I need advice on specific audio connectors. I've read several threads on here, but I would still like confirmation before I spend my $, as I am an audio newb.
Threads I looked at before asking these questions:
- The "Compendium of Solutions" thread
- Guy asking about RCA-to-minijack solutions
- A similar question to mine
- and others
I have been recording spoken word poetry at this bar for a while, and converting it to videos for YouTube. The bar has an HVAC system that the human ear filters out, but which sounds quite loud on the videos.
I have some videos up here if you want to see (hear) what I mean:
What I Have Now
Currently, I have the following system:
A Shure Beta 58a mic, plugged into a Behringer EUROPOWER PMP518M Powered Mixer. 10-12 feet away, I'm recording with an HV20 and a Rode VideoMic.
Large image of the Behringer mixer
Behringer mixer manual
I want to try running sound to the camera off of my mixer. As I understand it, I need to make sure that the cables carry a strong "line level" signal to the camera, in particular so that I can turn down the pre-amp in the camera (not sure how one does this), because it kind of sucks. At the same time, I don't want to send too strong (or "hot") a signal to the camera, because the sound will be crappy then, too (will it damage the camera? I don't know). So I need to not only get sound to the camera, but provide the right level of sound.
Just to be clear, I am not worried (at this point) about portability. I have plenty of power outlets, and no need to move the camera. So it doesn't matter to me how small/battery operated things are, although ideally if I can mount stuff on my tripod (a Velbon DV-7000) so much the better.
What I Think I Need to Buy
Basically, I need to get from the REC OUT (RCA) output of the Behringer mixer to the 1/8" input of the HV20.
I have read that the best solution for a cable of any length is XLR. This gets me down to:
1. Something to turn the stereo RCA jacks into XLR
2. Something to translate the XLR into a 1/8" minijack for the HV20, without (and here is where my audio ignorance shows) "overloading" the HV20's input.
3. Make sure the levels are right
Number 2 seems to be solved by any of these:
- BeachTek DXA-2s: 2 x female XLR, around $190
- BeachTek DXA-6vu: 2 x female xlr, around $350
- JuicedLink CX231: 2 x female XLR, around $300
That leaves me with the need to get from the stereo rca jacks to an XLR input. I have to admit that at this point I have a dumb question:
- Am I looking for a cable that has two (male) RCA connectors on one end, and one XLR on the other end (like 10-155-1 in this picture), or two RCS connectors to two XLR cables (like these, only I'd get longer ones)?
Or is that a question that's decided by my mic setup? Recall that I am using a single Shure B58a to get the sound in the first place.
I think that's it. A specialised cable, and one of the XLR adapter/preamp things.
Can someone tell me how I'd go about choosing among the three adapters above? Are there any considerations I am forgetting?
Thanks for any help you can provide!