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Audio-Technica AT897 Shotgun Microphone Location Recording Kit

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Audio-Technica AT897 Shotgun Microphone Location Recording Kit
Key Features
  • AT897 Shotgun Microphone
  • Shoe/Pole Shockmount & Furry Windshield
  • Aluminum Cabled Boompole & Pistol Grip
  • Long & Short XLR Cables, Boompole Bag
Designed as a complete microphone setup for location recording in budget film work and broadcasting, electronic news gathering (ENG), and field production applications, this B&H Kit eliminates the guesswork in configuring a shotgun microphone system that delivers quality and reliability while remaining cost effective. It features the Audio-Technica AT897 phantom-/battery-powered shotgun microphone, a furry windshield, a universal shoe/pole shockmount, a pistol grip, an aluminum cabled boompole, a boompole bag, and short and long right-angled XLR cables to provide you with everything necessary for capturing audio for video, film, and sound design applications.
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Audio-Technica AT-897 Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Audio-Technica AT897 Shotgun Microphone
  • 3Auray DUSM-1 Universal Shockmount for Camera Shoes and Boompoles
  • 4Auray Professional Windshield for Shotgun Microphones (5.5")
  • 5Auray BP-47A Aluminum Boompole with Internal Coiled Cable and Bottom Exit (7.5')
  • 6Kopul Premium Performance 3000 Series Neutrik XLR M to Angled XLR F Microphone Cable (20', Black)
  • 7Kopul Premium Performance 3000 Series Neutrik XLR M to Angled XLR F Microphone Cable (1.5', Black)
  • 8Auray Neoprene Boompole Bag for 34" Closed Boompole with Shotgun Mic and Softie
  • 9Auray Universal Microphone Pistol Grip

Designed as a complete microphone setup for location recording in budget film work and broadcasting, electronic news gathering (ENG), and field production applications, this B&H Kit eliminates the guesswork in configuring a shotgun microphone system that delivers quality and reliability while remaining cost effective. It features the Audio-Technica AT897 phantom-/battery-powered shotgun microphone, a furry windshield, a universal shoe/pole shockmount, a pistol grip, an aluminum cabled boompole, a boompole bag, and short and long right-angled XLR cables to provide you with everything necessary for capturing audio for video, film, and sound design applications.

Audio-Technica AT897 Shotgun Microphone

Well suited for indie films, nature recording, and documentary projects, the Audio-Technica AT897 shotgun microphone features smooth on-axis tone and great off-axis sound rejection while its housing remains short enough for camera-mounted operation. Plus, it can be operated via phantom power or a battery for flexible compatibility.

The AT897's moderate sensitivity delivers optimal performance when paired with high-gain, low-noise microphone preamps. With a selectable low-cut filter at 80 Hz, the AT897 is capable of delivering clear sound while attenuating rumble and bass buildup. Plus, its full-spectrum frequency response utilizes a gentle increase in high frequencies to enhance intelligibility.

The durable housing ensures rugged dependability while maintaining a light weight that won't burden your boompole or camera, and the included accessories accommodate mounting the AT897 to a mic stand, boompole, or camera-mount microphone holder.

Quality Sound
The 11" long AT897 uses an interference tube and a supercardioid polar pattern to yield focused on-axis directionality while attenuating rear-entry sound and rejecting sound at the sides. This makes the AT897 far more effective at capturing distant sources than the omnidirectional mics found in most cameras.
Bass Roll-Off
The high-pass filter can be set to flat or 80 Hz to roll off low-frequency noise from common sources such as air conditioners and traffic.
Battery or Phantom Powered
Thanks to its 3-pin XLR output and compliance with 11 to 52 VDC phantom powering, the AT897 is compatible with a variety of handheld audio recorders, field recorders, and mixer adapters as well as built-in preamps on many camcorders and cinema cameras. When using devices that don't offer phantom power, the AT897 may be powered by a single AA battery (included).
Ideal for Boompole Mounting
The AT897 includes a mic clip for easy placement on a mic stand or boompole. Alternatively, mount the AT897 in the Audio-Technica AT8415 shockmount (available separately) to impede the transfer of vibrations between your boompole and the mic. The AT897 also includes two rubber O-rings that expand the microphone's diameter to fit the larger mic holders found on many high-end cameras.
Windscreen Minimizes Wind Noise
The AT897 has a foam windscreen to reduce unwanted wind noise from breezes, fans, heaters, and air conditioners. Enhanced attenuation of wind noise is possible with the addition of an optional windshield such as the Rycote 15 cm Super-Softie, which also provides high immunity to rain.

