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Old March 30th, 2011, 09:55 PM   #1
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More than two audio channels?

The XHA1 has two xlr inputs. Is it possible to record more than two channels of audio? Can you some how split each input and get 4 separate channels of audio? In addition, can a mini dv tape recognize more than two channels of audio?
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Old March 30th, 2011, 10:29 PM   #2
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Re: More than two audio channels?

As far as I know you can only record two channels on the XHA1, MiniDV tapes can record 4 channels if it is in 16-bit mode, but then only if you dub the other two tracks later. I believe the HVX200 records 4 tracks to card, the XLRs and the internal mic. I don't think it does that if you record to tape though.
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Old March 31st, 2011, 09:50 AM   #3
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Re: More than two audio channels?

Some DV decks allow for four channel recording. I used to use a Sony DSR-80 primarily for that reason. However, you also have to have NLE software/hardware that will output 4 channels.
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Old April 23rd, 2011, 02:34 AM   #4
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Re: More than two audio channels?

This was a MAJOR bummer to find out AFTER I purchased my A1S. Called Canon and asked and they said "HDV recordings only allow for 1 chan of audio." Lame. Mad I did not find that before I bought it, but such is life.
To record 2 Channels of audio, you need to be recording in SD. Options will appear on the menu screens at that point.

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Old April 23rd, 2011, 03:17 AM   #5
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Re: More than two audio channels?

That's about half correct, unless you are thinking stereo.
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Old July 27th, 2011, 09:55 PM   #6
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Re: More than two audio channels?

Rob, usually 1 channel is termed mono and 2 channels termed stereo ie: left and right.

In that case you *can* record stereo in HDV on the A1 and A1S. If you connect a stereo mic that has 2 XLR output cables to the A1 XLR inputs 1 and 2, you set the menu up to XLR inputs and you can monitor and adjust the volumes of each channel with the 2 level controls.

With the A1S I find that turning on the audio limiter helps in holding the volume to safe levels without distortion, but for new users it takes some practice to learn to use it. It also negates the need to keep checking your recording levels every few seconds so you can pay more attention to the pix.

Some early consumer cameras limiters sounded pretty bad but the A1S limiter is actually not bad either. HTH.

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