TASCAM has announced the new CA-XLR2d Series professional audio XLR microphone adapter for mirrorless cameras that’s available in three configurations: 1) the CA-XLR2d Canon Kit, 2) the CA-XLR2d FUJIFILM Kit, and 3) the CA-XLR2d Analog Interface Kit for use with Nikon cameras and others.
As mirrorless cameras typically used for quality video shooting do not accommodate an XLR input for professional microphones or a quality preamplifier, there are very limited options to upgrade audio quality within the capability of the camera itself. Currently, when high-quality XLR or lavalier microphones that capture pro quality audio are required, a digital audio recorder independent of the camera is needed.
As an XLR input expansion adapter for mirrorless cameras, the CA-XLR2d addresses this by enabling the capture of quality audio directly into the camera. With a digitized accessory shoe from Canon and a hot shoe from Fujifilm, the built-in AD converter enables users to transfer clear, digitalized audio directly into cameras without sound degradation.
• Microphone adapter to add a professional audio XLR input to mirrorless cameras
• 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)
• The TASCAM HDDA (High Definition Discrete Architecture) mic-preamplifier is designed to provide quality audio, low noise, and wide dynamic range (Mic/Line level switchable, +48-volt phantom power supply)
• Two modes on analog outputCamera mode for audio transfer to camera’s mic-in
• Headphone mode for direct headphone monitoring
The Canon Kit: CA-XLR2d-C
Due to co-design and evaluation of a digital hot shoe connection with Canon that is compliant with their multi-function shoe, digital audio transmission directly into the camera and bus power supply from the camera is available for a cable-free system. Further, the CA-XLR2d is also planned to be compatible with the multi-function shoe of the Canon XF605 camcorder. This combination provides a maximum of four XLR input cannels in addition to the built-in two XLR channels on the camcorder. Product compatibility includes: Mirrorless camera [EOS R3], professional camcorder [XF605]. With the included two AA battery box and cold shoe mount adapter, the CA-XLR2d also works with existing cameras that do not have the multi-function hot shoe by connecting an analog audio cable between the CA-XLR2d’s analog out and camera’s mic-in.
The FUJIFILM Kit: CA-XLR2d-F
Due to co-development of a digital hot shoe connection with FUJIFILM that is compliant with Fujifilm’s digital hot shoe, digital audio transmission directly into the camera and bus power supply from the camera is available to build a cable-free system. Preliminary product compatibility includes: Mirrorless digital camera “FUJIFILM X-T4”, “FUJIFILM X-S10”, “FUJIFILM GFX100S” (*Compatible within the year 2022). With the included two AA battery box and cold shoe mount adapter, the CA-XLR2d also works with existing cameras that do not have the multi-function hot shoe by connecting an analog audio cable between the 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 two AA battery box and cold shoe mount adapter works by connecting an analog audio cable between the CA-XLR2d’s analog out and the camera’s mic in. The CA-XLR2d will work as an analog audio adapter to deliver quality audio to a wider range of existing camera users. Product compatibility includes: Mirrorless camera [Nikon Z 9], [Nikon Z 7II], [Nikon Z 6II], [Nikon Z 7], [Nikon Z 6], [Nikon Z 5], [Nikon Z fc], [Nikon Z 50], Digital SLR Camera [Nikon D6], [Nikon D780], [Nikon D850], [Nikon D7500], [Nikon D500].
The TASCAM CA-XLR2d Series professional audio XLR microphone adapter is expected to be available January 2022.