For several years, Rycote InVision™ mounts have been available for narrow-barrelled shotgun and stick microphones in broadcast and videography applications, but not until 2010, and the release of the striking Universal Studio Mount (USM) was there an InVision™ shock-mount capable of accommodating large-diaphragm recording microphones for use in recording studios.
Like the other InVision™ mounts, the USM makes use of Rycote's patented vibration-resistant Lyre mount, but on this mount the W-shaped Lyres are placed around a central mounting ring with adjustable fasteners, allowing the USM to accommodate any microphone with a diameter of between 18 and 68 millimetres.
The Rycote USM updates the concept of the microphone suspension for the 21st century, completely omitting any elasticated parts and using modern materials to create a virtually indestructible shock-mount with a performance that far outstrips that of the humble 'cat's cradle' suspension. In controlled tests at the Rycote factory, the USM provided up to twice the isolation of traditional microphone suspension systems.
The existing InVision™ USM can be used to mount microphones from 18 to 55mm in diameter, and thus accommodates most studio recording microphones, but the new InVision™ USM-VB will hold the broadest large-diaphragm models from 55mm to 68mm.
*For every USM sold, Rycote will donate one pound to a charity of its choice. Keep an eye on the news for future donations.
Universal microphone shock-mount for mics between 18 and 55 mm in diameter, and from 400 to 750 grammes in weight
Universal microphone shock-mount for mics between 18 and 55 mm in diameter, and up to 400 grammes in weight
Universal microphone shock-mount for mics between 55 and 68 mm in diameter, and up to 900 grammes in weight
Large-diaphragm recording microphones
18-55 mm (USm, USM-L) 55-68 mm (USM-VB)
Microphone Length (up to):
Maximum Weight (vertical):
400g (USM-l), 750g (USM), 900 g (USM-VB)
Maximum Weight (horizontal):
250g (USM-L), 500g (USM, USM-VB)
Suspension Rotation (maximum)
Mic Max Diameter
Min Mic Weight
Max Mic Weight
Max Weight for Horizontal Use
Max Weight for Vertical Use
A universal mic mount - fits any large-diaphragm recording microphone from 18 to 55 mm in diameter.
Offers up to twice the isolation from cable and stand-borne noise of traditional 'cat's cradle' elasticated microphone mounts.
No elasticated parts - never sags or needs rethreading
Comparing the USM vs. Conventional Elastic Suspensions
Hear the Difference
Check out the demo files area of our website, where you can find out more about how the Universal Studio Mount can improve the sound from your large-diaphragm microphone.
Watch and listen to audio and video clips of our tests on the Universal Studio Mount, and see our vibration testing graphs.
"Just wanted to let you know that I got one of your (USM) shock mounts when I got a subscription to SOS magazine. It's the BEST shock mount ever made! I fits my 414 and U87 and everything in my mic closet. Way too good to be given out for free!!!! So, thank you, thank you, thank you! This mount is truly awesome. I was looking for a U87 mount and they're $350 and a 1-trick pony. This thing is incredible and works on everything".
Fred Coury - drummer for band Cinderella, engineer/producer at Double Forte Music