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One pair of dead rats for multiple mics?
« on: October 18, 2017, 11:18:27 PM »
Is it necessary or advantageous to buy multiple sets of dead rats for different microphones?

Meaning, if I have a SP-CMC-4U, a CA-14 and a CS binaural, would it be advantageous to buy separate dead rats (one made by SP, one made by CA and one made by CS).

Or, will just one pair do the trick for all of them, in terms of creating more wind resistance?

If so, do people have a preference?

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Re: One pair of dead rats for multiple mics?
« Reply #1 on: October 20, 2017, 09:20:39 AM »
Really just depends if they fit all the mics or not. Those mics aren’t all the same size, but they may be close enough that it doesn’t matter.

I’d add that the quality of “dead rats” can vary quite widely. I’m not as familiar with solutions for small mics, but I’d just recommend trying to get something made for professionals; YMMV with home brew solutions.

On the larger mics, it’s hard to argue with the quality/price on the Movo windscreens. Rycote is no doubt the market leader, but you pay for it.
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Re: One pair of dead rats for multiple mics?
« Reply #2 on: October 20, 2017, 09:47:31 AM »
^ All that.

I’d add that the quality of “dead rats” can vary quite widely.

Unless you have good quality fuzzies, I generally prefer switching to a thicker foam screen as long as that provides sufficient wind protection. 
For me they are more consistent and less problematic- fur gets matted, sometimes sheds, lesser quality rats cut more high frequencies than foam, etc. 
But if you need more wind protection than a big foam, then fur is the next logical choice before going with a costly blimp type screen.
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Re: One pair of dead rats for multiple mics?
« Reply #3 on: October 20, 2017, 10:22:27 AM »
^ Also (and you know more about this than me) small omni mics are much more wind resistant anyway, so the foam really *should* be all you need with such mics...
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Re: One pair of dead rats for multiple mics?
« Reply #4 on: October 20, 2017, 10:32:08 AM »
Yeah, the more directional the mic, the more susceptible to wind noise. Small omnis are quite wind resistant and pretty much only need foam in my experience.
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