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Old March 23rd, 2003, 04:36 PM   #1
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which vcr to buy (for vhs tapes to sell)

Finally I am brave enough after months of reading to post. I just made my first dough with my pd 150, selling vhs tapes of a local theater production I filmed. The tapes work fine on my new t.v., but audio is very low on one customer's ancient system. I am recording direct from cam onto a cheap vcr. (Audio was recorded from stage mics at -20db up to almost clipping.) Why is sound so quiet on other peoples t.V.'s, and what vcr should I get to make better sound recordings? I would like something dual deck if possible, but my biggest priority is adjustable sound levelling and meters etc. Don't want to pay any more than I have to. Thanks,
Dave Fisher (fisheye productions)
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Old March 30th, 2003, 08:31 AM   #2
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Your audio problems may be related to other issues. Older decks, etc. may not play back the HI-FI channels, only the lower quality, linear tracks. This can account for lower audio levels. Newer decks will record to both tracks. Most consumer decks do not allow for adjustment of the audio levels. The decks use an auto gain circuit, which can present problems also. Passage that are low may me boosted and higher levels clipped. Consumer decks need to have the audio levels set correctly on the Master and not used to adjust levels.
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Old March 30th, 2003, 02:26 PM   #3
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Check the B&H and/or Markertek catalogs or web sites. You can get a decent professional VHS deck that allows manual audio control for under $400 these days.
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