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Old March 25th, 2002, 10:43 AM   #1
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Standard Mic plug

What's the purpose of the smaller of the two tines on the XL-1 standard mic plug? If I wanted to take my mic off my camera and plug it into an MD recorder, would I have to buy an adapter? Or would it be okay to simply spin it sideways so that the shorter plug is exposed but touching the outside metal case of the recorder (wondering if this will cause static, grounding, short problems).

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Old March 25th, 2002, 10:53 AM   #2
 
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The canon mike needs power to make it work. The small micro-plug is a power supply. I can plug my Senn ME66 into the large mini-plug alone because the K6 power supply has a battery in it.
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Old March 25th, 2002, 11:04 AM   #3
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Duh...didn't even think about the power supply.

Thanks, Bill. I just don't have the budget right now to buy the external mic I need. Last week, I tried recording an approaching subway train on my miniDisk recorder to patch in a scene I'd shot earlier. But the Sony mic picked up a lot of flutter from the wind produced by the train. Thought I could use my camera mic with Equalizer to take care of that.

The equalizer won't fit on the Sony mic I have. Only solution would be to drop it inside the Equalizer like a bag.
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Old March 25th, 2002, 07:28 PM   #4
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The canon mic needs 5 volt DC power. It enters the tip of the 2.5mm sub-mini phone plug and leaves via the sleeve of the 3.5mm stereo mini phone jack. That makes it a bit of a trick to use the Canon mic on anything but the XL1 camcorders because the pin spacing is wrong for the old L2 and other related models.

To minimize pick ou pf windcaused by the appraching train, try find a corner or other shielded area on/in the platform/station
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Old April 4th, 2002, 09:36 AM   #5
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I was wondering what to do with the microphone that came with my XL1. I guess the answer is nothing (however, it is useful for jabbing my cat off my keyboard)! I use a ME66/lightwave combo and often wondered if I could hack it somehow onto my GL1.

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Old April 4th, 2002, 09:44 AM   #6
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Actually that's a pretty good little mic. It was OEM'ed for Canon by Sennheiser. Cobble up a mount and a plug adapter and it *would* make a good GL1 mic.
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I already have a mount that fits the mic on a GL1. I often use my 66 on the GL1. The Canon mic fits perfectly into the 66 mount with a adapter sleeve. The problem would be supplying power to the mic without it looking like something out of Frankensteins Laboratory. May have to give it some thought.
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