Schoeps Introduces Parabolic Microphone System With Balanced Frequency Response

Schoeps has teamed with Telinga to introduce a new parabolic microphone system that achieves high directivity at high and medium frequencies in a portable, foldable form factor.

Schoeps said the enormous directivity of a parabolic dish often comes with a very unbalanced frequency response, which also varies widely for different directions of sound incidence. This usually leads to a clear coloration. To overcome that, the new parabolic dish set is a matched system.

The microphone position is designed to produce a smooth frequency response (unusual for a parabolic system) for the three recommended CCM microphone types. Although the frequency response is now smooth, it is not yet even, so must still be equalized. This is automatically achieved with Schoeps' free plugin ParabolEQ. The plugin performs filtering based on the entered application parameters, producing a flat frequency response between 100 Hz and 20 kHz. The correction curve is visualized accordingly.

Schoeps said the system uses a special, foldable OEM parabolic dish from Telinga. The new design with an OEM Rycote windscreen leads to a high attenuation of wind noise on the microphone. The optionally available high wind cover or — if the parabolic dish must be transparent — the included windjammer provide further damping of strong wind. If the inevitable wind noise on the dish itself is low enough for recording, disturbances to the microphone are thus reliably avoided. 

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