The Saramonic SmartRig+ is a compact 2-channel audio interface that enables you to connect any combination of professional microphones, guitars, or instruments to DSLRs and video cameras, as well as iPhones, iPads, and Android devices that feature a headphone jack. It’s an ultra-portable, lightweight device that vastly improves the sound quality of the videos you shoot. It also lets you create broadcast-quality audio recordings on your mobile device for podcasting and news gathering. In addition, you can use powerful music-making apps to their full potential by connecting real instruments and professional microphones to your mobile device.
The SmartRig+ features three different kinds of inputs, and there are two of each: XLR, 1/4” (6.35mm), and 3.5mm. All the inputs remain active, and you can even use 4 of them at the same time. The XLR inputs can supply condenser microphones with +48 volts of phantom power and the 3.5mm inputs provide plug-in-power, which enables you to use almost any kind of microphone. The 1/4” (6.35mm) inputs are impedance-matched to provide the best sound quality from electric guitars and basses, and acoustic instruments with pickups.
A Mono/Stereo switch on the SmartRig+ lets you choose how the channels will be mixed when connected to a camera or TRS input device. When set to Mono, anything you plug in will be mixed and recorded to both channels of the camera or mobile device. The Mono setting is useful when you’re just plugging in a single microphone because the audio will be recorded to both channels on the camera or mobile device. The Stereo setting (TRS only) is useful when you’re plugging two microphones or instruments, because both channels will be recorded as independent tracks. This gives you better editing options in post-production.
If you shoot video on your smartphone, you can connect and mix professional shotgun and lavalier mics to vastly improve your sound quality. The built-in preamps provide clean sound, and if your camera lacks a headphone output, you can use the jack on the SmartRig+. Two nicely sized gain control knobs allow you to dial in perfect levels with ease. The SmartRig+ is an affordable and ultra-portable device with impeccable sound quality that provides an impressive amount of functionality to a wide range of uses.