Broadcast equipment manufacturer TSL Products has collaborated once again with windshield specialist Cinela to produce the PIANI-SPS200, which it calls the ‘ultimate virtual reality recording package.’
The two companies previously worked together to house a custom short body version of TSL’s SoundField SPS200 ambisonics microphone within Cinela’s ZEPHYX windshield to create a portable, robust and reliable recording system.
The success of that partnership led to this latest project that enables surround sound and VR content creators to capture high quality, immersive sound with the absolute minimum of handling and wind noise to complement their images, TSL says.
The PIANI-SPS200 is comprised of TSL Products’ SoundField Standard SPS200 mic (pictured) slotted into the Cinela Pianissimo windshield, which contains flexible inner extensions using SoundField’s original connectors, maximising the isolation of vibration and noise handling. Users can purchase each element separately and need only connect them via the regular extension provided with the microphone, near the swivel.
The SPS200 Software Controlled Microphone can capture SoundField B-Format, surround and stereo simultaneously. The lightweight microphone (approximately 220 grams) is powered by standard 48v phantom power and incorporates four low noise, studio grade condenser capsules.
The lightweight yet robust Cinela Pianissimo windshield is designed for the new generation of short shotgun microphones and coincident stereo, surround sound combinations and mics shorter than 21cm. It integrates the ‘floating basket’ design pioneered by Cinela, with full-cage isolation to reduce vibration and handling noise, achieved with four flexible ‘U’ isolators installed around the cage, and a rubber bellows at the bottom of the cage to ensure flexibility and keep any wind out.
Cinela’s Philippe Chenevez said: “As virtual reality continues to grow in popularity, users will expect the highest quality to keep them believing in their virtual environment. We believe that the combination of the SoundField SPS200 and the Pianissimo windshield is an ideal solution to create the immersive sound needed for VR.”