JuicedLink video illustrates audio quality with DSLRs via RiggyAssist versus an H4n recorder

Allan Tépper
By Allan Tépper 07.12.12


JuicedLink just released a new video to illustrate the quality of an audio recording to a DSLR camera (the Canon 60D) via JuicedLink’s own Riggy-Assist low-noise preamp versus the same signal recorded on the popular H4n audio recorder. The same microphone was used in both cases. Ahead you’ll see the video, hear the audio, and discover why I am inviting JuicedLink to create a slightly different comparison for us.

Clearly they both sound good and noise free, as Robert Rozak from JuicedLink wanted to prove, and I’m glad he did. However, the microphone used in both cases is the Rode NTG2, which is a condenser microphone. As I have mentioned in several articles here in ProVideo Coalition magazine and in my recent ebook, condenser microphones by nature typically have a higher output level than dynamic microphones, so preamps don’t have to work so hard when fed a signal from a condenser mic. Thanks to tests done by Brad Linder, it is fairly well known that the H4n recorder’s XLR balanced microphone input works well with condenser microphones but not nearly as well with dynamic microphones, since dynamic mics typically have a much lower output level. That’s why I am inviting Robert Rozak from JuicedLink to repeat his test using a dynamic microphone, since that way both preamps (the one in the H4n and the one in the Riggy-Assist) will need to work harder, since they’ll receive a lower level on their respective microphone input. Handheld dynamic microphones are the most popular type of microphone used to do spontaneous in-field interviews for television news, so I hope Robert will oblige me (us) and do the same test with any handheld dynamic mic that he has available, so we can hear the difference between the preamp in the H4n versus the one in his Riggy-Assist as it feeds his 60D DSLR. I don’t mind if Robert chooses a different location to do the similar test with a dynamic handheld mic, as long as it is the same location for both parts of the test. If Robert agrees, I’ll publish another article to share with our readers.

To make sure you continue to see my upcoming articles, sign up to my mailing list here.

My latest ebook

I have just published an ebook in two languages.
The format is Kindle, but even if you don’t have a Kindle device, you can read Kindle books on many other devices using a free Kindle app. That includes iPad, iPhone, Android phones, Android tablets, Mac computers, Windows computers, some Blackberry phones and Windows 7 phones.

In English:
In English, it is currently available in the following Amazon stores, depending upon your region:

If you’re going to buy a Kindle book as a gift, you must do so via the Pan-American Amazon store (the first one listed above), regardless of where you live or where the recipient lives.

En castellano:
En castellano, está disponible actualmente en las siguientes tiendas Amazon, según tu región:

Si vas a comprar un libro Kindle como regalo, debes hacerlo vía la tienda panamericana de Amazon (la primera de la lista) sin importar donde vivas tú o donde viva la persona que recibirá el regalo.

Allan T©pper's books, consulting, articles, seminars & audio programs

Contact Allan T©pper for consulting, or find a full listing of his books, articles and upcoming seminars and webinars at AllanTepper.com. Listen to his TecnoTur program, which is now available both in Castilian (aka "Spanish") and in English, free of charge. Search for TecnoTur in iTunes or visit TecnoTur.us for more information.

Disclosure, to comply with the FTC's rules

No manufacturer is specifically paying Allan T©pper or TecnoTur LLC to write this article or the mentioned books. Some of the other manufacturers listed above have contracted T©pper and/or TecnoTur LLC to carry out consulting and/or translations/localizations/transcreations. Many of the manufacturers listed above have sent Allan T©pper review units. So far, none of the manufacturers listed above is/are sponsors of the TecnoTur programs, although they are welcome to do so, and some are, may be (or may have been) sponsors of ProVideo Coalition magazine. Some links to third parties listed in this article and/or on this web page may indirectly benefit TecnoTur LLC via affiliate programs.

Copyright and use of this article

The articles contained in the TecnoTur channel in ProVideo Coalition magazine are copyright Allan T©pper/TecnoTur LLC, except where otherwise attributed. Unauthorized use is prohibited without prior approval, except for short quotes which link back to this page, which are encouraged!