Sound Design Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for sound engineers, producers, editors, and enthusiasts. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

I have a Canon Vixia HD Camcorder which has a 3.5mm stereo input and yet cannot get stereo sound input from a wireless microphone system when using the 1/4" outlet plug and using an adapter down to 3.5mm plug into the camcorder.

I want to record in stereo,but it appears the only way to do it is with a balanced output and an adapter from a balanced 3 prong plug and then use a 3.5mm adapter plug to plug into the input on the camcorder. Or I seem to have to run the 3 prong through a mixer and then use an output to the camcorder. All of that sounds too complex and unnecessary to me. I'd like to know if there's a simpler and more elegant way to accomplish it.

share|improve this question

migrated from Jan 27 '14 at 15:10

This question came from our site for engineers, producers, editors, and enthusiasts spanning the fields of video, and media creation.

I’m not sure what you are trying to achieve. Do you want a stereo image from a stereo wireless microphone, or the same signal from one mono mic on both the left and right channel? – Corey Nov 20 '11 at 23:50

Almost all wireless microphones only have a single Channel. Even you are using Stereo microphone, only one channel is transmitted to the receiver.

share|improve this answer

Sounds to me like your 1/4" adapter is either faulty or the wrong connectivity. You have stereo inputs, you just need to ensure they are connected correctly.

Check to see whether a signal path is short circuited for one of the channels when you use the adapter, and get a different one if necessary.

share|improve this answer

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.