Get serious about your vocal sound!
Remove The Weak Link From Your Recording Chain!
If you want a quality vocal sound, you need quality components all
the way down the line. You’ve invested in good mics and mic preamps;
why let your sound down with a throwaway elasticated microphone
21st Century Suspension
Most suspensions rely on the same basic elastic cats-cradle concept, a design that has remained unchanged for nearly 60 years. The InVision USM, by contrast, makes use of 21st-century technology and materials.
The InVision USM is based on Rycote’s patented
mounts, and can accept round and square-sided large-diaphragm
instrument mics from 18 to 55mm in diameter. Attenuation of unwanted
vibrations, handling and stand-borne noise is up to 12dB better than
traditional elasticated designs. That means it’s often twice as good
across the frequency spectrum!
The InVision USM Lyres are extremely durable; made from an
unbreakable material, Hytrel, they will never lose their tension
or need re-threading.
Why leave a weak link in your high-quality vocal recording chain?
Be serious all the way from your singer to your final mix with a
The InVision Studio Mount provides much better
isolation from vibration across the frequency spectrum – often double that of most
conventional elasticated shock mounts.
These measurements (right, click to enlarge), which compare the effects of vibration on a mic mounted in two different suspensions across the audible frequency spectrum, were taken with a typical side-address large-diaphragm cardioid studio microphone mounted on a boom stand. Conditions were kept close to those found in a normal studio. The excitation signal was pink noise.
This microphone has an internal rubber mount for the capsule,
which affords some built-in isolation from vibration. However this only
has a useful effect from about 170Hz upwards.
The conventional elastic suspension provides an improved degree of
isolation from about 70Hz but has poor self-damping, resulting in a
mild amplification of stand noise around 50Hz.
A Better Microphone Suspension
Rycote is renowned throughout the entertainment, recording and broadcast industries for its skill in isolating microphones from
The InVision USM uses Rycote’s patented Lyre technology to suspend studio microphones safely, and isolate them from the low-frequency thumps and rumbles that are transmitted through microphone stands.
- Microphones can be oriented vertically or horizontally.
- The InVision USM is designed to provide equal isolation around 360° and is thus suitable for all side-address omni, cardioid,
figure-of-eight and supercardioid microphones.
Microphones need to be fitted into the InVision USM so that their centre of gravity is close to the level of the outer ring. You can use a microphone horizontally but at the end of the session please store it vertically.
The level of isolation depends on many factors, including the mass
of the microphone, its polar pattern, the stand and clamp used, and the
surface it stands on.
The locking system for the InVision USM uses 4 precision-made
stainless steel screws, with soft rubber grip ends.
The screws can be adjusted to fit almost any shape and profile
within an overall microphone diameter of 18 to 55 mm.
The grip surface of the pads allows the InVision USM to hold the microphone securely upside down, with minimal pressure from the screws.
||154g (34.0 oz)
||Brass 3/8” & 5/8”
||18 - 55mm (0.7 - 2.2”)
|Maximum weight Horizontal
||500g (17.6 oz)
|Maximum weight Vertical
||750g (26.5 oz)
Choose From Two Models: USM Standard or USM-L Lite
Choosing the correct InVision Studio Mount, will depend
entirely on your application. For instance, if as a vocalist you intend
only to use the microphone in a vertical orientation, you will find
that the best isolation is often achieved with the Lite version. To
realize the utmost in versatility, the USM standard mount equipped with
stiffer black lyres will also allow you to tilt your microphone in many
various angles, suitable for Drum Overheads, for example.
In general the InVision USM and USM-L will fit any microphone from
18 to 55mm in diameter, including models with round, flat-sided and
tapered barrels. Four precision-made stainless-steel screw clamps
fitted with soft rubber adjustable pads, hold the microphone giving you
total confidence in any mounting orientation. Both models are fitted
with an integral cable clamp, a swivel base threaded for 3/8-inch
stands, and include a 5/8 inch brass stand adapter for typical
Should I use the USM or the USM-L?