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.
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.