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Rycote HC-15 Short Shotgun Microphone

BH #RYHC15TC • MFR #079001
Rycote HC-15 Short Shotgun Microphone
Key Features
  • For Film/TV, Location, and Broadcast
  • Hypercardioid Polar Pattern
  • Extremely Low Self Noise
  • Compact & Lightweight
The Rycote HC-15 is a short shotgun microphone with a 3.7" interference tube that leverages the company's audio expertise to provide a high-performing, all-purpose solution for location recording, TV/film production, and broadcast work. The electret condenser capsule features sophisticated RF shielding to reduce noise and interference, while its hypercardioid polar pattern reliably attenuates off-axis sound to provide crisp, precise speech and dialog that rivals substantially more expensive models.
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Rycote HC-15 Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Capsule
  • 3Preamp
  • 4RF-Protection
  • 5Materials and Construction
  • 6Compatible Rycote Windshields

The Rycote HC-15 is a short shotgun microphone with a 3.7" interference tube that leverages the company's audio expertise to provide a high-performing, all-purpose solution for location recording, TV/film production, and broadcast work. The electret condenser capsule features sophisticated RF shielding to reduce noise and interference, while its hypercardioid polar pattern reliably attenuates off-axis sound to provide crisp, precise speech and dialog that rivals substantially more expensive models.

The HC-15 can handle sound sources at volumes up to 133 dB SPL when operating on full 48V phantom power. The mic can also run on 24V, but with lowered SPL handling capabilities. The mic offers an extremely low self noise of 8.5 dB and a wide frequency response of 50 Hz to 20 kHz. A travel case is included, while a wide variety of Rycote windshields and mounting accessories are available separately.

Capsule
  • Individually fine-tuned back-electret microphone capsule for professional, broadcast-quality sound with a hint of warmth
  • Hypercardioid polar pattern picks up less unwanted background sound
Preamp
  • Compact design
  • Sophisticated RF shielding
  • Low power consumption
RF-Protection
  • Active in-line filtering
  • Fine-tuned mechanical RF shielding
  • Thoroughly tested against digital wireless systems and walkie talkies
Materials and Construction
  • Gold-plated Neutrik XLR connector
  • Preamp made from non-corrosive machined brass with low impedance to ensure best possible and longest lasting RF shielding
  • Capsule and interference tube made from lightweight machined aluminum
  • Weight balanced to help keep center of gravity further back for improved handling when using Rycote Lyre shockmounts and slip-on wind protection
Compatible Rycote Windshields
The HC-15 does not include a windshield. Rycote offers several compatible wind reduction options that are available separately: 

  • 3.9" Classic Softie
  • 3.9" Short Fur Softie
  • 3.9" SGM Foam
  • 3.9" Super Softie
  • NS2-CA Nano Shield Kit 
  • Small Cyclone Windshield
  • Modular Windshield Kit 2

Rycote HC-15 Specs

Key Specs
Form Factor
Shotgun Mic
Element Type
1x Electret Condenser
Polar Pattern
Hypercardioid
Frequency Range
50 Hz to 20 kHz
Maximum SPL
133 dB SPL (Phantom Power)
Analog Output
1x XLR 3-Pin Male (on Mic)
Power Sources
Phantom Power
Microphone
Primary Applications
Broadcast, ENG (Electronic News Gathering), Audio for Video, Location Sound
Form Factor
Shotgun Mic
Intended Sound Sources
Vocals, Speech/Voice-Over
Sound Field
Mono
Element Type
1x Electret Condenser
Polar Pattern
Hypercardioid
Orientation
End Address
High-Pass Filter
No
Performance
Frequency Range
50 Hz to 20 kHz
Maximum SPL
133 dB SPL (Phantom Power)
Impedance
100 Ohms
Load Impedance
1 Kilohms
Sensitivity
45 mV/Pa
Signal-to-Noise Ratio
85 dB A-Weighted (1 kHz)
Equivalent Noise Level
8.5 dB A-Weighted
THD
1%
Connectivity
Analog Output
1x XLR 3-Pin Male (on Mic)
Power
Power Sources
Phantom Power
Operating Voltage
24 to 48 V (Phantom Power)
Physical
Color
Black
Dimensions
ø: 0.7 x L: 6.1" / ø: 19 x L: 155 mm
Weight
3.2 oz / 90 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight
0.59 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)
8.5 x 1.9 x 1.4"

Rycote HC-15 Reviews

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What are some Rycote shockmounts that would work ...

What are some Rycote shockmounts that would work with this microphone? Rycote does a terrible job of not mentioning this on their website.
Asked by: David
The Rycote HC-15 Short Shotgun Microphone can be used with a variety of Rycote shockmounts such as the Rycote 037340 Universal Shotgun Mount for Cameras and Boom Poles, the Rycote 041138 InVision On-Camera Shockmount, the Rycote 041136 INV-Lite 19 Boom Shockmount for Short Shotgun Mics, or the Rycote 042901 InVision Video Hot Shoe Microphone Suspension.
Answered by: Lisa
Date published: 2023-01-05

Can you power the shotgun with a AA battery or it ...

Can you power the shotgun with a AA battery or it absolutely need phantom power to work?
Asked by: Charles
The Rycote HC-15 Short Shotgun Microphone requires 24V or 48V of phantom power. It will not work with a standard battery. However, you can get a separate phantom power supply that uses a battery. For example, the Xvive Audio P1 Portable Phantom Power Supply with Rechargeable Battery (B&H # XVP1) has a built-in rechargeable battery and it's very easy to use. The Mackie M48 Single-Channel 48V Phantom Power Supply (B&H # MAM48) can be powered by a 9V battery or its included AC power supply. We do have more options. Please feel free to contact us by phone or through live chat and we will be happy to help you find the best option for your application.
Answered by: Lisa
Date published: 2023-05-10

How do these shotguns do outside in heat and ...

How do these shotguns do outside in heat and humidity? I do a lot of nature recordings and am interested in their low self noise
Asked by: Kevin
The Rycote HC-15 Short Shotgun Microphone is not IP-rated for moisture resistance, and Rycote has not specified a maximum ambient temperature for optimal operation. As such, and until further information is made available, it should be protected from moisture and caution should be taken when using the microphone in high temperatures.
Answered by: calvinm
Date published: 2024-01-14
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