Hi guys, I've an Azden SMX-10 which has a lot of hiss when the camera (HDC-SD900) is set at 0db on the mic input channel. When the Azden is turned off the noise level is reduced slightly - when it's turned on - the hiss levels increase.
I'm wondering what the best way to handle this is - either:
1) Record at 0db with the hiss & higher sound levels
2) Turn the Mic input down to <= -24db at which point the hiss is reduced - but also, so are the sound levels. At -24, speaking from 4 feet away, though audible on headphones barely registers on the camera db meter.
For number 1 - I'd be aiming at removing hiss in post - for 2) I'd be needing to increase the volume of the sound recording in post (which presumably would also increase the background noise as well).
Given the situation, what's my best approach to get the highest quality sound recording with the least hiss. I'm mainly recording speaking in quiet locations, so hiss is very noticeable.