There're several methods to obtain good sound at event. The best known way is to hook up directly to the location sound board. However, there're situations that it is not possible to do so. Here's our next best solution.
Throughout the years, we have been continue to search for the best possible way to obtain good sound at wedding receptions. As we all know, the best way is to connect your camcorder mic input directly to the DJ's sound board. However, there're times that is not possible. Here's some potential issue,
Some DJs are not easy to work with. They do not want other people plug cords into their mixer Ground-loop humming sound may be recorded You have to prepare different type of connectors/cables such as RCA, XLR, etc Might not be able to record a lot of live audience response and ambiance sound.
We interviewed 5 wedding DJ's about this. There of them were okay but two do not want to be bothered at wedding reception.
I was once asked for $50 by a DJ to connect to his sound board!
Using on-camera shotgun would be an okay solution. However, sometimes speakers are set up on the side or at the back. Worst scenario is, when the wedding MC decided to grab the mic and walk around interviewing guest. All we can record will be some muffle sound since the shotgun mic are not pointing at the sound source.
We have to come up a solution that can overcome this situation. We placed a portable sound recorder on top of the speaker. To avoid the vibration to be recorded, a small wired lav mic will be hanging in front of the speaker.
We put this setup to a test at a wedding. We continue to shoot with two Rode NTG-1 shotgun mics. Then synchronize the audio clip form the Zoom H2 voice recorder that we placed on top of a speaker. Here's the result, Make sure you use a headphone to listen to the left and right channel.
Cons for this setup Need to spend time synchronize the sound clip Need to adjust the audio gain at post since we intentionally turn the Automatic Gain in the Zoom H2 to off. Forget to take the sound recorder home after the event!! :)
After doing some research online, we found out there are actually wedding videgraphers are doing the same thing.
We will show you more real life clips later on. Stay tune!
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