Audio-Technica AT899 - Condenser Lavalier Microphone

Audio-Technica AT899 - Condenser Lavalier Microphone

Audio-Technica AT899 - Condenser Lavalier Microphone

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Audio-Technica AT899 - Condenser Lavalier Microphone

Audio-Technica AT899 - Condenser Lavalier Microphone

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  • Omnidirectional Polar Pattern
  • Phantom and Battery Powered
  • AT8537 Power Module Included
  • Miniature Profile

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Audio-Technica AT899 overview

  • 1Description

The Audio Technica AT899 is a sub-miniature condenser lavalier microphone designed to deliver high sonic performance in a low-profile, easily concealable package. Intended for interviews, documentary, film, theater, and stage applications, the AT899's omnidirectional pick-up pattern captures evenly around the perimeter of the capsule as well as directly in-line. The microphones 5mm size is ideal in applications requiring minimal visibility. The microphones 9.8' (3 meter) cable is terminated with a 3-pin TA3F output connector, suitable for use with the AT-8537 power module (included). The capsule features a smooth flat 20Hz to 20,000Hz frequency response, capturing a wide range of frequencies and making the microphone versatile.

Sub-Miniature Design
The AT899 measures only 5mm making it easily concealable for on-camera recording, theatrical and live sound applications.
Omnidirectional Pattern
The omnidirectional pick-up pattern captures audio with even sensitivity around the perimeter of the microphone.
High Sonic Performance
The element boasts an even, flat frequency response of 20Hz to 20,000Hz with a dynamic range of 108dB (Phantom Power).
Phantom and Battery Powered
Includes the AT8537 phantom power supply and XLR connector. The power supply will accept phantom power, or 1.5V AA battery power (included).
In the Box
Audio-Technica AT899 - Condenser Lavalier Microphone
  • AT-8537 Power Module
  • AA 1.5V Alkaline Battery
  • AT8438 Microphone Clip
  • Clothing Clip Base
  • Viper Clip Base
  • Magnet Clip Base
  • Plate with Lanyard
  • 3 x Single Mic Holders
  • 2 x Element Covers
  • 2 x Windscreens
  • Carrying Case
  • 1 Year Warranty
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    • 1Description

    Audio-Technica AT899 specs

    Transducer Fixed-charge plate, permanently polarized condenser
    Polar Pattern Omnidirectional
    Frequency Response 20-20,000Hz
    Dynamic Range (Typical) Phantom: 108dB, 1kHz at Max SPL
    Battery: 86dB, 1kHz at Max SPL
    Signal-to-Noise Ratio 64dB, 1kHz at 1Pa
    Maximum Input Sound Level Phantom: 138dB SPL, 1kHz at 1% THD
    Battery: 116dB SPL, 1kHz at 1% THD
    Power Requirements Phantom: 11-52V DC, 2mA typical
    Battery: 1.5V AA/UM3
    Output Impedance Phantom: 200 ohms
    Battery: 250 ohms
    Output Connectors Mic Cable: TA3F output
    Power Module: Balanced 3-pin XLR
    Pad No
    Low Frequency Roll-Off Low Frequency Roll-Off Switch - frequency curve not specified
    Dimensions Microphone: 0.63 x 0.20" (16.0 x 5.0mm) (Length x Diameter)
    Power Module: 5.71 x 0.83" (145 x 21.0mm)(Length x Diameter)
    Weight Microphone: 0.02oz (0.5g)
    Power Module: 3.6oz (102g)
    (less cable and accessories)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 1.1 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 10.3 x 4.3 x 1.6"

