Saramonic SmartRig+ Audio Mixer video recording improvement


This article is not only the Saramonic SmartRing+ product review. This article is about using Saramonic SmartRing+ as the solution for the video recording improvement.

First thing first. What is the problem I’m facing. During the lean japan trip (link) I recorded many presentations. Some of those were presented by the japanese speaking people and translated to english by the translator. I use the RODE microphone to record the presenter voice. The translator used the wireless transmitter and each group member used the wireless headphone.

The first issue was  absent of the adapter to connect both wireless and non wireless microphones to the iPhone.

The second issue was the volume control. The iPhone video recorder uses the single channel to save the audio. It is almost impossible to separate the translator voice from the presenter voice.

I could use another voice recorder as the alternative option and mix the sound later using iMovie. That would give me the volume and sound flexibility. However this approach creates over processing. As the customer I need to record dissent quality voice from both sources without any post processing.

Continuous Improvement

The first issue improvement using the 2 mic inputs to 1 output solves the two microphone connection problem. Though it didn’t solve the second issue – the volume control.

Looking for the active mic adapter compatible with iPhone I found Saramonic SmartRing+ Audio Mixer. This device has the separate volume control for each channel.

As the third improvement I built the handler which attached the Saramonic SmartRing+ to the BeastGrip.

Visual Control

First I add the colour label to the switch positions, mic inputs and output. These visual control eliminates the uncertainty by standardizing the process.
  • The green dots indicate the switch positions.
  • The red dots indicate the mic inputs.
  • The yellow dot indicates the headphones output.
  • The microphones and headset have been marketed with the relative colours.

 

 

Flow

This is the flow I use to set everything together.
  • Make sure all switches are in the green position except the ON/OFF/+48V switch.
  • Connect the microphones

  • Connect the headphone

 

  • Insert the Saramonic SmartRing+ output to the iPhone or iPad. For the iPhone 7(Plus) the lightning adapter has to be used.

 

 

  • Make sure the both channel volume controls are in the middle positions.

SmartRig is ON

  • Turn on the Saramonic SmartRing+ by the ON/OFF/+48V switch to the ON position (green dot)


SmartRig front

Standardized

Standardized

The final step is to create the visual standard process. The main purpose of the standardized process is to make sure anybody can set the visual recording without any knowledge in the correct way.

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