Oversized lapel mic used on a BBC FIFA story…A Sennheiser MKE40-4

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Saw this interview during the FIFA scandal and was taken aback at the sheer size of this lapel mic…this is the kind of lapel mic on offer during the 1970s when miniaturisation was not possible.

Does anyone know anything about it as I am sure it was being used for a very good reason.


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The Saramonic SR-AX107 Audio Mixer Overview

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The Saramonic SR-AX107 is a practical no nonsense audio mixer for your DSLR. Important for me is the ability to use phantom powered XLR microphones and the Saramonic has 2 XLR inputs.


Beside the XLRs is the 9v battery compartment, that was a surprise for me as I have not had to use a PP3 (MN1604) battery for a few years and had to fly to Tesco to get one.


The control panel is simple with various switches and the left and right rotary knobs are very positive using a stepping motion.


The LCD is clean and does the job.


Both sides have the ability to hold a hot shoe “spade mount” to hold other accessories, personally I would have preferred 1/4″ screw mounting holes.

I took the SR-AX107 along to my friend Gerry Bayne a broadcast sound engineer to have a listen to it.

GubbinsWe decided to have a look at the inside and were very impressed with the overall build quality and the PCB layout.

Gerry-WSGerry used various types of microphones from AKG C 460 B shotgun to the older classic “Elvis” Shure 55SH Dynamic vocal mic.

ShureGerry was impressed with the Saramonic SR-AX107, it sounded very clean, adding no noise that was detectable by ear.

For £200 the Saramonic gives you a great 2 channel field sound mixer especially useful with a DSLR, my only negative is the anchor point for the DSLR itself, the big thumb screw is great but my Sony A7s had a tendency to move, but this is a problem that most of these single 1/4″ screw mount DSLR audio units suffer.


My thanks to Ianiro for giving me the Saramonic SR-AX107 to review.


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