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Old November 25th, 2012, 05:27 AM   #1
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PMW-100 & old ECM-NV1 mic

I thought I still could use the old ECM-NV1 mic from our old A1E together with our new-bought PMW-100 without problems. This mic was also delivered with e.g. the PD-170. XLR=XLR and Sound=Sound would one say. Though, it is giving me a hard time now. I do get decent sound from it with the A1E but on the PMW-100 it keeps giving only very weak audio, neverless which gainsetting I'm using. What am I missing? Or is it just impossible to get this old mic working on a modern camcorder like the PMW-100?
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Old November 25th, 2012, 12:13 PM   #2
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Re: PMW-100 & old ECM-NV1 mic

Have you checked that it may require Phantom Power? (+48v) If there's an internal battery, it may be worthwhile to check that too. Some mics don't need batteries and can run on Phantom power and some can't and rely on battery power.
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Old November 25th, 2012, 02:41 PM   #3
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Re: PMW-100 & old ECM-NV1 mic

That mic is phantom power and has no internal battery. While I don't use it anymore and actually have 2 or 3 of them laying around taking up space, I did use them last year for a particualr job where all I needed them to do was pick up crowd noise so I had to run them to a phantom power box (a Fat Boy) and they did the job I needed for that job. Not exactly my favorite mic and I did notice something which I had forgotten and that is the levels are a lot lower than my AT897 and my AKG Blueline Hypercaroid.
Just make sure you go with Phantom Power and you might need to kick up the levels in your camera.
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Old November 25th, 2012, 09:21 PM   #4
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Re: PMW-100 & old ECM-NV1 mic

This mic has a very low sensitivity, I stopped using it long time ago, replaced with Rode NTG-1...
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