ATR4697

Omnidirectional Condenser Boundary Microphone

MSRP* US$29.95
Lifetime Limited End-user Warranty

*Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price. Actual selling price may vary; please check with an authorized Audio-Technica dealer.



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  • Overview


    Ideal for meetings & teleconferencing, the ATR4697 is a condenser boundary microphone with an omnidirectional polar pattern. It is useful in surface-mounted applications, for meetings, teleconferencing and desktop computer use. The microphone's low-profile design assures minimum visibility.
  • Features


    • Perfect for teleconferencing, meetings & desktop computer use

    • Omni pickup pattern offers full coverage

    • Rugged construction for long-lasting performance

    • On/off switch on bottom of microphone

    • Permanently attached 1.5 m (4.9') cable (3.5 mm mini-plug)


  • Specifications

    ELEMENTCondenser
    POLAR PATTERNOmnidirectional
    FREQUENCY RESPONSE50 15,000 Hz
    OPEN CIRCUIT SENSITIVITY-46 dB
    IMPEDANCE1,000 ohms
    WEIGHT48 g (1.7 oz)
    CABLE1.5 m (4.9') terminated with 3.5 mm (1/8") mini-plug
    ACCESSORY FURNISHED6.3 mm (1/4") adapter plug



    Conditions
  • Downloads

    ATR4697 Manual (pdf 184.43 KB)
    Optional Windscreens / Mounts
  • Reviews

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    Audio-TechnicaATR4697 Omnidirectional Condenser Boundary Microphone
     
    3.2

    (based on 5 reviews)

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    1.0

    Worthless if you want to use it for any length of time !!

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    from Lenexa KS

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Durable
    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight

    Cons

    • goes thru batteries every 7 to 10 days.
    • Keep getting feedback
    • Poor Sound Quality
    • Unreliable

    Best Uses

      Comments about Audio-Technica ATR4697 Omnidirectional Condenser Boundary Microphone:

      I TRY to use it on my homes primary phone. We discontinued our land line and are using SKYPE for our primary phone. So we leave the microphone turned on in case someone calls, you don't have to fumble around flipping it over to turn it getting feedback etc. Well with it left on and only 1 maybe 2 calls a day of 5 to 10 minutes, it runs through a battery in about a week. Also, you can never depend on the quality. It is a nice size and durable and lightweight, just needs to fix the battery, which might fix the quality and reliability issues. I'm taking mine back 2 microcenter, I have about 22 hours before the return deadline.

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      • Less than a month
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      5.0

      Good performer at reasonable price, esp. for voice

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      from Las Vegas, NV

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Compact
      • Easy To Use

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Audio-Technica ATR4697 Omnidirectional Condenser Boundary Microphone:

          I connect this to my computer microphone to record myself speaking and playing a simple musical instrument (bagpipe practice chanter, claves). It produces good quality audio. Under those conditions, I can barely tell the difference between this product and my more expensive Audix Fusion f15 instrument mike. I am not an audio or recording expert, but I'm very satisfied. Works fine with the sound card built into my Windows 7 Pro PC, and with WavePad audio editing software. With regard to another reviewer's comments: be prepared to spend a bit of time learning how to adjust mike gain on your computer and how to connect the mike to any recording software you may be using. It's easy once you figure it out.

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          • Over a year
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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          A Must for Note Taking Programs

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          from Undisclosed

          Site Member

          Comments about Audio-Technica ATR4697 Omnidirectional Condenser Boundary Microphone:

          I purchased this microphone the other day for college. With the College Equivalent of an IEP (Accommodations), I am able to do things such as record my lectures and review them. Finding a stand alone microphone was hard. I did NOT want to bring a webcam to class if i was just going to use a Mic. For the price I was blown away. I was turned off by the fact it wasn't USB. Then I found out it was battery powered. The small size of this makes it not as noticeable in class. My professor, who I sit right next to (U Shaped table,) didn't even notice it. The quality of sound is excellent at a close range. A drawback to this is the boundary range of the microphone. I wasn't able to understand people that were about 4-6 feet away. Normal Speech on Max Boost and Max Volume only gives one bar of volume in Windows Volume Control. I do not believe the minimum hertz level is even recognized by Windows. ALSO: Protip, change quality to Studio for best results.

          Overall It has saved my life in terms of my grade and everything.

          910

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          • Intermediate
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          • Less than a month
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          5.0

          Excellent microphone if used correctly

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          from New England

          Site Member

          Pros

          • Conference Rooms
          • Field Recording

          Cons

          • cable on newer versions is not very pliable
          • future versions should have device-powered option

          Best Uses

            Comments about Audio-Technica ATR4697 Omnidirectional Condenser Boundary Microphone:

            I have used a number of these microphones since the model was introduced. They have always provided reliable and very intelligible audio for recording meetings on both consumer camcorders and business audio recorders. I have also used this mic connected to wireless beltpack transmitters.

