I'm set to film a public speaking engagement in early October and I'm a bit confused about how to best handle the audio. In the past, I have filmed seminars in which the speaker was miked to the room's PA and I placed a wireless mic directly in front of one of the PA speakers. Not exactly professional. This speech is kind of a big deal to the company and I want this to sound great. I've thought about connecting the Sony V1U to the room's PA directly with XLR cables; is this even possible? Any other suggestions?
I know how green I sound, but I've never had to worry about sound in the past as 99% of my work has been sports related or set to music with no need for natural sound. Thanks for helping out the new guy who has no idea what he's doing!
I agree with Vince. One addition would be to see if you can come out of an Aux on the board that is what we usually give any media that show up . Providing that the equipment is decent this should give you a clean signal.
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How many speakers are critical to your event recording? 1? 2+?
Are they all speaking from a podium, or will they walk and talk?
One mic on the speakers and one from the PA mixer sounds like too much reliance on the house PA system. Scary. What if the house mic has a buzz in it or experiences intermittent drop outs throughout the speech.
I like to have four mics available for these things.
I'd have a multi-channel mixer on hand for flexibility.
#1 Pan left your main mic on the main speaker. If there's only one speaker, then button a wireless lapel mic on the person yourself. If more than one, then keep them at the podium with your own podium mic (I use a Shure MX418D - 18" Gooseneck) or tape your mic discreetly to the end of the podium mic.
#2 Pan left the feed from the house PA mixer and have it ready just in case #1 fails.
#3 Pan left a hardwired mic taped to the house speaker and plug it into the 3rd input of your mixer and have it ready in case #1 or #2 fail in the middle of your shoot.
#4 Pan right a cam mic or mic on a stand to get room audience applause. It will sound very dead without this source.
Test everything prior to the event under the conditions of the event (all mics, amps, lights, etc. on).