Addressing the challenging environments frequently encountered by broadcast and location recordists, DPA Microphones has announced its Air1 Universal Miniature Fur Windscreen, promising ‘unrivaled acoustic transparency that solves all wind-related challenges of filming outdoors’.

Air1 Universal Miniature Fur Windscreen‘The DPA Air1 Windscreen eliminates all the worries associated with using a windscreen on a miniature microphone during outdoor broadcast projects,’ says DPA Microphones Helga Product Management Director, Volha Somava. ‘Many windscreens currently on the market are time consuming and difficult to mount. They can also be cumbersome to position correctly and can alter the frequency curve of the microphone, but the DPA Air1 breaks these stereotypes. It’s rare to find a windscreen that can be considered groundbreaking, but the new DPA Air1 Windscreen is exactly that.’

Intended for quick mounting on round, omnidirectional headset or lavalier microphones between 0.1-0.23 inches (2.5-5.8mm), the DPA Air1 rejects wind noise through two consistent layers of wind protection, the first of which is a newly designed acoustic fur. By fine-tuning the length, material and density, as well as the inner lining, the fur contributes to the excellent wind rejection while maintaining outstanding acoustic transparency.

A second layer of protection afforded by the Air1 is the Air cavity that surrounds the microphone to keep the fur spaced from the capsule and maintain constant Air volume. This is achieved using two sturdy arches as well as a mic stop, which ensures that the microphone’s position in the coveted ‘acoustic sweet spot’ is most protected. By adding a revolutionary, patent-pending boundary surface directly behind the capsule, a pressure field is generated around the microphone diaphragm, which has a specific frequency range that is acoustically amplified. Fine-tuning the dimensions of the boundary surface enabled DPA to adjust the frequency boost to match the exact frequencies that the fur attenuates.

The Air1 is constructed using a highly durable, ultra-robust UV-stabilised hard plastic that is found in automobile headlights and can withstand harsh weather and repeated use. To maintain a consistently strong grip on the microphone, DPA implemented a stainless-steel spring that, unlike elastic bands used on traditional wind protection accessories, will not snap mid-use or deteriorate over time.

Additionally, the acoustic fur  fibres promise long-lasting colour, shape memory and easy maintenance. Further, the handles on the device minimize handling of the fur, which ensures that the Air1 will maintain its shape significantly longer than traditional windscreens. With fur length that is 30-percent shorter than other wind protection accessories, the Air1 also reduces the visual impact of using a windscreen.

In addition to being compatible with DPA’s lavaliers and headsets, the Air1 can be used on a wide range of other professional miniature microphones. Two sizing options are also available to fit most major brands’ professional miniature microphones, offering a universal solution. To further aid in the versatility of the windscreen, the DPA Air1 is offered in six color options (black, brown, beige, white, off-white and gray) to complement most apparel. Finally, the DPA Air1 ships with two windscreens of the same size and colour in the box.


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