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Old December 21st, 2009, 02:57 PM   #16
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Chad, how do you have the NTG 3 routed to both channels? (I am about to order a NTG 3 to replace my NTG 2 so I can get the Blimp for $1)
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Old December 21st, 2009, 05:34 PM   #17
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Not Chad, but I believe you use the Audio Input menu to select Mic 1 as your audio input and it will split it across both channels. Then you can set your Internal Trim and External Trim to suit. I usually run one channel at the "desired" setting and run the other one a little hotter or softer, depending on what my subject matter happens to be. That way, I have a "safety" track to work with in case I need it.
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Old December 21st, 2009, 05:45 PM   #18
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Chad, how do you have the NTG 3 routed to both channels? (I am about to order a NTG 3 to replace my NTG 2 so I can get the Blimp for $1)
Yes, what Dave said. In the audio menu you can have ch1 go to both channels. But I think that's only for ch1. Ch2 alone may not work.

Remember to keep your audio levels (the dials on the outside of the camera) at 6 or below. Otherwise you will introduce noise unnecessarily.
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Old December 21st, 2009, 05:51 PM   #19
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The only thing I do differently from Chad is that I put the external trim dials at "5" to begin my settings as that is essentially "0", or no gain or cut. Once I get the internal Trim set so that I get decent levels, then I use the external to boost and cut as needed. I usually carry a "cheat sheet" with me all the time that has the basic settings I need for all my mics. They ALL have different output levels so they each need their own internal Trim setting.
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Old December 23rd, 2009, 03:17 PM   #20
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Ahh...let me correct my views on this issue.

A MIXER is not as essential with the EX1 IMO if you only need two channels. But an EXTERNAL RECORDER is a better option if you have it. 24-bit/96kHz (or insert your sampling rate here) may be a placebo effect but I'd rather err on the side of quality than regret it later.

That being said, the circuitry/preamp built into the EX cameras are fantastic at 16-bit/48kHz.
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Old December 23rd, 2009, 04:44 PM   #21
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I have decided to keep the SD 302 mixer, I like the option of being able to record to the Camera and my Sony PCM-D50 at the same time. I also like how easy it is to visually see the audio levels.

For now I will keep the mixer and use it when audio is critical.

Thanks everyone for the input, I will skip the mixer on occasion and enjoy the freedom of less equipment and simplicity for less important events.
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