Frequently Asked Questions
Find the answers to your questions.
What size of Windscreen do I need?
The size of the windscreen depends on your microphone.
If you have any questions or doubts, please do not hesitate to contact our sales department, they will be happy to help you. Here you can get to the contacts.
How do I submit a logo/graphic?
If you have the logo available as a vector eps/ai/pdf file, we would prefer that. If you do not have it available in this file format, please discuss a possible alternative file format with our sales department. Here you can find the contacts.
How do I treat and clean my Windscreen?
Here you can read everything about treatment and cleaning.
What is flocking?
Here you can read everything you need to know about the flocking method.
I ordered a product with imprint but have not seen a design yet, is that normal?
If you have ordered in our store, you will not get an automatic print preview.
If you need a preview, please contact our Sales Department by mail.
If you have ordered at our sales department directly you will always receive a print preview before we start printing. Usually you will receive the preview within 24 hours. After you approve the design, the product will only go into production.
How long does it take to receive my product?
Products that are not printed are usually shipped no later than the day after the order is placed (depending on the time of the order). For products with individual printing, expect a delivery time of at least 2 to 3 weeks (depending on the printing process, the order quantity and the distance from you to us).
If you have ordered in our webshop, the shipment will take place within 5 working days due to the smaller quantities.
Can I also come by and pick up my order?
You are welcome to stop by and pick up your order in person. From Mondays to Thursdays from 8 am to 3 pm and Fridays from 8 am to 12 noon, there is always someone there to help you with the pickup.
Is on-site payment possible by credit card, for example?
You will only receive an invoice for payment of your order. On-site payment is not possible.
What do you need from me?
We need the following things:
Your fully contact address for to give you a customer number in our system.
The microphone type(s) you work with for to choose the correct windscreen.
The shape you prefer either oval/round shape with 2 logos, the triangle shape with 3 logos or the square type with 4 logos placed on.
The amount of windscreens you are interested in.
The logo(s) needs to be send as a vector file, ai or eps, so our graphic department can create the demo file.
The colour of the windscreen if it is not black or white please send us a Pantone colour code.
Which bore fits my microphone?
The hole should be at least 4 - 6mm smaller than the capsule size of the microphone. If you are unsure about the capsule size of your microphone, please contact us with the designation of your microphone: email@example.com
What colors are available for small quantities?
In our Online Shop we offer flocked in small quantities in the colors red, blue, yellow and black and also unflocked in the colors red, blue, yellow and black.
A wide range of other colors is available, please contact our Sales Department directly by mail.
Frequently asked questions: microphone windscreen
In this section, we would like to answer frequently asked questions about microphone windscreens.
Why do microphones need to have a windscreen?
Microphones need windscreens to protect the microphone diaphragm from gusts of air. Without a windscreen, outdoor wind noise or breathing can cause loud pops in the audio signal, which can be distracting and interfere with the quality of the recording. Windscreens break up gusts of air before they interact with the microphone diaphragm, allowing sound waves to pass through while redirecting wind away from the diaphragm. This helps to prevent unwanted noise and maintain the clarity of the audio recording.
What for different microphone windscreens exist?
There are several types of microphone windscreens that are used for different situations and applications. Some of the most common types include:
These are made of soft, porous foam that fits over the microphone head. They are inexpensive and easy to use, and are ideal for reducing wind noise and protecting the microphone from saliva.
These are similar to foam windscreens, but they are covered with a layer of fake fur. They are designed to reduce wind noise even further than foam windscreens and are often used in outdoor broadcasting.
These are large, cylindrical windscreens that encase the entire microphone. They are designed to provide maximum wind protection and are often used in professional film and video production.
These are screens that are placed in front of the microphone to reduce the impact of plosive sounds (such as “p” and “b” sounds) and other breathing noises on a recording.
Different windscreens may have different levels of effectiveness depending on the specific application and the wind conditions.
Who is Schulze-Brakel?
Schulze-Brakel is a company that specializes in producing windscreens for microphones.
The company produces about 350,000 windshields per year, with many high-quality models for outside broadcasting. In addition to foam windscreens, the company also produces microphone covers made of artificial leather and neoprene for use in rain or snow.
Schulze-Brakel has the world's largest selection of windscreens, with about 400 models in stock. These include windscreens in various shapes and designs, such as a heart, a star, a UFO, or a submarine, and even windscreens with a national flag design. Some broadcasters even commission special models for certain programs or correspondents.
What is SchulzFoam©?
SchulzFoam© is a type of foam material used in the production of microphone windscreens. It is a proprietary material from the company Schulze-Brakel, which is used in their microphone windscreens production.
