After training as a location sound recordists at BBC Wood Norten, Simon joined full-time in 1997. Simon originally started as a production engineer, then became technical director and eventually took over full ownership and management of Rycote with his wife Odette (who just also happened to run all manufacturing operations and logistics) until they sold the business in 2018.
Over the course of 35 years of making audio accessories, they created many new products and categories that are now considered as broadcast industry standards.
- Synthetic fur for windshield blimps
- Foam with an integrated fur covering commonly referred to as a 'dead____' (insert animal name of your choice)
- Windshield furs for portable recorders
- Modern windshield kits with interchangeable parts
- Patented universal mic shock mounts using non-elastic polymer material
- Purpose made lavalier mic adhesive stickers and accompanying fur covers