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Tascam TM-2X Stereo X-Y Microphone for DSLR Cameras
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- Same cardioid mics made popular on TASCAM's DR-40
- Built-in floating support structure and a noise isolation arm is included
- On-board low-cut filter (Flat/Low Cut) & 2-stage output level adjustment switch
- Included camera shoe adapter (ISO/JIS specification compliant)
- Fuzzy windscreen included
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From the manufacturer
- Microphone Type: Cardioid
- Frequency Range: 50Hz to 20kHz
- Output Impedance: 1.6k ohms
- S/N Ratio: 74dB (at 1kHz, 1Pa, A weighted)
- Cable Length: 33cm
- Plug: 3.5 mm (1/8'") TRS stereo mini plug
- Power: Plug-in power (JEITA standard CP-1203A)
- Accessories: Fur windscreen, noise isolation arm, Owner's Manual, warranty
Stereo X-Y Microphone for DSLR Cameras
The directional condenser microphones equipped on the TM-2X are the same mics used in our highly-regarded DR-series recorders. The X-Y pattern and two mic capsules are ideal for capturing a true representation of the sonic atmosphere, whether it's sound from a wide area or directly in front of the camera. As a result, the TM-2X records pristine sound that fits naturally with the recorded video.
- Directional stereo condenser microphone in an X-Y configuration
- Designed with the capacity to easily handle high sound pressures up to 120 dB SPL
- Two-stage output level adjustment switch ensures compatibility with a variety of cameras
- Vari-angle microphone structure allows 180º rotation for optimal mic placement
- Included shoe adapter (ISO/JIS specification compliant) can be attached to the camera accessory shoe
- Tripod mounting threads enable the unit to be attached to a camera tripod
Record High-Quality Audio for High-Definition Video Straight to your Camera
Delivers high audio quality and the capacity to handle high sound pressures
We have consistently utilized our expertise in developing recording devices that focus on the design of the analog circuits behind the mic capsules. As a result, the TM-2X achieves a high performance rating and a frequency response of 50 Hz to 20 kHz. Furthermore, we designed the TM-2X with the capacity to handle high sound pressures up to 120 dB SPL to prevent distortion even in loud scenarios.
Built-in stereo mini plug output can be connected directly
Setup is as simple as connecting the cord from the TM-2X to the camera's mic input jack allowing you to add high-quality audio to video. The output can be set to one of two levels to enable compatibility with a variety of cameras.
On-board Low-cut filter eliminates unwanted low frequencies
The unit includes an on-board low-cut filter to cut out low-frequency background noise. Depending on the video recording scenario, you can choose to turn this feature on or off (Low cut/Flat).
Includes: Noise Isolation Arm, Floating Support Structure & Furry Windscreen
Noise isolation arm to reduce lens operation noise included
When capturing video using changeable auto-focus lenses, the sounds produced from the lens itself can disrupt and interfere with recordings. In situations where this noise is a problem, you can reduce the interruptions by using the included noise isolation arm. The noise isolation arm physically increases the distance from the noise source to reduce its capture. The structure of the arm, including its length and height, was developed through extensive testing.
Floating structure reduces handling noise
The floating support structure underneath the mics absorbs unwanted handling noise and sounds from cameras' mechanics.
Furry windscreen to reduce wind noise
When filming outdoors, even a slight breeze can enter the mic and cause wind noise. This unit comes with a furry windscreen that can physically prevent this noise from occurring. Wind noise can be reduced by simply covering the mic unit with this windscreen.
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The directional condenser microphones equipped on the TM-2X are the same mics used in our highly-regarded DR-series recorders. The X-Y pattern and two mic capsules are ideal for capturing a true representation of the sonic atmosphere, whether it's sound from a wide area or directly in front of the camera. As a result, the TM-2X records pristine sound that fits naturally with the recorded video. High audio quality while handling high sound pressuresTASCAM continues to develop recording devices that focus on the design of the analog circuits behind the mic capsules. As a result, the TM-2X achieves a high performance rating and a frequency response of 50 Hz to 20 kHz. The TM-2X is also designed with the capacity to handle high sound pressures up to 120 dB SPL to prevent distortion even in loud scenarios. Stereo mini plug output for simple and direct camera connection Setup is as simple as connecting the cord from the TM-2X to the camera's mic input jack allowing you to add high-quality audio to video. The output can be set to one of two levels to enable compatibility with a variety of cameras.Floating structure for less handling noiseThe floating support structure underneath the mics absorbs unwanted handling noise and sounds from cameras' mechanics. Noise isolation arm includedWhen capturing video using changeable auto-focus lenses, the sounds produced from the lens itself can disrupt and interfere with recordings. In situations where this noise is a problem, you can reduce the interruptions by using the included noise isolation arm. The noise isolation arm physically increases the distance from the noise source to reduce its capture. The structure of the arm, including its length and height, was developed through extensive testing.Low-cut filter eliminates unwanted low frequenciesThe unit includes an on-board low-cut filter to cut out low-frequency background noise. Depending on the video recording scenario, you can choose to turn this feature on or off (
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I did quite a bit of research, initially thinking I would go with a shotgun stereo mic, but after reading multiple reviews, decided to go with this Tascam mic. I already had a handheld Tascam digital recorder with very similar mics that made exceptional recordings. I had read several reviews complaining about the plastic shoes on this mic breaking. I figured I would do my best not to bash the mic when mounted (primarily on tripods when taking video) so that this would not be an issue.
