The Story of Quickpole

For the first time in 25 year history, we would like to offer a look behind the scenes and proudly show you how an Ambient pole is produced today.

Video Timeline Description
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From a rack with dozens of carbon coils, single fibers are pulled into the production line.

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All strings are pulled through an epoxy basin over a steel bar to take off the excess epoxy, and into the pulltrusion assembly line. This proprietary and confidential machine now weaves, extrudes and bakes the fibers simultaneously to form a perfect tube (Not in the video).

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Aircraft aluminum blanks are pushed into the turning machine.

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Here different metal parts of the booms are milled out of blanks with high precision by the fully automatic, new, state of the art machine.

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Afterwards, the parts fall into a basin with water and special purifier to cool down and clean off microscopic particles.

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Every single metal part is examined for tolerance and finished by hand.

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Now, we are back in the carbon factory to show how QS tubes are made. The special grinding machine polishes the QS tubes after each carbon layer.

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A new layer of carbon fiber is pressed onto a stainless steel bar and afterwards reeled up under high pressure by a special machine. Afterwards the pole with the new layer is baked and ground again. This process is repeated until all layers we designed are added and one tube is finished.

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During the anodizing process the aluminum parts are cleaned in a huge acid bath and afterwards immersed into different anodizing basins.

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To ensure the perfectly smooth action of the QS segments the quality control measures the tubes with a tolerance of only 5/100 mm.

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The final assembly is done by hand in our small manufactory close to the German city of Passau.

The Beginning

Twenty-five years ago, two production sound professionals working as boom operators and sound mixers decided to share their knowledge and gear. With their collective wealth of field experience, they set out to design better versions of the equipment they used starting with their boom poles.
Applying great attention to detail, especially boom stiffness, handling noise and durability, they proceeded to implement their improvements. A short time later, the design was finalized and went into production, immediately becoming very popular.
Since that time a lot has improved, but not the idea that every detail matters.

The Ambient Recording Boom Pole Philosophy

The boom pole is the most important tool for a boom operator. In the hands, it should be an extension of the body, enabling precise and intuitive work. Designing the perfect boom with perfect characteristics requires a compromise of sometimes opposing demands.

The heart of a boom pole is the tube. A perfect boom pole tube has to be lightweight and rigid, to minimize bending and to maximize control of microphone position while fully extended.

 
At the same time they should be resilient enough to avoid breaking when swinging the boom. The surface should be smooth for easy action and to prevent handling noise, but with a matte finish so as not to cause reflections.

The Carbon Fiber Statement

The only material that possesses the characteristics to satisfy all these demands is carbon fiber. The manufacturing process of carbon fiber tube allows us to specify its composition. With parameters such as fiber type, fiber arrangement, wall thickness, tube diameter and manufacturing method, we gain the possibility to create something completely unique and specialized to satisfy your requirements.
We would love nothing more than to create one perfect solution, a boom for all situations, but this is simply not possible. Each boom pole operator has specific needs based on their applications and working environment, equipment used, and the most important factor of all, personal preference.
Ambient offers four unique lines of boom poles to address the huge variety of needs of today’s field sound professionals.