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Old November 13th, 2004, 04:33 AM   #1
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170 supplied mic - hum?

is there an inherent hum with the supplied mic? i've noticed when i use the mic (only for wild souind), i get a noticable hum on playback. clean sound with both my me66 and e100.

anyone care to comment,

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Old November 13th, 2004, 07:41 AM   #2
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As has been posted and discussed many times, here and other forums, the supplied Sony mic (NV-1) is a very general purpose very NON directional mic that will pick up sound from virtually any direction including behind the camera, and will also pick up most camera sounds, not to mention that with the AGC on it rwally brings it in. There are occassions that I will use the mic but by and large, it sits in my "tool box" lonely, sad and waiting to be taken out to "play" with the other mic's.

I prefer the ME66 for 99% of the work I do. (at least for now)

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Old November 13th, 2004, 09:40 AM   #3
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I do think the NV-1 has value and use. When I use the other channel to send a wireless mic in, the NV-1 is nice in that I have a not to directional mic to pick up wild sound.

Sometimes it's good when you get audio off axis that you wouldn't get with other mics. It all depends on whether you want/need that in a given recording situation.
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Old November 13th, 2004, 12:15 PM   #4
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Leslie,
Craig and Don make good points. I haven't experienced any hum with the NV-1, although with noise reduction turned off and in a quiet location it can pick up the cam's zoom noise, which may sound like a short-duration hum.
I use the mic as Craig describes.
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Old November 14th, 2004, 08:39 AM   #5
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No hum from my on-board mike... but as you have discovered the on-board mike isn't in the same league as your other mikes...

sounds like you may have a bad on-board mike....

if you can borrow another one from a dealer and check it out.
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Old November 14th, 2004, 02:51 PM   #6
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The camera can produce a significant amount of noise. Put your ear next to the tape door when you are running tape. That may be the source of the noise.

I regularly use that microphone off-camera by about 10-20 feet and have no hum problems with either of the 2 I have. I do get some background noise due to the almost omni nature of the microphone.
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