A parabolic dish is an extraordinary tool in the hands of a skilled sound engineer, since it achieves a surprisingly high directivity at high and medium frequencies with relatively simple means. With this new parabolic dish system consisting of a special OEM parabolic dish from Telinga and a Schoeps CCM microphone, these characteristics can fully be realized. In addition we achieved significant improvements in terms of some usual disadvantages of a parabolic dish system by several innovative measures.
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 SCHOEPS 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 our 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.
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.
The three recommended microphone types are:
- CCM 2 compact microphone omni-directional
- CCM 21 compact microphone wide cardioid
- CCM 4 compact microphone cardioid
These types lead to different results and properties of the system. Therefore, the sound engineer should choose wisely.
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