For maximum reduction of handling noise and wind noise in indoor or outdoor environments, consider the separately available Rycote Windshield Kit 4, a complete windjammer, windshield, and shockmount suspension system.
UPC: 042005132409
Auray DUSM-1 Universal Shockmount for Camera Shoes and Boompoles

The Auray DUSM-1 Universal Shockmount features a four-point suspension to accommodate shotgun and other cylindrical microphones measuring 0.74-0.98" (19-25mm) in diameter. The shockmount is easily angled with its rubberized adjustment knob. There is a built-in shoe for camera mounting, and a 3/8"-16 thread connection at the base mounts the shockmount to boompoles and universal handgrips.

UPC: 847628562776
Auray Professional Windshield for Shotgun Microphones (5.5")

The Auray WSS Series Professional Windshield delivers superior 360° wind protection with acoustic transparency. They are engineered for dramatic reduction of unwanted broadband wind noise and vocal pops with very little high frequency loss, for exceptionally accurate recordings.

This WSS-2014 Professional Windshield has an inside depth of 5.5" and is designed for use with many shotgun microphones. It features a specially manufactured open-cell foam matrix surrounded by a layer of 25mm thick simulated rabbit fur. This diffusion technology lowers wind velocity in a controlled air space around the microphone, thereby reducing wind noise without muffling the sound. It also features an airtight tapered rubber base that seals out wind from the rear of the microphone, greatly improving isolation and rear wind protection.

When used on a shotgun microphone, this slip-on windshield is effective in minimizing wind noise and plosive sounds. It is most effective in light breeze to strong breeze conditions (4 to 25 mph) and users can generally expect a 24 to 40 dB reduction in wind noise with negligible dampening of high frequencies. For most applications, the negligible high-frequency dampening is a worthwhile exchange for the dramatic wind noise reduction.

In addition to superior 360° wind protection, the WSS-2014 helps prevent moisture and dirt from damaging your microphone. The windscreen is designed to fit microphones from Audio-Technica, Neumann, Røde, Sanken, Sennheiser and others.

The WSS-2014 Professional Windshield for Shotgun Microphones is an advanced solution for outstanding wind protection with acoustic transparency.

Fits these and other similar sized microphones:
Audio-Technica AT 835ST (BP4029), AT 897
Neumann KMR 81i
Panasonic WM-L30
Røde NTG-1, NTG-2, VideoMic
Sanken CS 1, CS 2
Sennheiser MKH-60
Sony DXC-637, DXC-D30P
UPC: 847628552692
Auray BP-47A Aluminum Boompole with Internal Coiled Cable and Bottom Exit (7.5')
The Auray BP-47A is a 4-section, aluminum boompole that combines an anti-twist tube design with ergonomic twist locks to offer smooth telescoping and hassle-free, one-handed operation—great for adjusting the length quickly, on the fly when filming documentary, ENG, or reality-style videos. The boompole has a collapsed length of 2.5', an extended length of 7.5', and weighs only 1.6 lb. The sections are made of lightweight aluminum tubes designed for portability and durability.

An internal, coiled cable with a side-exit XLR connector makes it easy to extend or retract the boompole while streamlining your setup with fewer cables to carry. The custom, removable head tip and drop-through design allow for cable reconfiguration without any soldering required. High-quality Rean and Neutrik connectors are used for reliable signal transfer and uncompromised performance, even in challenging environments.

Durable Aluminum Construction

  • The durable anodized aluminum construction can handle the bumps and impacts of demanding travel and location shoots in all kinds of weather.

