While using an external microphone (mini-jack attachment) i burned out the main-board so now i have absolutely no sound from any external mics usin the mini-jack. The on-board mic works just fine. In order to repalce that I've been asked for $800 which I cannot afford at this time. My question is, if i buy the MA-300 xlr adaptor which fits in the hot-shoe...wil i have external sound? Is the sound input via the mini-jack parts or via the on-board microphone?
I would greatly appreciate any help because right now i am in the middle of shooting a documentary and sound is very important to me..
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Re: Canon XM2 -Burned main-board
Im wondering why it cant be repaired down to componet level as if the servicer has a schematic its probaly not more then a cap a diode or both snf msybr sa resistor as they do have a protection curcuit on thes camcorders that wount let it distroy the Board Maybe you need another servicer??? Im not sure of your queistion on the adaptor But im sure that if you look in your owners manual it will assist you in where to call to get or buy accessorys. Good luck
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The most likely cause for this is a faulty external microphone input jack. They are designed to disable the onboard mics when an external mic is being used. The switch that acomplishes this is probably stuck closed so the camera thinks there is an external microphone attached. This will require major disassembly to repair and can be done fairly inexpensively. However, it's not really a user serviceable problem and should be done by a qualified service technician.
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XM2 is the PAL version of the GL1 and 2, should be able to get it from any Canon parts provider (maybe even e-Bay/craigslist)... by mains do you mean battery? it is the same for the GL1/2 XL1/2 XM1/2 (Canon Part # BP-945)
You cannot simply attach a mike with a 3.5mm jackplug by using an XLR adaptor, the connections are all wrong. The only way to connect an XLR mike to the XM2 is by using an adaptor like the Beachtek XLR adaptor which is a superb bit of kit.
I can't be certain of your problem but may I suggest possibilities? I wonder if the adaptor you bought was a stereo adaptor. If it looks like a larger version of the original plug then fine, if it has only the one long metal contact along the pin and then the tip separately, it is a mono adaptor. Using this on a stereo mike would work but it would be combining both channels into one which would degrade the sound and could give rise to your noise issues.
If you have got an adaptor that is stereo, is it just the push in type? You can get adaptors that have a threaded barrel to screw the adaptor to the normal plug to lock them together tightly. If it hasn't got that, I would try putting the adaptor on the mike's 3.5mm plug and then taping it together to hold them very tightly together. This will stop minute movements between the two causing buzzing and other noises.
I hope you find that of some help, my apologies if not.
The only way to really tell if the buit in mic. is bad is to replace the mic or plug another one in the external mic. jack. Also use the input (red and white) RCA jacks and input a signal from a stereo or TV into it and record. If still no sound then its probably Bad capacitors in the sound processor Printed Circuit board. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news but mostly all of older camcorders suffer from this breakdown fault. Good luck
yes you need to connect to the input jack:
if it wont work there is probeblya burned capacitor from the boosting