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Old August 23rd, 2007, 09:26 AM   #1
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Do I need a field mixer???

Hi all. . .

You have been most helpful with my requests, so, since no good deed goes unpunished, here's another.

I am currently using an HVX-200. The HVX records 4 channels of audio. I am about to modify my camera so that I can use 4 XLR connectors into the camera instead of just the standard two (the on camera mics typically record to the other two audio tracks, but I am going to disconnect my on-camera mics and replace them with line ins and run extra external mics instead).

What would I gain in using a field mixer as opposed to just a 48V phantom power unit for my two extra mic inputs? It does not appear that I'll be able to bypass the HVX's internal preamps and just go line in to the camera.

Thanks much.

Stephen
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Old August 23rd, 2007, 10:24 AM   #2
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Four channels of audio is a lot for the camera operator to handle along with shooting picture. A mixer will give your audio person better control.
Don't tell me you will be doing it all....... you can't!
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Old August 23rd, 2007, 10:58 AM   #3
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The thing you really gain is a better set of pre-amps for the microphones. I have yet to hear a camera that has a decent set of pre-amps. And as mentioned this means usually you'll have a sound mixer helping you so you can concentrate on camera work.

There are some good, yet affordable field mixers (Shure and Rolls comes to mind), then there are those that are world class and range from moderately expensive to very expensive (Wendt, Sound Devices, SQN, Cooper).

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Old August 24th, 2007, 09:04 AM   #4
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Hi all. . .

You have been most helpful with my requests, so, since no good deed goes unpunished, here's another.

I am currently using an HVX-200. The HVX records 4 channels of audio. I am about to modify my camera so that I can use 4 XLR connectors into the camera instead of just the standard two (the on camera mics typically record to the other two audio tracks, but I am going to disconnect my on-camera mics and replace them with line ins and run extra external mics instead).

What would I gain in using a field mixer as opposed to just a 48V phantom power unit for my two extra mic inputs? It does not appear that I'll be able to bypass the HVX's internal preamps and just go line in to the camera.

Thanks much.

Stephen
the camera mics ( 4 at all 2 on each side ) goes true 2 pair s of filters,
i would not expect sounding them as direct ones .
about if you need a mixer - you always need one to supply better or stronger signal to the camera ( not talking about eng news ) .
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Old August 24th, 2007, 01:22 PM   #5
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Good idea! I know a few people who might appreciate some step-by-step pictures of your camera mod.

If you're planning on using more than one mic I'd recommend an external mixer with an operator.
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Old August 25th, 2007, 03:20 PM   #6
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Why not use the mixer and just record outside of the camera?
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