Doesn't look like it in photos, but this thing is small. The DS214 is really a great little device to professionally (and simply) add headphone monitoring and level adjustments for microphone inputs to DSLR's. The DS214 even includes AGC Defeat so this little black box can literally work magic for all DSLR audio shortcomings. Love the starting price point too. I'll mount it up next to a camera and show what that would look like.
JuicedLink DS214 Low Noise PreAmp with Headphone Monitoring Audio Meters
@emm, thanks for the fast response, my A65 has a mic input it's just when I plug my rode video mic in it sounds horrible with hiss in quite areas. So I think this will be a big help for me to not have to use the tascam to record and then sync!! Thanks again 🙂
@Jeff Stiver - It should work with just about any camera that has a mic input. If your camera does not have a way to adjust Audio Levels Manually, then the AGC should help by faking a louder tone to one side of the stereo input. I think the problem is that both the Sony A65 and A77 does not have a microphone input.
Can you please tell me if this will work with the Sony A65/A77..? I currently am using a Tascam DR-05 and a rode video mic and I hate syncing in post. this seems ideal for me but everything I read only talks about the 7D and t2i..
@Marc - Many microphones are actually recording in mono including the Rode VideoMic Pro. The Rode just happens to duplicate the sound to both channels. The JL is an external amp to give you cleaner sound, more control over levels, headphone monitoring, and AGC disable for some cameras. If you use a setting that is recording mono to one channel, you can always duplicate to both left/right in post.
Ok let me understand this... this makes recordings mono on a single track as opposed to two?
@J Toha - Yes there is a single 1/4 x 20 thread to mount on something. There's going to be quite a few accessories with the camera i'll be adding, so a Rig or a DSLR Cage would work great for keeping things in the right place and out of the way. Rigs can get expensive if you have to buy additional mounts for accessories, so a Cage is the cheapest solution. Cages (even generic ones) still run fairly expensive too. I just assembled a JuicedLink DIY101B.
It really is just a square frame, but at least it looks professional and has several alternating pass throughs and threaded taps. Threading and tapping costs money, and the bracket is also heavily Anodized which I know personally (from SpiderTrax Project) costs quite a bit. There are no handles for the JL brackets, but I can say first hand it's extremely well crafted for something that looks pretty simple. If you're lucky sometimes you can get a deal from auctions httpss://cheesycam.com/carbon-dslr-cages-and-rigs/
Emm, out of curiosity, without the JuicedLink newly-announced brackets, what are your options for mounting this DS214 on your current rig setup?
I'm guessing since it has 1/4" thread hole, if the hotshoes have been occupied with Videomic and the likes, this one sits on one of those monitor arms. It might look awkward...
Has it worked well so far as an AGC killer and audio monitoring solution? I'm tempted to get this for my 7D but not sure if I'd part with over $140 yet lol.
@Pao - XLR would be better, but those microphones are usually larger and most require Phantom power. In cases where you don't have this available, you can look for self powered microphones and those usually end up with a mini jack.
I have a noon question. Which is better to use..Xlr or mini jack? Will either work fine or can I use mini jack to Xlr adapter? Would that be fine? I don't have a mic yet so im doing research on which would be better. Thanks in advance. Hope I made sense
@Weston - I believe the pre-amps on the larger JL's would be better. I'll have to find out and confirm.
Emm ~ I had thought that the higher prices for some of the other JL boxes was due primarily to the higher cost of adding extra inputs, phantom power, etc. Do they also use different preamps or other components that may make their sound cleaner than DS214?
Does anyone know if this will work with an iPhone 4 and an external mic (assuming it doesn't require phantom power) without any additional hardware?
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@Tony Carretti - Sure, you'd probably make a better test video than I could right now. Let me know if you have something. Keep in mind It's not supposed to be the best pre-amp available on the market. It's mainly targeting people who want to control levels from the Mic Input and adding headphone monitoring of the actual sound. The JL pre-amp is cleaner than the DSLR's but I don't think it's going to be as high quality as the $500 dollar JL boxes.
Just ordered one of these too. Figured I can use it for both the T2i and the GH2 for monitoring.
Hopefully it'll get here soon. Are you going to do a test? If not, let me know and I'll try to get one done.