Beachtek DX4

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steve5
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Joined: May 20 2006

Hi All
Just bought a Beachtek adapter for my HV 30, apart from it doing a nice job with the audio it also fits very well under the camera and gives me the correct amount of weight to keep the camera steady, if any one owns one of these small cameras they will know how hard it is to get a stable hand held shot. Anyway I was wondering if anyone else is using the Beachtek and what type of manual settings they are using on the camera to get a clear acceptable enough sound. I have only just started playing around with the Beachtek, it does clean up the sound quite a bit but my audio levels do seem to be a bit on the low side.
The XLR mic I use is a cheap shotgun mic off ebay, I suppose a better quality mic would improve the level of sound recorded. Any comments please.
Cheers Steve

Gavin Gration
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The DX4 is passive - the camera controls the levels - with the camera audio record level set to full is the level still too low?

If the level is too low - i.e. won't come right in post - then the mic is possibly no good.

Some mics need phantom power (which the DX4 doesn't offer) or an AA battery.

Is the mic battery OK?

If you have a dynamic shotgun mic (not powered) then you may be stuffed - they're not great.

caryjoy
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Joined: May 10 2005

You need a better mic. Cost effective are the Rode mics dependent upon what type of sound you are recording. My preference is the Sennheiser range of mics ME66, ME64 or ME414 with K6P Powering modules. Yes becomes expensive but well worth it.

MAGLINK
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Joined: Mar 8 2007

Dont forget to look at my fave small mic the AT 875!:D

steve5
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Joined: May 20 2006
Beachtek

Yes you are correct it is the mic, I have just borrowed a Sennheiser ME66 from our media department at work and I now stand in awe at this amazing mic, it works superb with the Beachtek the sound quality is amazing, my cheap mic has now gone in the bin and I will have to save some pennies before I can afford one. I have been trying for ages to get pro sound on my HV 30 and now I know how to get it. Hee hee hee
Cheers Steve