Stereo/Mono Mixable Video MicrophoneWith the SMX-30V, Azden takes their innovation of a switchable stereo/mono microphone to another level by incorporating a mixing dial. The first video microphone of its kind, the SMX-30V lets the user choose from using 100% of the stereo microphone, 100% of the mono-shotgun microphone, or any mix in between. Recording a dialogue scene but want to incorporate some of the environment’s ambience? Mix in a little of the stereo microphone. Recording a musical performance but want to tighten up the center stereo image? Mix in some audio from the mono-shotgun microphone. The possibilities are endless!
Stereo/Mono Mixable Video Microphone
With the SMX-30V, Azden takes their innovation of a switchable stereo/mono microphone to another level by incorporating a mixing dial. The first video microphone of its kind, the SMX-30V lets the user choose from using 100% of the stereo microphone, 100% of the mono-shotgun microphone, or any mix in between. Recording a dialogue scene but want to incorporate some of the environment’s ambience? Mix in a little of the stereo microphone. Recording a musical performance but want to tighten up the center stereo image? Mix in some audio from the mono-shotgun microphone. The possibilities are endless!
A Dual Microphone With Complete Control
Another unique feature on the SMX-30V is the swiveling shock-mount, which enables rotation of the microphone 30º to the left or right. This is a handy feature any time your sound source is not centered in-frame, allowing you to aim the microphone at your subject, thereby getting the most direct sound possible. In addition, the mount itself is designed to absorb vibrations and isolate the microphone from handling noise. The bottom of the mount allows for attachment to a standard camera cold-shoe slot, or via a ¼”-20 threaded stud.
Isolating Shock Mount
Made from a virtually unbreakable composite material, the shock mount effectively isolates the microphone from the vibrations created by handling a camera. Designed to mount on top of a camera’s cold shoe, a threaded ¼”-20 tap is also available for boompole and accessory bar mounting.
Improved Battery Life
Battery life in the SMX-30V has been improved over the previous model to last up to 100 hours on a pair of alkaline AA batteries.
Detachable Output Cable
Audio output via a 3.5 mm mini-jack provides flexibility to connect various third party audio cables. A high-quality, coiled microphone output cable is included with the microphone.
Low-Cut FilterWhen engaged, the Low-Cut Filter (or High-Pass Filter) reduces low-frequencies which can be helpful in mitigating low-frequency noise from sources such as HVAC systems, wind or passing cars.
Auto PowerSetting to AUTO will turn the microphone on and off with your camera automatically, saving you from losing a great take and conserving battery.
3-Step Gain ControlThe 3 step gain control has +20 dB, 0 and -10 dB settings. Adding 20 dB of gain to the microphone output is a great way to overcome noisy mic preamps, or to simply boost quiet audio. Reducing the gain by 10 dB is most useful to protect against distortion in loud environments.
|Polar Pattern:||Mono: Super-Cardioid Stereo: Cardioid (90º)|
|Freq Resp:||40 Hz - 20k Hz|
|Sensitivity:||-38 dB @ 1kHz|
|Dyn Range:||118 dB|
|S/N Ratio:||82 dB, 1k Hz@1Pa|
|Max Input Level:||126 dB SPL (1kHz@ 1% T.H.D.)|
|Max Output Level:||+10.2 dBu|
|Output Imp:||75 Ω|
|Power Req:||AA batteries x2|
|Output Conn:||3.5 mm Stereo mini-jack|
|Power Switch:||Off, Battery, Auto|
|Gain Control:||-10 dB, 0 dB, +20 dB|
|Low-Cut Filter:||60 Hz, 3 dB/octave|
|Dims:||47 mm x 111 mm x 154 mm|
|Accessories:||Windscreen, Carrying Pouch, Stereo 3.5 mm Audio Cable|
Verified Buyer @ B&H
It catched crystal clear audio in full stereo, mono and mixed. It is also easy to use. But I was a little bit disappointed then the battery was empty after a night in automatic mode. I now know it consume power in auto also, but not so much. A minor problem.
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Verified Buyer @ B&H
I bought this so I could record drumline performances (and also for higher quality interview audio when a lav mic wasn’t really an option). I love the sound of this. I really like the +20DB option so my D7500 records the audio very quietly. I did have to experiment on what to set the levels at for the D7500 mic sensitivity but once dialed in it’s good.
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Laurence Boyett (verified owner) –
Once the knob is set to the preferred setting the sound is fine. HOWEVER, do not adjust the knob while recording, or a loud crackling will be inducted into the track. I tried to adjust the balance between Shotgun & Stereo under several different recording levels and any time I slightly turned the knob crackling was recorded. I had to create several independent test tracks at different settings prior to recording the keeper track. This may not be an issue for some unless you are trying to vary between focusing on a specific sound source (speaker) then adjusting to capture ambient while recording.
Otherwise, the sound quality is very good when the desired setting is made prior to hitting record. In this manner, the SMX-30V functions similarly to the SMX-30. Select your setting then record your video/sound.
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Hi Laurence, it should not be the case that the mixing knob causes any crackling whatsoever. If that is happening please contact our support team for warranty service.
However, some handling noise from touching the mic is expected and unavoidable.