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Old February 11th, 2006, 01:59 AM   #1
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I've seen various references to people using XLR adaptors like the beachtek's etc into and FX1, but let's say you hooked a shotgun for room sound etc and a wireless lav into the adaptor, does the sound get layed down on both channels as a stereo track??
As apposed to a Z1 where could you separate both sources and perhaps manipulate later.

I'm trying to figure if I really need the Z1 rather than an FX1 and confused about the audio acquistion.
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Old February 11th, 2006, 02:17 AM   #2
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I have the FX1, and a DX4-a adapter. I just tested the camera, except I currently only have one XLR microphone. However, using the one mic connected in each of the two xlr mic inputs, the following happens. If you have the front selector toggle set to mono, the imput from the single mic goes to both stereo channels. If you set the toggle at stereo, the microphone input will go to left or right channel, depending on which xlr jack is used. I think that makes it clear that you have discreet channels when the toggle is set at stereo.
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Old February 11th, 2006, 01:43 PM   #3
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yep Mike you re absolutely right... I use the FX and Sign Video box, you can input two mics say a lav and a shott gun into separate channels... ido it all the time....

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Old February 11th, 2006, 02:54 PM   #4
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Thanks guys, I think that pretty much clears it up. I'm starting to wonder if I really need a Z1 with this ability. Is there any loss in quality by patching the xlr sound through a mini input??
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There's no loss in quality to my ear.
I use the FX1 and the Z1 interchangeably on broadcast shoots and no-one has ever queried the audio...

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Old February 11th, 2006, 07:43 PM   #6
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What would be a decent shotgun mic to use with the FX1 that could be mounted, perhaps to the hotshoe?
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Old February 11th, 2006, 07:55 PM   #7
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I reccomned Rhode shotguns for the FX1... They occasionally come with a shock mount and they are short enough not to come into frame when you do mount them.
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What would be a decent shotgun mic to use with the FX1 that could be mounted, perhaps to the hotshoe?
I have the Sennheiser ME66 that I can mount on the FX1 accessory shoe adapter that is supplied with the camera. I was worried about it protruding to far, but it does not, even with a home made windsock I have on it.
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