JuicedLink Riggy Assist Low-Noise Preamp
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3XLR inputs low-noise preamp with 48V/12V phantom power. "Riggy-Assist" means that it has added features to the Riggy-Micro to assist with cameras which do not have headphones, meters, or manual control. It is Riggy in that it has numerous mounting and accessory options (patent pending). Audio output bracketing (patent pending) for camera overload protection. Alkaline/LiPolymer operation (patent pending). Selective power-down mode (patent pending). The JuicedLink Riggy Assist Low-Noise Preamp takes all of the great features found in the Riggy-Micro RM333, and adds AGC Disable, Headphones, and Meters.The Riggy-Assist incorporates Audio Output Bracketing (patent pending) for camera overload protection. All of the microphone signals are combined, (by setting the MONO/STEREO switch to MONO), and sent to both the the left and right output channels. The copy on the right output channel is then attenuated to a safe lower signal level (about 16dB lower, by turning ON the Rpad switch). So, if you blow out the main audio channel on the left, you have a back up that you can pull from in post on the right.This approach has advantages over other types of overload protection, such as limiters. First, Audio Output Bracketing consumes no power from the battery, and also adds no noise or distortion to your audio. Second, every camera gain setting (and, every different camera) will have a unique signal level at which clipping will start to occur. So, if you were to attempt to use a limiter approach, you would need to re-calibrate the point at which the limiter would kick in for each different gain setting of the camera (and, each different camera). Be careful, because not all manufacturers even provide you with the ability to set the limiter threshold setting. Audio Output Bracketing needs no calibration for different cameras or different camera gain settings. The backup channel is always there at ~16dB lower signal level, regardless of the camera or camera gain
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Much more techy and options than my Beachtek DXA-SLR PRO but the mounting is a disappointment (hex wrench) Cork instead of rubber. Battery compartment is so tight under camera, need to use screw driver to release and open.
It was just too expensive to take a risk on figuring out the issue.
I should add that i was using an unpowered simple lapel mike, 1/8" phone to 1/4" phone to XLR adapter (RadioShack stuff) to a Canon Rebel T3i and a T5i. The Riggy Assist is designed for powered mikes, which i expected to need later, so this may be the issue. A second possibility is that the provided phone to phone jumper between the Juicedlink preamp and camera might have been the wrong configuration. Who knows what Canon requires.
So i would not totally blame the device, except for the high cost. I was trying to avoid collecting audio with a separate device then needing to do post production combining video and audio. I am a teacher and this is too much trouble for normal classroom use. I will have to live with lousy sound i guess.
Maybe i will try again on the next generation, and have more time.