    Audio-Technica AT899 reviews

    AT899 - Condenser Lavalier Microphone is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 95.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from good mic and accessories package, but Note that the mic comes in a snap enclosure hard case with precut foam interior, and a full accessory kit with several different mic clips and windscreens (all the items of the separate $50 accessory pack). My only hesitation on a 5* rating is that the mic is a bit too sibilant on the Tees and eSses. I was monitoring through a H4n and Sony 7506 phones, which are a bit bright anyways. Still, I much prefer excess articulation to muddy sound. Just be aware of placement off axis to minimize it and you're fine. Overall a great mic set. Small and unobtrusive, and lots of ways to attach it - even a micro-magnet backed clip to go right through thin clothing.
    Date published: 2011-01-28
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from AT 899 While I don't have much experience with wired lavaliers, I do have lots of experience with a wide range of other professional mics (MA2000, KM184, AT4050, etc.) Like the AT4050, I find that the AT 899 is a winner in the bang-for-your buck department and a thoroughly useable professional quality mic. It sounds excellent and its audio requires very little post-recording tweaking (a quality I highly prize in mics.) The wide variety of included mounting accessories make this package all the more attractive. In my opinion, the mic alone is worth the price. And, I didn't find a better price for the mic than B&H's price. I'm a happy customer and expect to buy another of these very soon.
    Date published: 2011-04-12
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good mic for the price I have used this once for several short video shoots in an office setting. I am not a professional videographer but I did work as a TV reporter for 15 years and I have no issues with the quality. Plugged it into a Canon Vixia HD video camera using an XLR to mini jack converter. No detectable buzz or hum. Clip is good quality. One inconvenience is that the power switch on the mic is embedded too deep so you have to use the tip of a pen or a paperclip to turn the mic on and off. Not a big deal but could be improved. Also, the mic cable could be a couple feet longer. Combined with the XLR converter it's about 10 feet which is just enough to go between subject and camera underneath a desk.
    Date published: 2011-02-15
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Sound echo - don't like I've tried this microphone with a Sony PD100 for numerous indoor interviews and had to switch to shotgun every time because of a low-volume rolling echo that follows every word the subject says. Audio-Technica support says that this is probably due to using an omnidirectional microphone in bare rooms, i.e. those prone to echo and this is what the mic is picking up. Sure, offices are a little bare, but there's no reason I should have to switch mics in five of them. The echo decreases as I turn down recording levels but by the time it's gone the voice level itself is too low. I do not like this microphone. It's been virtually useless.
    Date published: 2010-05-28
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent lav mic! I'm using two of these in studio with a Canon XF100 and am quite impressed with the quality of sound. Tweaking the camcorder's audio gain in combination with mic placement virtually eliminates room noise and what's left is a signal with great presence. Not sound booth quality, but that's not to be expected. My only quibble is aesthetic ... The entire mic assembly is flat black (which is good), EXCEPT for the jack that plugs into the power module. It's bright, shiny chrome. Strange choice. But admittedly, a non-issue. Build quality is excellent, however and the mic itself is definitely sub-miniature. Tiny. Great selection of clips, too, though I worry a bit about the amount of pressure necessary to attach the delicate, but generously long mic cord to the clips.
    Date published: 2012-03-14
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good Clean Dialogue - Easy to use I bought a few of the AT899 to record dialogue for a feature length film I am shooting. Not having a lot of experience, I wanted something easy to use that would just give me plain old clean clear dialogue. The AT899 delivers. My setup is very straightforward. I connect the AT899 Mics to a Microtrack Recorder ($299 - uses compact flash cards) via a XLRF to 1/4 TRS cable which you can get for about $18 each. I then concealed the mics under the actors clothing (6 inches below the chin - under the shirt - using the clips that the AT899 comes with). The mic/wiring is concealed under the clothing and the recorder is attached to the back of the actor's pants via an easily made homemade clip to attach. The results are great. First of all - no hiss or hum on these mics...just clear dialogue. Second, in quiet areas you only hear dialogue. In noisy areas, like restaurants or walking on a sidewalk with traffic going get clear dialogue with the background noise sounding like proper low level background noise. Very natural. The dialogue is dominant...and the background noise is a nice low level natural background noise. Third, not doing any type of special taping/attaching of the mics...merely attached them to the actor's shirt (concealed) and resting against their chests...the mics still sounded clear as the actors walked around and talked while walking. (I eventually started doing a taping/attachment of the mic in such a way that the mic isn't touching the shirt interior or the actors chest. I did becuase when I tested the walking/talkiing...every 2 minutes I might hear 1 scratch/clothing rubbing noise.) Fourth, when the actors moved their heads up, left or right as talking...the dialogue all sounded the same...all good. (One thing to watch is when an actor drops their head/chin down and talks down...this is the only time the mic didn't perform well...and the sound was slightly distorted. But this is simple...merely instruct your actors to not drop their heads while talking and you're set.) Another bonus with using concealed lav mics like this with a concealed recorder - you don't have to worry about composing shots that avoid a boom mic. Bottom line - for indie film guys like me...this is THE MIC SETUP you want to use if you want simple/easy to use mics that just give you clean clear dialogue.
    Date published: 2008-04-15
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Worth the money I went through three cheap lavaliere mics in a year and a half. I finally invested in this after watching a B&H video tutorial. The sound quality is outstanding and it is easy to use. It comes with a beautiful storage box too. The power module is a little large but everything seem pretty durable. I wish there was more of an explanation of all of the clips that come with it.
    Date published: 2016-02-01
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Disappointing Performance I intended to use this microphone in broadcast quality productions through a local television station that I freelance for and for my own projects on the side. I usually use Sennheiser G3's, but I wanted to cut back on battery usage, so I ordered a corded lav. The sound is clean, the accessories are nice, and I like that the mic disconnects from power module. I do not like the amount of room and clothes noise this mic picks up, but it's an omni, so that's expected. What kill this for me is the awful performance in the lower ranges. It's not as noticeable on most women and you can tweak the EQ on some men for a fatter sound. But if you get someone like an announcer with a beautiful, deep voice, this mic makes him sound completely flat. In broadcast, I get a lot of hosts/interviewers with a lower-range voice. The AT899 just doesn't have the range to cover it and trying to bring up lows that aren't there doesn't work. If someone's had similar experiences with this mic and found a way to work around it, please let me know how, because I really wanted to like this piece of equipment. As it is, it's getting reserved for general room sound, IFB use, and absolute emergencies.
    Date published: 2013-10-05
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