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  1. Hi!
    First post - first question: I want to record my daughter playing piano and the sound quality could be better. So I wanted to connect my microphone to the Canon HF100 camcorder in order to improve that. However, the camcorder doesnt record any sounds then. I have tried two external microphones so far:
    Sennheiser e935
    Rode NT1-A
    They are usually made to record singing and they are then connected to a mixer.
    I bought myself an XLR female to mini-cinch cable to connect the microphone to the camcorder.

    Where is my error? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    Alex
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  2. Some mics need phantom power. You might check on that.
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  3. Yes i checked that. The Rode could need that. However the Sennheiser should work without phantom power...
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    johnmeyer is right.

    the hf100 can only use self powered external mics or the canon shoe attachment mic. xlr type mics aren't going to work.
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    does the sennheiser have it's own battery? i don't think so, but i've been wrong before.
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    The Rode does need phantom power. Be mindful of what kind of connection is expected - balanced/unbalanced, mono/stereo, input/output/io, as the pinouts on cams use them in a variety of ways. That's why there is diff between ts/trs/trrs.
    Note: nature of phantom power REQUIRES balanced input. So if you are adapting bal->unbal it won't work for true condensers.

    Suggestion: optimal postioning for cam is often NOT optimal positioning for mic. Keep them separate. In fact, just do double system (use a zoom h2/h4n or something) and marry them in post.


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