Solid Grip and Smooth Telescoping

  • The ergonomic twist locks are covered with rubber grips that are easy on your hands and comfortable to operate, making length adjustment smooth and effortless. Improved shims ensure a firm and secure hold until you loosen the locks.

Anti-Twist Alignment Tubing for One-Handed Operation

  • Quick length adjustment when you're recording on the go is crucial for keeping from interrupting the shoot. With an anti-twist design, adjacent tubes won't twist when you're expanding or retracting the boompole. This allows for one-handed twist lock operation and makes setup and length adjustment fast and easy.

 

Internal, Coiled Cable with Strain Relief

  • The integrated, coiled XLR cable is engineered to minimize unwanted radio frequency (RF) and electromagnetic (EM) interference that can degrade the audio signal. The coiled design allows the cable to smoothly extend and retract with the telescoping tubes.
  • The tip's strain-relief system absorbs tension, secures the cable, and protects the cable from damage at the edges of the tip exit. Additional strain relief at the bottom of the pole protects and preserves the connections between the cable and the TA3 connector.

Bottom-Exit Connector 

  • With a right-angle XLR cable plugged into the bottom-exit connector, the operator can rest the pole on its end without damaging the wiring or connector.
Removable Arrowhead Tip for Solderless Cable Replacement

  • BP Series boompoles feature a removable Arrowhead tip designed to reduce weight at the top of the pole.
  • The tip also allows easy drop-through cable insertion for quick and uncomplicated cable replacement.
  • Thanks to the solderless design, you won't need special tools to replace the XLR cable using the cable replacement kit (available separately).
High-Quality XLR Connectors 

  • The internal cable is equipped with high-quality XLR and TA3 (mini XLR) connectors manufactured by Rean. The connectors ensure flawless signal transfer and secure locking connections, preventing the cable from disconnecting, even if there's stress or an accidental tug on the cable.
  • The Neutrik bottom-exit connector is housed in its own casing and ensures a secure connection to the boompole that won't jeopardize signal flow by twisting or jiggling.

Standard 3/8"-16 Threaded Mount

  • The boompole is outfitted with a standard 3/8"-16 threaded mount to ensure compatibility with most professional shotgun mics and shockmounts.
Kopul Premium Performance 3000 Series Neutrik XLR M to Angled XLR F Microphone Cable (20', Black)

The black Kopul Premium Performance 3000 Series XLR M to Angled XLR F Microphone Cable (20') is designed to be an extremely quiet and flexible cable that is ideal for the most demanding live sound and performance applications. The cable is engineered to be durable and to provide protection against EMI, RFI, and static noise.

Premium Performance 3000 Series cables are made from 24 AWG OFC copper wire that's wrapped with PE insulation and a conductive PVC inner shield. A cotton-yarn inner layer helps reduce electrostatic and microphonic noise. 95% dual-spiral shielding makes the cable resistant to EMI and RFI noise. The Neutrik XX silver connectors provide a high level of connectivity, and all the solder connections are shrink-wrapped for protection.

95% dual-spiral shielding offers protection from EMI and RFI noise.
Twin-conductive PVC inner shielding provides 100% coverage of the core conductor. It helps keep the cable's signal from radiating and affecting nearby cables, and also helps prevent external EMI from penetrating to the cable's core.
24 AWG oxygen-free stranded copper inner core provides the best possible conductivity.
Cotton yarn reduces electrostatic and microphonic noise.
All solder points shrink-wrapped for protection.
Neutrik XX silver connectors offer high conductivity.
Caged type contact and improved ground contact.
UPC: 847628558298
Kopul Premium Performance 3000 Series Neutrik XLR M to Angled XLR F Microphone Cable (1.5', Black)

The black Kopul Premium Performance 3000 Series XLR M to Angled XLR F Microphone Cable (1.5') is designed to be an extremely quiet and flexible cable that is ideal for the most demanding live sound and performance applications. The cable is engineered to be durable and to provide protection against EMI, RFI, and static noise.

