Saramonic unveils PMIC range of external mics and pro-spec XLR shotgun kit


Kenro has announced a trio of Saramonic external microphones aimed at filmmakers who are seeking to increase their options beyond in-camera audio, plus a new XLR shotgun microphone kit for more advanced users who want to achieve broadcast quality sound.

The new PMIC range of external microphones should offer an immediate boost in quality, whilst still allowing your camera to record sound directly via an audio cable plugged into its 3.5mm jack socket.

PMIC1 condenser mic
The range begins with the Saramonic Super Cardioid Unidirectional Condenser Microphone PMIC1 – a lightweight shotgun-style mic that can sit comfortably in a cold shoe mount. To help to cut down on rumble and low frequency noise, was well as boosting the intelligibility of dialogue, the PMIC1 features a low cut filter (100 Hz). No battery is required and the PMIC1 microphone will connect directly to the camera via the 3.5mm cable included in the box. The PMIC1 also comes with a foam windscreen and has an SRP of £62.34.

Stereo and surround options
Both the Saramonic Stereo Condenser Microphone PMIC2 and the Saramonic Surround Condenser Microphone PMIC3 come with all the benefits of the PMIC1 while offering a 75Hz low cut filter to deal with even lower frequencies. The difference is that the PMIC2 adds stereo to the mix while the PMIC3 is a surround condenser microphone that brings surround ambience to a recording. The PMIC2 has an SRP of £87.54 and the PMIC3 £124.74.

With the PMIC range you slot the microphone into the camera’’s cold shoe mount, plug it into the 3.5mm jack socket and you’re ready to shoot. The audio track is recorded direct to your camera but you’’ll have far more control over the quality of the sound you can achieve. Even such entry-level mics are compatible with the full line-up of Saramonic audio adapters.

The Saramonic SRAXM3 kit comprises two XLR shotgun-style cardioid microphones with foam windshields. These broadcast-quality mics can be plugged directly into any Saramonic audio adapter that has XLR inputs, including the MixMic, SRPAX2, SRAX107, SmartRig+, SRAX104 and BMCCA01.

Whilst they are said to be “sturdy and lightweight” these new mics feature an all-metal design to help to meet the demands of the high-end, pro users. The SRAXM3 kit has an SRP of £250.74. All quoted prices above are SRP guides (including VAT).

Find out more…
To discover more about the Saramonic range of audio products just click here. To watch The Video Mode’s exclusive ‘Film School’ tuition video on the basics of recording audio for video just click here.