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SMX-30 Stereo-/Mono-Switchable Video Microphone

MFR Part #: SMX-30
Samy's Part #: S-048637
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The Azden SMX-30 Stereo-/Mono-Switchable Video Microphone was engineered to be the ultimate video microphone with outstanding audio quality, appealing design, ergonomic form factor, and all of the functional features one expects in a top-of-the-line, camera-mounted microphone. If you only have the budget to buy one microphone for your camera, why should you have to choose between mono or stereo? The SMX-30 is stereo/mono switchable, so you don't have to.

Housed inside an innovative casing, the SMX-30 is actually two microphones packaged into one. The stereo microphone is positioned at the top and consists of 2 cardioid polar pattern microphone elements spaced apart at a 120º angle for capturing a natural sounding stereo image. The mono microphone uses a super-cardioid polar pattern to focus on sound in front of the camera and is equipped with the same high-quality element as Azden's SGM-250 shotgun microphone to record broadcast quality sound.

The audio controls on DSLR cameras are limited, if they exist at all. And DSLRs are notoriously known to have low-quality microphone preamps that add noise to the video soundtrack when the gain is turned up. That's why Azden designed the SMX-30 with a +20dB gain booster; so you can get a strong, clean audio signal into your camera, minimizing the need to turn up the noisy preamp. Also included is a -10dB pad to protect against distortion when recording in loud environments such as live concerts and motorsport events.

The SMX-30 has a wide frequency response ranging from 40Hz to 20kHz, so the audio you capture will sound full and natural. Additionally, a low-cut filter switch is included for reducing the level of low frequencies below 120Hz, which is especially useful for mitigating noise caused by air conditioners, wind and traffic.

The SMX-30 is powered by two AA batteries; a lower cost option than the 9V battery that is used in some competitor microphones. The SMX-30 can achieve 24 hours of operation with a single set of batteries with absolutely no degradation of sound quality. The battery indicator LED light lets you know when it's time to change batteries with up to a 1 hour warning.

Maximize battery life by using the unique "Auto" power setting. When set to Auto, the SMX-30 can detect when a camera is on and will automatically power on and off with the camera (requires a mic input that provides plug-in power). Ever leave your microphone on by accident to discover that the batteries are dead the next time you try to use it? Eliminate that possibility by always leaving the SMX-30 in "Auto" mode.

Integrated into the design of the SMX-30 is a custom made, shock absorbing shoe mount to isolate the microphone from camera motor and handling noise. The mount is designed to fit the standard camera shoe and comes with a ¼"-20 thread at the bottom for mounting to boom poles and other camera accessories.

Features:
  • Stereo and mono recording modes
  • Level adjustment: -10dB, 0dB, +20dB
  • +20dB gain booster alleviates noise produced by low-quality camera preamps
  • -10dB pad for loud sound environments
  • Low-cut filter selectable at 120Hz, 3dB/octave
  • Operates on (2) AA batteries
  • Low noise, high sensitivity, wide frequency response
  • 10 year warranty with registration
  • Custom, detachable foam windscreen
  • Integrated shock-absorbing shoe-mount with 1/4"-20 thread
  • Battery indicator LED light
  • 3.5mm stereo mini-jack output

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Microphones Information
Polar Pattern Mono: Supercardioid Stereo: 2 x Cardioid
Frequency Response 40 Hz - 20 kHz
Dynamic Range 118 dB
Signaltonoise Ratio 82 dB, 1 kHz @ 1Pa
Maximum Input Sound Level 130 dB SPL (1 kHz @ 1% T.H.D.)
Impedance 50 Ohms
Output Connectors 1/8" (3.5 mm) stereo mini-plug
Battery Type 2 x AA batteries
Low Cut Filter Selectable @ 120 Hz, 3 dB/octave
Dimensions (L x W x D): 1.9 x 4.2 x 5.7" (47 x 107 x 145 mm)
Weight 5.1 oz (145 g)
Sensitivity -36 dB @ 1 kHz (0 dB=1V/Pa)
  • Foam Windscreen
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty, 10 Years with Registration
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