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    • #43945
      cybor462
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      Hi all. Just starting a business and wondered what all you guys use for on location audio recording. I am not very skilled and I am trying to learn.

      I know a recorder is needed and wondered what you would suggest. I am on a limited budget right now. I know I will need a wireless mic so the recorder would have to work with it.

      I saw some 8 track recorders on B+H photo but I am not sure if they are what I should use.

      Any help?

      http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/534310-REG/Tascam_DP_02CF_DP_02CF_Eight_Track_CompactFlash_Digital.html

      http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/414599-REG/Fostex_MR8_HD_MR_8HD_8_Track_Desktop.html

      http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/414598-REG/Fostex_MR8_MKII_MR8_MKII_8_Track_Portable.html

      these are a few I can afford. Any suggestions

      also any wireless mic models I should use would be great.

      If this is in the wrong place let me know.

      Thanks

    • #184153
      NewBirthProductions
      Participant

      http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/534310-REG/Tascam_DP_02CF_DP_02CF_Eight_Track_CompactFlash_Digital.htmlThis is not a 8 track recorder, it’s a 2 track recorder that can capture up to 8 tracks but only 2 at a time. it is useless for video use.

      http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/414599-REG/Fostex_MR8_HD_MR_8HD_8_Track_Desktop.html

      this one is a 4 track recorder but still i would not use it for video, plus this unit requires it to be plugged into a wall.

      Just starting out the audio on your cam will work just fine, later when you make some money you can add a backup audio device, still you will not need more tracks then is on your camera. I use the M Audio Micro Track II http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/MicroTrack2/ If you plan on recording bands a lot, that will cost you a few grand. Your want a cam with Genlock and a muti-track system with genlock so that you can sync the audio and video.

    • #184154
      NewBirthProductions
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      What do you mean by wireless? a Wireless hand held? a lapel, or a fancy voice box mic.

      Just starting out with a tight budget, this is not a bad system:

      http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/564559-REG/Azden_325ULH_325ULH_Dual_Channel_Portable_Wireless.html

      Keep in mind this is a low end rig, the audio quality is good but the build quality on this unit is poor. it will feel like a toy, and try and prevent your client from sitting on it. one nice feature i do like about Azden that I wish sony would do is that you can get a adpater for the lapel transmitter and plug it into a mixer. that way if you shoot event you can maybe convence the tech into plugging this unit into his tape out and you’ll have audio pumped right into your cam.

    • #184155
      cybor462
      Participant

      What do you mean by wireless? a Wireless hand held? a lapel, or a fancy voice box mic. Just starting out with a tight budget, this is not a bad system: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/564559-REG/Azden_325ULH_325ULH_Dual_Channel_Portable_Wireless.html Keep in mind this is a low end rig, the audio quality is good but the build quality on this unit is poor. it will feel like a toy, and try and prevent your client from sitting on it. one nice feature i do like about Azden that I wish sony would do is that you can get a adpater for the lapel transmitter and plug it into a mixer. that way if you shoot event you can maybe convence the tech into plugging this unit into his tape out and you’ll have audio pumped right into your cam.

      Hi Sorry I was not clear. Yes a lapel, and a handheld. I think the unit you showed will be good. That recorder you use will the wireless mics plug into it?

      Another stupid question will the wireless receiver plug into the camera too?

      I need to really get my head into this stuff. I think it is great this forum is here. Really helps the beginner like me.

      I have a zillion other questions, like what tripod would you suggest. I have the Panasonic AG-HVX2005A I would like a decent tripod.

      Also I would like a shotgun mic. for the camera any suggestions? I do have some outside funding and I would like to try to get as much needed stuff as I can with it.

      I also need a light kit, I guess used here would be ok. Any suggestions on which I should look for?

      Thanks for all the help.

      Jim

    • #184156
      NewBirthProductions
      Participant

      If you mean the AG-HVX200A then that’s a very sweet rig. the AZden 325 has a unbalance 1/8″ output, the Maudio Micro Track II has a unbalance 1/8″ input. the AG-hvx200a has both a XLR and RCA inputs, you will need a 1/8″ to RCA male to connect the AZden 325 to your rig, you can get those at Radio shack.

      TheAG-HVX200A has 2 audio channels so the AZden 325 with a Micro Track II for a backup will work very well with theAG-HVX200A. When setting up the Microtrack II for backup set the audio levels -6 db less then the levels on your cam, and your cam should peak at -12 db

    • #184157
      EarlC
      Member

      I also recommended the Zoom H2 digital recorder on your other thread – “Dig Audio Recorders.”

    • #184158
      cybor462
      Participant

      Yes it is the AG-HVX200A sorry I was looking at an ad for that but is was the gray market 205A which after reading here I decided to stay away from. I did get a new 200A and yes it is a very nice rig. I need to learn how it all works now.

      Thanks guys for all the help.

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