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Old July 12th, 2007, 09:11 AM   #1
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Built in Mic question.

I suspect the answer to this is no...but.
Is there anyway to use the built in mic for ambient and an external mic for voice?
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Old July 12th, 2007, 09:51 AM   #2
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not that i'm aware of. you could use two separate external mics, if you don't mind your ambient track being mono. for more than two channels of audio, you could connect a 3+ channel mixer to the xha1, but remember that there are only two channels of audio going to tape. barring miracles in post, you'd pretty much have to settle on the mixed channels hitting tape as final. an external recorder, solo or in conjunction with the xha1's inputs, would give you more channels to play with (and superior sound to boot).
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Old July 12th, 2007, 11:30 AM   #3
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Can't do it because the built-in mic is stereo and takes up both channels. I just put an old short shotgun mic on the camera into channel 1 and use that for ambient sound, while the good boom mic or wireless lav goes into channel 2. If I want to record one channel normal and one down a few db for protection, I use my usual XLR Y-adapter and unplug the on-camera mic temporarily. So the built-in mic isn't used at all. The camera would have been better off without it in the first place, in my opinion.
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Old July 12th, 2007, 11:53 AM   #4
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You suspect right. Short of making major mods to the camcorder, you cannot combine external and the internal mic.
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Old July 14th, 2007, 05:12 AM   #5
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You can always get another mike into a dat machine and run it simultaneously..but you might just consider recording room tone for about a minute and run it continously in you NLE.
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Old July 14th, 2007, 08:08 PM   #6
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Sony HI-MD minidisc recorders are great for location audio, they run PCM uncompressed CD quality and the discs hold an hour each. They are so cheap we've stopped transferring the material, archiving all the audio on the original discs.
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Old July 16th, 2007, 08:21 AM   #7
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The M-audio MicroTrack and similar recorders offer good options for sound capture as well.
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