The ZEPHYX windshield follows in the success of OSIX microphone suspensions
The main goal is to optimize the performances on several main points:
- Wind protection
- Acoustic transparency
- Handling noise
The high wind protection is achieved by natural ovoid shape of large diameter (18 cm), which helps « omnidirectional » aerodynamics and increases the area of protection around the microphone.
The main double layer fabric, used alone, allows a very good level of protection for light or medium winds and offers a perfect acoustic transparency (-1 dB @ 100 Hz; -2 dB @ 20 kHz).
Alternatively, « long hairs » fur enhances performance against wind noise (+4 to 5 dB between 50 and 200 Hz), especially at the cost of increased total volume without special degradation of the frequency response.
Being rigidly attached to the support, the basket of a conventional windshield is directly excited by the vibrations of a boom or stand. So the microphone is in the heart of a drum where handling noise is acoustically transmitted. In certain conditions, the increase of the noise level due to the installation of the basket can go up to 20 or 30 dB at certain frequencies, especially if the microphone suspension is very efficient!
ZEPHYX windshield incorporates an exclusive feature of suspension that ensures effective vibration decoupling of the main cage itself. The device is composed of a cross firmly secured to the central axis, which ends by isolators semi elliptical recessed into four points of the cage. This large base suspension, located within the volume, is complemented by a bellows with the function of windproof and flexible interface between the axis and the « floating » cage.
The shortened XLRM is fixed by a small knob and can be easily released without loosening the cap, in particular to permit the dismantling of the bellows.
The suspension set is fixed to the cage by a single knob and allows a quick change indoor/outdoor.
The thin and flexible cables coming from the suspension are connected to a single largest one to the XLR male (or other plug) through a small integrated housing. The internal circuit board provides a perfect positioning of the cables.
A special version of 3 pins XLR cable (Z-CABLE-XF), where the female XLR is limited to its contact insert protected by resin, allows the mounting of a MKH 40 or MKH 50 microphone. The membrane is thus at a good distance from the fabric at the front of the windshield. For this particular configuration, powerful but to be handled with care (the female XLR is not fixed to the cradle), it is necessary to use a suspension OSIX 2 with two straps (N-OSIX-2).
For those who already own an adaptable OSIX (see microphones list) and who wish to install it in a ZEPHYX, simply order the reference Z-BASE associated with a specific cable as Z-CABLE-X or Z-CABLE-XF. Without the cage, the suspension set is immediately usable for indoor.
For those who already have a ZEPHYX windshield with a specific mounting, and would like to use it for another microphone, simply order a suspension set (X-SET-xx) comprising all parts necessary for an immediate exchange between microphones.