Thanks again for your replies to my postings on
rec.video.production. I hope you don't mind me
responding directly to you (with yet another question)
regarding your last reply.
I think I'm just about sold on trying to get the
AT822. I'm still a little concerned about whether it
would be overwhelmed by the loud music I'm recording
if I just plug it directly into the mic input of my
There are three issues with this mic it is physically very
long, and may either hit you in the head or stick into the
lens view if on top the TRV38; it may itself not be able to
accept high sound levels without distortion; it will likely
cause excessive compression of the TRV38 audio (AGC) unless
its output is low, or unless a mic pad is placed between the
AT-822 and the camera...
So, I'm also considering the advice you and Ron gave
about the Beachtek DXA4S adapter as a way to control
the input volume from the mic.
If it accepts mini-plug inputs, this may work; if not, the
822 also comes in an XLR version, I think... But by the time you
put all this gear on the camera, it may dwarf the camera...
My question is - if I only use one AT822 mic plugged
into the Beachtek device am I'm going to lose the
stereo sound from the mic?
Because of the design (MS), it cannot operate well
as a mono mic. I don't know what connections are available
on the beachtek, so you may need the XLR mic version.
Better may be to use the mini-plug version of the
mic with a home-made mic pad, and adjust the values by
experiment to get close to what you need...
In looking at the downloadable instructions for the
DXA4S, it says that when using only one mic, to flip
the switch to mono. I wasn't sure if that meant that
the feed from the adapter would only come from the one
input you've plugged into or if it truly means that
what's passed to the camera would only be in one
channel. Of course that wouldn't do at all.
No. I think the XLR version of the mic has two XLRs
(awkward...), but if only one, it will not work with
the Beachtek, I think... Much as people hate mini-plugs,
they are tiny, and stereo...
Thanks again for time and advice - it's much
P.S. I've been checking out some of the pictures on
your website. I really like the fisheye pictures of
places but so far my favorites are the bugs. Great