Azden FMX-DSLR Audio Mixer Review

Azden FMX-DSLR Audio Mixer Review

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Is this the correct summar

redjeep's picture
Is this the correct summary for a mixer? Summary This is the perfect camera for the shooters on the go that love to show off what they did in the moment.

Is this the correct summar

redjeep's picture
Is this the correct summary for a mixer? Summary This is the perfect camera for the shooters on the go that love to show off what they did in the moment.

Notice you don't have to m

lmenningen's picture
Notice you don't have to mount the mixer under/at the camera. The output of the mixer is a mic-level signal which means you can plug it directly into a wireless transmitter, and put the wireless receiver (which is smaller and lighter) on the camera. Doing so yields a side benefit: you can then have several cameras, each with a matching receiver, thereby feeding identical sound to each camera.

Actually I do this with th

lmenningen's picture
Actually I do this with the Azden FMX-42 mixer which has separate left and right outputs, so I can feed them into two transmitters - I use Azden's 330 dual receivers mounted on four cameras. Therefore, to get 2-channel audio to multiple cameras with this unit, you'd have to make an 1/8" splitter and plug its legs into separate L and R transmitters. You can use mono audio, just use one leg of that same splitter with one transmitter, and then use a mono receiver. the mono receiver feeds its mono signal to both left and right camera channels.

This looks like a fairly g

This looks like a fairly good means to improve the sound recorded with DSLR cameras but I would recommend strongly considering the Zoom H4n currently for sale at Amazon for ~$250. It has two XLR inputs with optional phantom power and a pair of unique and quite good stereo microphones. The latter can be switched out to give two more external mic channels. You also get 4 separate VU meter channels. Because of the 24bit dynamic range you don't have to be too fussy about levels and you can balance the channels in editing. At first the synchronization was a pain but when I got the PluralEyes software that problem went away. One issue not fully addressed in the article is that no matter how good the mixed feed to a Canon (T2i in my case) the AGC will destroy the audio quality. Having the audio on a separate device solves this.

No audio meters is not goo

steve4505's picture
No audio meters is not good unless you have Magic Lantern or the newer cameras with the meters on the viewfinder. There are several similar products, Beachtech has been out for a while. Sound Devices makes a mid level professional one. Both Fostex and Juicedlink just released theirs too. I personally don't like the Zoom H4n because there is no gain on the XLR's. Therefore the noise floor is quite apparent. The H4n continues to have problems with its battery compartment cover (which generally ends up being taped on). I am looking forward to a new generation of the H4n because its a 3 year old product. PluralEyes is far from perfect. I recommend doing some solid research before purchasing or in many cases you may have been able to purchase a much better product for $200 more. AGC is good but for instance the new update on the 7d eliminated the need for AGC.

Oh found a new review on t

steve4505's picture
Oh found a new review on the Juicedlink RM333. Remember there is another model RA333 which has meters. https://vimeo.com/47364773. There is a comparison link to the Juicedlink site with an audio comparison to the H4n. I may be incorrect on the gain on the H4n.