The Sound Shark Professional Kit includes a Sound Shark along with a Wind Cover, our custom omni-directional XLR lapel (lavaliere) microphone, and a preamplifier that allows you to connect the XLR microphone to a camera or recorder with a TRS microphone port.
The microphone comes with an XLR connect that will work with most professional video cameras and professional recorders. Inside the XLR connector, however, is an electronic circuit that equalized the output of the microphone to match the acoustic characteristics of the Sound Shark. Countryman Associates build this custom microphone for us to provides a deeper, more natural sound from our parabolic microphones while also being water / weather resistant. Like most XLR microphones, this mic requires “phantom power” (9 V to 48 V ). However, the preamp provides the microphone with optimum power for increased dynamic range and superior overall performance.
The Beachtek preamp is a high gain / low noise portable preamplifier with 3.5mm and XLR type microphone jacks. It also supplies both “plug-in-power” (9 volts D.C.) and “phantom power” (48 volts D.C.) allowing it to work with nearly any microphone. This two channel preamp comes standard with independent output level controls for maximum recording ability! Use it to raise microphone signal levels to usable line level while minimizing the amplification done by your camera. Using an external amplifier is this way reduces ambient noise (hiss) very noticeably, especially in quiet environments. (You may want to refer to our series of blog post on using external amplifiers / mixers to learn more.) Using the external amplifier also allows you to listen to your audio if your camera does not have a headphone jack.