SchulzFoam© is a great accessory for your audience and perfect for advertisement. The sound quality is hardly affected by the acoustically transparent foam. SchulzFoam allows you to keep recording even high frequencies, while wind and pop noise is reduced. SchulzFoam© has 99% open pores in the heart of the product, which makes it incredibly resistant to harmful influences of moisture and UV light.
To further improve the appearance, Schulze-Brakel offers the option to “flock” the surface. This in-house process provides a brighter look and longer-lasting color on the outside foam layer. The practically unlimited selection of flock colors helps you maintain every aspect of your corporate design.
With a wide range of shapes, colors, and printing options, Schulze-Brakel can please all your wishes.
Why are microphone windscreens a marketing tool?
Windscreens are an essential accessory for microphone recording, that serves to prevent wind noise and protect the microphone's diaphragm. Having a high-quality windscreen, can improve sound quality and provide a better recording experience.
Microphone windscreens can be a marketing tool because the brand can be printed on the microphone windshield. With this feature, people can recognize the company's logo easily. Therefore, Microphone windscreens can be a marketing tool because they offer a way to promote a company's brand and create a unique experience, appealing to a wide range of customers.
When should you use a microphone windscreen?
A microphone windscreen should be used in situations where there is a potential for wind noise or unwanted breath sounds to be picked up by the microphone.
Wind can be a major problem when recording outdoors, as it can cause distracting noise in the recording. A windscreen can help to reduce or eliminate this noise.
Windscreens can be used to reduce the sound of a person’s breath when they are speaking during an interview.
A windscreen can be used to reduce wind noise when broadcasting live from an outdoor location.
Film and video production:
Windscreens can be used to reduce wind noise on the audio track of a film or video recording.
Indoor recording near HVAC systems or fans:
Even when recording indoors, wind noise can be a problem if the microphone is placed near a source of forced air.
Pop filter can be used to reduce the impact of plosive sounds.
Protecting a microphone:
Windscreens can also be used to protect microphones from dirt and saliva, and can be replaced to restore the microphone to a like-new state.
It’s always good practice to test the windscreen in the location where it will be used, and to use multiple windscreens for protection.
For what are foam windscreens used?
Foam windscreens are commonly used to reduce wind noise when recording audio. They are made of open-cell foam which fits snugly around the microphone. The foam creates a labyrinth effect, diverting wind in various directions and preventing it from directly interacting with the microphone diaphragm. They provide basic protection against wind and typically offer wind noise attenuation. They are also inexpensive, easy to use, and often come included with a microphone purchase.
Foam windscreens are also commonly used in video production because they are neutral aesthetically, they do not cause significant high-frequency loss, and are not visually distracting.
For what are Synthetic Fur Dead Cats used?
Dead Cats are a more advanced type of windscreen designed to provide superior wind protection. They consist of two layers: an inner layer of thin foam and an outer layer of synthetic fur. The strands of fur act as baffling to redirect wind, creating less friction and noise than traditional foam windscreens. They are available in various sizes to fit specific microphones or a variety of shotgun mics. They offer a significant wind noise reduction, typically between 25dB-40dB, and when layered over a foam windscreen, the attenuation can be up to 50dB. However, it is important to consider the quality of the windshield, as low-quality windjammers can cause high-frequency attenuation. High-quality windjammers effectively reduce wind noise while preserving sound quality.
What Are Baskets or Blimps?
Baskets, also known as blimps, are the most effective option for maximum wind noise protection. They also consist of two layers: an inner layer of thin foam and an outer layer of plastic or metal mesh. They are available in various sizes, and many options allow multiple microphones to be housed inside. Likewise, they create a large chamber of dead air, providing maximum attenuation of up to 50dB with minimal high-frequency loss.
Which windscreen should you choose?
When purchasing a windscreen, there are several factors to consider, including the type and size of the microphone, the level of noise attenuation needed, and the windscreen’s acoustic transparency. It’s essential to choose a windscreen that fits snugly on your microphone to seal any leakage points and prevent air from disturbing the diaphragm.
For handheld microphones, universal foam windscreens are a good option. Be sure to choose one that fully covers any ports on the microphone grill. For shotgun microphones, special windscreens are available that cover the long barrel of the mic, be sure to choose one that is large enough without allowing too much wiggle room.
Noise attenuation, or noise reduction, is the most important factor to consider when choosing a windscreen. For directional microphones, such as shotgun mics, that are susceptible to wind noise, a fur windjammer or a basket windscreen will offer more protection.
