SmartMyk Directional Microphone
SmartMyk is a directional microphone which works by localising the sound to the image, rejecting background noise to concentrate on the sound from the subject of the camera's focus. It easily attaches to any DSLR / video camera, making it perfect for professional recording, home videos, internet broadcasting,sporting events and much more.
The SmartMyk delivers HD (Highly Defined) quality audio at its very best; transparent, clear recorded sound which is an authentic replication of the original source. The result is stunning sound that you never before thought possible, perfectly complementing the HD video of your production.
Background noise is a common problem with in-built microphones which tend to pick up everything around them. The SmartMyk uses a highly directional electret condenser microphone and rejection tube to minimise background noise and localise the sound to the focused image, ensuring you get more of the sound you want, and less of what you don't.
The red shock mount built into the SmartMyk is made of TPE soft synthetic rubber, ensuring any noise created through camera handling vibrations are reduced to a minimum. The TPE material is also extremely resistant to cold temperatures which prevent it from freezing and therefore losing its flexible shock mount properties.
The SmartMyk uses a 3.5 mm jack, complete with a 150mm curly cable, which plugs into any camera with a 3.5mm microphone input. The signal to the camera is dual mono delivering an identical signal to both the left and right audio track. With the aid of a readily available adaptor, it can also be used with cameras or other equipment that require an alternative input configuration (for example XLR inputs).
The SmartMyk weighs an incredible 60g, making it one of the lightest condenser microphones of its type on the market today. The body, tube and housing of the microphone are made of polycarbonate ABS material which is extremely lightweight, while at the same time remaining strong and robust.
No need to detach the microphone before packing it away; unlike many other microphones on the market, the profile of the SmartMyk is so small that it comfortably fits into most camera bags still affixed to the camera.
The SmartMyk is powered by a reliable and widely-used CR 2032 button cell battery, which provides an impressive battery life of approximately 200 hours of continuous usage (depending on the climatic conditions under which it is used).
The SmartMyk is proudly designed in Australia by a consortium of industry professionals from the sound, film and broadcast industries, combined with a team of highly skilled industrial and electronic designers with major contributions from many of Australia's leading location sound recordists and cameramen.
Introducing MyMyk Camera Audio Station -
Master your audio.
MyMyk Camera Audio Station is a standalone audio recorder and file organisation system which allows you to record audio projects and tracks straight to your smartphone for future editing. Monitor your levels as you record, listen back to the results immediately, geotag your recordings, assign recording notes, then at the touch of a button export the files to your edit suite or another application for sound processing, editing or archiving. Used with the Smartmyk Microphone or other microphone systems and the Smartlynk Audio Work Station you have a complete audio solution for your DSLR or video camera.
Master of your audio – download the MyMyk Camera Audio iPhone App now by clicking the App Store icon below.
Frequently asked questions -
How can I set the sampling rate for my My Myk Camera Audio App?
The default setting is 48Khz. To change this, go to settings on your iPhone/iPad and click on the My Myk app icon. Then select the sample rate of 48Khz or 44.1Khz. Most video editing programs default to 48Khz sampling of the audio. If you don’t set this prior to recording you can find lip sync very difficult in the post-production edit process. 44.1KHZ is the usual selection for recording music only without video.
How do I use the VU meter on the App prior to pressing the record button to set my record levels?
Touch the centre of the VU meter for two seconds to engage it.
What's the longest recording I can make with the App?
The file format used is CAF and according to Apple, the recordings can be hundreds of hours long.
I get a lot of wind noise when I am outside. Do you have any suggestions how I can stop this?
For windy outdoor conditions, it is recommended over the standard windsock/microphone barrel, you use what is affectionately known as a fluffy. This fits over the microphone barrel and absorbs the wind energy. We will be releasing one very shortly, however, fluffy windsocks are readily available.
Do I need to use a shock mount with the Smartmyk? I notice some manufactures have one but you don’t.
The red shock absorber at the point where the microphone barrel enters the electronic housing has been especially designed to prevent handling noise from the camera which could be transmitted to the microphone. The need for a special elasticated shock mount is unnecessary.
Can the Smartlynk microphone input accept a wireless transmitter as one of the inputs?
Yes most definitely. The inputs are designed for anything that is giving out mic level signals; most wireless transmitters will default or have a mic output setting.
I can hear a noise when I am using my Canon 5D which sounds like the motor in the camera being picked up by the microphone.
Early 5D's and some third party lenses have very noisy image stabilizer servomotors in them which can emit considerable noise. If you have one of these lenses, simply set the image stabilizer setting on the lens to OFF. It’s not needed when shooting video anyway.
My microphone doesn’t seem to reject sounds from the sides. What's going on?
Switch off the AGC in your camera’s audio menu. Some cameras do not have a manual override function however, in which case we recommend SmartLynk which has an AGC blocker that solves this issue.
I get a horrible swishing or hissing sound in my audio track. Is it the microphone?
No, it's the camera's internal amplifier. The A to D converters (analog signal to digital signal converters) can be quite noisy. Simply switch on the AGC blocker with SmartLynk and this will go away. If you do not have SmartLynk and you are using a camera with an option to manually adjust the audio level, put the SmartMyk's gain setting to +15db position. This will give the camera a very healthy input signal, thus not requiring the input amplifier on the camera to be used.