How to Reduce Audio Noise / Hiss on Your Canon DSLR for $8

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Here is a simple way to reduce audio noise/hiss from a powered external microphone into your Canon D-SLR using a FiiO E3 or E5 headphone amplifier. This trick did not seem to work with my unpowered lav mics. I hope this simple trick helps some people gain better audio recordings into there camera. Feel free to follow me on twitter: www.twitter.com/krotoflik Check out my website: www.krotoflik.com Thanks for watching!

Comments

Lukas Sprehn says:

I’d rather continue using Adobe Audition’s Adaptive Noise Reduction filter 🙂

Pincanca says:

Thank you so much. Keep up the good work.

krotoflik says:

Nope. I found it only seems to work with powered mics. I updated the description to reflect this. Thanks.

Pincanca says:

Does it provides plug in power?

creepsomber says:

Wonder if you can use an adapter and run your mic through a Decimator guitar noise gate pedal and get favorable results.

krotoflik says:

As in if you are out and about using it and it runs out of power you would have to wait to recharge it before you could use it again. So it might be nice having one that you can just swap the batteries out of so you can keep recording.

Peter Schmidt says:

What do you mean when you said “your done” when you run out of battery power or it breaks?

kyle Wolf says:

so i may be crazy but the e3 sounds better to me? is that what you gather?,
also is the e3 gunna be that big if a diff if i want to save money?

oMkRnRTz says:

hey i bought both for my rode mic. with both i still got way more noise than you had even when you werent using the fiio. why is that? i turned the audio gain to 1 above zero 🙁

oMkRnRTz says:

THANK YOU! Great video. Now i know that i’m gonna buy one of these :)

Praverb says:

You are definitely right about that Krotoflik…I have the E3 and the E5…I used the E5 and I have no hiss what so ever…thank you for this tip. 

krotoflik says:

Something I discovered about this is that it pretty much only works with powered mics. If its a lav this probably wont work. At least for mine that I have found. Take care.

Praverb says:

FierceEffects try this…plug your external mic jack into the input hole and the other cord should run from the headphone hole to the mic slot on the computer…let me know if this works

SrOchoa says:

I got a shotgun mic off ebay for booming and stuff, and was thinking to get a Fiio E3, when i saw the video i was like ok ill get it =)

James Cottingham says:

I tried this on the Canon 7D and the sound was worse. on the 5D Mk II the Fiio E3 does reduce the noise and amplify the sound decently. for $15 definitely worth getting to overcome the hiss and noise issues inherent in the Canon DSLR’s. thanks for the vid

kurt lindner says:

For such a small, cheap, device it seems to do wonders to fix the noisy pre-amp.
Just ordered one to give it a test myself. Almost went for the E7 for it’s dual outputs and it’s pretty good chips.

FierceEffects says:

on my fiio e3 i am not recieving anything, is there an on button i don’t know about or is it that my battery isn’t working, but i only get a hissing noise no talking from the actor any tips??

krotoflik says:

Nope, both the camera and FiiO use 3.5mm headphone jacks.

cheeseshop89 says:

Aren’t the inputs mostly mini jacks on the camera for external mics? And the FiiO has regular sized headphone jacks. how does that work?

InvadorGER says:

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Haha i laughed when there was no sound xD
I recieved my fiio E5 today, its great, thanks 😉

Evan Warren says:

sounds good! I definitely hear the difference.

lucas5150 says:

Yes, it makes sense. I will take a look. Thanks for your reply!

krotoflik says:

Nope I did not. It would defeat the purpose as this is intended to be a partial amp instead of your camera acting as the amp. I ordered mine on Amazon 😉

lucas5150 says:

Hi dude! Very nice video! It helps a lot! Can I ask you something? Did you try the E3 or the E5 with the automatic gain control? If yes, can you upload? Im very curious to know how it sounds… Im hunting high and low for a Fiio here in Brazil but I can not find….

krotoflik says:

Thanks! Feel free to share it there if you wish. 😉

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雪 张 says:

good job,

krotoflik says:

Excellent!

CAESARbonds says:

I Just tried it with my laptop as preamp.
I turned the EOS to manual and set the volume to a low setting.
Preamp with windows to 0 db and a clear audio with no hiss.

Evan Bourcier says:

I bought a Fiio e3, and I’m not getting anything for levels with it in the chain. It’s running between my Azden shotgun mic and the Mic port on my canon t3i. What gives? You just put batteries in and plug it in? My signal is actually stronger with it off than on.

krotoflik says:

I would use a shotgun mic for best results.

Kevin Paul Zuniga says:

hi, I actually bought a Fiio E3…connected to my mic the runs to my CAnon slr…..I Cant hear anything……what did I do? or should I use a shotgun mic for it? thanks!

aietes says:

Btw, good job on the video, videos like this make YouTube such a useful place!

aietes says:

Many thanks for the fast reply! This is what I try to avoid, lining up the audio tracks ugh. I own a Zoom H-1 which I can recommend in terms of audio quality. But, even when I plug it into the Ti3, the noise is there. There seems no other way then manual audio sync via post editing. Happy times!

krotoflik says:

Yeah, its only a cheap way to help reduce it. But I have read that a JuicedLink DS214 can fix this issue but its not a cheap solution. I myself have purchased a separate portable audio recorder but have yet to use it so far in anything. Portable audio recorders are really the way to go for getting great results…Just have to do the annoying task of lining up the audio tracks.

aietes says:

I have professional studio speakers, there is noise on the video no matter what you used. This is frustrating, I own the Ti3 rebel too and find the sound very annoying, even more so because I am an audio guy. There seems to be no solution for it.

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