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Tyler138



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Microphone Recommendation for DLSR new
      #985235 - 01/05/12 06:46 PM
Hey Guys,

Kinda new to the whole audio thing so excuse me if i get anything wrong...

Basically I am after a microphone that I can plugin straight into my DLSR which can be used for handheld interviews. The DSLR has a 3.5mm jack input.

I did buy the AKG D5 and tried and XLR to jack method which didn't work, and later found out that it is due to the mic needing a mic level input and the camera is a line level input.

So what would be the best option for a microphone that i plugin and go, I will be selling the D5 as i dont want to have to fiddle with a pre amp to get the right levels.

Anyone recommend a microphone.? Also what should i be looking for to confirm a mic is line level.?

Cheers,

Tyler


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Re: Microphone Recommendation for DLSR new [Re: Tyler138]
      #985301 - 02/05/12 09:27 AM
I'm not sure that I can think of any mics with line level outputs - although I'm sure that someone has made one at some point. You will almost certainly need a preamp if you want to use a decent microphone.

The other alternative is to use a separate recorder and sync up the sound at the edit stage. One other possibility is to use one of the many handheld recorders around at the moment and hook up the output of the recorder to the camera.

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Re: Microphone Recommendation for DLSR new [Re: Tyler138]
      #985319 - 02/05/12 10:22 AM
What's the camera Tyler?

Thanks. Mike


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Re: Microphone Recommendation for DLSR [Re: Tyler138]
      #985329 - 02/05/12 10:55 AM
You could try the Beyer MCE58 which is a handheld omni intended for interview work and is marketed as having a 'high-level unbalanced output' intended for connection to portable recorders.... howver, the specs say its sensitivity is only 4mV/Pa which might make it easier for noisey mic pramps, but it ain't enough for a line level input.

There's more on it here:

http://north-america.beyerdynamic.com/shop/media//datenblaetter/MCE58_DB_E .pdf

There's also the Rode Video Mic PRo which, again, is intended for use with DSLRs and video cameras.

If you really do need a line level input, then one of the little mixers designed specifically for DSLRs, such as the JuicedLink or the Beachtek might be the solution:

http://www.pinknoise-systems.co.uk/juicedlink-m-75.html

http://www.mcl-media.co.uk/beachtek-dxa-2t-dual-channel-xlr-camcorder-adap ter

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Tyler138



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Re: Microphone Recommendation for DLSR new [Re: Mike Stranks]
      #985577 - 03/05/12 02:03 PM
Quote Mike Stranks:

What's the camera Tyler?

Thanks. Mike




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Re: Microphone Recommendation for DLSR new [Re: Hugh Robjohns]
      #985578 - 03/05/12 02:04 PM
Quote Hugh Robjohns:

You could try the Beyer MCE58 which is a handheld omni intended for interview work and is marketed as having a 'high-level unbalanced output' intended for connection to portable recorders.... howver, the specs say its sensitivity is only 4mV/Pa which might make it easier for noisey mic pramps, but it ain't enough for a line level input.

There's more on it here:

http://north-america.beyerdynamic.com/shop/media//datenblaetter/MCE58_DB_E .pdf

There's also the Rode Video Mic PRo which, again, is intended for use with DSLRs and video cameras.

If you really do need a line level input, then one of the little mixers designed specifically for DSLRs, such as the JuicedLink or the Beachtek might be the solution:

http://www.pinknoise-systems.co.uk/juicedlink-m-75.html

http://www.mcl-media.co.uk/beachtek-dxa-2t-dual-channel-xlr-camcorder-adap ter

hugh




Cheers for that, i currently use the Rode Mic but it does pick up a lot of background noise for interviews which is why i am after a handheld one.


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