Audio-Technica AT AT897

Short Shotgun Microphone, 279mm
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short shotgun mic for easy positioning outside of the frame

Audio-Technica's AT897 is designed for field audio acquisition in film/TV/video production, professional recording, wildlife recording and broadcast applications. It mounts conveniently on a DV camcorder without adding noticeable heft, and remains out of the frame even with compact digital cameras. This high-performance short shotgun offers outstanding long-distance audio pickup due to narrow acceptance angle of line + gradient design. It also features smooth, natural-sounding on-axis audio quality and excellent off-axis rejection of sound arriving from the sides and rear of mic.Audio-Technica's Line and Gradient Condenser Microphones combine a directional capsule ("gradient") and an interference tube which removes the sound from the rear. Generally, the interference tube of this type of microphone can be extended to reduce the acceptance angle and thus increase the sound capture distance. Short condenser microphones do not have as long a range as shotgun models, but in some cases are preferred for their greater acceptance angle, when the accuracy of the source is less important.


Short (279mm) shotgun microphone, designed for video production and broadcast (ENG/EFP) audio acquisition I

Light and easily mounted on a video camera, allowing it to remain out of shot, even when used on compact digital cameras

Provides the narrow acceptance angle desirable for outstanding long-distance sound pickup and excellent sound rejection from the sides and rear of mic

Smooth, natural-sounding on-axis audio quality

Switchable 80Hz low-cut filter with a 12dB octave slope to reduce the pickup of low-frequency ambient noise

Effective protection against interference related to mobile phones and other nearby unwanted radio frequency

Robust yet lightweight construction

Comes with a foam windscreen, a stand clampo, 2 O-rings and a carry case

Operates on battery or phantom power

“low cut filter”

The low-cut position reduces sensitivity to ambient low frequency noise such as traffic noise, ventilation, reverberation of the room or mechanical vibrations transmitted through the recording device.


“two powering options”

The AT897 short shotgun microphone can be powered in two ways allowing for maximum versatility. You can use it on a professional camera or recorder equipped with XLR inputs with phantom power, or by using a 1.5V AA battery (included) on any device equipped with XLR inputs.


“high intelligibility”

Suited for both boom & handheld use, it provides the narrow acceptance angle desirable for long-distance sound pickup, featuring excellent sound rejection from the sides and rear of mic and switchable low-frequency roll-off. The AT897 guarantees you a very specific audio capture with high intelligibility.


battery / phantom power

Two power modes (battery or 48V phantom power) for increased versatility.


low-cut filter

Switchable low-cut filter for better isolation of unwanted noise.


line + gradient

The AT897 combines a directional capsule ("gradient") and an interference tube which removes the sound from the rear.



Comes with a stand clamp, a foam windscreen, a 1.5V AA battery, two O-rings and a carrying case.

MicrophonesElementPolar PatternFrequency ResponseLow Frequency Roll OffOpen Circuit Sensitivity
Fixed-charge back plate, permanently polarized condenser
Line + gradient
20-20,000 hz
80 Hz, 18 dB/octave
Phantom: -40 dB (10.0 mV) re 1V at 1 Pa Battery: -41 dB (8.9 mV) re 1V at 1 Pa

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