Boundary Microphone Adaptor
The patented TURTLE is a special adaptor that will turn virtually any microphone that has a body diameter of between 19 to 21mm into a boundary microphone.
The microphone is held in patented Rycote “Lyre” suspensions that protect the microphone from foot-fall noise, etc. and the tough TURTLE body protects the microphone from being walked over. The latest version includes six holes for permanent / semi-permanent mounting to the floor or wall and to aid wall-mounting by providing attachment points for hanging wires.
High quality boundary microphones are expensive and there are not many available – with the TURTLE you can turn a small diameter condenser microphone into a boundary microphone and, after you have finished, unclip it from the TURTLE and use it as a normal microphone again
Boundary microphones are something that every sound person should have in their kit – their unique properties make them useful in so many situations. However, there are a few downsides: there are very few high quality boundarymicrophones on the market and they are all very expensive. If one does not need a boundary microphone all the time, it’s a big investment. Also, they can pick up vibration noise from the floor and are prone to being trodden on – not something that you want happening to a microphone that may have cost £2,000 or so.
But now all these problems have been overcome in one fell swoop with the “Turtle”.
Developed in Germany by Andreas Maier of Maier Sound Design, the Turtle is a patented boundary adaptor that will convert any 19/21mm diameter microphoneinto a boundary microphone. Its tough reinforced shell can take all that is thrown at it – being walked over or run over by camera dollies and the like. Under the shell are patented Rycote “Lyre” suspensions that protect the microphone from conducted noise and vibration – holding the microphone in the boundary zone and protecting it from damage and handling noise. The latest version includes six holes for permanent / semi-permanent mounting to the floor or wall and to aid wall-mounting by providing attachment points for hanging wires.
The bonus – when a boundary microphone is not required, the microphone cansimply be unclipped and used as normal.
Virtually any microphone with a diameter between 19mm and 21mm can be used: omni, cardioid, super-cardioid, whatever is needed. Clip it into the “Turtle” to make a boundary microphone and unclip it at the end of the event. Simple and effective – now everyone can afford a quality boundary microphone.
The “Turtle” can also be used for measurement microphones and also for a microphone with a knuckle-joint or gooseneck, where the microphone needs protection.
The “Turtle” is available as standard in black, but it can also be purchased in other colours (eg: red or yellow) for use in places where it needs to stand out. It comes complete in a wooden protective box.
Download Hugh Robjohn’s “Sound On Sound” review of the Maier Sound TURTLE HERE
TURTLE Data Sheet
TURTLE Info Sheet