The JuicedLink Little DARling is finally here. The compact audio recorder is very small—perfect for those looking for a fuss-free sound solution with the option to sync seamlessly between multiple devices. First announced way back at NAB 2014, the Little DARling is a compact audio recorder. Powering off a single AA battery and recording to a micro SD card, the JuicedLink micro box is designed to work in tandem with a lavalier microphone (not included). Using the detachable belt clip, you can easily conceal the Little DARling on your subject thanks to its slight form factor. The unique selling point? At the flick of a switch, you can send a slate tone to every DARling in your wireless loop, offering the perfect sync point when you’re in the edit. Compact Audio Recorder With Wireless Slate Tone The wireless control contributed in large part to the delayed release of the Juiced Little DARling. The DAR-CMD-HHLR-433-MD Transmitter to be precise (catchy) connects to multiple Little DARlings at a time, with the ability to stop/start each of the devices as well as send a slate tone for the perfect sync point in post. Picture this, you’re out shooting a documentary solo, and you have three subjects that interchange between your locations. You want decent audio for all three but don’t want/can’t facilitate the hassle of three wireless receiver packs feeding into your camera. With four of these compact audio recorders, one for each of the talent and one outputting to the camera, you can capture independent audio from all three subjects, start/stop all devices remotely, and send a slate tone to each simultaneously so that you can quickly match up all audio sources in post. This can be an excellent alternative to syncing audio in post with something like PluralEyes where the software relies on the audio sources to sound very similar; using a slate tone method means you can sync audio up that doesn’t depend on the same waveform (for example a conversation across a large room). The JuicedLink Little DARling accepts audio via a locking 3.5mm input. It can run up to 12 hours on a single AA battery and provides plug-in power for typical lavalier microphones. Full specification of the JuicedLink Little DARling Audio Recording: Dual-Mono Audio File: 16b/48KHz two track output on MicroSD Redundancy Recording: Second safety track at 16dB lower Audio Input: Locking 3.5mm threaded jack Plug-in power: Yes Pre-Amp: JuicedLink low-noise Audio Output: Locking 3.5mm stereo threaded minijack User Interface: Two 7-segment LED displays for menu settings and level meter Power/Start/Stop: Recessed Button Advanced Settings: Config File loaded on MicroSD Power: Single AA battery (not included) up to 12 hours Physical: Aluminum Enclosure Weight: 2 ounces (without battery) Dimensions: 2.8 x 1.9 x 0.93 inches Mounting: 2 threaded holes/PEMs for mounting accessories (such as belt clip and 1/4-20 mounts) While it’s not always ideal to record audio that you can’t monitor, sometimes a simplified on-set workflow takes precedence. The Little DARling ensures this method of audio capture retains easy to sync files in the edit, what’s more with the secondary -16db recording offers great redundancy for any surprise audio level spikes.Read more
While most Blackmagic Cinema Camera orders are still on pre-order, here’s a little info on the audio side of the device. In this very informative YouTube video Robert Rozak from JuicedLink gives us a professional look at the Blackmagic Cinema Camera’s audio module. As on most affordable cameras it’s got a not so great pre-amplifier that will degrade your audio and he also points out some anomalies he found and observations he made. If you want to do pro audio on your Blackmagic Cinema Camera this clip gives you an in-depth look at how the camera does audio and how you can get a lot out of it with a device like the JuicedLink he’s showing. You can check out more on the JuicedLink website and get one of the JuicedLink low-noise pre-amplifiers at B&H:Read more
I wanted to get this for NAB to improve sound quality and my documentary style audio workflow, but unfortunately it only became available afterwards. The new Beachtek DXA-SLR PRO is now in stock at B&H and it has some very practical advancements over the older HDSLR XLR audio adapter that was called DXA-SLR. The first obvious reason to use a device like this or the Juicedlink alternative is to disable the auto gain control “feature” that is always on in most HDSLR cameras. This way you can set manual audio levels even though your camera doesn’t support it. The second reason is the chance to use XLR and phantom powered microphones. Their power comes through the cable and is provided by the device. And the third most important reasonRead more
Some of us have been looking for a smooth slider without success. Many of the sliders out there use a roll and bearing solution that doesn’t run as smoothly as desired. Who would have thought that an answer could lie in a DoItYourself system. The video speaks for itself but of course it’s always good to have some more tests and opinions on the same product. Sub $200, that sounds like a good deal. Make sure you have smooth rods so the metal bearings can unfold their powers! Get the Juicedlink DIY slider kit on juicedlink.com Here’s another video on additional accessories to upgrade the kit for heavier duty: via cheesycamRead more
by Jared Abrams | 17th December 2009
Juicedlink DN 101 The Juicedlink DN101 works with any existing Juicedlink low-noise preamp. This AGC killer bolts to the side of the preamp and also has a meter, and headphone jack. The DN101 is still in the infant stage, as you have to cable jump from mixer to preamp to camera. However Juicedlink is working hard to meet the demands of their audience. Robert, the owner is very accessible and willing to work with customers directly. You can hear him geek it out in the audio clip in the review. Click Here For DN101 Info.Read more
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