Premium Performance 3000 Series cables are made from 24 AWG OFC copper wire that's wrapped with PE insulation and a conductive PVC inner shield. A cotton-yarn inner layer helps reduce electrostatic and microphonic noise. 95% dual-spiral shielding makes the cable resistant to EMI and RFI noise. The Neutrik XX silver connectors provide a high level of connectivity, and all the solder connections are shrink-wrapped for protection.

95% dual-spiral shielding offers protection from EMI and RFI noise.
Twin-conductive PVC inner shielding provides 100% coverage of the core conductor. It helps keep the cable's signal from radiating and affecting nearby cables, and also helps prevent external EMI from penetrating to the cable's core.
24 AWG oxygen-free stranded copper inner core provides the best possible conductivity.
Cotton yarn reduces electrostatic and microphonic noise.
All solder points shrink-wrapped for protection.
Neutrik XX silver connectors offer high conductivity.
Caged type contact and improved ground contact.
UPC: 847628558229
Auray Neoprene Boompole Bag for 34" Closed Boompole with Shotgun Mic and Softie

The Auray Neoprene Boompole Bag for 34" Closed Boompole with Shotgun Mic and Softie is a case designed to hold up to a 34" closed boompole with shotgun microphone, softie, and shock mount. Its interior end cap is strengthened to protect the bag from punctures. It features a zipper closure with protective interior lining to prevent snags and scratches. The bag is built with an interior pocket for accessories that opens or closes with hook and loop fasteners. An adjustable shoulder strap is included with a nametag holder.

UPC: 847628562790
Auray Universal Microphone Pistol Grip

The Auray Universal Microphone Pistol Grip is a handheld grip that features an ergonomic cushioned handle. This grip is great in "run & gun" situations in which a boom pole would be cumbersome, and in video scenarios in which the cameraman is also responsible for audio recording. The grip can be held with one hand, as opposed to a boom pole which requires two. It also provides the option of being able to record audio from a different direction than the camera is pointing, an advantage over camera mounting the mic. Furthermore, having the mic mounted off the camera prevents it from picking up motor noise from the lens focusing.

In addition, the grip features standard 3/8" threads on both ends. This allows you to attach your shotgun mic (with shockmount) to one end of the grip and mount the other end to a boom pole. This gives you the flexibility of being able to quickly detach the pistol grip and the attached shotgun mic from the boom, an option that can come in handy for entering areas that are too small for a boom pole.

UPC: 847628562738

Audio-Technica AT897 Shotgun Microphone Specs

Microphone
Form FactorStand/Boom Mount
Sound FieldMono
Operating PrincipleLine Gradient
CapsuleCondenser
Polar PatternLobar, Supercardioid
OrientationEnd Address
CircuitrySolid-State
PadNone
High-Pass Filter80 Hz, 18 dB/Octave
Tone AdjustmentNone
Gain AdjustmentNone
IndicatorsNone
On-Board ControlsHigh-Pass Filter
WindscreenFoam (Included)
Performance
Frequency Range20 Hz to 20 kHz
Maximum SPL129 dB SPL (Phantom Power, 1 kHz, 1% THD)
115 dB SPL (Battery Power, 1 kHz, 1% THD)
Off-Axis Rejection>5 dB at 60°
>20 dB at 120°
20 dB at 180°
Impedance200 Ohms (Phantom Power)
300 Ohms (Battery Power)
Sensitivity-40 dBV/Pa (Phantom Power, Open Circuit Voltage)
-41 dBV/Pa (Battery Power, Open Circuit Voltage)
Dynamic Range112 dB (Phantom Power, 1 kHz, at Max SPL)
98 dB (Battery Power, 1 kHz, at Max SPL)
Signal-to-Noise Ratio77 dB (1 kHz)
Connectivity
Output Connectors (Analog)1 x XLR 3-Pin
Power
Operating Voltage11 to 52 V
Operating Current Consumption2.0 mA (Phantom Power)
0.4 mA (Battery Power)
Battery Type1 x AA (Included)
Approximate Battery Life1200 Hours
Physical
ColorBlack
MountingMic Clip/Stand Adapter (Included)
Mounting Thread Size5/8"-27 Female (3/8"-16 Female with Included Adapter)
Included CaseHard Case
Dimensionsø: 0.83 x L: 10.98" / ø: 21 x L: 279 mm
Weight5.11 oz / 145 g (Microphone)
Packaging Info
Package Weight1.75 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)19.65 x 4.6 x 2.45"

