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MXL FR-304 Professional Shotgun Microphone

B&H # MXFR304 Mfr # FR-304
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Product Highlights
  • Measures 14" (355.6mm)
  • Phantom or Battery Powered
  • FET Preamplifier

The MXL FR-304 Shotgun Microphone is a professional yet cost-effective microphone for video, broadcast and production audio capturing.

The FR-304 features exceptional audio quality and low noise with its condenser element and FET output stage. The directional pickup minimizes off-axis noise and achieves maximum pickup distance. The microphone's condenser element is powered by a 1.5V AA battery for over 160 hours or by an external 48V phantom power source.

Battery and Phantom Power
The FR-304 is powered by a 1.5V AA battery for over 160 hours or by an external 48V phantom power source.
Professional Audio Results
Exceptional audio quality and the directional pickup necessary to minimize off-axis noise and achieve maximum pickup distance.
Quiet Output Stage
FET preamplifiers ensure a low noise floor and maximum audio gain on output.
Transducer Condenser
Polar Pattern Shotgun
Frequency Response 50Hz-20kHz
Dynamic Range (Typical) 102dB
Signal-to-Noise Ratio 72dB
Maximum Input Sound Level 124dB
Power Requirements 1.5V AA Battery or 48V PPS
Output Impedance 100 ohms
Output Connectors 3-pin XLR
Pad No
Low Frequency Roll-Off No
Dimensions 14.5" (370mm)
Weight Not Specified By Manufacturer
MXL FR-304 Professional Shotgun Microphone
  • 1 Year Warranty
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    MXLFR-304 Professional Shotgun Microphone
     
    3.0

    (based on 11 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

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    • 4 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (2)

    55%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Good audio (7)
    • Easy to use (6)
    • Lightweight (5)
    • Compact (3)

    Cons

    • Poor sound quality (4)
    • Limited functions (3)

    Best Uses

    • Amateur recording (5)
    • Professional recording (5)
    • Outdoor events / games (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (8), Novice (3)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    amazing product at an affordable rate!

    I bought this microphone honestly because I needed a microphone for interviews on a documentary that I was working on, and I saw that it was only [$], and I said to myself...Read complete review

    I bought this microphone honestly because I needed a microphone for interviews on a documentary that I was working on, and I saw that it was only [$], and I said to myself "even if this is awful, it's all that I can afford" and it ended up being perfect!

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Returning mine

    On the outside, it looks great. You need to use it with phantom power, though, because the battery is next to impossible to remove once you put it in there. I had...Read complete review

    On the outside, it looks great. You need to use it with phantom power, though, because the battery is next to impossible to remove once you put it in there. I had to use my micro screwdriver to press against the top of the battery and convince it out of the battery compartment. The housing fits snugly around a AA battery, so it has to be moved past the plastic housing with some quick force.

    The mic I received does not work at all on battery power. And it does not work with my consumer gear which requires a powered mic, or with my XLR to USB cable. You need to be going XLR to XLR at all times. If not, do yourself a favor and go with a different mic. The pickup pattern sounds fine and does a great job of rejecting noise outside its pattern. But for me, the device "just has to work" with multiple pieces of equipment and this one does not.

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    2.0

    (NOT QUITE) FREE AND CLEAR

    By SmallTownPictures

    from Brooklyn, NY

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Affordable
    • Easy To Use

    Cons

    • Poor design
    • Poor Sound Quality

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Last Minute Option

    Comments about MXL FR-304 Professional Shotgun Microphone:

    A good shotgun mic when you're strapped for cash and in a pinch. It connects quickly and delivers a decent sound. The major drawbacks are three fold and not too extreme: the AA battery is nearly impossible to remove once placed inside the tight lower compartment; the red battery indicator light flashes even when the mic is set to "mute/off" mode; the audio signal comes in a little low so it needs to be boosted on the recording device, which in turn brings up the noise level. I recommend this mic only if a better, more expensive mic is out of the question.

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    2.0

    Cheap, but sound is muffled

    By CommunityVideoMaker

    from San Jose, CA

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

      Cons

      • Poor Sound Quality

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording

      Comments about MXL FR-304 Professional Shotgun Microphone:

      I've borrowed and used this mic several times on run-and-gun shoots, for interviews and for short film shoots.

      The price is great--it's why the local public access TV studio bought a couple of them. They're on a really tight budget. But next time I'll advise them not to buy these, because the sound quality is bad.

      Truth be told, I didn't notice the poor sound quality until I did a side-by-side comparison with the built-in mics on my Tascam DR100 recorder. The DR-100 sounds much better, with the FR-304 sounding muffled by comparison. For interviews at least, I'll be mounting my DR-100 to a mic stand or a C-stand and recording with those mics rather than using the borrowed FR-304.

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      1.0

      Returning mine

      By centexnewspro

      from Austin, TX

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • Limited Functions

      Best Uses

      • Professional Recording

      Comments about MXL FR-304 Professional Shotgun Microphone:

      On the outside, it looks great. You need to use it with phantom power, though, because the battery is next to impossible to remove once you put it in there. I had to use my micro screwdriver to press against the top of the battery and convince it out of the battery compartment. The housing fits snugly around a AA battery, so it has to be moved past the plastic housing with some quick force.

