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Old May 8th, 2008, 07:39 PM   #1
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Does an attenuator need a transformer?

I use an ME64 on my XL2, and as is well known, it can be too hot in some situations (although not as often as people think). The camera's attenuator compensates too much, and I'm not sure it would save me from overloading the inputs even though the levels look right. What I'd really like to find is a barrel attenuator that can switch from off to -10dB or so, so that I can just leave it on all the time. Failing that, I'm thinking about just carrying one of these around in my pocket:

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc..._Line_Pad.html

I like that it's small, but it doesn't seem to have a transformer. Is that a problem? Also, does anyone know of a barrel attenuator with a switch that can be set to offer no attenuation?
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Old May 8th, 2008, 07:56 PM   #2
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Hey Marco,

Maybe it's finally time for you to consider a Sound Devices 302. It can feed mic level to your XL2 (which I also have) regardless of how hot the mic is.

You know it'll help you. :)

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Old May 8th, 2008, 08:01 PM   #3
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Hey Ty, I already have a 302. Heck, I've had one for years. I'm actually scheming to find a way to afford a 442. :) This attenuator is for use with the ME-64 as an on-camera mic.
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Old May 8th, 2008, 08:22 PM   #4
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OK,

What if you got one of these and rewired one of the pads to 0dB?

http://www.shure.com/ProAudio/Produc..._A15AS_content

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Old May 8th, 2008, 08:29 PM   #5
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I do own that attenuator. I own two actually. Sadly, I lack the know-how to rewire it. How hard would it be?
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Old May 8th, 2008, 08:35 PM   #6
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Marco,

Dunno. Is there an amature radio organization where you are?

One of those guys would know what to do.

Maybe even Shure would. They are pretty neat guys. Why not try calling them?

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