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Ruth Berdah-Canet
Noise issue with Tascam DR-60
on Mar 31, 2014 at 4:12:48 pm

Hello audio-pros,
I bought a Tascam DR60 to record audio with my Canon5DMIII. I am running into a bad noise issue when recording both with my EW100 Lav and/or Rode NTG2 shotgun. I recorded some tests independently from the camera to isolate the issue.
- recording in stereo mode with Lav : 1 channel gives me only noise (no voice), the other channel has some noise but voice is heard.
- recording lav dual mono: less noise (but only 1 channel so I would have to duplicate in in post)
- recording mix lav + shotgun : noise is bad and I can hear it on both channels.
- Tried the low-cut pass 120Khz filter on Tascam did not solve the issue
- In FCP7, the levels are very low, even if I crank up the gain on the Tascam to mid or high and make sure that my levels are hitting the "ideal" triangle mark during monitoring on the Tascam display screen.

I have a shot tomorrow and I would like to have the best audio possible without having to worry about fixing it in post.
Thanks all for your help, feedback, experience and recommendations.


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Eric Toline
Re: Noise issue with Tascam DR-60
on Mar 31, 2014 at 6:29:25 pm

Do you have the DR 60 inputs set for microphone level and are they providing the appropriate DC voltage for the microphones you're using?

Eric

"I push the RECORD button and hope for the best"


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Ty Ford
Re: Noise issue with Tascam DR-60
on Apr 1, 2014 at 1:06:50 am

Hello Ruth and welcome to the Cow Audio Forum.

Try opening the mk iii input as little as possible (one click) and use the line out from the DR60-D to feed the mk iii.

Regards,

Ty Ford
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Ruth Berdah-Canet
Re: Noise issue with Tascam DR-60
on Apr 1, 2014 at 10:45:22 am

Thank you both. I will test these and get back to you on the forum. Good day!


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Paul Goh
Re: Noise issue with Tascam DR-60
on Jul 7, 2014 at 8:08:13 am

I have the very same issue...

So, I recently got myself a Tascam DR60D to work in conjunction with my trusty Rode Video Mic Pro....

The current setup is as such:
my rode Video mic pro( VMP) is mounted ontop of my CANON 6D on the hotshoe. The VMP is set to high pass and +20gain. It goes directly to the Tascam's 3 /4 channel input. From there the Tascam's recording level knob is set to Max. The sound is then routed back from the Tascam's Camera out plug (also set at max 10 level) into the Camera's Mic input..

The audio I got from a recent interview I did with this setup came out sounding soft and not full bodied. I normally have to increase the volume of the clip in Final Cut pro to +4 to get something that sounds acceptable. However, on doing so, the Noise also increases and there is slight clipping of the "voice".

So my question is...which bunch of settings have worked best for you to minimize the background noise but at the same time maintaining a good "voice" volume?

I had tried reducing the levels on the RODE mic and Tascam, but anything less than MAX for all of them would yield very soft results (setting the Rode to "0" level wouldnt not even register a blip on the Tascam's visual Equalizer)

What am I doing wrong? I look to any helpful advice or insight you guys may have.


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Ty Ford
Re: Noise issue with Tascam DR-60
on Jul 7, 2014 at 10:20:33 am
Last Edited By Ty Ford on Jul 7, 2014 at 10:21:20 am

Hello Paul and welcome to the Cow Audio Forum.

My suggestion to Ruth was…

"Try opening the mk iii input as little as possible (one click) and use the line out from the DR60-D to feed the mk iii."

Engaging the high-pass filter on the mic blocks the low frequencies - Think, "pass high means block low."

Try it without the high pass filter engaged and please let us know how that works.

Regards,

Ty Ford
Cow Audio Forum Leader

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