Question on external microphone

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by Matt, Dec 20, 2003.

  1. Matt

    Matt Guest

    Hello,
    I'm looking for an external directional microphone for my camera.
    The camera has a 1/8" line in. So far the mics I've found are XLR..
    can anyone recommend a good directional microphone with a 1/8" jack on
    it?
     
    Matt, Dec 20, 2003
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  2. That's like deciding which vehicle to buy because it fits
    your spare radiator cap. If you need to use an XLR mic
    on your mini-phone jack camcorder, use an adapter cable
    (or adapter box).

    Some circuits for making cables on my website...
    http://www.rcrowley.com/CamAdapt.htm

    A typical adapter box used by many of us...
    http://www.beachtek.com/products.html
    Similar products likely available from others...
     
    Richard Crowley, Dec 20, 2003
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  3. Go to RadioShack and buy you an adapter, they make them, I use them
    everyday, from XLR to Mini, and everything else.

    FYI: Just watch the tension on the audio cable coming out from your camera.

    minstrel
     
    minstrel80232, Dec 21, 2003
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  4. Matt

    Ty Ford Guest

    Well if it's a line in, a mic won't have enough juice to push that input
    anyway. Is it mono or stereo? It's probably a stereo line input. If it is,
    you can't use a mono mic with it unless you get a special cable made up. No,
    a standard XLR to TRS won't work.

    I don't know of a good quality directional mic (I'm assuming you're talking
    about a shotgun) that ends in a 1/8" TRS plug. At that level, the mfgrs
    figure you don't really want to pay for quality.

    Having said all this, I think Audio Technica makes a low end battery powered
    shotgun that ends in a 1/8" TRS. Haven't used it, but have seen it. Again,
    we don't know if it'll work with your camera due to not knowing if the input
    can actually be set to mic.

    Do some menu and manual diving and get back to us. What camera is it?

    Regards,

    Ty


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    Ty Ford, Dec 21, 2003
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  5. Look at the Sennheiser MKE-300 - not bad, very light, about $175,
    and its mono 1/8" plug will give you "dual mono" with most stereo
    inputs on Mini-DV camcorders (and it is capacitively isolated from
    the DC output of some camcorder input jacks [used to power some
    mics]).
     
    David Ruether, Dec 22, 2003
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  6. Matt

    Robert Strom Guest

    I bought the other option , the Azden SGM-X which also is specifically
    designed for camcorders with a 1/8 external mic plug.

    I would have bought the MK300, but I had read a few reports that the
    mic picked up camera noise.

    Well, to my annoyance, so does the SGM-X when used with the supplied
    hot shoe holder.

    I have a nice Audio Technika shockmount holder I use for my fishpole
    and found a hot shoe adpater from Trew Audio that allowed me to use my
    3/8" threaded shockmount.

    Now, no camera noise, but a slightly larger load on the top of my
    VX2000.

    Robert Storm

     
    Robert Strom, Dec 24, 2003
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