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Old March 8th, 2017, 12:59 PM   #16
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Re: XLR adapter for camera

Originally Posted by Dave Fisk View Post
For this type of thing I'm a huge fan of the Sound Devices MixPre-D.
Absolutely. This is really what the MixPre-D is made for. It has a 3.5mm mic level out that's specifically designed to feed into a DSLR's mic level input. You can use the MixPre-D's calibration tone with all it's outputs, including this one, to calibrate your camera's mic level input, then you can completely forget your camera and only look at the meters on the MixPre-D.

Not only are the mic preamps excellent (can't really praise them enough) but the limiters are also excellent. If you setup the MixPre-D properly, it's practically unclipable.

There's a fairly healthy population of these on the used markets; there's deals to be had.
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Old March 8th, 2017, 04:46 PM   #17
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Re: XLR adapter for camera

I paid a bunch for a used MixPre-D, but it's an incredibly versatile little device, as well as being of highest quality. Haven't regretted the purchase for a moment.

It really does so many things so well... for dSLR sound and other workflows. Great mixer when you're booming, headphone amp, line amp, test tone source, Analog/AES/USB converter, and really transparent limiting.
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