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Nady SGM-12 Shotgun Condenser Microphone

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  • Perfect for video recording, lectures, angled overhead placement, boom applications and off-stage mikingDual electret condenser elements for maximum uni-directivity with excellent off-axis rejectionPower/Polar Pattern switch for selecting cardioid or super-cardioid sensitivitySmooth linear response with high sensitivity and exceptionally low self-noiseSleek, durable, lightweight metal constructionSingle AA alkaline or NiMH battery operation (not included)Extra thick foam windscreen includedOptio
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Product Details

  • Item Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • ASIN: B0012GR6YE
  • Item model number: 6011-48
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,002 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: July 16, 2004

Product Description

The Nady SGM-12 is a versatile, professional microphone designed to provide top performance in all live and recording applications. Its true, transparent sound also makes the SGM-12 Shotgun Condenser Mic a valuable recording tool.

Customer Reviews

Maybe I got a bad one but the mic I had was not usable.
Sai Saelee
I'm sure no one buys a microphone with the mentality that they might have to resolder a connection, but if you're having problems with this mic, that may be all it is.
Disco Stu
I don't have any noise or interference when using mine, but I am running straight xlr to xlr in on my mixer.
C. Trent

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Hondonian Rebel on July 31, 2013
Truely people, this is primarily a pro audio mic. Note that most of the bad reviews come from people using this on cameras. the manual tells you diddly squat about this but if you match impedence with your device's input, and convert the signal from balanced to unbalanced, things may go a lot smoother: Audix Inline Impedance Matching Transformer If you do not understand this buy a mic that is designed to plug directly into your camera. If you use a simple adapter or cable you are inviting potential trouble.

I would not hesitate to buy most Nady products if that was all my budget would allow.

My only complaint on this item for pro audio use is that it requires a battery and won't run off phantom power; but that could be good or bad depending upon your needs. Phantom power won't hurt the mic but could introduce unwanted noise.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By C. Trent on June 2, 2013
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Ive had mine for around 8 months now, I use it mainly for recording concerts as a room mic along with the soundboard feed. Sure I have heard better from a professional $1200+ stereo shotgun mic but when reviewing products it's only fair to keep the comparisons to other products in a similar price range.

I don't have any noise or interference when using mine, but I am running straight xlr to xlr in on my mixer. Im guessing the people having noise issues are having some type of ground or impedance problem and using a xlr to 1/8 inch adapter on a video camera. They need to be sure it's also balanced to unbalanced, adapter, not just xlr to trs. Maybe finding a mic with a 1/8 unbalanced output would work better for them. Or they have quality control problems and I just happened to get a good one. On the Super Cardiod setting it's fairly sensitive, when playing with it I was able to pick up a cat purr at several feet with little background noise. Ive kept mine in the case and tried to be careful with it and so far had no problems.

Too bad you can not use phantom power on it (some people have tired but the manual says nothing about it) but then again it's a low cost stripped down mic and the AA battery it rated for 1500 hours. That comes to over a year if you used it 4 hours every day.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Florio Photography on February 12, 2014
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Here's a tip! They aren't kidding with the label inside for the AA battery saying 1.5v .... NiMH batteries which aren't 1.5v don't do the job, I was not getting a hot signal at all with a fully charged eneloop. Stuck a copper top duracell in there, and the mic actually worked! Hope that helps someone!!!!!!!
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Jerry J on December 22, 2008
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I thought I might luck out and get something decent for $40. What was I thinking? I am an experienced videographer and this Nady SGM-12 is absolutely the worst shotgun microphone I've ever tested. I'm sending mine back immediately. I tried two (2) fresh batteries and two (2) high quality XLR cables and the signal from this microphone is practically inaudible. Maybe I got a defective microphone. I suspect, however, that the performance of this microphone is simply a reflection of the price. To be honest, the one I just finished testing is not worth $5 let alone $40. You've been warned.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Andrew R. Coons on September 3, 2009
I got this for a short film project in a last ditch effort to get a shotgun mic without going over my very limited budget. Running it through a Behringer mixing board into a Sony FX-1 produced clear audio with the only extraneous noise being a high frequency whine running consistently throughout the track. This could have been because of the mixing board, the 1/8" input into the Sony, or the mic itself but with a little editing there is no problem editing it out. Obviously upgrade if you can but if you're after clean audio (with decent range i might add) on practically no budget the SGM-12 will get the job done in a satisfactory manner.
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15 of 20 people found the following review helpful By DoctorRock on August 9, 2011
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I actually did get this for free- two of them in fact. Here's my heart wrenching story in Haiku form:

I ordered one mic.
I was sad it was broken.
Sent me one for free.

Second mic arrived.
Quality not paramount.
Disappointed? Yes.

Refund I obtained.
Great service=good, however-
Now I have no mic.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nicholas Salve on November 12, 2013
ok. so this is a $30 shotgun mic, how good could it be? That was my only question when buying it. There aren't many good reviews of it on YouTube so I decided to order the mic and shoot a short film with it, using it as my only audio source.

What I found: it does have a lot of noise. In post, I had to apply a LowPass filter at 5000Hz to cut out a lot of the noise. After that, I got decent results. Here is my video, what do you think?

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By THeONlyReviewerYOuSHouldTRust on April 17, 2013
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I am in high school, so money is a bit of a problem when it comes to messing around and making films. I use a Nikon DSLR for our video shoots and the on-board mic is worthless. I ordered one of these mainly because they are cheap and practically disposable. When it came in the mail, 3 days early to be exact, i found it to be somewhat well built and sounding ok. No matter what kind of mic it is, it sounds better than any on-board mic that is built in to any camera. I know it doesn't sound like a $400 Rode mic, but that's because it cost $30. So for a high school-er who wants to shoot some fun videos with his class, this mic is top notch. Not to mention that if it breaks or if a class mate drops it, its only $30 to replace. Overall, it is an amazing mic for the price. That is what NADY is for, cheap, but ok gear.
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