Cyclone Basket and Suspension

Introducing the all-new Cyclone product range, featuring next-generation wind and
handling isolation for discerning audio professionals. Cyclone is the premium microphone
windshield system with ground-breaking advancements for all-round performance
excellence.
This User Guide provides useful information about the Cyclone and how to use it. There are
3 sizes of Cyclone currently available: Cyclone Large; Cyclone Medium and Cyclone Small.
For the Cyclone Small, there are 3 model variants, however the only difference between
these 3 is the type of microphone connector that it comes fitted with, that is: XLR; LEMO or
MZL connector.
Most of the information in this User Guide applies to all 3 Cyclone sizes and to all model
variants. Where the information is specific to only one size or model, this will be indicated
as such. Where images or diagrams of the Cyclone Small are shown herein, they are of the
XLR model variant.
Cyclone Basket and Suspension
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Removing Windshield from Suspension 3
Fitting a microphone4
Fitting windshield to suspension
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Removing and refitting the C-Arm 6
Changing Lyres7
Offset Link and boom adaptor assembly 8
Removing the Offset Link
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Reattaching the boom adaptor
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Cyclone Basket
and Suspension
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Figure 1. Cyclone Basket
(Medium model shown)
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Windshield, Right
Safety Catches
Boom Adaptor
Windshield, Left
Release Tabs
Basket Suspension (upper)
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Figure 2. Cyclone Suspension
(Medium model shown)
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Lyre
Neutrik XLR 3-Pin Male
XLR Holder
3-Pin female XLR
C-Arm
Microphone not included
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Figure 3. Cyclone Small
Suspension
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Basket Suspension (upper)
Offset Link
Neutrik XLR 3-Pin Male
Boom Adaptor
Locking Lever
Microphone not included
Cyclone Basket &
Suspension
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The Cyclone is supplied fully assembled. The two windshield sections which make up the basket are held together
on the suspension assembly using magnets, and are further secured with four safety catches.
1. Undo safety catches on both sides of the
windshield (four in total).
2. Whilst holding the windshield, use the
release tabs to separate the two sections of the
windshield system.
3. Pull right side of the windshield away to release
it from lower & upper suspension.
4. Pull left side of the windshield away to release
it from lower & upper suspension.
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Removing Windshield
from suspension
1. Fit the microphone connector to the
microphone (Short XLR connector shown).
2. Insert the microphone into the two Lyres® on
the suspension. Depending on the microphone
width, it may be easier to prize apart the Lyres
with your fingers.
3. The Lyres should be positioned to provide
as even support to the microphone as
possible. The Lyres can be moved into pre-set
positions along the microphone suspension.
You can find more information about moving
the Lyres in the section ‘Changing Lyres’.
4. Always allow a loop of cable (no tension).
Fitting Microphone
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1. Ensure all the safetly catches are open (pointing
downwards) on both sides.
2. Fit left side of the windshield to upper & lower
suspension. The magnets in the suspension &
basket will ensure that they ‘click’ together.
3. Fit right side of the windshield to upper &
lower suspension. The magnets in the suspension
& basket will ensure that they ‘click’ together.
4. Lock the windshield to the suspension by
closing all four safety catches (pointing upwards).
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Fitting windshield
to suspension
The C-Arm provides the upper suspension for the
windshield. If you want to use the Cyclone without the
windshield fitted (e.g. indoor use) you can remove the
C-Arm completely to save weight and reduce overall
size.
1. Whilst holding the C-Arm in one hand, use
your other thumb to simultaneously press down &
push the release tab and the C-Arm will pull out.
2. This can be a little stiff, so a little wiggle may
be needed to release the C-Arm away from the
suspension.
If the suspension is needed
in a restricted space, like a
ceiling shot, the suspension
can be used without
the C-Arm.
3. To refit the C-Arm simply reverse the process
above. Make sure to fully push ‘home’ the C-Arm
to ensure that it is secure.
Removing &
Refitting C-Arm
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The Cyclone features Rycote patented Lyres®, which are
extremely robust, and virtually unbreakable, as they do not use
elastic or rubber components which are prone to wear and tear.
The Lyres have a soft-grip internal surface on the mic clip,
helping to prevent the mic twisting or slipping, and stopping
the clip scratching the surface of powder-coated microphones.
The Lyres are available in different hardness’s, with softer, more
compliant versions for light, short microphones and stiffer
hardness Lyres for longer or heavier microphones.
The Cyclone Lyres can be moved or replaced using the supplied
hex-key.
Cyclone Large and Cyclone Medium are pre-fitted with a pair of Universal Lyres of 72 shore hardness. An additional pair of softer Lyres (62
shore rating), for lighter microphones are also included, which you can fit instead of the pre-fitted ones, should you wish.
Cyclone Small models are pre-fitted with a pair of Universal Lyres of 62 shore hardness. No spare/additional Lyres are provided with the
Cyclone Small models.
Lyre – 62 Shore
Lyre – 72 Shore
The lower the number, the softer the Shore hardness. So ‘62 shore’ is softer that ‘72 shore’. The different Lyres can
be identified as follows:
62 shore - Black rigid part & Black Soft-grip
72 shore - Black rigid part & Grey Soft-grip
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Changing Lyres
Offset Link & boom
adaptor assembly
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The Cyclone Small is fitted with a detachable Offset Link
bracket, which provides mic-axis articulation for ideal
microphone placement.
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Back Offset Link Plate
Front (Cable Side) Offset Link Plate
Offset Link
Lever Ratchet
Boom Adaptor
Rubber Washer
Boom Adaptor Plate & Bolt
XLR Holder
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Offset link & boom
adaptor assembly
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Removing the
Offset Link
1. Loosen screw on the XLR holder, using a Phillips
head screwdriver. Lift out & release XLR connector.
You may prefer to use your Cyclone Small without the
Offset Link. If so, you can remove the Offset Link and
reattach the boom adaptor directly to the base of the
lower suspension assembly. The following instructions
show you how to remove the Offset Link and reattach the
boom adaptor.
2. Rotate lever ratchet anti-clockwise and remove.
A
B
3. Push threaded end of bolt back through the
boom connector and remove bolt A completely.
Slide boom connector to remove it from the Offset
Link.
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Removing the
Offset Link
4. Using a 10mm spanner, undo & remove bolt
B holding the Offset to the suspension. Then
prize apart the two halves of the Offset along it’s
length; this may be stiff so use a small flat-head
screwdriver (as shown).
Reattaching the
boom adaptor
1. Firstly connect the Offset Link plates to either
side of the suspension, ensuring that the smaller
cut-off plate* is on the cable side (* see Part #2
in ‘Offset Link & boom adaptor assembly’ section
above).
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3. Reattach the lever ratchet by winding on to bolt
in clockwise direction.
2. Slide the boom adaptor over the Offset Link
plates, making sure the ‘cable side’ of the adaptor
is on the cable side of the suspension (as shown).
Insert bolt A back through boom adaptor.
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4. Re-insert XLR connector into XLR holder, as
shown. Re-tighten screw C to secure.
Reattaching boom
adaptor
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