Community Theater Audio Issues

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      shmitty
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      I am working on recording performances for my local community theater. The performances take place in church, and we run our own house mics through the churches audio system. I am trying to figure out the best way to get a good recording of this audiou for use in video production.

      Being community theater, the budget is pretty limited. As far as I can tell, my options are:

      1. Hook the sound board to a camera with an external audio or microphone input. I know this takes attenuators for the mic, but the trouble is that the sound board is not in a convenient place to have a camera for recording purposes.

      2. Get an audio recorder of some kind. This seems like a great option, but I am at a loss of what to get. Are there any inexpensive options available?. I would like something I can just plug into an output of the churches mixing board and record.

      3. Record using a laptop. I think I can just get a midi hook up for my laptop and hook into the sound board with that, but again, I am just not too sure what the best equipment would be?

      Any help or advice would be appreciated.

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      Anonymous
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      shmitty Wrote:

      1. Hook the sound board to a camera with an external audio or microphone input. I know this takes attenuators for the mic, but the trouble is that the sound board is not in a convenient place to have a camera for recording purposes.

      Is the sound board not in a convenient place or is it just that you’ve never had a camera nearby before? I’d check this out and see if you can put a camera there and get interesting/good coverage.

      2. Get an audio recorder of some kind. This seems like a great option, but I am at a loss of what to get. Are there any inexpensive options available?. I would like something I can just plug into an output of the churches mixing board and record.

      This seems like a good option, maybe a small four-track recorder so you can add an additional mic or two for audience noise.

      Record using a laptop.

      This could work if you run an output from the mixer to the line/mic in.

      I think I can just get a midi hook up for my laptop and hook into the sound board with that, but again, I am just not too sure what the best equipment would be?

      MIDI is for Musical Instrument (Digital Interface), it is designed for taking digital instrument playback (live or prerecorded) and using it to generate either playback on a different instrument or waveform creation, it is not for recording/playing back audio waveforms. MIDI would not suit your needs.

    • #175709
      shmitty
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      tonsofpcs Wrote:

      shmitty Wrote:

      1. Hook the sound board to a camera with an external audio or microphone input. I know this takes attenuators for the mic, but the trouble is that the sound board is not in a convenient place to have a camera for recording purposes.

      Is the sound board not in a convenient place or is it just that you’ve never had a camera nearby before? I’d check this out and see if you can put a camera there and get interesting/good coverage.

      The sound board is just not in a good place. I tried having a camera there during a tech reharsal, but the angle was poor and prone to catching the audience in the shot.

      2. Get an audio recorder of some kind. This seems like a great option, but I am at a loss of what to get. Are there any inexpensive options available?. I would like something I can just plug into an output of the churches mixing board and record.

      This seems like a good option, maybe a small four-track recorder so you can add an additional mic or two for audience noise.

      Record using a laptop.

      This could work if you run an output from the mixer to the line/mic in.

      After a little time I am looking at this unit:

      http://www.m-audio.com/products/en_us/FireWireSolo-main.html

      Coupled with my MacBook. I think it will do the job nicely. Although I would prefer to find something a bit less spendy.

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