I've come up with an "accidental" solution for making a feed to video
recorders. I somewhere came up with four Jensen RCA-RCA stereo ISOMax
transformer isolators. I took one apart and put the board into a
slightly larger case to act as a protection box for my Audio Technica
AT822 "DAT Mic" in a phantom environment. I've grown to dislike that mic
a good deal, so the box is now available.
It has a female XLR with unbalanced stereo on it and two male XLRs with
balanced mono on them.
I run the outputs of the Sound Devices 722 (which are adjustable) into
the box and then run the miniplug cable out to the camera, using the
appropriate number of XLR cables. I need the TA3F cables to XLR-M cables
that I got with the 722 (and always carry with it), plus a pair of F-F
The biggest headache is getting the levels right with their AGC, which
is usually not defeatable.
What I have also done is provided a "wild" recording for them to sync
in, but the one time they tried it, they weren't able to have their
track and mine in whatever software they were using so they had to do
the syncing visually which took a long time.
I would have thought they could have just put the two tracks together
and then done small time adjustment to mine, but oh well.
Thankfully the orchestra member whose husband was doing this changed
orchestras, so I have put this "kit" away for now, but a mic in the back
of my church is an invitation to muddy sound. Most of the recordings are
done just with the DPA pair right behind the conductor.
Here you can see one of our recent holiday concerts.
The main pair was behind the conductor and another omni pair was over
the choir (which sang a cappella) and was recorded on a separate
recorder. No video feeds on Saturday.
On 2010-12-19 4:21 PM, Lou Judson wrote:
> As a live sound mixer who is often called pon to provide a sound feed
> to performers' cameras, any cmera with no LINE level input is a toy to
> me. I refuse to carry the extra gear it would take to send mic level
> to a video - if they don't bring professional gear just use your own mic!
Richard L. Hess email: [log in to unmask]
Aurora, Ontario, Canada (905) 713 6733 1-877-TAPE-FIX
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