Azden SMX-30 Stereo-/Mono-Switchable Video Microphone

BH #AZSMX30 • MFR #SMX-30
Azden
Azden SMX-30 Stereo-/Mono-Switchable Video Microphone
Key Features
  • Stereo and Mono Recording Modes
  • -10, 0, and +20 dB Level Adjustment
  • 1/8" Stereo Mini-Jack Output
  • -10 dB Pad
The SMX-30 Stereo-/Mono-Switchable Video Microphone from Azden is a battery-powered microphone with separate stereo- and shotgun-style microphone units that can be switched between mono and stereo recording modes. It can be used to produce pro-quality sound for DSLRs and other compact cameras in applications for interviews, weddings, presentations, and more.
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Azden SMX-30 Stereo-/Mono-Switchable Video Microphone

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Azden SMX-30 Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Stereo or Mono? Why Choose?
  • 3Gain Control
  • 4Frequency Response
  • 5Power
  • 6Maximize Battery Life
  • 7Integrated Shock-Absorbing Shoe Mount

The SMX-30 Stereo-/Mono-Switchable Video Microphone from Azden is a battery-powered microphone with separate stereo- and shotgun-style microphone units that can be switched between mono and stereo recording modes. It can be used to produce pro-quality sound for DSLRs and other compact cameras in applications for interviews, weddings, presentations, and more.

Housed inside an innovative casing, the SMX-30 is two microphones packaged into one. The stereo microphone is positioned at the top and consists of two cardioid polar patterns spaced apart at a 120° angle. The mono microphone uses a supercardioid polar pattern to focus on sound in front of the camera. It has the same high-quality element as Azden's SGM-250 shotgun microphone.

Using the built-in +20 dB gain booster to get a strong clean audio signal into your camera, the SMX-30 minimizes the need to turn up noisy preamps usually associated with DSLRs, and also includes a -10 dB pad to protect against distortion when recording in loud environments such as live concerts and motorsport events.

Furthermore, the microphone has a wide frequency response of 40 Hz to 20 kHz and has a full, natural sound. There is a low-cut filter switch for reducing low frequencies below 120 Hz, which is useful for mitigating noise caused by air conditioners, wind, and traffic.

Powered by two AA batteries, you can operate the SMX-30 microphone for approximately 24 hours with 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 beforehand.

Finally, an integrated shock-absorbing shoe mount isolates the SMX-30 microphone from camera-motor/handling noise. The mount is designed to fit the standard camera shoe and comes with 1/4"-20 threads at the bottom for mounting to boom poles and other camera accessories. A foam windscreen and a carry pouch are also included.

Stereo or Mono? Why Choose?

If you only have the budget to buy one microphone for your camera, why should you have to choose between mono and stereo? The SMX-30 is stereo-/mono-switchable, so you don't have to be

Gain Control

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. Azden's SMX-30 has a +20 dB gain booster so you can get a strong, clean audio signal into your camera, minimizing the need to turn up the noisy preamp

Frequency Response

The SMX-30 has a wide frequency response ranging from 40 Hz to 20 kHz, so the audio you capture will sound full and natural

Power

Powered by two AA batteries, which is a lower-cost option than the 9V battery 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

Maximize Battery Life

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 Shock-Absorbing Shoe Mount

Integrated into the design of the SMX-30 is a custom-made, shock-absorbing shoe mount to isolate the microphone from camera-motor/handling noise
UPC: 095528122235

Azden SMX-30 Specs

Polar PatternMono: Supercardioid
Stereo: 2 x Cardioid
Frequency Response40 Hz - 20 kHz
Sensitivity-36 dB @ 1 kHz (0 dB=1V/Pa)
Dynamic Range (Typical)118 dB
Signal-to-Noise Ratio82 dB, 1 kHz @ 1Pa
Maximum Input Level130 dB SPL (1 kHz @ 1% T.H.D.)
Maximum Output Level+6.2 dB
Output Impedance50 Ohms
Power Requirements2 x AA batteries
Output Connectors1/8" (3.5 mm) stereo mini-plug
Power SwitchOff, Battery, Auto
Gain Control-10, 0, +20 dB
Low Cut FiltersSelectable @ 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)
Weight5.1 oz (145 g)
Packaging Info
Package Weight0.765 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)7.55 x 5.5 x 3.2"
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