      The mic I received does not work at all on battery power. And it does not work with my consumer gear which requires a powered mic, or with my XLR to USB cable. You need to be going XLR to XLR at all times. If not, do yourself a favor and go with a different mic. The pickup pattern sounds fine and does a great job of rejecting noise outside its pattern. But for me, the device "just has to work" with multiple pieces of equipment and this one does not.

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      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Independent filmmaking

      By duncaninthebrain

      from Galveston TX

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Compact
      • Durable
      • Easy To Use

      Cons

      • Limited Functions

      Best Uses

      • Professional Recording

      Comments about MXL FR-304 Professional Shotgun Microphone:

      A great shotgun mic for independent filmmakers who are under a budget and can't really afford the more expensive stuff, it's a great mic that gets the job done for really cheap

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      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      You get what you pay for.

      By theloangeekster

      from Port Orchard

      About Me Novice

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

        Cons

        • Poor Sound Quality

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Events

        Comments about MXL FR-304 Professional Shotgun Microphone:

        I use this mic for video work.
        Pros: The price. It's cheap.
        Cons: You get what you pay for. The audio sounds muffled and doesn't ring clear.
        Conclusion: For the price it's not bad but if audio quality is your main concern go with something more expensive.

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Dependable mic but a bit confusing too

        By immaginevideo

        from Boca Raton, FL

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about MXL FR-304 Professional Shotgun Microphone:

            This has turned out to be a terrific microphone to replace the broken one on my Sony Prosumer camcorder. It picks up sound much better than the mic it replaced. I'm just confused with the power settings, as there is no on & off button. Consequently, even when you're in a save-power mode (it runs on a AA battery), the light still blinks as if it's in use. None of the three settings turns that light off. So I don;t now how much my battery is being drained, if at all. That makes it dangerous to go out and shoot with this mic unless you're confident you have a full battery. Overall though, I really like this mike.

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            1.0

            "Low Price for a reason...Low Pick-Up!!"

            By Godbrother

            from New York, NY

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

              Cons

              • Poor Sound Quality
              • Unreliable

              Best Uses

              • Sound Mixer Setup

              Comments about MXL FR-304 Professional Shotgun Microphone:

              The pick-up on this mic is extremely poor. Its rough and Aggresive Polar pattern only worsens the quality of the mic.

              I would only recommend use of this mic to be used with a Field Sound Mixer Setup. Other than that, the pickup would be too low to use in Production.

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              4.0

              Good quality for not much money.

              By Jacko

              from Chicago IL.

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Clear Sound
              • Easy To Use

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Home Studio
                • Professional Recording

                Comments about MXL FR-304 Professional Shotgun Microphone:

                I use this mike to record on location. It works quite well. Sound is clear, but bit too high (easy to correct in post). Good choice for budget productions. Excellent starter shotgun.

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                5.0

                amazing product at an affordable rate!

                By SLG

                from Brooklyn, NY

                About Me Novice

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Clear Sound
                • Compact
                • Easy To Use
                • Lightweight
                • Versatile

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Professional Recording

                  Comments about MXL FR-304 Professional Shotgun Microphone:

                  I bought this microphone honestly because I needed a microphone for interviews on a documentary that I was working on, and I saw that it was only [$], and I said to myself "even if this is awful, it's all that I can afford" and it ended up being perfect!

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                  (1 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  3.0

                  It's good, but...

                  By Robert

                  from Los Angeles, CA

                  About Me Novice

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Clear Sound
                  • Compact
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Lightweight
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                  • Limited Functions

                  Best Uses

                  • Amateur Recording
                  • Events
                  • Home Studio

                  Comments about MXL FR-304 Professional Shotgun Microphone:

                  The mic itself is good for what I do as a film maker but there are a couple of downsides to it. First off this mic is directional which means where ever the mic is pointing it picks up the sound which I was expecting for but I was expecting to pick up sound at further distance, which it didn't. Second the mic is phantom power and battery power also, my Sony HDR-FX7 doesn't have XLR connectors so I have bought the BeachTek DXA-4 for my Sony HDR-FX7 when I connect it to the adapter it didn't power my mic. How ever even though it is in fact battery powered I have a little bit of problem with it. I use 1 AA battery which it requires to turn it on it's easy to insert it but it's hard taking it out because of the tight space that it has. My finger nails hurt when I tried taking it out so I had to use a flat object to take the battery out. Finally third of all there is no off button on the mic which makes my battery waste power from it's juice the only way to turn it off is too take the battery out.

                  P.S. The mic comes with a black windscreen and holder in the package.

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                  (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Great microphone at a cheap price!

                  By MJB Home Entertainment

                  from New York

                  About Me Experienced

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Clear Sound
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Events
                    • Film Dialogue
                    • Professional Recording

                    Comments about MXL FR-304 Professional Shotgun Microphone:

                    I just used it for ADR and will be using it for a feature film. Sound is a bit muddy but easily fixed in post. Great for the price!

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