The COMICA Traxshot offers more versatility for audio on the camera.
COMICA has been teasing a new product on its Instagram page since late December and today released Traxshot, a supercardioid shotgun microphone that can be mounted on a camera, caged with a smartphone setup, or plugged into a computer for voice Record over.
The Traxshot has a unique design with two separate audio capsules that can be positioned for different recording environments, adding to the versatility of the microphone.
- Mono: capsules are positioned to the front
- Stereo: Either at 30 ° or 90 ° XY exposure
- Bidirectional: One aimed forward, another backward
The straightforward design includes a separate 3.5mm headphone input for monitoring the microphone and a 3.5mm output on the left side of the device. A power switch activates the device while a mode switch cycles through the various capsule positions. There is also a gain control for adjusting the microphone level.
A small display shows both the mode and the battery life. An internal lithium battery supplies the device with power and can be recharged via the USB-C connection. The USB port is also used to update the device via the firmware. If there is noise from an AC device or refrigerator nearby, the low-cut filter cuts out all the low frequencies, generally in between 20 Hz and 150 Hz.
The technical data shows that the microphone has a frequency range of 20 to 20 kHz and a signal-to-noise ratio of 60 dB. However, you will need to adjust your microphone gain and audio settings on your camera to find out what will work best for your audio setup. Keeping your camera's audio input level low while increasing the level of the microphone should generally improve noise rejection.
As with any inexpensive microphone or handheld recorder, note how well it blocks noise from GSM cell phones. A click and buzzer can go into the track if the device is not properly shielded. The Traxshot has a metal design that is supposed to provide better shielding.
The microphone capsules have an internal windproof design, but COMICA includes a fur for both capsules in the packaging. The company also includes a TRS and a TRRS cable that make it easy to output the audio to a camera or smartphone.
To reduce driving noise, the cold shoe holder has a shock absorption design. Even so, it is always best to keep your hands away from the microphone while recording and limit unnecessary movement.
The Traxshot is available now for $ 179.