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Old August 6th, 2003, 11:24 PM   #1
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Xlr Female to 3.5mm right angle?

I am looking for a cable that goes from female xlr, to 3.5mm with a right angle. I found one at merkertek, but it was $60 (it had built in electronics). Is it worth the $60? Or is there somewhere i can find the cable online? I need it really short, 1.5 feet or less would be nice. Any help would be appreciated....and here is an image, incae you dont undertsand what im talking about....

http://www.markertek.com/MTStore/ProdImg/XLF-H8-10.jpg
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Old August 6th, 2003, 11:36 PM   #2
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Welcome to the forum.

First off, what are you trying to do?

If your trying to hook up a XLR mic to a camcorder that doesn't have XLR's, then your best bet is to check out a beachtek XLR adapter...

Good luck.
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Old August 6th, 2003, 11:45 PM   #3
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Chris,

This is a cable I've made :

http://natzo.com/GL2/XLR_cable.jpg

http://natzo.com/GL2/GL2_Left01.jpg

The only differences are :
- no electronic, the GL2 doesn't need the blocking cap. The word 'electronic' is kind of funny .. you can't put a lot of electronic into a XLR connector.
- better 3.5mm connecter (all metal)
- right angle XLR connector (it makes my shotgun shorter) ;)
- better cable (Mogami)
- better price ($5.49 for the right angle XLR and $4.95 for the right angle metal jack)

The left and right are connected together so it gives me the possibility to have two different settings to avoid any unxpected overload.

I've been using this cable with a ME-66 and was even able to use the -20dB on-board attenuator (better floor noise).

So my suggestion is go ahead to make your own if you know how to deal with a soldering iron.

Have fun
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Old August 7th, 2003, 12:10 AM   #4
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I have an Azden SGM 1x.....it has a triple A battery, and my camera is a VX-2000. Will a BEachtek box really sound much better than just a cable? I dont need to hook anything else up, audio wise, and levels aren't so important that I need external control. Any thoughts? Thanks. Oh...and where would you reccomend getting the connectors and cable to make my own?
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Old August 7th, 2003, 12:20 AM   #5
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I bought the cable stuff from Marketek.

Beachtek and other XLRPRO are passive devices (transformer based). They are great if you have a long cable between the mic and camera because they take care of the balanced->unbalanced adaptation.
If you just want to connect the onboard mic they won't add much quality to your sound.
I never used the SGM 1x and don't know how it would compare to the ME66 I own.
I tried the Shure transformer (XLR to jack) but it's kind of heavy to put on the camcorder.

Now I use an AudioDevices Mic-preamp and I can really see a difference ... this thing is really quiet and also has a built-in limiter.

So my advice would be to save your cash and test drive other microphones if you can.
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Old August 7th, 2003, 01:18 AM   #6
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You want the XVM101
http://www.hosatech.com/audio_cables_index_3.html

You can disassemble the XLR jacket and add a blocking capactor.

Theyt sell hosatech stuff at many retailers including B&H. The XVM is around $9

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh4/controller/home?ci=1&sb=ps&pn=1&sq=desc&InitialSearch=yes&O=SearchBar&A=search&Q=*&shs=xvm101

Ya could have done this the easy way and run a search. I posted this info several times within the past months.

The info on how to install the blocking cap (should you feel you need one) is here
http://www.dplay.com/
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Old August 7th, 2003, 06:54 AM   #7
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Many thanks......that cable should serve me well. I did a few searches, but came up with nothing but the markertek cable. Thanks again...
Chris
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Old August 7th, 2003, 11:26 AM   #8
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"I did a few searches, but came up with nothing but the markertek cable."

I gave you the links for B&H and Hosatech. For $9 buy the cable and for under a buck buy a capacitor. if you don't solder then it uis better to pay the $50.
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Old August 7th, 2003, 02:10 PM   #9
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<<<-- Originally posted by Dany Nativel :
The left and right are connected together so it gives me the possibility to have two different settings to avoid any unxpected overload. -->>>

Please explain the left/right connection and the two different settings.
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Old August 7th, 2003, 02:21 PM   #10
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Marty,

With both channels connected to one mic, you can manually set the levels so that on channel is capturing the lower volume levels and the other is is set to capture higher levels. You would actually set the manual volume controls so that one channel was just right for normal voice and the other was set so that normal voice was just barely registering. In this configuration, if the volume levels should unexpectedly go high, the second channel will capture with minimal distortion.
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Old August 7th, 2003, 04:00 PM   #11
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Rob,

I got it, thanks
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Old March 2nd, 2007, 03:26 AM   #12
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Chris,

This is a cable I've made :

http://natzo.com/GL2/XLR_cable.jpg

http://natzo.com/GL2/GL2_Left01.jpg

The only differences are :
- no electronic, the GL2 doesn't need the blocking cap. The word 'electronic' is kind of funny .. you can't put a lot of electronic into a XLR connector.
- better 3.5mm connecter (all metal)
- right angle XLR connector (it makes my shotgun shorter) ;)
- better cable (Mogami)
- better price ($5.49 for the right angle XLR and $4.95 for the right angle metal jack)

The left and right are connected together so it gives me the possibility to have two different settings to avoid any unxpected overload.

I've been using this cable with a ME-66 and was even able to use the -20dB on-board attenuator (better floor noise).

So my suggestion is go ahead to make your own if you know how to deal with a soldering iron.

Have fun
Dany
Hi Dany,

Can you please provide details on the cable you used? There are many types on the mogami site.

Thanks
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Old March 2nd, 2007, 10:45 PM   #13
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I am looking for a cable that goes from female xlr, to 3.5mm with a right angle. I found one at merkertek, but it was $60 (it had built in electronics). Is it worth the $60? Or is there somewhere i can find the cable online? I need it really short, 1.5 feet or less would be nice. Any help would be appreciated....and here is an image, incae you dont undertsand what im talking about....

http://www.markertek.com/MTStore/ProdImg/XLF-H8-10.jpg
I think the Markertek cable is worth it. It blocks any current from the camera and also properly converts the impedance of the XLR signal to unbalanced. It got rid of the buzzing noise I kept hearing. I have had one for at least 5 years and it has functioned perfectly.

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