This short video shows how to install your microphone into a Sound Shark.
If you prefer, you can refer to the description and images below.
A) Remove the white microphone mounting clip from the two support rods by squeezing the two vertical legs. (See illustrations below.)
B) Thread your omni-directional microphone through the center hole in the microphone frame toward the support rods and dish.
C) Loop the microphone back out to the front of the dish.
D) Place your microphone into the cavity between the two center arms of the microphone mounting clip.
E1) Squeeze the two outer arms of the mounting clip and replace it, with the microphone, over the two support rods and release.
E2) Gently squeeze the outer arms of the mounting clip and move the clip in and out until the center of the microphone’s pick-up pattern is in-line with the tips of the two support rods. (See the Setup Hints below for further instructions.)
F) Restrain the microphone cable using the hook and loop strips supplied with the Sound Shark, or with zip-ties.
Mount the Sound Shark onto your camera, or stand, and plug your microphone into your camera or audio recorder. You can now record audio from up to 30 feet away, or more!
Tips For The Best Setup
When using a rectangular microphone, place the microphone into the mounting clip with the long side vertical and push it down until is rests against the two small bumps on the inside of the inner arms.
When using a rectangular microphone, there is usually a small hole in one of the larger faces of the microphone. The center of the pickup pattern will be located at that small hole. Adjust the microphone so this small hole is in-line with the tips of the two support rods.
When using a cylindrical microphone, the center of the pickup pattern is slightly behind the end face. Adjust the microphone so that the end face of the microphone is just beyond the end of the two support arms. (1 mm, or 1/16″, is adequate.)
If a windscreen is being used on the lavaliere microphone, remove the windscreen the first time you adjust the position of the microphone in the Sound Shark. Note the position of the microphone for future installations. Mount the windscreen to the microphone and locate the microphone at its proper location.
We recommend using some type of wind protection (wind screen, wind muff, wind shield, etc.) on your lavaliere microphone when not using the Sound Shark Wind Cover. However, you can use both the wind protection on your lavaliere and the Sound Shark Wind Cover, with no noticeable change in audio quality.
I – Verify that your microphone is facing toward the inside of the dish and even with the ends of the two threaded rods.
II – Verify that your gain is properly adjusted and that you are recording / monitoring the proper channel(s).
III – Verify your microphone is receiving power.
1) If you purchased a kit with an XLR microphone (large 3-pin connector) make sure your camera, or recording device, is providing phantom power. There is almost always a physical switch or setting to turn this power ON or OFF.
2) If you purchased a kit with a 3.5mm microphone (connector that looks similar to a headphone’s) make sure your camera, or recording device, is providing bias voltage (plug-in power). Many recorders, such as the Zoom H series, have a setting to turn this power ON or OFF.
3) Please check your device’s manual to ensure that it can provide this power. If not, please contact us directly so we can help you find the best way to proceed.
If you are still dissatisfied with the audio you are capturing, please send an email to help@SoundSharkAudio.com, or call us at (608) 713-1001.
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