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- The SmartRig from Saramonic is an easy solution to connect any professional microphones to iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad and Android devices.
- As a high-quality microphone preamp, SmartRig allows you to use professional stage microphones or high-end studio microphones to create music with your mobile iOS or Android devices.
- XLR microphone input connector +48 V phantom power for use with condenser microphones
- 3.5 mm Headphone output for monitoring On/Off/+48V switch Gain control Power/Phantom Power provided by 9V battery Includes Free App
- Tech Specs - Frequency Response:20Hz to 20kHZ(+/-1.5dB) / Noise:-98 dB fullband, phantom power ON / Maximum output level:2 Vrms / Distortion:0.025% THD / Phantom max current:13mA / Dimensions: L 88 x W 41 x H 42 mm / Weight:73g ( 2.57oz. )
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The camera hack: if you're looking for a phantom-powered XLR input for your DSLR camera (not for your i-device)... this isn't it. However, you can very easily modify this great pre-amp to plug into your 3.5mm camera mic input jack. Yes you will void any kind of warranty, but there don't seem to be any suitable (read: under $100) gizmos that will supply phantom power to your mic and allow you to plug that mic into your camera. I have a Tascam DR-60 MkII which will accomplish this task, but I wanted something small and light (tiny, really) that wouldn't be too cumbersome on my camera's shoulder rig. And for $30, you really can't go wrong.
There is a great YouTube video DIY for this mod: a little cutting, a little soldering... Et voila! You now have an excellent microphone pre-amp that also supplies phantom power to your mic, and you can plug it directly into your camera! You will also need a male-to-male 3.5mm jumper cable, since the Saramonic SmartRig headphone jack is now the output to the camera.
I first used the SmartRig at San Diego Comic-Con, where I was doing live interviews from a vendor booth. That booth was right next to a busy stage area with big crowds and loud speakers, but I was able to hold conversations on the livestream and be heard perfectly. I was also able to walk around the event with the iPad held aloft well above my head (using the tripod like a monopod) and still provide commentary, because of the external mic. Very handy usage, and not one I'd considered before the event.
The only drawbacks I've found were: 1) the SmartRig is a little clunky hanging from your device on a tripod or while walking around (but that may not affect most users); and 2) the mic output runs a bit hot. Even adjusting volume and testing through the headphone jack, my audio tended to peak and pop. Wasn't a huge issue, I think with some more experimenting I can smooth that out.
All-in-all, I've been very happy with the SmartRig. It's performed well in the field and at home. It's plastic and won't take a beating, but with a little care I think it will hold up.
If you have DSLRs that have bad or cheap quality audio Amp, this is definitely a great pre-amp for the price.
I use this on my Canon 5D III while recording video. You can use mic with XLR. It also work with Phantom powered mics.
I also use this something to have fun on Smule Sing app. And it works great.
Great qualiy pre amp.
Just as a note, don't expect your Android device to work in kind. With my Android RTA set-up there is a steep roll-off below 100hZ and above 10khZ. Can't fix that because the microphone input is not designed for an external wide band signal.