I am slowly putting together a GH4 rig, moving out from 5dmkii. The audio companion for the 5d was the tascam dr-60d. Now I am contemplating between the Mix pre d and the DMW-YAGH that comes as an optional accesory for the GH4. Among other things provides xlr inputs and presumably amplifiers.
I am not very comfortable with the dr-60d form factor and would like a run and gun rig with good quality sound. At first I thought of spending the cash needed for the mix -pre d to mount it at the bottom of the gh4 but it seems that it is quite big for the camera. I was wondering if you have any info about how the DMW-YAGH will be quality wise in comparison to the Mix Pre d and the Dr-60d. I know the mix re d has the convenience of using aa batteries whereas the DMW-YAGH needs external power, but I am mainly interested about big differences in quality, if any.
I also like the idead of having one output of the mix pre d to the camera and the other to the dr-60d for backup.
My impression from reading about the dmw-yagh is it will deliver professional audio. It has xlr inputs, mic/line and phantom power and on-board level control and metering. I haven't seen any hands-on reviews of it, but the specs look good. And from a video point of view the dmw-yagh delievers tremendous additional video benefits. Here's a blurb about it.
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Thanks, I guess I'll be using my DR-60 d hanged in front of me.
I know that the mix pre d is not a recorder, it is just more ergonomic to have it under the camera to watch the levels and send the line out to both tascam and the camera for sync later. I might buy it later on as I am investing now on the ntg3.
I just got my DMW-YAGH with the GH4 and now I want to get rid of it. It doesn't seem very portable if you have to carry around an additional battery pack wired to your DMW-YAGH. It also greatly inhibits the articulation range of the camera's flip-out display. ...and it costs $2000. For that price it should have a built in recorder for audio, if not video too. But its just an interface. It does give you the ability to output 4:2:2 4K and HD ...if you can afford to buy one of the external recorders and are willing to carry that around too. If you are using it in the studio however, it may be a necessary buy.
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