Audio Technica AT897 Line Plus Gradient Condenser Shotgun Microphone

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The Audio-Technica AT897 has been designed for field audio acquisition in film/TV/video production, professional recording, wildlife recording and broadcast applications. It mounts conveniently on a professional style 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.

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
Switchable low-frequency roll-off
Operates on AA battery or phantom power

Did You Know....... Many top record producers, when recording vocals, will use a dynamic mic for up close vocals and a heavily compressed shotgun mic about five feet away. It's true! The dynamic mic not only captures part of the final sound, but is also useful for giving the artist something to focus on, keeping a fairly consistent position relative to the shotgun mic. Have a shotgun mic on hand for your next vocal could be the goldmine you've been seeking!


  • ELEMENT Fixed-charge back plate, permanently polarized condenser.
  • POLAR PATTERN Line + gradient.
  • FREQUENCY RESPONSE 20-20,000 Hz.
  • LOW FREQUENCY ROLL-OFF 80 Hz, 12 dB/octave.
  • OPEN CIRCUIT SENSITIVITY Phantom: -40 dB (10.0 mV) re 1V at 1 Pa, Battery: -41 dB (8.9 mV) re 1V at 1 Pa.
  • IMPEDANCE Phantom: 200 ohms, Battery: 300 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.
  • SIGNAL-TO-NOISE RATIO 77 dB, 1 kHz at 1 Pa.
  • BATTERY CURRENT / LIFE 0.4 mA / 1200 hours typical (alkaline).
  • SWITCH Flat, roll-off (recessed).
  • WEIGHT 5.1 oz (145 g).
  • DIMENSIONS 10.98" (279.0 mm) long, 0.83" (21.0 mm) diameter.
  • OUTPUT CONNECTOR Integral 3-pin XLRM-type.
  • ACCESSORIES FURNISHED AT8405a stand clamp for 5/8"-27 threaded stands; AT8134 windscreen; battery; 5/8"-27 to 3/8"-16 threaded adapter; protective carrying case.

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Mfr Part NoAT897
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