Canon GL2 & XLR

Discussion in 'Professional Video Production' started by Christian Caron, Sep 3, 2003.

  1. Hi,

    I would like to know if using a GL2 with the MA-300 adapter, I can plug into
    the audio console at a live event I will be filming. It the ouput signal
    from the audio console suitable for the MA-300?


    Christian Caron, Sep 3, 2003
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  2. Christian Caron

    FlyByKnight Guest

    It should be. The important thing is to consider levels. Console (mixer)
    output is usually "line" level. Depending on the mixer, this could be -10db
    or +4 db. The input that the MA-300 connects to is likely "mic", meaning it
    expects signals much lower strength than line. You'll need to "pad" the
    signal (attenuate) to reduce the level to one that the MA-300 (and GL2 mic
    input) can handle.

    The good news is that if you turn the mic input down all the way (not sure
    how to do this on the GL2) you should be about right for -10db line. The bad
    news is that most mixers with XLR line outs are +4. Check with the sound
    guy. He may be able to mix a direct feed for you at the right level. Worst
    case scenario... bring an inline XLR pad (Radio Shack or your local Guitar
    Center should have several to choose from). Try it direct during setup. If
    the volume is blasting and clipping, insert the pad. Then adjust the mic
    gain to a good level.

    Best case scenario is to "acquire" a DAT copy of the event recorded by the
    sound guy and sync it to your video in post. I've seen some posts (in this
    group?) and read reviews that were less than flattering about the GL1's
    audio capabilities. Not sure if the GL2 is better or not.

    Actually, best case would be to get a multitrack master of the event so you
    could mix it yourself and not be at the mercy of the sound guy's mix. Either
    way, by leaving the audio capture at the sound board, you are not teathered
    by a cable to the mixer. You may want to move around a bit (or maybe not).

    FlyByKnight, Sep 3, 2003
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  3. That was a great answer! Thanks for your time!

    I owe you one!

    Christian Caron, Sep 3, 2003
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