I am shooting with a Sony PD100A camera and a sennheiser MKE-300 microphone and am experiencing clipping problems when recording in high volume situations (audio amplified through loud speakers or raucous carnaval parties here in Brazil) I have been troubleshooting the issue and have reason to believe itīs not simply an obvious case of blowing my levels.
The camera has 2 input volume controls:
1. a -3dB gain shift
2. a manual/auto volume input control
I have tried the gain shift in conjunction with a manual input shift to the lowest possible input level, but the problem persists. The effect of the manual input reduction is obvious when monitoring the audio, and is also apparent when reviewing the captured audio in my audio editor; the entire volume level is significantly reduced, never rising above -12dB, except for the sudden spikes where the clipping occurs? I wondered if the problem was being caused by a faulty connection, however, I can run the tape at length in low volume situations without any problem. At the same time, it cannot simply be a typical case of excessive volume causing the clipping, as the clipping instances are massive abnormal spikes in the audio level? I am confused and clueless, any insights are much appreciated. Thanks -J