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Todd TerryRe: Deciding Between Buying Audio or Software Equipment?
by on Feb 6, 2011 at 7:24:33 am

[Jason Jenkins] "Are you running your mic into an amp/mixer"

Hi Jason...

No, not at all... we don't use any mixer or amp.

We just plug mics right into either a camera, or the recorder (depending on what format we are shooting).

We almost always just use a single boom mic, so there's no need for a mixer. We've had no pre-amp noise from either camera or recorder, the built-in pre-amps seem to work fine. And the cameras and recorders we use all output 48v phantom power, so they can power the mic without need for phantom power from a mixer (or other phantom source).

The only gear in that neighborhood that we sometimes use is a Shure headphone amp, but that's purely so a boom operator can monitor the sound directly from the mic... the mic level line just loops straight through it before it reaches the camera or recorder, and provides him jacks for headphones.


Todd Terry
Creative Director
Fantastic Plastic Entertainment, Inc.

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