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What wireless microphone setups work with SlingStudio?

You can use a number of microphone setups with SlingStudio.

Here are your choices:

  • Built-in microphone on a smartphone or camera.
  • Microphone mounted to and connected to the camera. Audio is then transmitted from the camera over HDMI. This camera can be connected to SlingStudio using CameraLink or an HDMI cable connected directly from the camera to SlingStudio. The most popular type of microphone in this example is a shotgun microphone:

    Shotgun_mic.ashx
  • Wireless lavalier microphone – a small microphone used for television, theatre, and public speaking applications in order to allow for hands-free operation. A lavalier microphone is most commonly provided with small clips for attaching to collars, ties, or other clothing. The cord may be hidden by clothes and either run to a radio frequency transmitter kept in a pocket or clipped to a belt, or routed directly to the mixer or a recording device.

    Lavalier_mic.ashx

    These microphones have both a transmitter and a receiver. The receiver has wired output that can be connected to an audio mixer (sound console). The audio mixer output can then be connected to the SlingStudio audio line-in input.

Please be aware that you cannot connect the microphone directly to the SlingStudio audio line in. This is because the microphone signal is a “mic level” signal, whereas the SlingStudio audio line in is “line level” input, and mic level is not same as line level.

There are two ways to convert mic level to line level:

  • You can connect the microphone to the camera, which then transmits audio and video using HDMI or CameraLink to SlingStudio.
  • You can connect the microphone to an audio mixer or mic preamp, and then connect the output of the mixer or mic preamp to the SlingStudio line in.