Audio-Technica AT897 Line and Gradient Condenser Microphone

Audio-Technica AT897 Line and Gradient Condenser Microphone

Audio-Technica AT897 Line and Gradient Condenser Microphone

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Product Highlights

  • For Video Production and Broadcast
  • Short 11" Length Keeps Mic Out of Frame
  • Off-Axis Rejection from Sides and Rear
  • Smooth On-Axis Audio Quality
  • Low-Frequency Roll-Off Switch
  • Operates on Battery or Phantom Power
  • Includes Stand Clamp and 3/8" Adapter
  • Foam Windscreen
  • 1.5V AA Battery
  • Protective Carrying Case
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The AT897 Line and Gradient Condenser Microphone from Audio-Technica is a short shotgun condenser microphone that has a low-cut filter and operates on battery or phantom power. It can be used to capture audio in various indoor or outdoor environments for film, broadcast TV, and other video applications.

The microphone's short length of eleven inches ensures it remains out of the camera frame, when mounted on a compact consumer video camera. When capturing audio at long range, the microphone's narrow pickup pattern enhances signal reproduction, off-axis sound rejection, and minimizes noise and ambiance, which delivers a natural sound.

In addition, a built-in low-cut frequency switch helps to eliminate noise and hum registering in the low-frequency range. This microphone operates on a single 1.5V AA battery or 11 to 52V phantom power, and terminates with a 3-pin XLR connector. It includes a AT8405a stand clamp, a AT8134 foam windscreen, battery, a 5/8"-27 to 3/8"-16 threaded adapter, and a protective carrying case.

Short Lightweight Design
An unobtrusive length of 11.0" (279.40 mm) ensures that the microphone remains out of the frame when mounted on a compact consumer video camera.
Excellent Noise Rejection
The microphone's narrow pickup pattern is desirable for capturing audio signals at long range. Its off-axis sound rejection minimizes noise and ambiance, emphasizing the desired signal.
Low Cut Filter Switch
A low-cut frequency switch eliminates noise and hum registering at the low-frequency range.
In the Box
Audio-Technica AT897 Line and Gradient Condenser Microphone
  • AT8405 Stand Clamp
  • AT8134 Windscreen
  • AA Battery
  • 5/8"-27 to 3/8"-16 Threaded Adapter
  • Protective Carrying Case
  • Limited 5-Year Warranty
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    • 1Description
    Analog Performance
    Sound Field Mono
    Operating Principle Line Gradient
    Transducer Condenser
    Frequency Range 20 Hz to 20 kHz
    Signal to Noise Ratio 77 dB 
    Maximum SPL 129 dB SPL
    THD 1%
    Impedance 200 Ohms
    Sensitivity -40 dB
    Low-Cut Filter 18 dB/Octave @ 80 Hz
    Dynamic Range 112 dB
    General
    Output Connectors 1 x 3-Pin XLR
    Battery Type 1 x AA
    Operating Current Consumption 2.0 mA
    Operating Voltage 11 to 52 V
    Length 10.98" / 279 mm
    Diameter 0.83" / 21 mm
    Weight 5.11 oz / 145 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 1.7 lb
    AT897 Line and Gradient Condenser Microphone is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 155.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for my Canon 5D Mk II This microphone was the perfect price point for my needs, which I feel place it between consumer-quality gear and professional gear. I was looking for 75 db or better SNR and this fits the bill at 77 db. I feed this into a JuicedLink DS214 via a Pearstone LMT100 XLR to 3.5mm impedance matching converter, then into my 5D Mk II. Mounted on the camera, it is short enough to stay out of frame even with a 24 mm lens. The sound is excellent. This is exactly what I was looking for to get clean audio into my 5D. The only minor quibble is that, if you are using an AA battery, there is no switch so you need to unscrew the mic and remove the battery to shut it off. However, an alkaline battery should last 1200 hours with typical use.
    Date published: 2013-06-20
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great/Affordable shotgun mic - but... A great bargain and very versatile. This mic can do virtually everything. You can mount it on a cam for run-and-gun, you can use it with a pistol grip or on a boom outdoors. You could use it under quiet indoor studio-like conditions. But it does have a glaring weakness - forget about it for indoor dialog booming in a lively/reverberant location. This is true of most interference tube or line gradient shotguns and not necessarily just this mic. Just keep in mind it cannot do everything. You'll be disappointed with that one use - the sound comes out tinny and hollow and with lots of echo. And the noise floor is a bit higher than I would like. For outdoor use you can't beat it for the price. Just be sure to use a zeppelin.
    Date published: 2010-02-14
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Quality for the Money I use the AT897 with a Canon XF100 and have to say that I am really happy with the combo. I use a Blue Snowball USB mic for doing voiceovers and this Shotgun mic has better sound then that mic even at 3 times the distance. I am really pleased with its deep rich sound. The only gripe I have is not related to the mic at least not it's performance, the barrel of the AT897 is really slim and is actually to small to fit in to the mic bracket that comes with the XF100. With just a small amount of creativity I easily fixed the problem, but like I said this in no way reflects poorly on the mic itself. I would highly recommend this mic for anyone on a budget that still needs good quality sound.
    Date published: 2012-10-19
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from The best shotgun than Senheiser K/ME66 This is my 2nd purchase of AT897. I've used Senheiser 416, 816, ME66, and AT839. Obviously, it cannot beat 416 and 816. But it comes with the prices. However, as a low-budget project producer, the quality of the sound is acceptable for the most of my customers. If you compare with 416 back toi back, you can clearly hear the difference. AT897 is less clear in both high and low. But it's acceptable quality for most people. If you're working on a low-budget project, Audio Technica Shotgun mic is the alternative to 416 and ME66.
    Date published: 2011-10-03
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great shotgun mic for the price Can't say anything bad about it. it really does what it needs to do it comes with a nice box and some accessories. the fact that it came with a padded box showed me that Audio-Technica actually cares about there product. I know there are reviews out there that say this mic is not up to par with some of the big mics out there but honestly I think it sounds great and would be proud to make a movie using this mic. If you are on a tight budget but still need a good reliable shotgun mic this will not fail you. :) only down side to this mic is that it is a little long for an onboard camera mic. but that did not stop me from putting it on my canon xha1. :)
    Date published: 2011-03-03
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from begginer mic I used this for the first time this weekend and it was a huge step up from the sennheiser mke400. Sounds so much better. Now I'm starting to get used to this mic tho. what becomes aparent really quick is that the noise floor is pretty high. The mic sounds good but for budget shoots. Any thing requiring more production value would be totally out of its league.
    Date published: 2015-04-16
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Quality, Price and Quality Price After seeing the price of this product, I wasn't completely convinced of the quality of this product. After consultation with a colleague that has had numerous and very positive experiences with the mic in the past, I decided to give it a try. In most cases, Electronic equipment, especially in the field of audio-visual capturing tends to be of better quality the more expensive it is, causing people to have to choose between the best available equipment and saving money. Not in this case. There are mics of better quality for a price and there are cheaper mics out there, also for a price. I have found this mic to be an all around good shotgun mic and I couldn't be happier.
    Date published: 2008-09-16
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lightweight, High-Quality Shotgun Mic We use this mic in a shock mount at the end of a long boom pole, as well as on a short shotgun handle. Any way you use this microphone, the quality is incredible. Truly a versatile mic. The unidirectionality (is that a word?) of this mic gives you great audio from the source being pointed at, while drastically cutting out unwanted background noise. We've used this mic in a noisy hotel/casino, out on a busy street with sirens, trucks & helicopters going, and we've been truly pleased with the audio we ended up with.
    Date published: 2011-05-30
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