by Fabian Chaundy | 9th February 2016
The new Saramonic UwMic10 wireless line is the company’s latest addition to their wide catalogue of affordable audio solutions for DSLR/M shooters. One of their most popular products is the SR-AX100, a passive splitter that turns your camera’s stereo mic input to dual mono, and provides individual level controls for two 3.5mm inputs. This simple solution makes it easy to dial the levels of two powered sources, such as a wireless receiver and battery-powered shotgun microphone (like the Rode VideoMic Pro), a common setup for run-and-gun shooters. Alternatively, it allows you to create a safety track at lower gain if you’re only capturing audio with one input. Saramonic also offers similar, battery-powered adapters with XLR inputs, like the SR-AX107. Now, the company’s social media pages have started showcasing their new Saramonic UwMic10 wireless UHF range. Perhaps the most interesting of these is the dual channel TX10 receiver, which can accept two signals simultaneously. The receiver comes bundled with a single RX10 bodypack transmitter that accepts an included lavalier mic through what seems to be a locking 3.5mm jack: a nice touch. At $270, the bundle is certainly priced very attractively, considering it opens the possibility of a versatile two-channel wireless system without extensively (or expensively!) rigging up your camera. Saramonic also offers the HU10, a dynamic handheld microphone with a built-in transmitter. There is also a plug version of the transmitter for use with your own XLR microphone, although it is unclear whether the unit will also provide phantom power. This would be a very useful feature to use, for example, with a condenser shotgun microphone on a boom. As you can see, the sound quality seems to be adequate, offering a decent range without any audio dropouts. A compact setup like this would be ideal for a wide range of run-and-gun situations such as documentary, ENG, weddings and events. The products are available for pre-order from Amazon.com at a highly reduced price, with a shipping date of March 1st. This means the Saramonic wireless line will be available just before Rode’s long-awaited Rodelink Newsshooter announced at last year’s IBC. The latest addition to the Rodelink series is an all-in-one 2.4 GHz digital signal system powerhouse, accepting XLR and 3.5mm, providing phantom power and compatible with NF batteries. It is available for pre-order from B&H with a mid-May estimated release date and will be priced very competitively, at least, when compared to the other big name in wireless microphones for video: the venerable Sennheiser AVX. Will you be trying the Saramonic system?Read more
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