I am using a Sony HDR SR12 and have started to record some gigs where the sound can be very loud (metal). Anyway while the video looks great the sound is coming out horribly distorted ; it seems to be peaking alot especially with the kick drum. I tried playing with the mic level setting adjustment but it didn't help. There are no level meters on the camera but there is a 3.5 mm jack.
Should I use an external mic instead? Which one? I don't want to sound much and I don't really want to be monitoring levels etc .... Any advice for the lazy videographer.