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Old February 28th, 2006, 04:39 PM   #1
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FX1 audio too low

when the audio is set automatic the audio is very low, Is this normal or I got a defective unit?
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Old February 28th, 2006, 08:11 PM   #2
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What microphone are you using?
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Old February 28th, 2006, 09:40 PM   #3
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As well, if your mic relies on a battery for power you might want to put in a new one. I had this problem using the azden sgm-2x mic and a new battery corrected the volume.
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Old March 1st, 2006, 07:09 AM   #4
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internal mic

built-in internal mic of FX1.
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Old March 1st, 2006, 11:17 AM   #5
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When you say low, do you mean that it's low compared to another camcorder you've used (with onboard mic)? A difficulty is that it's hard to know what you mean by low ("low" being a subjective term). If possible, can you put a short clip up on the web, so we could hear what you're describing as low? Maybe something with somebody standing 10 feet directly in front of the camera, talking directly at the camera.
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Old March 2nd, 2006, 01:31 PM   #6
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Yea, I noticed that too. I have a Z1 and the audio is extremely low when in auto mode. Just switch it to manual and adjust the gain yourself. I never use auto mode anyway so I forgot about that but I do remember thinking how low the audio was when I first got it. I donít think itís your unit. Itís just the way it is.

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Old March 2nd, 2006, 02:33 PM   #7
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I would try and invest in an external mic. I have both the FX1 and Z1 and have slapped external mic's on both which gives me infinitely better results each time.

With a good external mic you can play with auto and check your results for different scenes/settings

Azden and Sennheisers are good places to start

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With a good external mic you can play with auto and check your results for different scenes/settings
Good advice. I use the Audio-Technica AT897 with my Z1 and Iím very happy with it. Donít forget to invest in a decent set of headphones to monitor your sound. I use Sony MDR-7506ís and theyíre great.

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Old March 4th, 2006, 07:20 AM   #9
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As a one day user I also noticed that in the auto mode the audio is recorded at a lower volume than on any other camcorder I've owned. At a live music event this would probably be a good thing but for every day recording I'm a bit disappointed as well.
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Old March 4th, 2006, 08:08 AM   #10
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I found this in a review of the FX1 at hdtvexpert.com.

"I found AGC (really only a limiter) delivered perfect audio ó although I noticed peaks were typically at Ė14dB rather than at 0dB. This is because HDV utilizes a Ė20dB Reference Level."
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As a one day user I also noticed that in the auto mode the audio is recorded at a lower volume than on any other camcorder I've owned.
Interestingly, I find the auto setting on the Z1 to be just about the same as the auto setting on my Sony PDX-10 which also keeps the peaks very low. However, on both of these cameras the audio quality is fine if you boost it in post. Now the auto setting on my VX-2000 is substantially higher, although the quality isn't quite so good. I gather that the PD-150 is also a lot "hotter." I'm wondering if Sony is doing this because the preamps on these newer cameras a lot cleaner and they can get away with it whereas they couldn't on the PD-150?
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