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Old August 8th, 2007, 09:35 AM   #1
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I recently filmed an event this is not the best clip but i keep getting distortion from the large sound systems. I have on order a Rode NTG2 what will I have to improve to get better sound.
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Old August 8th, 2007, 10:37 AM   #2
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Wear headphones
Continuously monitor and adjust your levels.
Avoid large sound systems
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Old August 8th, 2007, 10:38 AM   #3
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Because of the amount of sound pressure coming from those big speakers, you should have adjusted your sound levels accordingly. Watch to see if it is spiking non-stop, which is what it sounds like. Even if you get an NTG2, you still need to keep an eye on the audio levels and if you arent using some headphones, I would suggest getting some.

Also, here is a little clip worth watching about audio.
http://www.digitaljuice.com/djtv/seg...how=all_videos
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Old August 8th, 2007, 11:31 AM   #4
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Cheers thats a lot of help
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Old August 8th, 2007, 12:44 PM   #5
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The NTG2, while beign a good mic (I have one), may or may not give you better sound depending on the specific application. The NTG2 (or any other shotgun mic) forte is isolating a specific sound sources in front of the mic from ambient and reflects sound from the sides and rear of the mic. By the way, it is mono while the built-in mic is stereo if that is am important factor for you. It would probably not help the distortion I hear in the clip.

The source of the distortion is probably overloading the mic preamps. You can get distorted sound in loud venues (e.g., from rock bands, in clubs, near drum lines). This may overload the mic preamps to the point they clip. Manual gain and AGC cannot compensate for overload preamps. The usual solution is to use the MIC ATT setting, which will reduce the signal to the preamps.
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