We've shared Baluns before (here's one to connect an XLR mic to your DSLR) – but we've now gotten a new one
The first question most of you have (and I did too!):
What Is a Balun?
A balun is a passive device designed to convert signals between unbalanced and balanced modes of transmission to enable the transmission of voice, data, video signals across Category 5 or 6 copper cables.
The word Balun is a conjunction of ‘balanced'/unbalanced' and is pronounced BAL-un with both short ‘a' and ‘u'. One may find many variations in spelling and pronunciation with the foregoing being the preference.
So basically, it is a cable that allows you to connect your pro microphone (one with an XLR cable) to another device – in this case, your iPhone or other smartPhone!
Now, that's cool! You can use a pro mic as input to your phone! No more need for an external recorder!
ETS has shipped one here – so we'll be giving it a test – watch for it soon!
Don't forget to put your iPhone into ‘airplane mode' so incoming calls don't interrupt your recording!
Energy Transformation Systems, Inc. Launches New Line of Smartphone Audio Baluns for the iPhone
From ETS Press Release:
Energy Transformation Systems, the Silicon Valley-based designer and manufacturer of balun transformers, audio and video panels and hubs, cable testing devices, and DSLR camera baluns, has announced the launch of two new audio devices, the Models PA921 and PA922.
Moving the Apple® iPhone™ into the professional audio recording arena with this awesome new product! Designed and manufactured by ETS, the new Smartphone Audio Balun for iPhone™ line includes two models – the PA921, which connects an XLR-style professional microphone to an iPhone™ and allows exceptional quality recording. The PA922 allows exceptional quality recording plus provides a simultaneous “listen-in” function while recording with provided software. (The software application for the PA922 works with the Apple® iPhone™ ONLY. This software is available for download from the App Store for the United States ONLY and a free iTunes account is required. Other restrictions may apply).
|Related: Energy Transformation Systems, Inc. Introduces DSLR Audio Camera Balun|
ETS Smartphone Audio Baluns Press Continued
Both the “record only” PA921, and the record and “listen-in” PA922 have a 3.5mm TRRS mini-plug with an 18” tangle-free flat cord, which allows use on your Apple® iPhone™ with most cases in place.
CEO Trudy Andresen stated, “These new products are very exciting! The ETS PA921 and PA922 allow for professional quality microphones to connect to digital audio recorders which gives the professional as well as the consumer the ability to make professional quality recordings with their iPhones™. Just think of the possibilities…professional quality field recording on your smartphone, as well as for recording those special moments with family, friends, children, and grandchildren! I am jazzed by the possibilities.”
Learn more about Smartphone Audio Baluns for the iPhone and other ETS Products
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