Tascam CA-XLR2d in use
Image courtesy: TEAC

TEAC has announced a new audio adapter which will release under the company’s Tascam brand. The TEAC Tascam CA-XLR2d is a two-channel microphone adapter and preamplifier designed for mirrorless cameras, adding XLR inputs and manual level controls.

Canon, Fujifilm and Nikon models

Available in three configurations, the TEAC Tascam CA-XLR2d is suitable for use with Canon, Fujifilm and Nikon cameras. The adaptor provides audio for you to record internally on your camera. Both the Canon and Fujifilm kits transmit a digital audio signal directly to your camera via the accessory shoe. However, the Nikon kit has an analog interface connecting to your camera’s microphone jack via an included cable. As such, most cameras with a microphone input should be compatible with this version of the adapter.

XLR inputs

The TEAC Tascam CA-XLR2d has two XLR/TRS input terminals and a 3.5-mm stereo mini-input. This means you can use just about any microphone you want with the device. The adaptor also comes with a removable microphone holder with a shock mount mechanism.

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Phantom power

The TEAC Tascam CA-XLR2d incorporates a high-performance Tascam HDDA mic preamplifier for great sound quality, low noise and a wide dynamic range. Also, it is switchable between mic and line level signals and provides a 48V phantom power supply.

Controls

Tascam CA-XLR2d
Image courtesy: TEAC

TEAC has clearly laid out the TEAC Tascam’s CA-XLR2d switches for functions including level attenuation, low-cut filter, limiter and auto-levels. Each input also has an overload indicator. In addition, you can link the two input channels to control the settings simultaneously for the left and right channels when recording in stereo. The side of the adapter has a transparent protective cover, so you won’t risk accidentally changing your settings.

Battery box

You can power the Canon and Fujifilm models of the CA-XLR2d via your camera’s hot shoe. However, the Nikon model comes with a battery box that takes two AA batteries. The adapter also has a shoe mount on top for extra devices or accessories.

Pricing and availability

TEAC said to expect the Tascam CA-XLR2d series of professional audio XLR microphone adapters to open for order in January 2022. The company has not yet released any pricing information.

Pete Tomkies is a freelance cinematographer and camera operator from Manchester, UK. He also produces and directs short films as Duck66 Films. Pete's latest short Once Bitten... won 15 awards and was selected for 105 film festivals around the world.