The Adorable Juicedlink Little DARling Distributed Audio Recorder
Juicedlink, the US manufacturer of on-camera audio solutions, has just announced the development of a new product, the Little DARling Distributed Audio Recorder. This belt-pack-sized device is designed to be worn by the talent and features locking connectors so you can record directly to the device from a lavalier microphone. The recorder is powered by a single AA battery, records to a micro SD card, and features recessed buttons so the person wearing it doesn’t accidentally stop the recording.
From one lavalier microphone, it will record two channels, a primary and a secondary audio bracketing channel that is 16dB lower than the primary channel. If the primary channel clips, you can pull from the secondary channel in post. The system is intended for situations where using wireless systems is inconvenient, overly conspicuous, or unwieldy because of the need for multiple systems. However, it also includes a locking through connector so the signal can be routed to a wireless belt-pack transmitter. Given that many workflows already involve syncing multiple audio ISO tracks to video in post with programs such as Red Giant’s Plural Eyes or FCPX, the Little DARling offers an exciting solution to help streamline and miniaturize the recording process.