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Re: Shotgun mic Vs on-board mics

Subject: Re: Shotgun mic Vs on-board mics
From: madl74
Date: Thu Jul 17, 2014 5:58 am ((PDT))
> I have had a Sony PCM M10 for several years and I recently purchased a Ro=
de NTG2 shotgun mic. It works and both channels show equal recording levels=
, but I am disappointed to find that the actual decibal levels shown are qu=
ite a bit lower than when I just use the on-board microphones.


This has been answered, but another reason for lower level nay be impedance=

matching. You can get over this by using a matching pre-amp, but low level=

is not a problem except perhaps for listening at the time of recording.

One of the things I bang on about with digital recording is that it is
better to record low than risk hitting the limiter with unexpected loud
sounds. Peaking to as low as -20DB is fully recoverable afterwards.

The best check is the pile of bedclothes test. Record "silence" with both
setups in a quiet room under absorbent material and listen to the hiss
levels at high gain afterwards.

As has been said, recorded volume is not the problem, it is the relation of=

bird to hiss which sets the limit.

David Brinicombe

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