Can lapel mic drive camcorder's mic input?

Discussion in 'Professional Video Production' started by bob, Jul 16, 2011.

  1. bob

    bob Guest

    I want to create youtube type video with a consumer camcorder (with mini
    plug mic input). To make the voice less echoing, I want to clip a lapel mic
    to the speaker.

    Is there a lapel mic that can be plugged into a camcorder directly, or do
    they all require a pre-amp to work? They are most often sold as part of a
    wireless mic system. However when I'm video recording a few feet away from
    the speaker, wireless seems overkill.
    bob, Jul 16, 2011
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    Ty Ford Guest

    Both require some sort of preamp, but are designed to plug into the camera.
    If your camera has no mic input adjustment, they probably will be too low.


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    Ty Ford, Jul 17, 2011
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    Peter Guest

    I went through this exercise several years ago and did not find a
    small mike which did not require another "box". I ended up using a
    miniature mike from
    and their SP-PREAMP. It works great.
    Peter, Jul 17, 2011
  4. This one worked very well for me --
    and it is powered from the camera. With a Radio Shack
    2-mono-1'8"-to-stereo-plug adapter, you can run a pair
    of these, either placed in the same location, or placed
    in different locations (or with a RS mono-in-to-stereo-
    out adapter, you can record the same material to both
    camcorder channels as mono). No preamp is needed.
    David Ruether, Jul 17, 2011
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    Peter Guest

    The need to get the audio onto both channels was another reason why I
    bought the pre-amp I mentioned.

    However when I was doing this I needed a much smaller mike, which
    could be tucked inside an aviation headset. The one I got was about
    1/4" diameter and about 1/4" long. I never found one that small which
    had a direct connectivity to the Sony ext mike input.
    Peter, Jul 17, 2011
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