Auray DUSM-1 Universal Shockmount for Camera Shoes and Boompoles Specs

Packaging Info
Package Weight0.285 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)4.8 x 3.4 x 2.6"

Auray Professional Windshield for Shotgun Microphones (5.5") Specs

Compatible Mic Diameter0.75 to 0.9" / 19 to 23 mm
Inner Depth5.5" / 14 cm
MaterialFoam
Packaging Info
Package Weight0.3 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)11.7 x 4.15 x 3.15"

Auray BP-47A Aluminum Boompole with Internal Coiled Cable and Bottom Exit (7.5') Specs

Maximum Length7.5' / 2.3 m
Minimum Length2.5' / 0.8 m
MaterialAluminum
Thread Type3/8"-16 Male
TopRemovable
Included CablingCoiled
Cable ExitBottom Connector
Output Connector Type3-Pin XLR
Number of Sections4
Adjustment LockTwist Lock
Weight1.6 lb / 0.7 kg
Packaging Info
Package Weight1.935 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)33.4 x 3.9 x 3.5"

Kopul Premium Performance 3000 Series Neutrik XLR M to Angled XLR F Microphone Cable (20', Black) Specs

Contact PlatingSilver
Cable Length20' / 6.1 m
Conductor MaterialOxygen-Free Copper (OFC)
Number of Conductors2
Wire Gauge24 AWG
Jacket TypePolyvinyl Chloride (PVC)
Shielding95% Spiral
Insulation TypePolyethylene
Packaging Info
Package Weight0.815 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)11.9 x 8.2 x 1.3"

Kopul Premium Performance 3000 Series Neutrik XLR M to Angled XLR F Microphone Cable (1.5', Black) Specs

Contact PlatingSilver
Cable Length1.5' / 0.45 m
Conductor MaterialOxygen-Free Copper (OFC)
Number of Conductors2
Wire Gauge24 AWG
Jacket TypePolyvinyl Chloride (PVC)
Shielding95% Spiral
Insulation TypePolyethylene
Packaging Info
Package Weight0.3 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)9.4 x 9 x 1.05"

Auray Neoprene Boompole Bag for 34" Closed Boompole with Shotgun Mic and Softie Specs

MaterialNeoprene
Type of ClosureZipper with protective lining
Dimensions36 x 6 x 2" (91.4 x 15.5 x 5.5 cm)
Weight15 oz (454 g)
Packaging Info
Package Weight0.8 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)39 x 7.8 x 1"

Auray Universal Microphone Pistol Grip Specs

Packaging Info
Package Weight0.24 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)7.75 x 3.1 x 1.65"

Audio-Technica AT-897 Reviews

Greatest Mic Ever!!!!!

By Craig
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-06-20

and I've had this mic for many many many years and use it almost daily. I use it right next to the MKH-416 and you would be hard pressed to tell the difference between the two. This is the greatest mic of all time iMO

Came up short

By Scott
Rated 2 out of 5
Date: 2021-02-25

I bought this microphone for my trip to Yellowstone tomorrow, hoping to pick up the howling of the wolf packs, but the microphone does not come with any cables to hook up to my camera. Disappointed in this purchase.

Comes in a suitcase

By Chris
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-09-08

This mic arrives and works in style. Buy it

Great mic, great price

By Phil
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-06-14

I ordered this mic after reading and watching lots of reviews. And I'm not disappointed. It sounds good, has good pickup, and good off axis rejection. I would have liked a smaller case to carry it in, but that's not a big deal.

