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Old June 9th, 2007, 01:55 AM   #1
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MIC or LINE on the menu

Hi, Sorry if I sound ignorant, as I am a total newbie to audio.
I took advice from some Dv forum members and now I have an AT 4073 mic
A Shure fp23 preamp and a cable to connect to the camera.
I only tried it hand held as I yet need to purchase a mic holder.
I put audio 1 to mic on the camera and mic in the menu , in that case I had to use zero gain on the preamp and some gain on the camera.
later I switched to line in the menu , I had to apply more gain on the preamp
but overall I liked it better, maybe I felt I have more 'play' with the gain...
To my question. What is the difference between those two modes? should I use mic on the menu like the manual suggests?
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Old June 9th, 2007, 05:52 AM   #2
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Depends on the output level of the mixer. In general, the LINE input level setting gives you a lower noise floor in the camcorder and is better if you have a good preamp thatt can put out a -10 dBV signal that you can connect directly to the Audio 1 RCA jacks.

If the mixer output is on the order of -35 dBV, use the MIC ATT setting, and if it is really more like -50 dB, use the MIC setting.

If using a MA100 or MA200, do not connect line level signals to it, it will clip. The MA series are intended for MIC level signals.
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Old June 9th, 2007, 08:50 AM   #3
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RCA jack

Thanks Don, the preamp is plugged to the RCA jack unbalanced, - 10dbu (or -14dbu don't remember exactly) through a custom made cable.
So I assume that using LINE on the menu is OK.
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Old June 10th, 2007, 07:24 AM   #4
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Should be OK.
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