juicedLink is fine. I have a DT454. It doesn't have a XLR out because it was meant for DSLRs. Its preamps are good. So you can directly record to EPIC through the juicedLink. NTG2 -->juicedLink-->EPIC.
You can monitor through headphones and adjust the gain as per requirement. You just need to ensure that the connection is not loose.
juicedLink is better than the beachtek.
If you want to be doubly sure, then use a lavalier microphone for the interview and plug it to the juicedLink and then output to EPIC. And use another microphone for recording to a H4N or some other recorder. If I were recording to my Sound Devices recorder then I would do double sound. Else no. I had checked the H4N and then bought a Tascam to be used as an extra recorder when needed. Mostly use the SD 702T. juicedLink goes for special applications.
I have the Micro Riggy and it works well. I like the idea of having a physical knob to control the gain. It's bigger than the A-Box which I have to. Need to do more comparisons with my Tascam recorder too as to what is cleaner.
#Bob how do you monitor sound (Headphones) using the Micro Riggy? I'm new to RED waiting for my RED to arrive still and this is something ive been trying to find out. I have a Micro Riggy for my 5DmkIII and love it.I have the Micro Riggy and it works well. I like the idea of having a physical knob to control the gain. It's bigger than the A-Box which I have to. Need to do more comparisons with my Tascam recorder too as to what is cleaner.
I have used both the JuicedLink and the Beachtek, and my opinion is that neither sounds very good. For this amount of money, you're getting $10 preamps (at best), with a very "plasticky" kind of sound, very prone to overload. This is about the same thing as using a $100 lens on a $10,000 camera.
I understand that a lot of people are operating under a tight budget, but using a $200 audio box on top of an $8000 camera (let alone a $40,000 camera) is just sad. Get a real mixer, preferably tied to a better audio recorder than a Zoom.
I have absolutely no problem using something like the Beachtek if it's just for a scratch track. And in truth, most wireless camera hops can be stepped down to mic level, which I routinely do for both Red Epic and Scarlet with no problem. It actually sounds good enough to use... but I always tell my clients to go to the trouble to sync up the "real" tracks from my recorder, because it'll sound better.
You're fooling yourself if you think these toy boxes are good enough, let alone professional. There's a reason why actual pro audio components cost what they do. (And I would include the little Sound Devices MixPro in that category -- it doesn't suck at all, and is quite usable at only $600.)
Don't get me wrong -- the Juiced Link (and similar products) have their use. But I wouldn't count on it for final audio as the only sound source on the set. Fine for a quickie scratch track.
Here's a recent review we did of the Beachtek with a few examples of it's sound using the NTG-2, Hope it helps :)
(Click "CC" for English Subtitles)
We'll also be doing a review of the similar JuicedLink RA222 in the next couple of weeks.
Both are good units, Beachtek have a better physical design but Juicedlink adds a bit more gain to the signal, but both offer pretty clean audio overall.
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