The mic arrived, I noticed the box looked like it had been opened before. However, the mic inside was fully packaged. I unpacked it, and first looked at the boom/extension. When I picked it up, the shoe fell off of it. Looking closer, the piece of plastic connecting the shoe to the rest of the boom was in fact broken.
I figured I would use the mic to do testing, and when I picked it up, the shoe fell of it as well! It too had been broken. Obviously someone had broken the shoes on both the boom and the mic, then returned it - it had been refurbished (i.e. repackaged) and shipped out to me (by Amazon) as new! I was extremely unimpressed with this.
To Amazon's credit, they had a replacement (new, this time) unit in my hands two days later, and paid for the return of the broken unit. I then got to use the new mic for the first time that weekend.
The results: spectacular! The difference in sound between the on-camera mics and this external mic are like night and day. The on-camera mics sound muddy and tonally narrow, with limited dynamics. The Tascam mic produces excellent sound, quite flat and with very good dynamics. The stereo imaging was excellent, and there was no evidence of overmodulation, despite the high SPL at the event.
My tests in a quiet room with these mics on my D5300 did produce an audible noise floor in the form of hiss, at probably -30dB. Some other reviews attribute this to the mics, however I tried plugging the mics into my Tascam recorder, and the hiss was not evident. Therefore I attribute the hiss to the preamp and/or phantom power supply inside the D5300, not the microphones themselves. When recording any kind of decent audio levels the hiss is not evident however.
With the boom installed, the sounds of autofocus motors in the lens are barely audible in recordings, and then only when the surrounding area is extremely quiet. Again, when recording any kind of audio level, autofocus motor noise will not be an issue.
Overall I am very pleased with the sound of these mics. I will continue to be vigilant in handling the mics when mounted to the camera to try to avoid the shoe breakage issue that is so clearly a problem with them. That said, the manner in which I saw them broken could very likely be easily fixed with application of some epoxy.
Amazing difference in sound quality, especially at the football games!
On the weekends I video for the drill team at the nearby high school.
At the stadium, I use the mic set on the Low sensitivity. In the gym for the pep rally, I set the mic on the High Sensitivity.
Works like a dream.
Have not had a need for the boom arm yet, but it looks like it wouldn't take much to break it. I would definitely like TASCAM to build a better arm! Trying to think of a way to reinforce it before I have to use it.
The design of the arm makes it entirely too easy to be mistaken for a grab handle!!
The shock mount head and dead cat are incredible!!
The shock mount actually works. I shot a pep rally in the gym and the students are going crazy, jumping on the bleachers. The Optical Image Stabilization is doing its job on the camera... the mic head, you can see it bouncing in the shock mount doing its job too, so as to not transfer all the impact sound into the mic.
Just make sure the mic is pointed at where you want it to be when inside the deadcat outside, when you take it out of your bag.
Dec 2014 Update:
Mic continues to work like a champ!!
If you ignore the bad zoom and some rolling shutter artifacts at the start of the video (had the wrong lens with me the day i shot this, plus the IS was enabled on the lens) here is some video I shot this past weekend in an EXTREMELY LOUD Texas HS 6A Div1 Football playoff game. https://vimeo.com/113819280
- Overall the sound quality of the mic is really good. HUGE improvement over the built-in mic. Much more compact than the Rode mic that my son uses on his camera.
- The deadcat is really effective at killing the wind noise. On that same Vimeo stream, its a windy day, with the wind coming from behind me, but whipping around in the stadium.
Interesting items noticed:
- Had it hooked up to my HD Camcorder, which was mounted on a Manfrotto Tripod, with a Manfrotto fluid pan head on it, with a remote zoom switch on the control arm. (am NOT touching the camera to zoom, but using the on-arm remote zoom switch).
- Had my headphones hooked up to the camera as well, so I could hear what the camera was hearing...
- I could hear a slight thud through the mic as I gently grabbed the control arm of the tripod.
- Hearing that, let me to some "thumping" experiments
-- thumped the arm, could hear it
-- mounted the mic on the "boom arm" that it comes with, the thumping was noticeably louder
-- took the boom off, and unplugged the Tascam... thumps were louder on in-camera mic
-- decided to go with the Tascam hooked up like regular.
- the "shock mount" on the mic actually works very well. If you look at this video https://vimeo.com/107761350 the Tascam is mounted directly to the top of the camcorder (no boom arm). When the students get into their jumping and going crazy, the bleachers were physically bouncing. I looked up to see what the mic was doing... while the image stabilization was taking care of the camera, the shock mount was taking care of the mic. You could physically see it jiggling with the bleacher bounces, but the movement did not translate into recorded noise. Very nice to see it worked.
Enjoy. Just remember, when using the deadcat... remember to check the angle on the mics before you start recording!