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Chapter 2. Capturing High-Quality Audio > Fitting a Square Peg into a Round Hol...

Fitting a Square Peg into a Round Hole

If you want to use a high-end microphone with your camcorder, you’ll have to find a way to convert from the XLR cable to the 3.5mm connector on your camera. Let’s explore two alternative ways to achieve this.

The first is a “line-matching transformer” from Radio Shack—specifically the A3F XLR Jack-to-¼” Plug Adapter/Transformer (part number 274-016c). Since this product outputs to a ¼” plug, I added a ¼”-to-3.5mm converter (part number 274-875A) to connect to my camcorder. The total cost was less than $20, not including the XLR cable. This rig is shown in Figure 2.4.


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