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MXL FR-301 Supercardioid Shotgun Microphone

B&H # MXFR301 MFR # FR-301
MXL FR-301 Supercardioid Shotgun Microphone


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Product Highlights

  • Narrow Supercardioid Pattern
  • Measures 16.5" (41.91cm) in Length
  • Phantom Powered: 9 ~ 52V
  • Ideal for General Video & Ambiance
  • Includes Windscreen & Clip
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The MXL FR-301 Supercardioid Shotgun Microphone measures 16.5" in length and is an ideal solution for general video applications, sound design, interviews and more. The FR-301 features a narrow supercardioid pick up pattern to minimize off-axis noise and ambiance, resulting in isolated audio reproduction and detailed audio quality. The FR-301 operates on 9 ~ 52V phantom power and includes a windscreen and microphone clip.

Accurate recordings and exceptional side rejection
Narrow pattern allows you to single out your subject when there is unwanted background noise
Ideal for general video recordings like weddings as well as for Foley work and interviews
UPC: 801813125719
Transducer Condenser
Polar Pattern Supercardioid
Frequency Response 50 Hz to 20 kHz
Dynamic Range (Typical) 102 dB
Sensitivity 40 mv/Pa
Maximum Input Sound Level 124 dB
Power Requirements 9-52V
Output Impedance 100Ω
Output Connectors XLR
Signal-to-Noise Ratio 72 dB
Dimensions Capsule Size: 0.55" (14 mm)
Length: 16.5" (41.91 cm)
Weight 1 lb (0.45 kg)
Packaging Info
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 19.8 x 4.0 x 2.9"
MXL FR-301 Supercardioid Shotgun Microphone
  • Windscreen
  • Hardmount Microphone Adapter
  • 1 Year Warranty

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    MXLFR-301 Supercardioid Shotgun Microphone

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    Very noticeably Supercardioid

    By johnpooley3

    from Boston, MA

    About Me Novice

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    • Clear Sound
    • Durable
    • Low Impediance


    • Bulky/Heavy
    • Transparent Dialogue

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Events
    • Home Studio
    • Performances

    Comments about MXL FR-301 Supercardioid Shotgun Microphone:

    By specs, this microphone is the best available (that I could find) currently under about $, with a low impedance which allows long runs, without too much loss in the high end, decent sensitivity, S/N ratio and dynamic range, and a medium max SPL. You could think of this as a cheap version of the Sennheiser MKH 8070 ... which costs 1700.Practically, I ran the mic through 5 feet of cheap xlr, and "stuff" sounded pretty good, but dialogue felt empty and transparent. When running through 255 ft of mixed quality xlr over 5 cables, obviously an extreme condition, there was a very noticeable loss in the high end. Also handling noise is very easily transmitted from cable to microphone, so much so that I am working on making a DIY connbox, or may buy the Rycote Connbox 1 if need be. The pickup pattern is very wide, a definite mix between Lobar and Supercardioid. Also, there is a noticeable pitch change as a sound moves off axis, which is commonly found on many shotgun mics. The mic sounds very good for "stuff", but dialogue is somewhat disappointing, but remember, THIS IS A CHEAP MICROPHONE, if you have the money for a Sennheiser MKH 8070, then why are you even here? But if you're like me, where quality is not paramount, and budget is very important, this mic is the best option that you will find.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


    Great Microphone at a great price!

    By Asterix

    from Salt Lake City, UT

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer


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


    • Don~'~~t Have Any

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Events
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about MXL FR-301 Supercardioid Shotgun Microphone:

    I am using the microphone as part of a lecture capture system in a classroom at a large University. I have it set up so that I can include questions that are asked by the student and it does a great job picking up all of the students, this ability really enhances the recordings I make for our classes.

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