Setting up the various audio modes on the XL H1 camcorder
Article ID: ART125203 | Date published: 05/12/2015 | Date last updated: 08/14/2015
 

Description

Setting up the various audio modes on the XL H1 camcorder

Solution

Audio Recording Setup

Audio Lock

Selecting the Audio Mode

Recording on Channels 1 and 2

Recording on Channels 3 and 4

Connecting to the Advanced Accessory Shoe

Connecting to the RCA terminals of AUDIO2 (Line-in Recording)

When Connecting AUDIO2 to the XLR terminals

Adjusting the Audio Recording Level

When recording on the tape in either HDV or DV standard, you can select to record audio in only two channels or all four channels simultaneously.

HDV Recording

The audio transfer rate is 384 Kbps when recording on 2 channels, and 384 Kbps (192 Kbps / 2 channels) when recording on all 4 channels. The sampling frequency is 48 kHz in all modes. Audio dubbing cannot be performed with this camcorder.

SD Recording

You can choose to record in 16 bit audio mode (sampling frequency 48 kHz), or 12 bit audio mode (sampling frequency 32 kHz). When recording in 12 bit audio mode, you can further select to record on only 2 channels - leaving two channels free for audio dubbing later; or to record on all 4 channels simultaneously.

Tape Recording Standard

Setting Option

Audio Recording Mode

Sampling Frequency

HDV

2CH

MPEG1 Audio Layer2 (384 kbps)

48 kHz

4CH

MPEG2 Audio Layer2 (384 kbps)

DV (SD)

48kHz 2CH

PCM 16 bit

32kHz 2CH

PCM 12 bit

32 kHz

32kHz 4CH

Audio Lock

DV (SD) Mode only.

You can select to lock the sampling rates of audio and video to record them in a synchronized fashion (LOCK MODE), or to record them independently of each other (UNLOCK MODE). HDV audio is only locked.

Open the menu and select [AUDIO SETUP]. Select [AUDIO LOCK], select a setting option and close the menu. From the [AUDIO SETUP] menu you may also select [ON] or [OFF] for the wind screen.

Selecting the Audio Mode (16bit, 12bit CH , 12bit CH , )

Press the <MENU> button to open the menu and select [AUDIO SETUP]. Select [AUDIO MODE], select a setting option and close the menu.

Recording on Channels 1 and 2

Select the audio input from FRONT MIC (supplied microphone unit), AUDIO1 (RCA terminals) or REAR (XLR terminals).

When Using the Front Microphone

Set the <INPUT SELECT> switch to FRONT MIC.
Turn on the microphone attenuator (20 dB) as necessary by setting the FRONT MIC ATT. switch to ATT.

When Connecting to the RCA terminals of AUDIO1 (Line-in Recording)

  1. Connect the device to the RCA terminals of AUDIO1.

  2. Set the <INPUT SELECT> switch to <AUDIO1>.

When Connecting to the XLR terminals

  1. Connect a microphone to the XLR terminals.
    To supply a microphone with phantom power, set the +48V switch next to the XLR terminals to <ON>. Make sure to connect the microphone first, before turning on the phantom power. Keep the microphone connected when turning off the phantom power.

  2. Set the <INPUT SELECT> switch to <REAR>.

  3. Set the <REC CH SELECT> switch to <CH1> or <CH1?CH2>.

  4. Turn on the microphone attenuator (20 dB) as necessary by setting the <MIC ATT.> switch to <ATT>.

  5. For 12dB gain-up: Press the <MENU> button to open the menu and select [AUDIO SETUP]. Select [R-XLR GAINUP], set it to [12dB] and close the menu.

When connecting a microphone not supporting phantom power, make sure to set the +48V switch to <OFF>. Otherwise the microphone may be damaged.

Recording on Channels 3 and 4

Select the audio input from <SHOE> (optional MA-300 Microphone Adapter), <AUDIO2> (RCA terminals) or <REAR> (XLR terminals).
Make sure to set [AUDIO MODE] to [12bit CH , ].

When Connecting to the Advanced Accessory Shoe

  1. Attach the optional MA-300 Microphone Adapter to the advanced accessory shoe.
    - With the MA-300, you can use balanced (XLR) microphones on all 4 channels.
    - Refer also to the MA-300 instruction manual.

  2. Set the <INPUT SELECT> switch to <SHOE>.

  • Phantom power cannot be used with the MA-300.
  • MA-100 and MA-200 cannot be used.

When Connecting to the RCA terminals of AUDIO2 (Line-in Recording)

  1. Connect the device to the RCA terminals of AUDIO2.

  2. Set the <INPUT SELECT> switch to AUDIO2.

When Connecting AUDIO2 to the XLR terminals

  1. Connect a microphone to the XLR terminals.
    To supply a microphone with phantom power, set the +48V switch to <ON>. Make sure to connect the microphone first, before turning on the phantom power. Keep the microphone connected when turning off the phantom power.

  2. Set the <INPUT SELECT> switch to <REAR>.

  3. Turn on the microphone attenuator (20 dB) as necessary by setting the <MIC ATT.> switch to ATT.

  4. For 12 dB gain-up: Press the <MENU> button to open the menu and select [AUDIO SETUP]. Select [R-XLR GAINUP], set it to [12dB] and close the menu.

When connecting a microphone not supporting phantom power, make sure to set the +48V switch to <OFF>. Otherwise the microphone may be damaged.

Adjusting the Audio Recording Level

Hiding/Displaying the Audio Level Indicator on the Screen

Press the <MENU> button to open the menu and select [DISPLAY SETUP/]. Select [AUDIO LEVEL], select a setting option and close the menu.
The audio level indicator can also be turned on/off with the custom key.

Automatic Audio Adjustments

Set the <REC LEVEL> switch to A.

Manual Audio Adjustments

  1. Set the <REC LEVEL> switch to M.

  2. When recording on 4 channels, press the <AUDIO MONITOR> button and select CH1/2 or CH3/4.
    The setting changes with each press of the button in the order of CH1/2, CH3/4, CH1+3/2+4. Do not select CH1+3/2+4 when adjusting the level.

  3. Turn the respective CH1, CH2, CH3 or CH4 dial to adjust the audio level.

  • We recommend using headphones when adjusting the audio level. If the input level is too high, audio may become distorted even if the audio level indicator is displaying an appropriate level.
  • You can select to synchronize the audio signal with the video signal by adding an equal amount of delay to the audio. Open the menu and select [AUDIO SETUP]. Select [AUD.M.SET], set it to [LINE OUT] and close the menu. If you wish to monitor audio in real time, select [NORMAL]. In either setting, audio and video signals will be recorded synchronized on a tape.

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