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Noam Osband
Which audio is better: with the audio attenuator on or off?
on Jan 23, 2015 at 9:57:51 pm

I'm using a Rode NTG-3 with my Canon-XA 10. It's a hot mic and I've had clipping issues in the past. I usually use the attenuator. I'm curious if this is always the best move.

Here is audio from the same interview. Some of it with the attenuator on and some of it with it off. Which is better? Is the attenuator on good enough? It's a weaker signal....but it doesn't ever clip.

Attenuator on: 8441_withaudioattenuatron.aif.zip

Attenuator off: 8442_audioattenuatoroff.aif.zip


Thoughts?


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Richard Crowley
Re: Which audio is better: with the audio attenuator on or off?
on Jan 24, 2015 at 5:37:25 am

Without even listening to the samples, clipping is ALWAYS to be avoided. Attenuating is only ONE method of avoiding clipping.

Of course, if you attenuate, then you must deal with the lower audio levels, which move you closer to the OTHER side of the road, where faint sounds can run into the "mud" (noise floor).


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