Superior, professional mic

By Jeff the TV guy.
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2018-03-06

We now have four of these, and they get used in all sorts of situations, always providing excellent, professional results. The SPL rejection from the sides is excellent. We have used them on fixed rigs overhead on news desk sets, and also on a handheld boom pole. Solid. Professional.

Great Quality audio for films

By WarTorn Productions
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2017-05-31

Sturdy, affordable, crisp. No problems so far and we've used it on set at WarTorn Productions multiple times.

Most under rated mic ever!

By Craig
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-03-14

I love this mic. I've been using it for many years and when I did a side-by-side comparison to the 416 i couldn't tell a difference. Save a ton a money and get this mic

I love it

By Matthew
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-03-01

Been using it for about three months now with my Canon XA 50. Used for both interviews and vocals. Sound quality is awesome. For the price point I consider it a great value. I highly recommend it.

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better than at875?
Asked by: Anonymous
The AT897 is slightly more directional due to the length of the tube, as well as the option to self power via AA battery. These would be the major differences.
Answered by: Jeff P.
Date published: 2018-08-27

I'm looking to shoot two or three people in one ...

I'm looking to shoot two or three people in one shot, with the boom overhead on a stand. Mostly indoors. Would this mic capture everyone's dialogue if there is no boom operator to move to the speaker?
Asked by: Jason
A shotgun mic should be used to pick up dialog from one person, or professional sounding audio. If you use it to pick up two people, the sound will become thin. I would suggest using a boom person, or setting up two mics in a stereo configuration.
Answered by: Steve
Date published: 2021-02-25

question

What is the length of the XLR cable that comes with this kit?
Asked by: Anonymous
There is no XLR cable included in this kit. You receive the Kopul LMT100 XLR to mini adapter which is 18 in length and allows you to connect directly to a camera or portable digital recorder.
Answered by: Jeff P.
Date published: 2018-08-27

Does it come with a windscreen?

Does it come with a windscreen?
Asked by: Matt
Yes, it comes with a foam windscreen that is effective in breezes up to about 7 mph.
Answered by: John
Date published: 2020-07-06

question

What does the limited 1 year warranty cover?
Asked by: Pierre S.
The Limited 1-Year Warranty covers failure due to defects in the manufacturing process.
Answered by: Mark S.
Date published: 2018-08-27

I’m shooting a film on an iphone. Is there a way ...

I’m shooting a film on an iphone. Is there a way to connect this mic with the phone?
Asked by: Natalia
The Saramonic LC-XLR Female XLR to Lightning Microphone Adapter Cable for iOS Devices (B&H # SALCXLR) can be used to connect the AT897 to your iPhone You will need to use a battery to power the mic since the iPhone can not supply phantom power. The other options for cables are the Saramonic SR-XLR35 XLR Female to 3.5mm TRRS Microphone Cable for DSLR Cameras and Smartphones (B&H # SASRXLR35) combined with the Apple Lightning to 3.5mm Headphone Jack Adapter (B&H # APLAADAP). The MXL Female XLR to 3.5mm Male TRRS and 3.5mm Female TRS Multimedia Adapter Cable for Select Dynamic Microphones (B&H # MXMMCABLE) provides a 3.5mm TRS headphone tap which allows you to monitor the sound while recording. This cable can also be combined with the Apple Lightning adapter for use with an iPhone.
Answered by: Lisa
Date published: 2019-10-23

question

Slide switch up or down for phantom power ?
Asked by: George B.
Neither. The switch is a low cut filter. If a AA battery is inside of the microphone, you do not need phantom power. If there is no battery inside, then you need phantom power.
Answered by: Andrea O.
Date published: 2018-08-27

question

I'm encountering A LOT of fuzz in the background when recording with this straight into my 5dMKii does anyone have a solution?
Asked by: Anonymous
There can definitely be issues with connecting to the MK II's directly. In the long term, look into an external recorder. For now maybe search around for solutions for the exact model of your firmware/camera and external mics. Might be interference from bad hardware.
Answered by: Joshua H.
Date published: 2018-08-27
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