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Chuck Manly
connecting mixer to Sony camera
on Feb 23, 2009 at 12:46:15 am

I hope you guys can help.

Our goal is to stream our church service on the web.

Here is the current setup:
Various mics and instruments > Mackie TT24 Digital Live Soundboard >
Sony Consumer HDR-HC7 Camcorder w/ mic input and headphone output.

I have a Hosa MIT56 1/8" to XLR adaptor for the mic input but do not know how to connect it to the mackie mixer.
This adaptor has worked fine for recording from 1 wired or wireless mic at a time so far.

I could not get a clean audio signal to the camera no matter what I tried today for a test run.

How can I get clean audio to this camera?

Do you think this equipment is adequate since our delivery system is the web?

We will be getting a prosumer camera in a few months once we get this going.

Any recomendations like a Sony FX1, etc?

Thanks so much for your help.

I've learned so much from Ty already.






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Ty Ford
Re: connecting mixer to Sony camera
on Feb 23, 2009 at 1:20:26 am

Hi Chuck,

Use a mic level output from the Mackie if it has one.

Ty

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Jordan Wolf
Re: connecting mixer to Sony camera
on Feb 23, 2009 at 1:33:20 am

Since you haven't told us where you are feeding the camera from (Aux Send, RCA Outputs, etc.) we can only speculate.

At first glance, it seems to me that you are probably feeding the camera with too hot of an output. Consumer devices typically expect a lower voltage than professional products.

If your camera is expecting a low-level signal (such as microphone level) and you feed it a high-level signal (such as line level from an Aux output), you will overload the input, causing distortion (up to and including clipping the signal).

My #1 suggestion: read the manual and find out what the camera is expecting to get, audio-signal-wise, and then get back to us.

#2: Buy an inline pad (this one from Shure should work fine) to put in-between the mixer and the camcorder. You should confirm how much of a pad you would need BEFORE ordering; too much can be a bad thing.

Best of luck - let us know how it goes.

Wolf
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Peter Groom
Re: connecting mixer to Sony camera
on Feb 23, 2009 at 5:13:08 pm

Yep you need to pad down the line level to mic level.
an inline 40db pad will do it, or buy a beachtek.

Does the camera not have a menu / switch to go between mic and line?

Peter

Peter


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