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Old February 8th, 2007, 10:41 PM   #1
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No limiter, limiting, limited.

So what's the answer for recording a wide dynamic range on the A1? Say an airshow where the levels can go from interview speech to, OH! good gravy!, at the drop of a hat.

Looking back through the forum I couldn't find any solutions, has anyone added a small mixer to their A1? Those twin gain controls seem hard to adjust on the fly.
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Old February 9th, 2007, 02:11 AM   #2
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The missing limiter was/is a big disappointment for me, too. Looks like Canon simply FORGOT about it. Let us hope that our wishlist might convince Canon that it is silly not to provide a limiter for a top audio cam like the A1.

I never adjust the gain control on the fly, and I never use a mixer. I always use the same (quite low) manual level (fourth dot) to prevent most clipping, but this sure is not the ideal way to go.
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Old February 9th, 2007, 03:45 AM   #3
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Thanks Michael, yes I can't understand it either, poor design, cost factor, panic, whatever it's a sorry mistake and always makes one wonder what else is amiss.

There's a thread here which says to balance the gain strucure at input, and it seems there may be soft limiting, but the book says nothing about it.

What was Canon thinking, can there be that much miss communication in the planning dept? Well they would know about it now, wonder if an A1B will catch up.

For our use the only solution may be a mono shotgun on one fader or a small mixer with the feature Canon left off an otherwise great cam. Wonder who else is in the same predicament?
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Old February 9th, 2007, 06:09 AM   #4
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Is there a limiter on the XH G1?
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Old February 10th, 2007, 04:12 AM   #5
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Checking the specs, it doesn't seem so.
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Old February 10th, 2007, 10:49 AM   #6
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I have used a BeachTek DXA-4P with my GL-2 but I have not tried it on the A1
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Old February 10th, 2007, 11:32 AM   #7
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We need your vote! Allan, check out the poll & cast your ballot if you haven't already, soft clipping/limiter is about 2/3 of the way down on the list, wish I had it every time out with this cam.
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Old February 10th, 2007, 04:20 PM   #8
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You got it Stu! Isn't a limiter all built into the one chip though? I'm not a fan of the Beachtek sound, but...!!!

Yeah, without a limiter you always have that nagging thought about distortion etc. How do you cover wide dynamic ranges, very carefully I guess.
I have the RODE Stereo Video mic. wonder how it would mate to the A1? It has the 10db pad and a stereo minijack plug.
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