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Old March 19th, 2005, 02:27 PM   #16
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Hmm, now I'm confused again. :-)

Should I get the K-Tek suspenders or not?
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Old March 19th, 2005, 03:57 PM   #17
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What Pete says about securing the mic makes sense, and either suspenders should insulate the mic from vibrations in the shock mount's body. And you can always order K-Tek suspenders later if you want to try them.

By the way, I did some comparative testing of the GL2's on-board mic vs. the AT3031 at one foot and at ten feet. The GL2's mic is not bad at one foot, but the 3031 sounds much better. At a distance of ten feet in my narrow basement family room, the AT3031 smoked the on-board. It was stronger and almost free of echo, making the reverb from on-board sound pretty bad.
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Old March 19th, 2005, 06:47 PM   #18
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Thanks Fred, that's exactly what I wanted to hear about the AT3031

And thanks for the tip on the shock mount. I think I'll start with the standard AT8415 for now and add the K-Tek suspenders later if I think I need too.

Ok, I have a couple more quick questions...

First off, what is this?:
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/controller/home?O=productlist&A=details&Q=&sku=155416&is=REG

I saw it mentioned in another thread (not sure which one), but the ground lift switch was interesting. What exactly does it do? and is it something I would find useful?

Also... I was looking at this 2-shoe mount adapter:
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/controller/home?O=productlist&A=details&Q=&sku=146293&is=REG
Since the Senn. G2 kit comes with a shoe mount adapter, would this part let me mount the receiver vertically like it's supposed to be, and still have room for a mic on top?

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Old March 19th, 2005, 06:55 PM   #19
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If you READ the B&H description (Features) you can answer your own question.
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Old March 19th, 2005, 07:00 PM   #20
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uh... thanks...

I guess I should be more clear. I know that box provides attenuation, but does it really do anything that the DXA-8 combined with the AT8202 attenuator won't do?
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Old March 19th, 2005, 08:01 PM   #21
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That ROLLS device is called a direct box. Its main function is to take an unbalanced (two section) 1/4" plug and convert it to a balanced 3 pin XLR jack. One common application is to take the output directly from an electric instrument to a sound board rather than amplify it and pick up the sound with a microphone. There are also 1/4" unbalanced outputs on sound boards that can be converted to balanced XLR for a cable run to your camera position, but you would find that use rare because there is usually a better option. The ground lift switch can often alleviate a ground loop hum. There is a gound lift switch on the DXA-8 also.
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Old March 23rd, 2005, 06:56 PM   #22
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Thanks for the info, Fred...

I have a quick question... I was just getting ready to place my order tonight, when I noticed something: I can't tell from the pictures if I can mount the Mini Rover between the DXA-8 adapter and the camera. It doesnt look like there is enough depth to the Mini Rover to do this... but if It's mounted underneath the DXA-8, then the handle would be too low and feel awkward.

Can someone please (quickly) assure me that the Mini Rover can be sandwitched between the Beachtek box and the GL2?

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Old March 29th, 2005, 10:07 PM   #23
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hey everyone... just wanted to say thanks again to everyone for their help (in this thread and the others i started). My order arrived today.

Here's some pics if anyone's interested:
http://homepage.mac.com/cwright3/PhotoAlbum49.html

I haven't had a whole lot of time to test everything yet, but it seems to be working great. The Senn G2 is awesome, but I haven't tried it at any great distances yet.

Here's one thing that bugs me though... with the AT3031 on the camera, I can't seem to get it's volume up loud enough, compared to the GL2's on-board speaker, without alot of hiss. MIC ATT is turned on, as well as the limiters on the Beachtek. Whenever I put the mic an inch or two away from the source, it sounds great, but at any further distance (like across a small room) the GL2's on-board mic is louder (albeit echo-y, but still louder).

Am I doing something wrong?

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