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rick kadri
mixer necessary for one boom?
on Jan 24, 2008 at 4:05:55 am

just wondering if it makes sense to plug the 416 into the mixer and THEN into the 702 recorder. am i gaining anything out of that rather than just saving time and plugging the 416 straight into the recorder?

thanks in advance



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Tom Maloney
Re: mixer necessary for one boom?
on Jan 24, 2008 at 12:49:13 pm

I am sure more qualfied people like ( Ty, great guy ) will give you his input. I run my mic s thru the mixer, I like the by pass filters if needed and also gain and output control. I am not familiar with the recorder so I don't know if it has the same features as the mixer


Tom

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Ty Ford
Re: mixer necessary for one boom?
on Jan 24, 2008 at 9:47:06 pm

Thanks for the flowers Tom.

Mixers are more than knobs that let you vary the volume.

1. They let you vary volumes without shaking the camera or getting in the way of the camera op.
2. You may need to do that a lot with some people. I ride gain even if one person is talking if their voice fades on the end of each line. You can only do this in a relatively quiet environment, otherwise you bring up the ambient noise.
3. Mixer preamps (good ones) sound better than camera preamps.
4. Good mixers have input transformers that scrape off RF before it get into your audio.
5. Good mixers have limiters that allow you to record hotter, keeping your audio further above the noise floor without distorting.
6. Good limtiers have EQ that lets you roll of LF HVAC noise before it gets into your audio.
7. Good mixers have mulitple outputs so you can feed more than one camera, or separate recorder simultaneously.
8. Good mixers make your sound better. If they didn't pros wouldn't use them.

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Ty Ford

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rick kadri
Re: mixer necessary for one boom?
on Jan 25, 2008 at 12:04:47 am

thanks again TY. Good info there. What would a person lose by going directly into the recorder if using one boom, and bypassing the mixer all together? the 702 has good limiters



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