XLR Adapters

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    • #41416
      Avatarhgnacik
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      I’m using a SONY DCR VX 2100 to shoot my events. I havea request to videotape a concert and am looking to patch into the auditoriums sound system.As the camera has a mini plug for external audio, I wiill need to make the appropriate connections to convert toXLR.Has anyone out there used an XLR adapterfor similar use? If so, what adapter did you use and what did you like or not like about it? Any suggestions for what to use??

  • #175738
    AvatarAnonymous
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    Not sure about the best price so shop around but this is the type of thing you need:

    http://www.audiogear.com/cgi-bin/shopper.cgi?key=AdptFxMsm&preadd=action

    The one shown is a foot long but you can, of course, connect that to an XLR extension cable that will then connect to the audio source.

  • #175739
    Avatarhgnacik
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    How is this adapter different from the XLR BP Pro and other similar products that cost considerably more (approx. $160.00) other than the fact thatthey allow youto connect 2 or 3 XLR inputs???

  • #175740
    AvatarAnonymous
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    Ah, sorry – I thought you meant a simple connector that will connect your camera’s 3.5mm input socket to an XLR out from a mixer, or whatever. Having thought about it, though, that would only give you mono audio to one channel (or mono to both – not sure), so that isn’t what you want, is it? I didn’t think that through properly, sorry…

    This thread may be of interest:

    http://dvinfo.net/conf/archive/index.php/t-64896.html

  • #175741
    Avatarhgnacik
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    Thanks J_O_N

  • #175742
    AvatarAnonymous
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    There are a couple ways around this issue. I use an XLR wireless system. The plug-in TX for the handheld mic can be adapted to the mixers XLR output. So, instead of running trip cables everywhere, you can do the wireless feed. Yes you will need to get the XLR RX’s output to mini with adapters. Radio Shack carries a lot of these. Another option is to take the monitor(headphone) output on the RX to the cameras input. Some mixers have monitor outputs that are phono. Used for headsets, these can be tinkered with. Try 1/4′ mono or stereo splitters here. Going wireless has made my life a lot easier in these cases.

    http://catalogs.infocommiq.com/avcat/CTL1845/index.cfm/SID/0/mrc_id/1845/mlc_id/324/ProdID/361860.htm

  • #175743
    AvatarSpencerStewart
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    I’m not the authority about this, but I know a little bit about the difference between the little cable adapter and the expensive $100+ adapters:

    XLR cables, by design are balanced, protecting them from interference from electrical fields. 1/8 inch cables (like the mic input on your camera) are not balanced (i believe).

    Thats why we never see people using boom mikes with a thin little 1/8 inch cable. For a short distance though, 1/8 inch cables fit the bill.

    When you use the cheap cable adapter with an XLR cable, the whole system becomes unbalanced (in my understanding. please correct me if i’m wrong!), so there’s higher risk of interference.

    With the little expensive “box” adapters, it keeps the system balanced, and helps to prevent interference.

    I’ve been using the cheap adapter with a RODE ntg2 and it works great, but i have to careful around power cables and etc. When you plug in the charger to the camera, the adapter picks up noise.

    hope that made sense and was a somewhat correctexplanation:)

  • #175744
    Avatarhgnacik
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    I don’t quite understand the suggestions. Using my SONY VX 2100, if I want to patch in to the sound systemof an auditorium, church, etc., will the XLR BP Pro allow me to do so? Will I need anything else?

  • #175745
    AvatarAnonymous
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    Found this the other day and thought you may be interested – sounds like this guy is doing the same as what you want to do:

    http://www.dvinfo.net/conf/showthread.php?t=109516

  • #175746
    Avatarswat791
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    I’m using a Sony FX-1 it also had the 1/8″ mini-jack you are talking about.

    I bought a Beachtek Audio(model DXA-4) adapter (http://www.beachtek.com/prod.html) to be able to hook up XLR devices to my camera. I am able to use botha shotgun mic and a wireless mic together if I need or just one device.

    Also some wireless mics (like the Sony UWPC1 I use) have the ability or change the cable from a XLR to a 1/8″ mini jack. The with the audio techs at the event your going to record at this is possiable.

    Search on line for someone who makes 1/8″ male mini jack to female XLR like this (http://msrpk.com/adapters.htm)

  • #175747
    Avatarswat791
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    I was browsing B and H photo catalog (http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/423360-REG/Hosa_MIT156_MIT_156_Low_to_High.html) and came across this…

  • #175748
    Avatarhgnacik
    Participant

    Thanks swat91.Based onyour info,if I’m looking to use an XLR microphone and connect it to my SONY VX 2100 (mini jack)I could get away with the Hosa – MIT 156 but if I’m looking to input2 microphones or patch into an auditorium sound system, I’ll need the Beachtek DX-4? Is that right?

  • #175749
    Avatarswat791
    Participant

    hgnacik, that is correct.

    I recommend, depending on your budget, to go ahead and get theBeachtek DXA-4.

    This willgive you more flexabilityin how you can record audio later down the road with future projects. I have not been disappointed in my chioce to go with the Beachtek adapter.

    Donnie

  • #175750
    Avatarhgnacik
    Participant

    Thanks swat91. That’s exactly what I wanted to know. Did you consider the Studio1 XLR BP Pro?

  • #175751
    Avatarswat791
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    I looked at it… I noticed that the Studio 1 only had a belt clip.

    I went with the Beachtek since I could mount it to the bottom of the camera andstill use a tripod.
    I use my camera for hunting videos and the Beachtek for me was the way to go.I often lower, raise and shoot around things and am moving through brush, or in elevated stands, so I wanted a adapter thatI didn’t have toworry aboutfalling off my belt of snagging cables on brush.

    I’m pleased with the Beachteck…

  • #175752
    Avatarhgnacik
    Participant

    swat91. Thanks for your help.

  • #175753
    Avatarswat791
    Participant

    your welcome

  • #175754
    AvatarAnonymous
    Inactive

    Here’s a summary of what I’ve found:

    http://www.beachtek.com – Mounts to camera. Various passive adapters. Some with phantom and audio meter. New unit with preamp (DXA6HD).

    http://www.juicedlink.com – Mounts to camera. All include preamplifier. Options include phantom, 2-4 XLR inputs, audio meter.

    http://www.studio1productions.com – Doesn’t mount to camera, and no phantom or preamp option. Option for 3 XLR input. Plastic case.

    http://www.signvideo.com – Mounts to camera. No phantom or preamp option. 1 and 2 XLR input options.

  • #175755
    Avatarfaqvideo
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    The sound feed is probably at LINE level. Your camera input is set for the MIC level. Therefore you will need LINE/MIC adapter as well. It may look like a barrel connector with XLR’s on both ends and some electronivs inside.

    Those beachtek boxes seem to do the job, but I have never tried them.

    FAQ Video

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