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#1 David Calson

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Posted 10 September 2006 - 08:28 PM

At our school its called a propack. XLR receiver box which connects the mic to the video camera. Is there another name for this?
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#2 Patrick McGowan

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Posted 10 September 2006 - 08:39 PM

Another name... How about a 1/8th" to XLR converter? Is that different? Is there some industry name for it? It seems like maybe more of a prosumer piece of equipment.
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#3 David Calson

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Posted 10 September 2006 - 08:55 PM

I don't think that's it. It's a little black box that you can attach to the bottom of camera so it can fit on the tripod. I'm trying to buy one on ebay but 'pro pack' and 'xlr converter' don't show up with anything. Anymore help would be appreciated
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#4 Rory Hanrahan

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Posted 10 September 2006 - 09:27 PM

It's also called a Beachtek, after the company that produces them.

www.beachtek.com
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#5 Patrick McGowan

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Posted 10 September 2006 - 09:52 PM

All right well, I don't know. I've been striking out with my posts lately.

I think that's what the "XLR reciever" part does. It allows a mic. with an XLR connection to plug into a cameras with an 1/8th" mic. plug. If that's what we're talking about. I'm not sure...
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#6 David Calson

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Posted 10 September 2006 - 10:15 PM

thanks rory, thanks patrick, c. forums saves the day again
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#7 Michael Collier

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Posted 11 September 2006 - 01:33 AM

Sorta OT, but I saw a beachtek that printed its schematic on the front. I was floored, if anyone didn't know how to build one, they would then. All you would have to plug in is resistor and capacitor values, which are easy enough to calculate out (or even easier, open up the beachteck and use the scematic to trace the resistor values.)

I wish other products would print their scematics on the front of the device.
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#8 Rory Hanrahan

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Posted 11 September 2006 - 09:38 AM

I know what you're talking about. I've also seen other sound gear with the schematics clearly listed. Not being much of a sound guy, I assume this has to do with ensuring proper line levels and preventing too much or too little power/signal from being distributed. Any sound techs have an opinion on this?...

And yes, this is a fairly easy device to DIY. As stated before, its basically an XLR-1/8th adapter with a pot thrown in the middle (I think other models may have some advanced functions). Anybody with 30 min. and a soldering iron could probably whip one up.
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#9 David Calson

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Posted 18 September 2006 - 12:17 AM

Will any camcorder that has a mic receiever accept a beachtek? Some of the beachteks I see say things like 'for a gl1/gl2'
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