blimps last week.. Worth trying to return them?

May 25, 2014 at 9:01PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Of course! Its only a week.

May 26, 2014 at 9:25PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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devtank

This looks like an interesting unit. I bought a Rycote S-System blimp last year, and am extremely happy with it; its incredibly tough, light and very well designed.

May 26, 2014 at 9:27PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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devtank

It looks a lot like the Sennheiser system, only the Sennheiser costs twice as much, and the Rode seems to be more flexible regarding differents types/lengths of microphones.

Rode has really good products - I recently did a direct comparison of a voice recording with a Sennheiser MKH-416, Sennheiser ME-66 and a Rode NTG-1.
The NTG-1 came really, really close to the MKH-416, while the ME-66 clearly lost the competition.

Considering the NTG cost 160 Euros, the ME-66 system cost around 300 Euros and the MKH-416 cost close to 1000 Euros... the NTG-1 delivered more than impressive results here!

May 30, 2014 at 7:22PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Heiko

Would it work for a 416 or ME66?

May 27, 2014 at 11:21PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Dave

The ME66 is pretty much the same width as a Rode NTG, so that should probably work, but the 416 is really thin, not sure if that will work (although Rode says it will fit "any third party shotgun microphone up to 325mm (12 ¾”) in length.")
Length wise, the 416 is definitely shorter than 325mm, I think the ME66 with K6 is shorter, too, so they should both fit

If the 416 is too thin can always make it fit with some gaffers tape - I have done that before, because the 416 is too slim for almost all standard microphone clamps. If you use thin stripes of good gaffers tape around the 416, it looks pretty much like a professional solution and it will also come off without problems. I 'drecommend Advance Gaffa tape AT200 matte black, and I'd rather not use some cheap tape because it might leave sticky residue on the microphone.

May 30, 2014 at 7:03PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Heiko

I think I'll wait until my old one breaks or the boom operator gets arthritis.

May 30, 2014 at 9:10PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Zan Shin

And yet another classic example of the huge markup in camera gear for what you actually are getting. It's a bit of plastic resin, metal, and wire, and they want over $300 for it.

I guess we're suckers for anything...

June 1, 2014 at 1:47PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Dan H