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Old March 11th, 2007, 01:12 PM   #1
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FX1 audio problem

I use Beacktek DXA8 for external mic audio but recently it all of a sudden is only recording the audio on one channel (left). Is there a setting that I have messed up on the FX1 or has my Beachtek gone bad? Any ideas?
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Old March 11th, 2007, 01:24 PM   #2
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Assuming you have a mono mic, your Beachtech should be switched to mono, so it will feed both sides.
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Old March 11th, 2007, 09:38 PM   #3
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Yes, that is what it has always done over the last 2-3 years. But now it's just showing up in the right channel, regardless of which side the mic is plugged in to. I think my Beachtek has gone bad but just wanted to make sure I wasn't overlooking something on the FX1 that could be responsible before I spend a few hundered bucks (though I doubt it).

The funny thing is even though it is recording in just one channel I suppose I can just duplicate the channel in my NLE and make it the same as recording both channels, but it is super annoying monitoring audio with headphones on & only hearing one side.
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Old March 12th, 2007, 06:03 AM   #4
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Maybe the Head phones are bad??
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Old March 12th, 2007, 06:06 PM   #5
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I guess it's the first thing you checked, but are you sure the mini jack from the beachtek is pushed all the way into the fx1?
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Old March 12th, 2007, 08:34 PM   #6
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Yeah, checked headphones and mic jack. Actually tried to use it on my old Vx2000 but it wouldn't work right either, however, a totally different problem which just confused me. The sound was in both ears, but barely could hear it & it was distorted. I haven't used the VX2000 for so long I wasn't convinced that was a reliable test. Especially considering on the FX1 it is perfect volume and clarity, just uniaural. But I guess things are pointing to the Beachtek. That would be the best thing since I have a huge shoot coming up in 3 weeeks and don't have time to fix the camera if it's the problem.
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Old March 12th, 2007, 11:36 PM   #7
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Okay, just one more obvious question-- and I am sure you have thought of it.. Beacktek DXA8 is battery powered, right ? For phantom ? What mic combo are you using, and could that be an issue ?
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Old March 16th, 2007, 01:22 PM   #8
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Yeah, battery is ok. I'm using the same mic and setup I have successfully for almost the last 2 years. Actually, although it has been a long time & I can't remember the details, when I bought this DXA8, the first one they sent had a similar type problem and they exchaged it for this one. I guess I need to buy a new one and see if that's it.
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Old March 18th, 2007, 05:52 PM   #9
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Maybe the cable that runs from the beachtek to the camera has fatigued and broken? You could try wiggling it and see if the right channel cuts in and out. That would be a pretty easy fix, but if it's an internal component it'd probably require a tech to repair it.
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