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Saramonic SmartMixer Recording Stereo Microphone System with Handheld Grip for Apple iPhone 8 8 plus 7 7 plus 6 6s Android Smartphone
- The Saramonic SmartMixer is a compact and lightweight audio interface with phantom power and amplifier, ideal for iOS and Android mobile devices video production.
- The interface features one mini XLR input for balanced microphones and two microphone/line inputs for the included condenser microphones or other user-supplied microphones.
- A volume control knob and level meter allow easy adjustment of the input level. A headphone monitor output allows you to monitor the input and playback signal. Improves audio quality of smart phone Two 1/8 (3.5 mm) stereo line/mic inputs
- One mini XLR microphone input (a mini-XLR to standard-XLR cable included) +48V phantom power One 1/8 (3.5 mm) stereo line output to phone One 1/8 (3.5 mm) headphone monitor output REC/PLAY monitor switch
- Independent L/R level meters Volume control knob Includes two plug-in power condenser microphones Includes a device holder and aluminum hand grip Power provided by 9V battery
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The Saramonic SmartMixer is a two channel, professional audio mixer designed to fit on iPhones and Android smartphones.It is a compact and lightweight audio interface with phantom power and amplifier, ideal for IOS system devices video production.
The interface of SmartMixer features one mini XLR input for balanced microphones and two microphone/line inputs for the included condenser microphones or other user-supplied microphones. A volume control knob and level meter allow easy adjustment of the input level. A headphone monitor output allows you to monitor the input and playback signal.
Improves audio quality of smart phone
Two 1/8 (3.5 mm) stereo line/mic inputs
One mini XLR microphone input (a mini-XLR to standard-XLR cable included)
+48V phantom power
One 1/8 (3.5 mm) stereo line output to phone
One 1/8 (3.5 mm) headphone monitor output
REC/PLAY monitor switch
Independent L/R level meters
Volume control knob
Includes two plug-in power condenser microphones
Includes a device holder and aluminum hand grip
Power provided by 9V battery
Features Frequency response: 20Hz to 20KHz (+/-0.5dB)
Noise: 82Db @1kHz, -30 dBu input
Distortion: less than 0.03%@ 1 kHz, -30 dBu input
INPUT 1 GAIN: 15dB
INPUT 2 GAIN & MINI XLR Jack: 15dB
INPUT 1 & INPUT 2 Power: 5V power supplies
MINI Jack Phantom Power: 48V power supplies
Level Meter: -18dB to +3 dB in 3 dB increments
Power Requirements: 9V alkaline or lithium battery
Dimensions: L 95* W 35* H 298 mm
1* Saramonic SmartMixer main unit
2* Plug-in power condenser microphone
1* Device holder
1* Aluminum hand grip
1* One mini-XLR to standard-XLR cable
1* One 1/8¡±(3.5mm) output cable for iOS
1* One 1/8¡±(3.5mm) output cable for Android
1* User Manual
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I've been reasonably happy with it. It fits on a tripod, and either my Nikon DSLR or my Canon camcorder screw firmly on top of it, where I can connect the output cable into the camera. I've even hooked it up directly into my Mac's line-in port for voice recording, although the resulting level is a bit low and has to be boosted substantially in software.
There have been teething pains. I had to find the setting on my DSLR to turn off auto-gain or quiet stretches in my recording would be filled with amped up noise, and I purchased shorter runs of XLR cables to further minimize noise. And it took me a long while to get comfortable with all the switches. For instance finding the M|S switch allowed me to output the left input as stereo, so I didn't need two microphones. Obviously, I'm not a trained sound engineer.
I've been fairly happy with the device but there are a few dings. You will notice that one item purchasers often buy are rechargeable 9V batteries, as this thing runs through batteries quickly. I'd say one an hour or so. Also the microphone jack is much noisier than the primary output, so you won't be able to monitor for noise. It's on the large side and a bit awkward to mount cameras upon.
Noise is quite low which is good because I tend to need high gain with the microphones I bought. My main microphone is a Behringer C-1 which makes good use of the provided phantom power, but needs the gain cranked nearly all the way up.
In general, I'm happy with my purchase but it's been a learning experience.
First, this device seems to match the functionality of the Saramonic SmartRig+ with a few great additions (but at the same price as the smartrig+) including a cold shoe mount for the camera with additional cold shoe mounts on the sides of this device to accommodate other add-ons.
The device itself is solid metal construction, and the switches/knobs are well constructed. The level knobs have nice potentiometers with that slight inertia/clickiness that makes them feel very "pro". Definitely does not "feel" cheap in any sense of the imagination. While it is solidly constructed, it does not add an overwhelming amount of "heft" to the top of the camera.
The device is very simple to use. The only thing that you have to wrap your head around is the M/S (mono/stereo mode switch). If you are mixing two different sources, stereo mode will separate those sources into left and right and will send the signal to the left/right track of your video. Mono mode will just mix all of the sources together into one signal. (what makes this confusing is that it outputs one stereo signal) but I digress. I kind of think of the M/S switch as "mixed" and "single" vs mono and stereo. The preamps are good, and outputs a nice clean signal to the camera. The rest is the function of your microphones and/or cabling. Make sure you turn down the input levels on your camera to prevent extra hiss.
One walgreen's brand 9v Battery lasted for two 1 hour shooting sessions, and did not show signs of giving out. I Powered one XLR shotgun mic with phantom power during the whole two hour session.
This device PAX1 was less expensive than comparable offerings from BeachTek and JuicedLink. I have not reviewed these head to head, so I cannot compare audio performance. On the surface the feature set is comparable. An exception is that the comparable BeachTek unit has a headphone amp with volume control, but has only one XLR port. Do not be put off by the fact that the PAX1 does not have a separate headphone amplifier or volume control. You can monitor the volume very well at the recorded volume levels.
I eliminated the Smartrig+ as there is no easy way to mount to the camera I also eliminated the BeachTek due to the mounting configuration, plus it was $50 more than the PAX1
Finally, If you are a DSLR/Mirrorless shooter and you do not have one of these devices (or similar) in your workflow, you are working harder than you need to for potentially less quality. I am able to record my on-camera shotgun mic to one channel, and a high-quality boom mic to another channel. With good quality audio going directly into the camera, all I need to do is choose the best sounding track and go - no syncing in post, or managing separate recording devices. This is especially good for multi-cam talking head / interview shoots.
So this one is a definite buy...great value
The reason for 4-stars is power. Having a battery based sound unit, I thought, offers great flexibility and portability for just about any video shoot.
Yesterday I used this unit for the first time on an 8-hour video shoot using a new battery. Three batteries later I'm not at all impressed with the power aspects of this unit and post this information here for transparency and information. It required a new battery in just under 3.5 hours.
The included output connectors are best for camera's, but not long enough to sit under my video camera and connect without over-stretching. I had to use my own.
Beyond power, and simple cables, what a fantastic adapter! It's basic enough to get going fast and once set up in a venue, the monitor provides great feedback and works very well with my system. I love its simplicity.
I'm hopeful that future models will include a hot shoe or AC adapter.