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Saramonic SmartRig Audio Adapter for Smartphones (Black)
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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 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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Just pop in a 9V battery (not included), turn the unit ON, and you are ready to go. At least for my phone, I found that it was best to set the input knob anywhere in the medium position. I believe many Smartphones will automatically adjust the input level, so as long as it's not too extreme, you should be okay. If I set the knob too high, I began to get some distortion; at the low extreme, the signal would disappear.
For condenser microphones, the pre-amp as the usual 48V "Phantom" power. For dynamic microphones, you won't need to use that.
There is a headphone jack in the pre-amp; at first, I thought I could use that jack as a monitor, while using the external mic, but at least for my Smartphone, that's not possible. I should note that the headphone jack worked fine when playing back audio from my phone. So, depending on your application, the headphone jack might work as a real-time audio monitor--but just not in my case. That's not a product defect, but rather, how audio monitoring works.
Minor nit: I wish the Smartphone connector cord was longer; it's a little bit on the short side. My cameraman used the velcro to attach the pre-amp to her belt, but when she held the phone, there wasn't much slack.
All in all, an excellent product. Simple to use, effective, reasonable price. Just a wee bit short on that cable.
If you are going to use this unit with a camera keep in mind the headphone jack will not work. It is designed to be used with phones/tablets so you can not use it to monitor your camera. I would look into the Saramonic SmartRig+ ("+" being the difference) if you want a solid camera compatible preamp out of the box.
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.