TEAC Corporation has announced the development of the new TASCAM CA-XLR2d XLR microphone adapter for mirrorless cameras, and it’s targeted for worldwide release by the end of 2021.
The CA-XLR2d lineup is a collaboration between TEAC Corporation working independently with Canon, FUJIFILM and Nikon. Since mirrorless cameras typically used for high-quality video shooting do not accommodate an XLR input for professional microphones or a high-quality preamplifier, there are very limited options to upgrade the audio quality within the capability of the camera itself.
Currently when XLR microphones are needed to capture audio, a digital audio recorder is required to capture it separately from the camera. However, extra time is needed to synchronize the audio and video manually when editing.
With the CA-XLR2d, audio from the XLR input is directly recorded into the camera along with the video. Further, with a digitized accessory shoe from Canon and hot shoe from Fujifilm, the built-in AD converter is designed to enable filmmakers to transfer clear digitalized audio directly into cameras without degradation.
CA-XLR2d is the perfect solution to meet the needs from professional users who demand the best audio quality to amateur users who are discovering a higher level of audio quality as part of video content.
Canon Kit “CA-XLR2d-C”
Due to the co-design and evaluation of a digital hot shoe connection with Canon, compliant with its multi-function shoe, digital audio transmission directly into the camera and bus power supply from the camera is available for a cable-free system with high mobility. In addition, the CA-XLR2d is also planned to be compatible with the multi-function shoe of the Canon XF605 professional camcorder. This combination will provide a maximum of 4 XLR input cannels in addition to the built-in 2 XLR channels on the camcorder.
With the included 2 x AA battery box and cold shoe mount adapter, CA-XLR2d also works with existing cameras that don’t have the multi-function hot shoe by connecting an analog audio cable between CA-XLR2d’s analog out and camera’s mic-in.
FUJIFILM Kit “CA-XLR2d-F”
Due to co-development of a digital hot shoe connection with FUJIFILM Corporation, compliant with Fujifilm’s digital hot shoe, digital audio transmission directly into the camera and buss power supply from the camera is available to build a cable-free system for high mobility. Preliminary product compatibility includes: Mirrorless digital camera “FUJIFILM X-T4”, “FUJIFILM X-S10”
With the included 2 x AA battery box and cold shoe mount adapter, CA-XLR2d also works with existing cameras which don’t have the digital hot shoe by connecting an analog audio cable between CA-XLR2d’s analog out and camera’s mic-in.
Analog Interface Kit “CA-XLR2d-AN”
Due to the collaboration of creating an analog interface kit with Nikon, using the included 2 x AA battery box and cold shoe mount adapter works by connecting an analog audio cable between CA-XLR2d’s analog out and Camera’s mic-in. CA-XLR2d will work as an analog audio adapter to deliver high quality audio to a wider range of existing camera users. Preliminary product compatibility includes: Nikon Z 7II, Nikon Z 6II, Nikon Z 7, Nikon Z 6, Nikon Z 5, Nikon Z fc, and Nikon Z 50.
- Direct digital audio transmission via a digitized accessory shoe with built-in AD converter (only compatible for products from Canon and Fujifilm)
- Power is supplied by the camera using the data transmission shoe (only compatible for products from Canon and Fujifilm)
- Built-in high TASCAM HDDA (High Definition Discrete Architecture) mic-preamplifier (mic/line level switchable, +48-volt phantom power supply)
- 2 modes on analog output: Camera mode for audio transfer to camera’s mic-in, and Headphone mode for direct headphone monitoring