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Rycote INV-Lite 19 review

Updated: Dec 19, 2019

I bought my Sennheiser MKH 8060 second hand, and with it came a whole load of great accessories, including a load of

great Rycote stuff, including the INV-Lite 19 mic suspension for short shotgun mics (and a Rycote WS1 kit, but more on that in another post).

The INV-Lite comes in two sizes; 19 and 21. The 19 is for DPA 4017, Sennheiser MKH 8060 and practically all mics of 19mm diameter, and the 21 is for mic of 21mm diameter like the MiniCMIT.

With the MKH 8060 this mount appears to be brilliantly balanced, offering excellent vibration isolation in a lightweight and elegant package. I would say it's a very good solution for this mic, or other mics of this size and weight.

So with that success I tried it with my other 19mm mic, a Schoeps CMC6U xt preamp with MK41 capsule, and to be honest I think that mic is simply too lightweight to take advantage of this suspension. Even with a Rycote baseball and fur it felt like every movement of my hand ended up in the mic. It's a sensitive mic at the best of times and I think a softer lyre would be better. So for now on jobs with a cut down kit I'll be taking this and my older INV-7.

I would be worried using this mount on other short shotguns given the issues with the Schoeps CMC6 that I experienced. Many other mics are much lighter than the 8060, and so I think a softer lyre for this kit would help us in tuning the suspension for the specific mic. I've also heard reports from MiniCMIT users that handling noise can be a problem with this suspension.

I'd love to try a Cinela COSI for this mic too. It's next on my list!

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