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Old July 16th, 2007, 03:41 AM   #1
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EW100/G2 wireless proper sensitivity/af out settings?

Hi guys, I have the G2/EW100 system (I THINK that's the right model number--it's the smallest transmitter/receiver Sennheiser makes, runs about $430 in Houston, comes with an omni-directional lav).

I used to leave everything on it's factory settings 'til I started experiencing distortion when the levels were clearly not hot.

I'm just wondering where you guys who own the same system set your sensitivity on the transmitter, as well as your af out on the receiver. This is assuming you're using the lav, for going straight into a mic level XLR input in a camcorder (I use an XL2), and that your volume level on your cameras audio dials is around the middle.

I know this system can output a line level, but it seems like at the settings you need for line level, it's prone to distortion. So far, setting the sensitivity on the receiver to -30 (the lowest you can go) and 00 on the AF out works pretty well, but I've heard someone say to set both at their minimum, which seems a little low unless someone's shouting a lot.

So again, I just want to know what other people do to avoid overmodulation.
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Old July 17th, 2007, 12:42 PM   #2
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You're on the right path. Turning down the Receiver's AF OUT is the key. You'll need to find a happy medium between the INPUT levels of your camera/mixer and the AF OUT level. There's a video I made about this on dvgeartalk.com called Sennheiser Evolution G2 Tutorial.
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Old July 17th, 2007, 02:21 PM   #3
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Mr. Cochran,

Thank you so much for making that tutorial video on the G2. Owner's manuals are one thing, but the commentary of an expert speeds up the process so much.

Have you considered just dropping all of your tutorials onto a DVD in their current form and selling just that as an intermediate tutorial DVD? There is currently nothing like it. Of course, it's tempting to ask you to add other topics, such as a tutorial on a stabilizer, be it handheld or a wearable vest (Varizoom, DVRig).
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