Recording Indoor Gigs

Discussion in 'Video Cameras' started by Alan Monaghan, Aug 23, 2006.

  1. Can anyone tell me if a camcorder's internal mic can handle loud music (not
    clipping/distorted) a few metres away from loudspeakers by adjusting the
    volume alone.


    Will I require an external mic?


    Alan Monaghan, Aug 23, 2006
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  2. Can anyone tell me if a camcorder's internal mic can handle loud music (not
    Which camcorder? Who can say? Try.

    DOES your camcorder have recording volume adjustment? Many don't.

    The onboard mic (or the sort of mic sold as a camcorder accessory)
    will only take you so far. For many applications it's fine. But if
    you want better I suggest you record audio separately. Fortunately,
    with today's digital cameras and audio recorders you'll get away with
    wild synch. on everything but the longest shots. The camera's
    soundtrack makes an excellent visual reference when aligning the
    external audio in your editing software.

    But if all this is way beyond your resources (or the amount of trouble
    the job is worth ;-) just go back to what I first suggested. Try, and
    see what happens.
    Laurence Payne, Aug 23, 2006
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  3. Beware of replaying your loud music with your camcorder's internal speaker
    volume set high.
    I recorded an indoor gig and when uploading to my PC, I burnt out the
    internal speaker on my Sony TRV22 (most items were at a low level, but the
    5 minute finale was loud and on uploading that, the loudspeaker burnt out).
    From memory, the sound captured showed little distortion.

    For my Minidisc recordings I've knocked up a 9V battery box, and this allows
    use of cheap electrets direct into the Line-In on the Minidisc recorder.
    This provides the polarising voltage for the electrets, operates them at
    their optimum supply voltage level, and bypasses the recorder's pre-amps and
    high sound levels are handled with ease.
    Malcolm Stewart, Aug 24, 2006
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