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Old June 27th, 2003, 05:34 PM   #1
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I'm still in a quandary about issues concerning audio with my GL2. If I understand it correctly, I can't record using both an external and internal mic at the same time, right?

So what is the best type of mic to use for a typical wedding? It seems as though if I use wireless lapel mic for the groom, I won't pic up other sound very well--such as the soloist, the preacher, and background music. If I only have one wireless mic, it seems as if I will have to keep switching back and forth between the wireless and internal mic. (I'm not prepared to use a mixer just yet.)

I was also looking at the possiblity of using a boundry mic wireless mic that could put near an audio output source, which would hopefully pic up all the sound a lot better. What I'm trying to do is get rid of hollow sound I get from my on-camera, internal mic. It works well, but I know I will eventually shoot weddings where I can't be close enough to the B & G.

I would appreciate any feedback on these issues. I'm reading all I can to find out the best solutions, but I need to hear from and talk to experienced people.

BTW, if there is someone I can call to discuss this matter, please let me know.

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Old June 27th, 2003, 10:27 PM   #2
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typical setup

a very basic, typical setup is to use a beachtek (or similar) XLR adapter and two mics (one left channel and the other the right channel). One is a wireless lavalier omni on the groom, and the other can be an omni on the camera to get ambience or it could be plugged into the sound system or it could be a shotgun directed at whatever you choose.
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Old June 27th, 2003, 11:12 PM   #3
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I'm sorry I am not more familar with the GL-2 but I do believe you can record on all 4 channels. Audio resolution is reduced to 12 bits when using 4 channel mode. Someone here will have to tell you how or correct me.

Another solution is to use a minidisc recorder. You can place them around the points of interest. You use a clapboard to put a spike on the audio so that you can synchronize the tracks in post.

My suggestion is to mic the groom with an omni mic. Since the groom typically wears black the mic is very easy to hide. Put the mic on the same side of the groom's lapel that the bride will stand on.
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