Cinela is proud to present an amazing innovation: the Cosi, a suspended windshield for short mikes, far better than the Softie and others such as the Bubblebee!
The original idea no doubt stems from the desire to insert a Schoeps MiniCMIT into a fast Softie-style windshield intended specifically for news, documentaries and other productions where lightness, compactness and speed of deployment really matter. The lack of sufficient body length on this very particular mike immediately rules out the flagship product of the English brand.
So Cinela had a revolutionary idea: instead of suspending the mike inside the cage, which is a mounting solution that anyone could handle, it would be far better to suspend the whole cage, with the mike securely mounted on the inside – and only the French brand has been able to pull off this tremendous feat.
The Cosi consists of a cage suspended by two plastic isolators that benefit from remarkable finesse and extremely technical design. The cage is covered by an unmovable material with short black and grey hairs. The isolators are fixed to a 10cm-long bar either at the front or the back, depending on the length of the cage and the mike. The ring-cap that inserts the body of the swivel in order to move the male XLR plug to the side can be turned in all four points of the com, going left/right or front/back, thanks to a fine screw eye. Likewise, the XLR connector can also face in any direction and is held in place by a similar screw.
The microphone is lodged in position surrounded by air, held in place by rubber O-rings in a holder with a female XLR chassis directly connected by a blue cable to the male connector in an S-Shape (like the S in CoSi) attached to the external structure in either one or two places, depending on the length of the cable. The holder is then inserted into the back of the cage using a quarter-turn system (turn clockwise to lock). Open by turning to 9 o'clock, close at 12 o'clock. Thus the microphone is perfectly held and at one with the cage.
All of the plastic parts of the Cosi windshield are made with unbreakable material, which is important for a product liable to be used in extreme and turbulent conditions.
Three cage lengths are available depending on the size of the microphone:
- Long - 21cm: Schoeps MiniCMIT, CMC or DPA 4017C.
- Medium - 18cm: Neumann KM (A/D) 184/185, Sanken CM-M1.
- Short - 15cm: Sennheiser MKH 8050, DPA 4018C.
There are 5 holder diameters. They are colour-coded as follows:
- 19mm - red: Sennheiser series MKH 8000, DPA 4018C, 4017C, Sanken CS-M1.
- 20mm - silver: Schoeps CMC6, CMBI.
- 21mm - blue: Schoeps MiniCMIT, Neumann KM 84.
- 22mm – white : Neumann series KM 100 and KM 184/185 (diameter 21.8mm).
- 22mm – gold : Neumann series KM A/D (diameter 22.1mm).
Adapted models are planned for the Sennheiser MKH 8060 and the Schoeps CCM and CMBI.
Two cable sizes – short and long – are available depending on the cage and the fastening position of the swivel on the holding bar.
It is important to note that, as with all suspension products, it is essential to use an anti-rumble filter with an order 3 hard slope (18 dB/octave) or better (Order 4 - 24 dB/octave) around 50-70Hz! The MiniCMIT comes with such a filter – order 4 – between the capsule and the electronics, making it ideal. With this microphone, do not proceed to activate other filters unless you want to filter low in the LFA style for aesthetic reasons. For all microphones it is crucial to use:
- ideally an external filter such as Schoeps LC 60 -18 dB/octave at 60Hz while taking account of its sensitivity to parasites;
- at worst, input filters for recorders and mixers (often -12 dB/octave, which requires going to a higher frequency, of 80Hz or even 120Hz).
Note that the Cantar X3 has an order 3 input filter, which can be disabled with a secret key combination, but at 30Hz, which is far from enough to filter rumble from a suspension but vital for so-called "zipper noise". In fact, zipper noise was dealt with differently in X3 but an effective solution is used (only in infras) in X1/X2 thanks to an anti-rumble style filter.
Thanks to fur that is quite transparent in acoustic terms but still efficient in protecting against wind, the Cosi can be used outdoors (obviously without being as effective as a Zephyx, Piano or Pianissimo with fur) as well as indoors when there is quick boom movement. Its lightness makes it an ideal tool for a sound recorder standing at the bottom of the steps of Élysée Palace or a boom operator working on a scene with dialogue between people on a large indoor set. And, of course, the Cosi is perfect for attaching to a camera's flash grip. In such cases, it is preferable to fix to the back of the support bar. Indeed, there are plans to produce a special Schoeps CMBI holder for this purpose.
The Cosi's modular system makes it possible to combine a variety of microphones with optimal investment while taking up much less space.
- efficient suspension;
- effective protection from the wind;
- quick set-up;
- precision, miniaturisation, solidity and lightness of the toothed swivel;
- XLR holder can be turned in all 4 directions while the XLR enjoys 360° rotatability;
- lightness and solidity of each unbreakable part;
- compact, especially the back of the microphone;
- various low-cost adaptations.
- not available for half-shotgun mikes like CMIT5U, MKH 416, KMR 81i, 4017/4018A-B or MKH 60.
- not available for short microphones with special bodies such as the MKH 40/50.
- the immobility of the hairs, which we would like to replace with a more acoustically transparent cover on indoor shooting. Wait and see!