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<td colspan="3" align="left" valign="top"><em>Pictured: BeachTek audio solutions for DSLR used by StudentFilmmakers.com staff, crew and workshop and tradeshow visitors. </em></td>
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<p><strong>BeachTek Announces New Audio Solutions for HDSLR Filmmakers, Videographers and Crew</strong></p>
<p><em>DXA-SLR PRO and DXA-SLR MINI updates; and introducing the new DXA-SLR PURE and DXA-BMD.</em></p>
<p>StudentFilmmakers.com and <em>StudentFilmmakers</em> Magazine talks with designer of audio adapters for camcorders and DSLR cameras, and President at BeachTek, Inc., Harry Kaufmann, about his new HDSLR adapters announced this season. BeachTek audio adapters are utilized heavily by crew, staff, and visitors and attendees at the StudentFilmmakers.com Workshops held in Manhattan, New York, and <em>StudentFilmmakers</em> exhibit booths at industry tradeshows around the world. </p>
<p>BeachTek (<a href="http://www.beachtek.com" target="_blank">www.beachtek.com</a>), located in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada, has announced several new HDSLR adapters. Shipping now, the DXA-SLR PRO, which is BeachTek's most sophisticated adapter, has improved features and now with 20dB gain. The DXA-SLR MINI is ideal for mics and wireless with mini-plug connectors and ships in October 2012. </p>
<p>The DXA-SLR PURE is a super clean, passive adapter to replace the DXA-5Da. DXA-SLR PUR is ideal as an interface for XLR wireless mics or a mixing board. The DXA-BMD is a custom audio adapter for the new Blackmagic Cinema Camera. Both the DXA-SLR PUR and DXA-BMD are shipping in December 2012. </p>
<p><strong>What inspired the design of the new BeachTek DXA-SLR MINI adapter for DSLR cameras?</strong></p>
<p><strong>Harry Kaufmann:</strong> Many of our customers have told us they only use wireless mics with their DSLR cameras and do not need all the features of the DXA-SLR PRO. This is why we developed the DXA-SLR MINI. It has mini-jack inputs that can be connected to most receivers and we have eliminated the need for phantom power to reduce costs for a simpler and more affordable adapter. It is also ideal for camera mounted mics, such as the popular Rode VideoMic and VideoMic Pro. In addition, there is a stereo mini-jack input so you can now directly connect stereo mics such as the Rode Stereo VideoMic and Stereo VideoMic Pro.</p>
<p><strong><em>Who came up with the design and concept for the BeachTek DXA-SLR MINI adapter, and how did the idea for a MINI version come about?</em></strong></p>
<p><strong>Harry Kaufmann: </strong>As with all of our devices, our customers are always the inspiration for our designs. Quite simply, they tell us what they want and we build it! Even with wireless gear and mics with mini-plugs that can be connected to the camera directly, there is still a need for individual channel audio level controls, clean preamplification, level meters and headphone monitoring – features missing on most of today’s DSLR cameras. We incorporated all of these features and more into the DXA-SLR MINI. </p>
<p><strong><em>In addition to the DXA-SLR PRO and DXA-SLR MINI updates, and announcements of the new DXA-SLR PURE and DXA-BMD, what are some other exciting news and happenings at BeachTek?</em></strong></p>
<p><strong>Harry Kaufmann: </strong>In addition, we are working on the highest capacity reachable 9 volt battery in the world. It will have the latest Lithium Polymer technology with up to three times the capacity of the best alkaline type battery and will be able to power our DXA-SLR PRO for over ten hours. Each battery will replace about 1,000 alkaline batteries saving thousands of dollars in replacement battery costs.</p>
<p>We are also excited about our new indestructible MultiMount with a removable top handle and super quiet microphone shock mount that neatly fits inside.</p>
<p><strong><em>If you could share a tip or piece of advice to DSLR shooters around the globe what would it be?</em></strong></p>
<p><strong>Harry Kaufmann: </strong>Learn the proper use of mics and audio techniques from many of the excellent seminars available – including those through StudentFilmmakers.com. We also have lots of good information on our website and Facebook pages. <a href="http://www.beachtek.com" target="_blank">www.beachtek.com</a></p>
<p>(Interview by StudentFilmmakers.com and <em>StudentFilmmakers</em> Magazine.) </p>
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