juicedLink Little Darling Distributed Audio Recorder

juicedLink Little Darling Distributed Audio Recorder

juicedLink Little Darling Distributed Audio Recorder

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juicedLink Little Darling Distributed Audio Recorder

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Product Highlights

  • Belt Pack Form Factor
  • 3.5mm Locking Connector For Lavalier
  • Recessed Buttons To Prevent Accidents
  • Audio Bracketing - Dual Mono Recording
  • Second Safety Track: 16 dB Lower
  • Powered by Single AA Battery
  • Records to MicroSD Card
  • Includes Belt Clip
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juicedLink DAR123 overview

  • 1Description

The Juicedlink Little Darling Distributed Audio Recorder is a belt-pack sized device designed to be worn by the talent and records to two tracks of audio from a single lavalier microphone.

It features a locking 3.5 mm microphone jack, a recessed menu button, and a locking battery/card compartment in an aluminum enclosure. Designed to prevent the talent from accidentally removing the connected mic or changing settings, the Juicedlink Little Darling prevents file corruption by switching over to continuous stitches of 10 minute files when the battery becomes low or the card approaches full. In addition, a second audio safety track is also recorded for overload protection.

The audio recorder will record two channels from a single lavalier microphone, and provides a primary and a secondary audio bracketing channel that is 16 dB 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. 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 helps streamline and miniaturize the recording process.

The recorder is powered by a single AA battery, provides plug-in power to the lavalier, and records stereo WAV audio to a microSD card.

In the Box
juicedLink Little Darling Distributed Audio Recorder
  • Belt Clip
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
  • Table of Contents
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    juicedLink DAR123 specs

    Channels 16-bit/48 kHz stereo WAV
    1x primary mono audio channel
    1x -16 dB secondary audio bracketed channel
    Connectors 1x 1/8" / 3.5 mm locking connector with plug-in-power for lavalier microphone
    1x 1/8" / 3.5 mm locking stereo headphone minijack (mutes during record)
    Format MicroSD card (not included). Use pre-approved models in user manual. Boot file must be loaded on card to power unit
    Power 1x AA battery (not included)
    Battery Life Alkaline: 12 hrs NiMH Rechargeable: 12 hrs Lithium: 20 hrs NiCD Rechargeable: 6 hrs
    Enclosure Aluminum
    Additional Features Locking battery/card compartment
    Recessed stop/power button
    Dimension (L x W x H) 2.8 x 1.9 x 0.9" / 71.1 x 48.3 x 23.6 mm
    Weight Without Battery: 2.0 oz / 56.7 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 0.25 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 4.7 x 2.3 x 2.3"

    juicedLink DAR123 reviews

    Little Darling Distributed Audio Recorder is rated 3.9 out of 5 by 17.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great For Weddings I mostly film weddings and I am very happy with these units. I have three of them and would buy them again. The two separate tracks allow me to bracket the range of voices that I need to capture, from quiet brides to loud officiants and cheering. They are extremely easy (and quick) to power up and begin recording. I also like that the stop recording button is recessed, to avoid accidental stoppages. The threaded mic connector allows me to use my Sennheiser lav mics without having to worry about them being pulled out while being worn. In my opinion, the size is easily small enough for wedding work, and I am pleased with the build and sound quality.
    Date published: 2016-06-20
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Needs work I am a fan of JuicedLink products and use the Riggy 333 preamp regularly. This Little DAR is a great idea and could be a real solution but it needs a lot more work to take it out of user-testing and make it user friendly and intuitive in the field. From the difficult to comprehend instructions onward to the clunky feel this unit should currently to be seen as a Beta tester. It would also be nice to introduce more protection from dust and elements given that this unit is supposed to be designed to operate continuously on subjects who may be involved in more than just sit-down interviews in studio. Bought, tried, and received money back on return. Hoping maybe the next generation(s) will be better.
    Date published: 2016-05-31
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from There's nothing quite like this available in the US I would actually give this 4.5 stars, because the interface is a little clunky, but with the Tascam DR-10C unavailable in the US, this is your only option to place a small recorder on talent that records a safety track 10db lower. I often use a Tascam DR-07 or Dr-o5 for this, but if the audio has a large range, chances are it will peak. Those units are also about 3x as large as the DAR123. I got this one just in time to use on the final scene of a film and it worked very well, though it made me nervous to use because I wasn't familiar with the interface.
    Date published: 2016-06-20
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from An essential part of my kit When it comes to small crew or vrit style documentary work, the Little Darlings have become an essential part of my kit. It's tiny, light weight, and can run all day on a single AA battery. Simply the fact I can mic someone in the morning and let it run without worrying about battery failure, or signal loss is fantastic. The unit records two channels of audio, one serving as a protection track capturing both the highs and the lows without distortion. Critical when your not monitoring the audio. One of the big advantages is the ability to gather natural, more spontaneous remarks. Since I never have to fuss with the unit or change batteries most people simply forget their being recorded. In fact the only thing you have to worry about is forgetting to take it off your subjects :)
    Date published: 2016-07-15
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Little Darling After learning the basics of the Little Darling, I put it to use. I attached a Rode lav mic and put it to the test. It did perform well and the sound quality of the recordings came out very nice. The only thing that takes a little getting used to is, navigating through the menus to make adjustments. I did use the recommended SD card after an existing card I had wouldn't boot. I love the compact nature of the unit and that it is virtually impossible to accidentally turn off the recording due to the recessed stop button.
    Date published: 2016-08-29
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love it! It wasn't nearly as hard to figure out as some were saying. Yes, you do have to download a couple bin / setting files to put on your sd card but that takes literally seconds. My one concern is weather / dust proofing. But, so far so good!
    Date published: 2016-09-06
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from So far, so good A cautiously optimistic 4 stars... As mentioned, it was shipped originally as a kind of beta testing unit. Understandable that people would be a bit miffed by this. Just got the new one (company paid to ship both directions, and has been in touch pretty well, which is awesome), haven't used it yet. The old one, for all the warnings, worked really well the few times we did use it. Having the safety track without any extra anything is unbelievable. We do climbing films, which means we don't have access to our talent a lot of the time, so being able to set and forget is absolutely game-changing. Messing with settings isn't the most easy or intuitive, but I understand the tradeoffs that were made in that department. In return, you get smaller size, cheaper unit focused on the circuitry inside, etc.
    Date published: 2016-06-03
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great Concept, but... I used this recorder for about one month and the power button broke. I never abused it or used anything really sharply pointed or pressed hard on it. I returned it, and will have to say the customer service was great. There are some issues otherwise though: 1) The controls are a bit fiddly and make for extra set up time in the field; the gain was difficult to set; if you miss the right button sequence, for example to start recording, you have to scroll through the menu until you get back to 'r' and try again; I would hate to operate it in cold weather, 2) as others have noted, the case feels unfinished, with sharp edges (I clipped it on one of my talent's pants and when she leaned over it scratched her skin), 3) the internal components of the unit can be seen from the battery compartment, which would worry me in windy, dirty, salt air environments. I would agree with the other reviewer who said it's more like a beta unit. Having said that, I will be more than happy to purchase a more refined version of this because it really is a good concept, but for now I'm afraid it's back to the H1 for me.
    Date published: 2016-08-24
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