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


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.

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Born in Connecticut, United States, Allan Tépper is an award-winning broadcaster & podcaster, bilingual consultant, multi-title author, tech journalist, translator, and language activist who has been working with professional video since the eighties. Since 1994,…