July 15th, 2008, 08:51 PM
I sometimes like to use 3 wireless mics on my camera.
One wireless goes into Ch.1
Ch.2 input, I like to switch between the other 2 wireless mics. However, switching the XLRs during shooting is too difficult.
Is there a little box I can get with an A/B switch. Both mics go in, and has one output that'll go to Ch.2. Or any other suggestion, other than a mixer.
July 15th, 2008, 10:03 PM
Sure! There are a few different XLR switch boxes around. It's probably not something you'd normally buy off the shelf - so you might have to do a bit of searching to find one, but they are out there.
Alternatively, you could just make one. It would be REALLY simple. You'd just need a tiny box, a male XLR plug, two female XLR plugs, a switch, some wire, and depending on the types of plugs and switch you get, you might not even have to do any soldering!
Or, of course, an audio mixer would also be another option.
July 15th, 2008, 10:06 PM
Cool, I'll so a search for "switch boxes." Mixer not practical, hand held, working by myself.
July 15th, 2008, 11:27 PM
I found a desire for the same setup a while back, specifically for single-camera wedding shoots.
Here is my choice of switches.
It works great, it's extremely light, it's pretty small (compared to a mixer or Beachtek type adapter), and it even has threads so you can use connectors with locking collars. However, you will record a pop each time you switch between the inputs (as expected) so be ready to do some quick audio fixes.
Also, I recommend going with these guys for the cables. They'll make anything you want.
I hope it works for you as well as it does for me.
July 16th, 2008, 08:18 AM
July 16th, 2008, 09:50 AM
Even better, how about these from juicedlink (CX411/CX431/CX471)
You have 4 XLR inputs and each channel can be set independently for L/R/C feeds. You could simply set the channels accordingly and turn the ones not needed down when not in use.
Plus it's so small that you can attach it to your camera or tripod, no problems.
Also, I have done testing on these and they are very quiet, as they all use onboard active preamps.