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Steve Culpepper
Wiring for mono mic to 5pin xlr
on Mar 21, 2012 at 2:24:44 pm

I've got a mono camera mic that I need to send out with a camera that has a stereo 5 pin. I'm looking for help with the wiring for this. I understand this isn't the ideal fix but it's the fix I have to make. I have the male 5 pin but need to make the correct wiring. Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks!

Here's the cable coming off of the mic.


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Jordan Wolf
Re: Wiring for mono mic to 5pin xlr
on Mar 21, 2012 at 2:45:24 pm

Steve,

If it's wired as most others are, it should be:

Pin 1 = Shield
Pin 2 = +/Non-inverting (left channel)
Pin3 = -/Inverting (left channel)
Pin 4 = +/Non-inverting (right channel)
Pin 5 = -/Inverting (right channel)

HOWEVER: I think it would be best to make/buy a breakout cable similar to this. That will allow you to use either channel, both channels, or even feed them separately for a "normal" channel and what I call a "scream" channel (gain set to not distort during louder-than-usual passages). To make your own, you would just split Pin 1 to both XLR 3-pin connectors and use Pins 2 & 3 on the Left/Channel 1 connector and Pins 4 & 5 on the Right/Channel 2 connector.

Hope that helps!

Wolf
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Steve Culpepper
Re: Wiring for mono mic to 5pin xlr
on Mar 21, 2012 at 3:12:04 pm

Excuse my ignorance but I'm out of my comfort zone here so I appreciate your help and patience.

You see from the pic I uploaded of the cable coming off the mic that I only have blue, white and shield. Do I split the blue to the two different pins and the white to the two different pins?


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Eric Toline
Re: Wiring for mono mic to 5pin xlr
on Mar 21, 2012 at 8:54:00 pm

There's no need to record to both channels. Keep it simple & uncomplicated. The shield to pin 1, the blue to pin 2 & the white to pin 3. This will give you audio on track one only. BTW if the 5 pin XLR is on the Arri Alexa then forget it as the Alexa is line level input only and cannot work with a mic level signal.

Eric


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Ty Ford
Re: Wiring for mono mic to 5pin xlr
on Mar 23, 2012 at 2:29:14 am

Hello Steve and welcome to the Cow Audio Forum.

What camera are you trying to plug into?

Regards,

Ty Ford
Audio Forum Leader


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Steve Culpepper
Re: Wiring for mono mic to 5pin xlr
on Mar 29, 2012 at 8:12:06 pm

HDX900


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Ty Ford
Re: Wiring for mono mic to 5pin xlr
on Mar 30, 2012 at 1:59:02 am

Hi Again Steve,

Here's the thing. I'm pretty certain a mono mic doesn't want to see phantom power from two separate sources. I think you should consider feeding only one track or using a Sound Devices MixPre-D with a custom built cable that takes the two XLR outputs and combines them into a five pin that plugs into the camera.

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/controller/home?O=&sku=764543&Q=&is=REG&A=d...

Regards,

Ty Ford
Cow Audio Forum Leader


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Ty Ford Blog: Ty Ford's Blog


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Steve Culpepper
Re: Wiring for mono mic to 5pin xlr
on Apr 4, 2012 at 2:09:46 pm

Thank you all!


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