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Azden SMX-30 Stereo/Mono Switchable Video Microphone
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- Stereo and mono recording modes with -10db, 0db, +20db level adjustments
- Low noise, high sensitivity, wide frequency response shotgun mic with 3.5mm stereo mini-jack output
- Custom, detachable foam windscreen
- Integrated shock-absorbing shoe-mount with 1/4-20 thread
- Operates on (2) AA batteries with indicator LED light
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The SMX-30 was engineered to be the ultimate video microphone with outstanding audio quality, appealing design, ergonomic form factor and all of the functional features one expects in a top-of-the-line, camera-mounted microphone. Stereo and mono recording modes Level adjustment: -10dB, 0dB, +20dB +20dB gain booster alleviates noise produced by low-quality camera preamps -10dB pad for loud sound environments Low-cut filter selectable at 120Hz, 3dB/octave Operates on (2) AA batteries Low noise, high sensitivity, wide frequency response 10 year warranty with registration Custom, detachable foam windscreen Integrated shock-absorbing shoe-mount with 1/4"-20 thread Battery indicator LED light 3.5mm stereo mini-jack output Stereo or Mono? Why Choose? If you only have the budget to buy one microphone for your camera, why should you have to choose between mono or stereo? The SMX-30 is stereo/mono switchable, so you don't have to. Housed inside an innovative casing, the SMX-30 is actually two microphones packaged into one. The stereo microphone is positioned at the top and consists of 2 cardioid polar pattern microphone elements spaced apart at a 120° angle for capturing a natural sounding stereo image. The mono microphone uses a super-cardioid polar pattern to focus on sound in front of the camera and is equipped with the same high-quality element as Azden's SGM-250 shotgun mic
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Okay. For you who are wondering if you should get a Rode or an Azden, let me point out a few things. First, when they say the audio of the Rode mics are better, they are NOT. They are just different. This mic, the Azden SMX 30, is broadcast quality audio. And, yes, I do understand that it's hard to decide between a stereo and a mono mic. But why would you settle for one over the other when you can have the BEST of both worlds? Azden's SMX 30 is awesome in that you can change mics with the flip of a switch! Plus, what if you want both mics but can only afford one? Why limit yourself.
Now, let me tell you a story, one with a real life lesson. Over 30 years ago I had to write a composition for an English class. At that time, I decided to write a paper about how digital cameras would never beat film cameras. Boy, was I WRONG! Today I shoot with only digital cameras. So, when mirrorless cameras came out, I didn't make the same mistake twice. I got me a Sony A7. And I'm glad I did. So, if you're wondering what this has to do with the Azden, I'll tell you. Azden may not be as well known as Rode but you can bet I am NOT afraid of new companies with new and ever evolving technologies. In fact, I welcome them with open arms. They offer products that either meet or exceed Rode and they intend to keep up the battle with highly competitive price points.
You see, Rode is going to make a mic like the SMX 30 but unfortunately they won't be able to beat Azden's price point and by then Azden will have come out with another industry leading product. In other words... Azden leads. Everyone else follows.
I am very impressed with Azden's SMX 30. I prefer NOT to use the Low Cut Filter (unless absolutely necessary). There is plenty of bass in this mic and the +20 dB preamp makes this puppy shine!
I would say this is a great option for vlogging with it mounted on your camera, or shooting video where you want some ambient audio but plan on using a music soundtrack in the foreground (like a skater video), or in a quieter controlled environment where you can put the mic on a boom stand (you will need a 3.5mm extensional cable for the microphone) to mic one or two people talking. It did not want to have to mess with recording audio separately and then syncing it later so this is a great option for me. Head to head competitors for this mic are the Rode VideoMic Pro and the Sure VP83 and VP83F. I personally prefer this mic for its more faithful and accurate sound reproduction. I can still eq to taste if I need to, but it gives me a real quality signal to start with.
I really like the auto setting that turns the mic on when you camera turns on and turns the mic off when your camera is turned off. However, this only worked on my Panasonic G7, not the Canon camcorder. With the Canon I had to still remember to turn the mic on and off each time.
Please Note: I DID NOT receive this free or at a reduced price. I paid full price and this is my real review.
Check out the audio samples in my review video.