SMX-30

Stereo/Mono Switchable Video Microphone

SMX-30

Stereo/Mono Switchable Video Microphone

A Versatile Microphone for Cameras and Video

With the SMX-30 you’ve always got the right microphone for the job. That’s because it is both a stereo microphone and a mono-shotgun microphone, allowing you to switch between the two on the fly.

So for the price of a single microphone you’re actually getting two. Talk about bang for your buck!

Plus with other great features like gain control, auto-on, a low cut filter, and of course awesome sound quality, the SMX-30 is sure to be a microphone you’ll always want to keep in your gear bag.

A Versatile Microphone for Cameras and Video

With the SMX-30 you’ve always got the right microphone for the job. That’s because it is both a stereo microphone and a mono-shotgun microphone, allowing you to switch between the two on the fly. So for the price of a single microphone you’re actually getting two. Talk about bang for your buck! Plus with other great features like gain control, auto-on, a low cut filter, and of course awesome sound quality, the SMX-30 is sure to be a microphone you’ll always want to keep in your gear bag.

It's a Stereo Microphone

Use the stereo mode to capture rich, immersive audio that enhances the scene you're shooting. Great for nature scenes, musical performances, or any kind of action video.

It's a Stereo Microphone

Use the stereo mode to capture rich, immersive audio that enhances the scene you're shooting. Great for nature scenes, musical performances, or any kind of action video.

And it's a Mono Shotgun Microphone

Mono mode uses a supercardioid shotgun microphone to really focus in on your sound source. Perfect for picking up dialogue in vlog style videos, or for "run and gun" interview situations.

And it's a Mono Shotgun Microphone

Mono mode uses a supercardioid shotgun microphone to really focus in on your sound source. Perfect for picking up dialogue in vlog style videos, or for "run and gun" interview situations.

SMX-30 Quick Look and Listen

Features

Stereo/Mono Switch

Use the shotgun mic for focused dialogue capture, or the stereo mic for natural sound. Switchable on the fly.

Low-Cut Filter

Reduces low-frequency noise. A helpful tool for mitigating noise from HVAC systems or wind.

Gain Control

Add 20 dB of gain, great for overcoming noisy mic preamps. Or reduce the gain by 10 dB to protect against distortion in loud environments.

Auto Power

Setting to AUTO will turn the microphone on and off with your camera automatically, saving you from losing a great take and conserving battery.

Stereo/Mono Switch

Use the shotgun mic for focused dialogue capture, or the stereo mic for natural sound. Switchable on the fly.

Low-Cut Filter

Reduces low-frequency noise. A helpful tool for mitigating noise from HVAC systems or wind.

Gain Control

Add 20 dB of gain, great for overcoming noisy mic preamps. Or reduce the gain by 10 dB to protect against distortion in loud environments.

Auto Power

Setting to AUTO will turn the microphone on and off with your camera automatically, saving you from losing a great take and conserving battery.

Vibration 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.

Battery Power

The SMX-30 is powered by two AA batteries that afford it 24 hours of continuous use. The battery LED lights up to warn you when you have about 30 minutes of battery life left. Plus, the auto power feature economizes battery usage by turning the microphone on and off with your camera.

10 Year Warranty

The SMX-30 is meticulously handcrafted in the Azden factory in Japan and comes with a 10 year warranty (with online registration). Buy with confidence knowing you’ll be able to use it for years to come.

10 Year Warranty

The SMX-30 is meticulously handcrafted in the Azden factory in Japan and comes with a 10 year warranty (with online registration). Buy with confidence knowing you’ll be able to use it for years to come.

Named "Best Microphone" by Videomaker Magazine

In 2016, the year the SMX-30 was first introduced, Videomaker Magazine was so impressed it named the SMX-30 “Best Microphone” in their Best Products of 2016 article.

Video Reviewer Spotlight

What the YouTube community is saying about the SMX-30

Purchase Reviews

See why verified buyers gave the SMX-30 five stars

Pete RD   Verified Buyer (B&H)
5/5
All-in-one answer for run-n-gun video recording.

05/17/2017

The Nikon D500 can shoot 4K video and record audio in stereo, but that sound is nowhere near the video quality. Azden SMX-30 does a very good job recording mono and stereo from a point source or surround from roaring waterfall to a gentle rain in the forest. Super easy to switch between mono and stereo as you need and having the mike(s) turn on or off with the camera is very convenient and worry-free.
Ron   Verified Buyer (B&H)
5/5
B&H to the rescue with the Azden SMX-30

04/28/2017

I really like it a lot. I was thinking about the rode mic but the audio guy asked if I had researched the smx-30 . I did and called back and bought it. Great sound and I like the stereo for ambient sound and live music.If my son keeps making films we might get a second one. Also I needed help getting the 10 year warranty and the Azden folks were very nice and patient.I know B&H is a big, big business but when I call with questions I feel like I’m talking to a tech buddy. Thanks for that.
Stuart   Verified Buyer (B&H)
5/5
10/10 Would Buy Again
02/21/2017
We do a lot of run and gun exercise videos and were using the Rode Pro R mics and they jus weren’t cutting it. The SMX-30 gives a way cleaner signal and is an all around more versatile mic. It blew our minds when compared to our old gear.
Mark   Verified Buyer (Amazon)
5/5
Azden Leads. Everyone Else Follows.
03/20/2016
LOVE THIS MIC! Okay. For you who are wondering if you should get a Rode or an Azden, let me point out a few things. First, when they say the audio of the Rode mics are better, they are NOT. They are just different. This mic, the Azden SMX 30, is broadcast quality audio. And, yes, I do understand that it’s hard to decide between a stereo and a mono mic. But why would you settle for one over the other when you can have the BEST of both worlds? Azden’s SMX 30 is awesome in that you can change mics with the flip of a switch! Plus, what if you want both mics but can only afford one? Why limit yourself. I am very impressed with Azden’s SMX 30.
Polar Pattern: Mono: Super-Cardioid Stereo: Cardioid (120º)
Freq Resp: 40Hz – 20kHz
Sensitivity: -36dB @ 1kHz
Dyn Range: 118dB
S/N Ratio: 82dB, 1kHz@1Pa
Max Input Level: 130dB SPL (1kHz@ 1% T.H.D.)
Max Output Level: +6.2dBu
Output Imp: 50Ω
Power Req: AA batteries x2
Output Conn: 3.5mm Stereo mini plug
Power Switch: Off, Battery, Auto
Gain Control: -10dB, 0dB, +20dB
LCF: 120Hz, 3dB/octave
Dims: 47mm x 107mm x 145mm
Weight: 145g

SMX-30

Stereo/Mono Switchable Video Microphone