RNG Setup Guide
GENERIC SETUP FOR RECORDING AUDIO DIRECT TO CAMERA
STEP 1.) Connect your camera, battery and microphones to the RNG using the step-by-step setup guide.
STEP 2.) Power on the camera.
Note: Certain Canon DSLR camera models will give you a notification that they cannot communicate with the battery. This is ok! If the camera display does not respond but the red light on the back of the camera flashes, disconnect any external monitors then use your camera rotary dial to select “ok” to continue.
Step 3.) Now test out your microphone. First, make sure the RNG is set to the correct input signal (MIC or LINE) and that phantom power is turned on for microphones that require it. Use the volume knobs to adjust the levels and refer to the RNG’s meters to make sure your levels are not going into the red. Red indicates that your audio is clipping.
STEP 4.) Set up your camera to receive a signal from the RNG. Check out our videos for recommended settings for setting up your camera. Once it is set up for recording, look at your camera’s audio meters to ensure it is receiving a signal from the RNG.
Note: If you do not see a signal on the camera, ensure that you have plugged in your audio cables into the correct jacks on your camera.
STEP 5.) Compare the audio meters on your camera to the RNG’s meters. If the camera audio is too low or too high, add or subtract the gain on your camera until the meters match as closely as possible. You should now be set up to record audio direct to camera.
Note: Please take the time to record some clips, import them to your computer and listen to them to ensure that it is set up correctly and that you are not getting any unwanted noise.
Note: It is possible to set up an external device to record backup audio. The RNG has two mic level outputs, allowing you to plug directly into your recorder's XLR microphone inputs.
SETTING UP FOR HEADPHONE MONITORING
STEP 1.) Set your camera up for audio recording. For information on how to set up your particular camera, check out our videos section. Ensure your camera is compatible with headphone monitoring and that it is enabled.
Note: Some cameras will require the Magic Lantern hack in order to be able to do this. Please refer to your camera's documentation and http://www.magiclantern.fm/ to ensure your camera is supported. We highly recommend using the firmware hack with the Canon Rebel cameras as well as 60D and 5D Mk II and III.
STEP 2.) For headset monitoring, make sure your headphones are plugged into the RNG. For monitoring via the integrated headphone speaker in the RNG, make sure the headphones and any associated adapters are disconnected. It will automatically switch sources for you, you don’t have to do anything!
Note: We have supplied a 1/4” headphone adapter. DO NOT LEAVE THE ADAPTER PLUGGED IN without headphones attached. The RNG is set up to automatically switch from the integrated speaker to the headset when headphones are plugged in. If you intend to use the integrated speaker and the adapter is plugged in, you won't be able to hear anything.
STEP 3.) Make sure the headphone source switch is switched to CAMERA. The INCOMING AUDIO setting will allow you to monitor the audio coming into the RNG whereas the CAMERA setting will allow you to monitor the audio being returned from your camera.
A NOTE ABOUT POWER
The RNG requires a minimum of 14v. Many of the cameras we support use special lower voltage outputs such as 8.4v to operate, meaning that the camera’s battery life indicator will always read as being full. We recommend closely monitoring battery consumption.
The RNG is natively compatible with a BP-U60 type 14v battery (sold separately) but can also be powered from an external power source such as a gold mount or v-lock battery through the external power input. When an external battery is connected, the RNG automatically switches to it for its main power. When both a BP-U60 and external battery are attached, you can remove one or the other during active shooting to replace low batteries without interrupting your shot.
Keep an eye on the low battery indicator!
The low battery light, next to the audio meters, indicates five to ten percent remaining on your RNG power source. When this light illuminates, change your battery immediately. This light monitors any power source being used.
If an external battery connected to the four pin XLR input becomes excessively low, the hot swapping relay system inside the RNG will produce a loud chattering sound. This is alarming but does not damage the system. Replace the external power source or switch back to the U-60 type battery by disconnecting your other power source.