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Old April 24th, 2010, 09:53 AM   #1
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Audio settings? Audio settings for concert?


I'm shooting a concert and I was wondering if someone could give me a tip on the audio settings I should use...

It's Beethoven, concert for piano & orchestra N 3 in Do minor.

I don't have a specialized microphone for this kind of thing, only the built in one and a NTG-3 i will have to use mounted on my camera.

I was thinking of setting the NTG-3 at one channel and the built in on the other one, but I don't know what TRIM setting would be appropiate. For example, I was told that -35 for the NTG-3 recording voices would be OK, but this is another case.

What about the built it mic? In fact I put on the tittle "audio settings" alone first because this is a general question I have about the TRIM setting, I was told by a sound expert that it's always better to change the TRIM and leave the volume alone. Is this true? I should just get closer to 0 if it's too loud and the other way if I need more "volume"? To determine when I have it right, should the levels ideally indicate almost red but not red or be around the middle of the display?

Thanks for the insight!

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Old April 25th, 2010, 08:03 PM   #2
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How far away will the camera be from the piano? (And presumably the orchestra behind it.)

How "live" is the room? If the room isn't terribly "live" (reverberant) and/or if you aren't TOO far away from the piano, I would use the built-in mics. You are going for a "natural stereo" sound presumably, and you won't get that with two very different microphones left and right.

Try to get there during a rehearsal and set the levels at -10dBFS on the highest peaks. And OF COURSE you DO NOT use "auto-level" for any kind of music, particularly classical.
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