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External stereo mic into camcorder not recording audio

We have just bought the Canon XM2 camcorder and an external Hama DM-65 stereo mic that has a 1/4" jack. The camcorder has a 3.5mm input. I bought an adapter and when we tested it, occasionally the sound was great, sometimes buzzing then it cut out altogether. A friend suggested that those audio adapters are notorious for breaking all the time. So I bought an XLR to 3.5mm lead, thinking this would be better than some lousy adapter. With it, the sound levels go up and down as if the audio coming in is fine, but no sound records at all. I also tried a 1/4" to 3.5mm Monster cable from the iStore together with the original 1/4" Hama mic lead, and nothing. I have looked in the manual and it doesn't say anywhere that should change anything in the setup when I put in an external mic, as when a mic is plugged in, the internal mic automatically cuts out. We have done some filming already and the built in mic is fine when recording. Is it because I am not using Canon products, I wonder? It is driving me nuts!

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Rob Barron

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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. Rob

Posted on Apr 25, 2007

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