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Old May 9th, 2006, 01:26 AM   #1
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four channel confusion

I want to use both the on-camera mic and a Sennheiser wireless in a four channel HDV configuration (yes, I know the bandwidth of each channel is halved, but I'm just recording voice interviews and crowd noise). I'm confused by the 1/3 and 2/4 XLR inputs. Why isn't this 1/2 and 3/4? The Sennheiser ew100 receiver has an XL cable that I attached to XLR 2/4. How do I record the Sennheiser to channels 3/4 in stereo?

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Old May 9th, 2006, 04:26 AM   #2
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I've tried the same configuration as you, but don't use it anymore since it's a bit complicate to acquire the 4 channels in Final Cut Pro.
Anyway, for recording, put AUDIO 1 on Front Mic and Audio 2 on REAR. Then plug your Sennheiser's XLR on Channel2/4 (this input should be on "line in" and not "mic" I guess), level on manual and adjust it (position 10 o'clock for me).
In this configuration, you'll have 3 channels : Front Mic left, Front Mic right and mono Sennheiser on channel 4 (it's not a stereophonic microphone).

In order to keep a better sound resolution, I'm using now a mono microphone (AT 897) for ambiant on XLR 1/3 and the wireless Sennheiser on XLR 2/4. In FCP I obtain the ambiant on the left channel and the interview on the right one, so I have to remix it in bi-mono.

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Old May 9th, 2006, 11:12 AM   #3
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(it's not a stereophonic microphone)
Silly me, each XLR is mono. That means the 1/3 and 2/4 will accept either channels 1 and 2 or 3 and 4. Thanks, it makes sense now.

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Old May 10th, 2006, 01:41 AM   #4
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and the wireless Sennheiser on XLR 2/4.
When using the wireless Sennheiser with XLR, does it make any difference if the phantom power is on or off?

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Old May 10th, 2006, 01:46 AM   #5
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Don't use the 48V with the Sennheiser! It has its own batteries and might don't appreciate more power...
You have to turn on the Mic att, on the channel 2/4 by the way.
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