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#1 Richard Carey

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Posted 27 November 2014 - 04:20 AM

Hello,

 

I'm familiar with some of the great ready-made condenser mics (e.g, Rode) that slide into the flash shoe, and those are great.

 

However, a particular project requires something different and unique for diegetic room sound, so I have a collection of older (some are condenser) microphones (some interesting German mics, PZMs, etc.) I would like to use, while retaining what general lightness and nimbleness of the rig as I can.

 

Does anyone have recommendations for nice XLR Adapters/Portable Recorders intended for DSLR video?  

 

The idea being to run one of the following

 

1) a 48V Phantom Powered Condenser mic into a box that fits nicely on or in the vicinity of the camera, which takes the XLR balanced in, provides 48V, perhaps has a few conveniences (e.g., 100hz cutoff/high pass filter switch, pad switch, DB/input meter, etc).  A built-in Limiter would be an obvious plus but probably would push the price beyond where it needs to be.  

 

I would be interested in peoples' experiences using these single channel types (that have a 1/8" output to plug into the camera's line in), particularly where on-board power (e.g., 9V/Battery) vs external power supply is concerned (as to noise floor and any substantial impact on quality).

 

2) The same as #1, but multi-channel, 2-4 is probably the sweet spot I'm aiming for (though 8 inputs stacked couldn't hurt if it's compact enough).  

 

Though in this case, I'd be talking about an external recording device, not an adapter, that's oriented towards video audio capture, and ideally, built with filming with these types of cameras in mind (then transferring and mixing that audio in post, thus having the individual channels separate to work with in editing).  So, the same questions as in #1, but also, I'd wonder which devices have proved very suited to the task (35mm DSLR filming in studio, and field capability would be a huge plus)  

 

I say "these devices" because I understand the 5Dmkii and mkiii can take SMPTE timecode into the 3.5mm audio input, so I would imagine there are some devices that are like the many others out there, with 1-4 XLR ins with 48V, but perhaps also with an extra 3.5mm cable out to transmit timecode, and perhaps one or more channels of audio (as a submix, for redundancy) straight into the camera while filming?  A built-in mic for in-a-pinch situations wouldn't hurt either.  

 

I came across this device (Beachtek DXA-5D XLR Adapter) from a cursory search, which has a nice look to it (it's single channel, thus the small and elegant design size-wise, relative to the camera base).  Something like that would be great for #1.  For #2, that'd be a great format (with the dual tripod connectors), but most likely it's going to be a more outboard piece of equipment due to having audio data storage onboard, more connectors, and greater power requirements.

 

Thanks for your kind suggestions!


Edited by Richard Carey, 27 November 2014 - 04:21 AM.

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