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Old September 23rd, 2004, 11:02 AM   #1
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Shotgun Mic with XL1s

Hey everyone,

I'm looking into getting a new shotgun mic for second XL1s w/ MA200 in the 300-600 price range. The first camera has a Azden SGM-1 which is good, but i'd like a richer, fuller sound. I've followed alot of the postings on the ME66/AT837/AT4073a mics and i would like to get an AT4073a.

But here's the kicker, i do mostly mobile shooting, and i want this mic for on camera use so i can't really use a powered mixer or phantom power box since both are chained by their power cords.

Is there a way to tap the 7.2V system without getting a beachtek adapter? I'm Rather attached to the MA200 since i do alot of shoulder shooting and it balances the center of gravity issue of XL1s when i load it with the CH-190 and 2 large batteries.

I'm even open to home made solutions....

Any ideas/suggestions?
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Old September 24th, 2004, 09:04 AM   #2
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Mike,

Take a close look at the A-T 897. It can operate from a single internal AA battery as well as phantom power. It is a shorter shotgun mic with exceptional sensitivity and good off-axis rejection.
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Old September 24th, 2004, 09:31 AM   #3
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Steve,

I noticed that the AT897 does have internal power, but i'd really would like to get the AT4073a. If i can't find a way to power it without being limited with electric cords, i'll probably get the AT897 unless there is a better powered shotgun out there....however as many people have stated, if its powered, its good, but not true professional quality...

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Old September 24th, 2004, 09:37 AM   #4
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Mike,

I think you will need to get the adapter. I also own an XL1s (would like to get an XL2) and had an engineering friend look to see if a circuit could be made to use the power from the camera to power a mic.

He said it would be difficult.
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Old September 30th, 2004, 01:26 PM   #5
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I'm thinking of getting the BeachTek DXA-4C, but it doesn't have Phantom Power. The DXA-6 does but it looks like it connects with a mini jack. How would that work with an XL-1?
Also, if I leave the mix in the middle are the left and right channels seperate?
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Old September 30th, 2004, 04:52 PM   #6
 
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Haven't played much with the D6, but yes, channels remain separate. The DX8 is the ultimate!
Coupled with an 897,. you've got a powerhouse connection there.
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