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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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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.
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.
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.
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.
The sound devices MM1 is way, way, too expensive for what it do dose. Other devices are too complicated for their own good. Once hacked it is a simple, compact, versatile, clean, quiet preamp.
To open the device peel back the front decal. The screw is hiding underneath. Cut off the silly iPhone cord and reconnect thin wires to send line level audio to the 3.5mm headphone jack. I wish samtromic would make a version of this that doesn't need a hack.