Welcome back to Movo review week here at International Business Times. In our previous review, we looked at the Movo PC-M6 microphone, which is a part of the Movo podcast bundle. Today, we look at the second major component of the bundle, the Saramonic SmartRig+ DI, an audio interface that allows users to easily record audio straight from their cell phone or tablet.
If you missed our previous review of the PC-M6 microphone, that can be found here. We’ll wrap up this week on Friday with our review of the other odds and ends of the Movo podcasting bundle, and provide our thoughts on the bundle overall.
The first thing you notice with the Saramonic SmartRig+ DI is that it is a sturdy device. The build quality on this box is strong and can definitely be knocked about a little if need be. Additionally, the audio interface is clearly labeled, making it easy to use the SmartRig+ without having to spend too much time reading the manual. All that’s needed is a 9V battery.
There are a number of Saramonic audio interface devices like the SmartRig+ DI, each with their own small differences. What’s great about the SmartRig+ DI is that it features two input jacks, allowing someone to record a guitar and vocals, two microphones, or really any combination of two audio sources at the same time. Both sources have their own gain knobs, allowing you to do some minor adjustments on the fly.
This gain knob is crucial for those who purchased the Movo podcasting bundle. As noted in my PC-M6 microphone review, the microphone tends to record audio at a fairly quiet level. That means you’ll need to boost the gain when recording with the PC-M6. The SmartRig+ gain knobs work perfectly in this instance.
The best part about the Saramonic SmartRig+ DI is how easy it is to use. All you have to do is plug the audio interface into your cell phone or tablet, and you are good to go.
The specific SmartRig+ device I was using has a Lightning cable, so it is only compatible with iPhones and iPads. Once plugged into an iPad, I loaded up Garage Band, and was recording audio with the PC-M6 microphone instantly.
Of course, you don’t need to use the PC-M6 microphone exclusively with the SmartRig+ DI. Anything that has a 3.5mm, 6.35mm, or XLR cable can be plugged into the audio interface. That means you should be able to plug in any microphone, electric guitar, or just about anything else.
Perhaps the most convenient aspect of the SmartRig+ DI is how portable it is. Considering the recorder is just your phone, all you need to set up a mobile recording studio is the SmartRig+ and whatever instrument or microphone you need. Want to record a song out in the middle of the woods? No problem. Want to record a series of podcasts while travelling? You’re all set.
In fact, podcasting is made incredibly easy with the SmartRig+ DI. Considering that the device can use a 3.5mm jack as an input, even wired earbuds with in-line microphones will work. While that microphone setup may not be ideal, it’s still a big step up compared to recording the audio straight through your cell phone.
If you want to record audio while on the go without having to buy high-end recording equipment, the Saramonic SmartRig+ DI is a must-have. It makes recording high-quality audio as easy as plugging everything in.
The SmartRig+ DI does have a bit of a steep price tag, but for its ease of use and convenience, it more than justifies its price. Additionally, the Movo podcasting bundle not only includes the SmartRig+ DI, it also includes two PC-M6 microphones and all the accessories you need to get your podcast up and running.
Saramonic SmartRig+ DI Audio Interface Review: Record On Your Phone With Ease The British Journal Editors and Wire Services/ International Business Times.