Acoustic transparency should also be taken into account when choosing a windscreen. Generally speaking, the more layers a windscreen has, the less transparent it will be. However, high-quality options can effectively block wind noise without adversely affecting audio quality.
Why is it necessary to replace the microphone windscreen periodically?
The windscreen can deteriorate over time, becoming dusty and potentially allowing debris to enter the microphone, which can cause malfunction. Additionally, exposure to UV radiation can shorten the lifespan of the windscreen.
How often should I clean the windscreen?
It is recommended to clean the windscreen regularly, it can be washed with warm soapy water, rinsed with clean water, shaken to remove water droplets, and left to air dry overnight. This will help to maintain the windscreen’s effectiveness and keep the microphone’s grill free from contaminants.
Which microphone windshield to which weather condition?
One of the greatest challenges for audio recording operators is getting good sound during recording. To get a good sound without any interrupting noises of air movements, it is important to look at the climate conditions and situations in which the recordings are taking place.
In this article, it will be analyzed
which microphone types and brands are best for extreme weather conditions and
which windshield should be used for which environmental climate.
Microphones and extreme environmental conditions
Recording in extreme weather conditions is a challenging task, and it is very valuable to have the right equipment and preparation. There are basic things sound recording operators need to know when working in bad weather.
The most significant to know is that certain microphones do not like temperature extremes. Although many condenser microphones, particularly lower-cost models, are prone to malfunction in hot and humid conditions, it is not always possible to avoid using a microphone in such environments.
In humidity levels and high temperatures, the sound operator enters a danger zone and needs to exercise extreme care, both in recording and shipping the microphone. In such situations, the sound should be very carefully monitored.
To avoid problems with condenser microphones in rapidly changing temperature and humidity conditions, it is recommended to allow the mic to adjust to the new environment before use. This can be difficult when moving from a cooled space to hot weather.
Sudden temperature shifts can cause condensation, resulting in audio issues such as hissing, crackling, or popping, and can also alter the frequency response or cause the mic to malfunction completely.
To prevent these issues, it is advisable to dry the mic with a cloth after use in such climates and store it in a desiccant bag to absorb any moisture. Using silica gel packets in equipment cases can also help mitigate the effects of temperature changes.
One issue with using microphones in freezing temperatures is that the diaphragm may stiffen, leading to increased noise and changes in frequency response.
Additionally, moisture in the air can affect the mic's element capacitance, causing further noise. These issues can make it difficult to capture clear audio in icy temperatures.
What kind of microphone shall I choose for bad weather conditions?
In extreme climates, more expensive microphones are recommended. Shotgun microphones like Rode NTG5 and Sennheiser MKH-416 are best for extreme climates.
These microphones are virtually immune to poor weather conditions. They also have lower self-noise than their inexpensive equivalents.
Dynamic microphones are often used by reporters in windy, wet conditions, such as during hurricanes because they can withstand harsh environments and still produce good audio quality.
In addition to wind and rain, wind noise can also be a problem when recording audio outdoors. To prevent wind noise, it is important to use a windshield on all microphones, even on calm days.
Condenser microphones, which have a lighter diaphragm than dynamic microphones, are more sensitive to wind noise and require a larger windshield for outdoor protection.
Which windscreen for extreme weather conditions and wind noise
Microphones may come with a basket and internal windshield, but they need further protection from extreme weather conditions such as heat, drastically changing temperatures, or cold and wet climate environments.
These synthetic covers for microphones in video production can help reduce wind noise during recording. These covers work by blocking the wind from hitting the microphone directly, which can be especially helpful when using a shotgun or condenser microphone.
Wind noise can be difficult or impossible to remove in post-production, so using a windshield is a practical and effective solution to prevent this issue. Windscreens, also known as wind muffs, come in various shapes and sizes to fit different types of microphones, including small ones for smartphone and GoPro microphones as well as larger ones for professional sound recording.
A foam windshield is the minimum level of protection that a microphone should have, but for outdoor recordings, it may be necessary to use more protective measures. For longer periods of bad weather, Zeppelin-style windshields for shotgun mics or furry dead cat windscreens can help to conceal the wind speeds noise of such bad climate conditions. The dead cat windshield is specially designed for wind noise reduction.
Professional condenser mics or shotgun microphone ´s are the best equipment for climate conditions with rapid shifts in temperature and much air movement.
The type of wind protection needed will depend on the specific environment and the preferences of the sound. By taking the time to carefully choose high-quality wind protection products and professional windscreens, it is possible to capture audio to match the quality of the video.
It is important to remember that while good sound quality can improve poor footage, great footage cannot save poor sound quality. Therefore, your sound recording equipment should always match your video applications.