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Old July 19th, 2012, 08:21 AM   #1
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Interview microphone for the FS100?

I've used a Beyerdynamic M 58 ENG interview microphone on a shoot with the FS100, but the audio level was very low. I had to set the audio levels to (almost) max, to at least get some audio from it.

Can anyone recommend me a better interview microphone for the FS100?
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Old July 19th, 2012, 08:47 AM   #2
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Re: Interview microphone for the FS100?

That is a dynamic mic and needs a different mic trim than an electret mic (the stock mic).

Check out page 36 of the FS100 manual to see how to change the mic trim in the menu.
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Old July 19th, 2012, 09:23 AM   #3
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Re: Interview microphone for the FS100?

Thanks Chris, will have a look at it!
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Old July 19th, 2012, 01:25 PM   #4
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Re: Interview microphone for the FS100?

Look out for the Triton Audio 'FEThead' microphone pre-amplifier:

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Basically, you plug it into the mic input, it gets power from the camera's Phantom Power, and this drives a relatively high quality amplifier that cleanly raises your microphone level by +18dB.

Of course, dynamic mics don't requrie phantom power, but because they generate their own juice - at low level as you've discovered - they need a little help. But not all 'microphone pre-amplifiers' are built the same. I love my Sound Devices stuff now, but the FEThead helped a lot before.
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Old July 19th, 2012, 05:25 PM   #5
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Re: Interview microphone for the FS100?

That's a great tip Matt. Seems like a very handy amplifier!

I looked at the manual and was able to boost the mic level to +12 and that was enough to get proper sound from it! So, problem solved. :) Thanks for the help guys.
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Old July 19th, 2012, 06:22 PM   #6
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Re: Interview microphone for the FS100?

Just remember to set it back before plugging in a "hot" mic. Otherwise you'll have a ton of distortion.

Glad we could help.
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