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Old March 8th, 2005, 09:38 AM   #1
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Fixing FX1 Audio

Agh. I feel like my head is going to explode trying to figure all this out.

The situation: Iím purchasing an FX1 shortly, and will also be spending some money on improving its audio. From what I understand I need to buy two thingsÖ a mic, and some sort of XLR converter. The mic question is the easy one, so Iíll ask that first.

The Mic: Iíll primarily be using the camera to shoot independent movies, so Iíll need something that I can boom in. Would a shotgun mic be ideal for this type of situation? If so Ė Iím probably looking at getting the Rode NTG-2Ö but if someone could explain to me the difference between that mic and the NTG-1 Ė that would be fantastic. If there are suggestions for other mics around the same price Ė they are also welcome.

The XLR Converter: From what I understand Iíll need some sort of converter to run a half way decent mic Ė and that what I should be looking at is something like a Beachtek DXA-4P. Or would I be better off getting the DXA-6 because it has phantom power. How important is phantom power?

I know these are pretty noobie questions Ė but I havenít been able to find an idiots guide to audio yet. So Iíd be grateful for an advice I can get. :)
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Old March 8th, 2005, 10:27 AM   #2
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Hi Daniel

I have an FX1 and it works fine with any of the XLR adapters.

I actually have the Sign Video XLR PRO but the Beachtek is more widely available:

DXA- 4 - Passive but will take two mics if they are either dynamic or powered by a battery

DXA-6 is useful because of the phantom power.. but not essential

DXA- 8 which has pre amps and limiters and is very good as it acts pretty much as a mini audio mixer...

Anyone of these will get your XLR mic to work well with the FX1.

Mic wise I have an Audio Technica 897. Nice mic and about the best you'll find in this price range. To get a better mic you'll need to spend a lot more money.

I have this mic on a Beyerdynamic EA86 shock mount.. although I'm looking at the Creative video adapter to mount on the side of the LCD screen..

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Old March 8th, 2005, 10:35 AM   #3
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I use a DXA-4 with my FX1 and it works great.

I've got an Azden 2x shotgun mic.
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