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Microphone wiring for DV camera

I would like to know the correct wiring sequence to use a sennheiser Me66/k6 on a Canon Xl-1s. That is from the K6 XLR output into the XLR input on the Canon M100 adapter that in turn feeds into Audio One inpot Thanks Chris Owen

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Re: Microphone wiring for DV camera

On both xlr connection, you can see numbers on the plug from the out side and the inside. number 1,2 and three. 1 is for the ground, 2 for the hot wire and 3 is for the return, just match numbers. if you switch them, it will not work. just make sure one to one and so forth. good luck

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