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Old February 5th, 2013, 09:07 AM   #1
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Hi - I have a corporate coming up which includes several interviews, where I am filming and then handing over the footage - for my wedding work I use digital recorders and then sync in post. For this job I need a mic to go directly into one of my camera channels (XLR) Can anyone recommend a relatively inexpensive wired Lavalier I could get?

I thought about making an adapter for my Audio Technica Lav mics going from mono 3.5mm to XLR but then am I going from unbalanced to balanced and would I need a converter?

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Old February 5th, 2013, 09:39 AM   #2
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Peter, you might see if Audio Technica has an adapter for your unit.
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Old February 5th, 2013, 10:02 AM   #3
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Hi - I have a corporate coming up which includes several interviews, where I am filming and then handing over the footage - for my wedding work I use digital recorders and then sync in post. For this job I need a mic to go directly into one of my camera channels (XLR) Can anyone recommend a relatively inexpensive wired Lavalier I could get?

I thought about making an adapter for my Audio Technica Lav mics going from mono 3.5mm to XLR but then am I going from unbalanced to balanced and would I need a converter?

Pete
Some cameras that have the twin XLR inputs also have a mini mic jack too. But it's usually a stereo jack and your mono mic will save to both channels. So you'd just have audio from the person speaking, and absolutely nothing else. However, you could save some room tone to mix in later in post, along with mixing in some applause. Maybe set up one of your digital recorders separately.

Oops, forgot it's a hand over the footage gig.

Maybe use the headphone out from one of your recorders into the mini mic jack on the camera. I've done headphone out from a mixer several times into the mini mic jack on a Canon XH-A1 with good results.
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Old February 5th, 2013, 10:22 AM   #4
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Hi Guys - the camera only has XLR inputs (Sony EA50) and Audio Technica don't have anything suitable - All my lavalier mics have mono 3.5mm Jacks and do not require phantom power - I really just need an adapter - but which?

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Old February 5th, 2013, 11:08 AM   #5
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I have a Canford adapter ref 20-769 which I got in order to attach a Sennheiser lav to XLR inputs:

CANFORD ELECTRET MICROPHONE ADAPTER 3.5mm jack

You'll see there are lots of options. Canford will recommend the particular one you need and make it up if necessary.

They are not particularly cheap but still a useful thing to have. They are very well made.

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Old February 5th, 2013, 12:34 PM   #6
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A decent lav mic plus the adapter might be more than a lav mic with an XLR plug already. I would take a look at the Sony ECM-XX series. You can find them used on eBay all the time.
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Old February 5th, 2013, 01:09 PM   #7
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Hi Peter, why don't you just rent one for the day. It would probably be the cheapest option with the best quality for your purposes.
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Old February 6th, 2013, 03:01 AM   #9
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Just bought an ECM-44B off ebay for 60 - bargain!

Thanks guys
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Old February 6th, 2013, 06:10 AM   #10
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I think that it was someone on this forum who recommended these lav mics which are brilliant quality for a very cheap price. UltraDisk Microphones

The Rode 3.5mm jack to XLR adapters are cheap http://www.canford.co.uk/Products/74...-35mm-to-XLR-3

I like to use my Sennheiser G3 wireless mics for this sort of situation rather than trailing a long cable across the room.
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Old February 6th, 2013, 06:20 AM   #11
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Just bought an ECM-44B off ebay for 60 - bargain!

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There are a couple more at 60/65 or best offer. I am tempted myself at that price.
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Old February 6th, 2013, 07:56 AM   #12
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Nigel look closely - there is tape around the base of the microphone where the insulation has come away
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Old February 20th, 2013, 12:44 PM   #13
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I think that it was someone on this forum who recommended these lav mics which are brilliant quality for a very cheap price. UltraDisk Microphones

The Rode 3.5mm jack to XLR adapters are cheap RODE VXLR microphone adapter, 3.5mm to XLR-3

I like to use my Sennheiser G3 wireless mics for this sort of situation rather than trailing a long cable across the room.
I may be chiming in too late but FWIW I have one of the Rode adapters you looked at above and found that it was only intermittently functional -if the mic cable was moved it would disturb the signal, and its not a cable problem as I use that mic regularly - so I have never been able to reliably use it with adapter. Could have been a faulty item but I didn't have the time to handle an exchange on it. Just thought I'd mention it.
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Old February 20th, 2013, 02:59 PM   #14
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Aya; Rode have sold thousands of those without any problems, they're a very basic circuit.
You should return yours to the seller.

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Old February 20th, 2013, 03:29 PM   #15
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I also got one of these Samson mics for 47 - used it today and it's great!

SAMSON QL5 Lavalier Microphone at Reidys.com - The home of Music on the web.

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