Multi-device compatible CaMixer, LavMic and SmartRig+ units announced
If you’re recording audio for video with a DSLR, GoPro, camcorder or even a smartphone Kenro may have the answer in the shape of three new Saramonic audio accessories. The newcomers are the CaMixer mini mic and audio adapter, the LavMic audio mixer and lavalier microphone kit and the updated SmartRig+ mixer and pre-amp.
First up, the Saramonic CaMixer (pictured above) is a mini microphone and audio adapter for DSLR and camcorders with a 3.5mm audio input and should give you a better microphone input source than that provided within most cameras. The CaMixer can mounted via either a hotshoe or cold shoe and lets you plug in two condenser mics (included in the kit) for stereo sound recording or a mini XLR mic (48V phantom power), whilst providing level and monitoring controls.
Independent left and right level meters are included (input gain 15dB) as well as a 3.5mm headphone monitor jack and a built-in volume control knob. The unit is powered by a standard 9V battery, weighs 156g and costs £155.94 (SRP incl. VAT). There is also an iOS and Android smartphone version of the CaMixer which includes a device holder and a handgrip – it has the same SRP as the usual unit. The best use for the CaMixer is probably for on-the-go interview shooting when you want to point your mics directly at the sound source.
The LavMic kit
The Saramonic LavMic audio mixer and lavalier microphone kit is an all-in-one unit that’s designed to allow for hands-free recording with a DSLR, GoPro camera, plus Android or iOS devices. The kit includes one omnidirectional condenser clip-on microphone with a 2.4m cable, a belt clip, a 2-channel mini-jack audio mixer and three signal transmission cables so it can be quickly connected to a variety of devices.
Two different mic inputs allow you to select mono or stereo output mode and the headphone jack provides real-time audio monitoring. Recording gain and volume control is provided. The LavMic unit can be powered by a single AAA or lithium battery, weighs 107g and has an SRP of £105.54 (incl. VAT).
The SmartRig+ is an updated version of the original SmartRig and is essentially a pro-level audio mixer and pre-amp with phantom power on two channels. Whilst it can be used for recording any sound it clearly lends itself to capturing the audio of live music performances (or for music video blogging) as a guitar can be plugged directly into the device, as well as any microphone.
The output can be to an iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Android device, DSLR camera or a camcorder. 48V phantom power is available on both inputs and a 3.5mm headphone output is provided for real-time sound monitoring via phones, or can be used to feed a second camera, or a mixing desk. Two smooth-action gain control dials allow you to set precise levels on each channel. The unit can be powered by a single 9V battery and its SRP is £105.54 (incl. VAT).