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Old September 17th, 2007, 11:45 PM   #1
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Help with HV20

Right now I'm using an AT822 with my HV20 (connected via XLR>3.5mm). Results are good for concerts, but looking for something for documentaries.

I am considering a shotgun mic and tested the Rode M3 today. Sounds great, except that sound was only in one channel...

What's the deal? Any way to fix this?

Thanks!!!
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Old September 18th, 2007, 03:34 AM   #2
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Hi Roland,

The AT822 is a stereo microphone while the Rode M3 is a mono microphone.
So with the M3 you only get to record the sound on 1 channel.

You can use a field mixer to balance the sound in the middle of the stereo field if you wish to do so while shooting but it can also be done in post of course.
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Old September 18th, 2007, 05:36 AM   #3
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Right now I'm using an AT822 with my HV20 (connected via XLR>3.5mm). Results are good for concerts, but looking for something for documentaries.

I am considering a shotgun mic and tested the Rode M3 today. Sounds great, except that sound was only in one channel...

What's the deal? Any way to fix this?

Thanks!!!
Uhhh - the M3 is not a shotgun mic anyway. It's a cardioid vocalist's mic designed primarily for close-in use. For a Rode shotgun, look to the NTG-1 or NTG-2 (same mic with different powering). For docos and dialog, virtually all recording is done in mono. Stereo is used mainly for music, ambience, and perhaps Foley.
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Old September 19th, 2007, 12:18 AM   #4
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hey guys, thank you very much for your help! is there any way to get sound in both channels with the NTG-2? i don't have a mixer and don't plan on buying one.

thanks!!
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Old September 19th, 2007, 03:46 AM   #5
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hey guys, thank you very much for your help! is there any way to get sound in both channels with the NTG-2? i don't have a mixer and don't plan on buying one.

thanks!!
You can rig up an mono XLR-1/8" stereo adapter or buy one for relatively few bucks but why is it an issue? Positioning of the dialog between the two channels is best done during post, not when recording in the field, and as long as you have the track on tape, when you get to the editing you can pan it left, right, or anywhere in between as you see fit.
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