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Ty Ford
Re: Doubts on why use a mixer
on May 2, 2014 at 12:37:12 pm

Hello Juan and welcome to the Cow Audio Forum.

Eric is correct. Sound quality wise your 702 is great.

There may be operational differences that may make a difference….

8 reasons for a mixer in front of a camera.

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 mixers 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 waste money on them.

You can use Y-connectors for dynamic mics, but you have no ability to change the volume level individually.

Regards,

Ty Ford

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