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Audio: DSLR mixer + Rycote suspension

DSLR users now have extra options for audio capture, including a compact new Camera Mixer from Audio Developments, and a suspension mount for portable audio recorders, such as the Zoom H4n, from Rycote.

Audio Developments: AD071 DSLR mixer

Audio Developments‘ new AD071 Camera Mixer is small (13.5×9.5x4cm) light weight (400gm), and full of features. It is envisaged that it will be used in a wide range of applications, but the main focus is for use with HD DSLRs – it has a mic level output on a 3.5mm jack socket for simple connection to a DSLR.

It is a 3-into-2 device with either microphone or line inputs, 48v Phantom power, balanced inputs and outputs on XLR connectors, switched routing, comprehensive aural monitoring of both direct and return signals, and two LED ladders for visual level indication.

Limiters are included in both the input and output signal paths to eliminate the need for having to use automatic gain control.

The mixer can be powered from either a 9v PP3 battery or from an external 9v to 15v DC source.

Rycote suspends DSLR recorder

Rycote has launched what is claimed to be the first effective suspension mount for portable recorders, to isolate them from vibrations and handling noise.

Any portable recorder with a 1/4-inch screw thread can be mounted on the suspension, and attached to a microphone stand, boom pole or camera hot shoe – via a 3/8-inch Swivel Adaptor that allows it to be turned through 180°.

It is included as part of Rycote’s new Portable Recorder Audio Kit (designed for use with the popular Zoom H4n recorder, which seems to be the number one choice of DSLR users). The kit includes a windshield designed for the H4n and a Soft-Grip extension handle for handheld use.

The 106g suspension unit is also available by itself and uses Rycote’s Lyre design, which is claimed to offer “unequalled isolation and robustness”. Unlike rubber or elastic suspensions the Lyre is unaffected by temperature extremes, and so can be used in harsh environments (with an operating temperature range of -20°C to 35°C).