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Rycote Hits a Home Run With the Baseball

Windscreen aims to take the swoosh out of the boom

Though it looks more like a gray tennis ball than a baseball, the Baseball from Rycote is a new windscreen option.

The company says it is designed for use with boom microphones to prevent annoying “swooshes” that come from moving the boom too fast. 

The inside of the Baseball is made of open-cell foam and an open cavity. It is fitted with a soft though durable plastic/rubber thermoplastic elastomer end-cap that secures the Baseball on the mic and provides an effective seal against wind.

It is available in two sizes — 19/20 millimeter for the DPA 4018, Sennheiser MKH 8050 and Schoeps CMC641 long supercardioid microphones and the 24/25 millimeter for the Sennheiser MKH 50.

It would be fun to see a larger version that fit a standard interview mic or a studio mic. They would be ideal for sports stations and programming — especially those with visual radio programs. Price: $39.95