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Audio-Technica AT897 Line/Gradient Shotgun Condenser Microphone
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- Designed for video production and broadcast (ENG/EFP) audio acquisition
- Short length (11") ensures mic stays out of the shot -- even when used with compact digital cameras
- Smooth, natural-sounding on-axis audio quality
- Provides the narrow acceptance angle desirable for long-distance sound pickup
- Excellent sound rejection from the sides and rear of mic
- Operates on battery or phantom power and features switchable low-frequency roll-off
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Designed for broadcast & video production
Rugged, dependable performance.
Short length (11")
Ensures mic stays out of the shot – even when used with compact digital cameras.
Smooth on-axis audio quality with excellent off-axis rejection
For a smooth, natural-sound and rejection from the sides and rear of mic.
|Element||Fixed-charge back plate, permanently polarized condenser|
|Polar Pattern||Line + gradient|
|Frequency Response||20-20,000 Hz|
|Impedance||Phantom: 200 ohms|
|Maximum Input Sound Level||Phantom: 129 dB SPL, 1 kHz at 1% T.H.D. Battery: 115 dB SPL, 1 kHz at 1% T.H.D.|
|Dynamic Range (typical)||Phantom: 112 dB, 1 kHz at Max SPL Battery: 98 dB, 1 kHz at Max SPL|
|Phantom Power Requirements||11-52V DC, 2 mA typical|
|Battery Type||1.5V AA/UM3|
|Switch||Flat, roll-off (recessed)|
|Weight||5.1 oz (145 g)|
Audio-Technica’s AT897 is designed for field audio acquisition in film/TV/video production, professional recording, wildlife recording and broadcast applications. It mounts conveniently on a DV camcorder without adding noticeable heft, and remains out of the frame even with compact digital cameras. This high-performance short shotgun offers outstanding long-distance audio pickup due to narrow acceptance angle of line + gradient design. It also features smooth, natural-sounding on-axis audio quality and excellent off-axis rejection of sound arriving from the sides and rear of mic.
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Sound quality is clear, clean with good bass. This type of mic needs to be pointed at your subject, so it's best that said subject is stationary or you have a boom operator to keep the mic positioned around your audio source.
I have mine connected directly to my Canon Vixia HFS200 through a 3.5mm audio input jack. Since this mic uses an XLR cable you will have to use a converter to do this.
+ The "Pearstone LMT100 - Low to High Impedance Matching Transformer (1.5')", which you can get here on Amazon.
+ I also use a "GLS Audio 25 foot Mic Cable Patch Cords" for the XLR connection (also available here on Amazon).
In this configuration you will also need to supply Phantom Power via a single AA battery that you install in the mic.
If you are interested in hearing how this mic performs I put together this quick video:
Excellent build and finish. All metal, yet very lightweight. Made in Japan.
Comes in a nice case; way too big though. (Obviously one size case for all the longer shotgun mics)
The nice thing is, you can cut out the foam in the extra space and put other small accessories and store it in the case.
Even the mic stand adapter is quality construction.
The supplied wind screen helps cut down moderate wind or close breathing noises but you will still need a deadcat or zepplin: For me, it is quite useful as a protective cushion for the mic more than a wind diffuser.
In the similar price range: I have also used a few Rode shotgun mics and I think this AT has a slightly "cleaner, crisper" sound pickup than the Rodes, although not as sensitive at picking up sounds from far away, in comparison.
In the higher price range: I have used Sennheiser and Sony, and to be honest, I don't notice much difference in audio quality or sensitivity with those that are 2X-3X more the price!
Then again, I am not recording anything critical or scientific. Just human voices and ambient sounds.
Listening through AT and Panasonic studio headphones on a Zoom H4.
Very well made and packaged.