            I have used these mics on tables and taped to walls and ceilings with very good results. This is an excellent and inexpensive way to greatly improve audio quality over most business recorder built-in microphones.

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            • Expert
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            • Corporate/Government/School
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            • Over a year
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            (3 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            You Didn't Really Want To Record Anything, Did You?

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            from United States

            Site Member

            Pros

            • maybe it would work as a lapel mic.

            Cons

            • just simply doesn't work.

            Best Uses

              Comments about Audio-Technica ATR4697 Omnidirectional Condenser Boundary Microphone:

              There is no volume control on the microphone, so I turned the input volume on my computer all the way up, and maxed the input sensitivity on my software. All I recorded was a mumbling whisper when I was speaking at normal volume 18 inches away from the microphone (which had a fresh battery). This product is useless.

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              • Novice
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              • Computer
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              • Less than a month
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            • Q & A

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              • Q:

                Would i be able to connect this to my digital audio recorder?
                Asked on 7/11/2016 by nizaam

                1 answer

                • Staff Reviewer

                  A:

                  Thank you for your inquiry. As log as your recorder has either a 3.5mm or 1/4" microphone input it should work.

                  Answered on 7/25/2016 by AudioSolutionsManager from Audio-Technica U.S., Inc.
              • Q:

                I can't get the microphone to work with Audacity. I'm using Windows 10 and Audacity 2.1.2. Is there a driver or other software I need to install? Or can you recommend different recording software that works with this microphone? I'm just trying to record voice memos.
                Asked on 7/2/2016 by David from United States

                1 answer

                • Staff Reviewer

                  A:

                  Thank you for your inquiry. Please contact the Audio Solutions team at 330-686-2600 ext. 5000. They will be happy to help with this.

                  Answered on 7/18/2016 by AudioSolutionsManager from Audio-Technica U.S., Inc.
              • Q:

                Hi...How can i conect this microphone unbalaced to a profesional mixer. When i do it for teleconference....i get very low volume and vedry poor sound.
                Asked on 5/7/2016 by aem from Venezuela

                1 answer

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                  A:

                  To receive an answer to your question, please contact the Audio-Technica United States (ATUS) Audio Solutions Team at:
                  audio-solutions@atus.com

                  Thanks!

                  Answered on 5/13/2016 by ATUS_Specialist2 from Stow, OH
              • Q:

                I just bought this but my laptop (windows 10) does not recognize it. It is still using the built-in mic.
                Asked on 4/5/2016 by Cat from Detroit, MI

                1 answer

                • Staff Reviewer

                  A:

                  Please contact our Audio Solutions Department at (330) 686-2600 ext 5000 or at audio-solutions@atus.com for assistance with this.

                  Answered on 4/7/2016 by ATUS_Specialist3
              • Q:

                Will this mic work with an iPhone? I have the pro44 plugged into a big Panasonic camera and I love it for meetings. I'm looking to achieve similar sound with a 3.5mm input.

                If this won't work, is there something else you'd recommend?

                thanks
                Asked on 2/23/2016 by marty from LA,CA

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                • Staff Reviewer

                  A:

                  Please contact our Audio Solutions Department at (330) 686-2600 ext 5000 or at audio-solutions@atus.com for assistance with this.

                  Answered on 3/1/2016 by ATUS_Specialist3
              • Q:

                Can this mic be plugged into a Canon videocamera? And if it is placed in the middle of a large round table with a group of 12 sitting around it, will it be able to pick up voices from both ends of the table? Also, can an extension mic cord be plugged into it without affecting the sound quality?
                Asked on 1/22/2016 by Angie from United States

                1 answer

                • Staff Reviewer

                  A:

                  Please contact our Audio Solutions Department at (330) 686-2600 ext 5000 or at audio-solutions@atus.com for assistance with this.

                  Answered on 2/12/2016 by ATUS_Specialist3
              • Q:

                Cant seem to get this working

                Tried it on the line in of a macbook pro. Very low input that you cannot hear.

                Tried it on the multiinput of an ASUS Transformer pad. Device is not detected at all and does not pick up sound from it.

                It seems there is something else needed to make this mike work.

                What am I missing?
                Asked on 7/2/2015 by TarekMM from Silicon Valley, CA, USA

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                • A:

                  A MacBook Pro does not have a dedicated microphone jack. If it has a 3.5mm INPUT jack, it will be expecting a line level device is connected to it. A line level signal is 50 to 60 dB louder than a microphone signal (called microphone level). For use with the Mac, it may be better to use a 3.5mm to USB audio adapter such as our ATR2USB Adapter and connect it to one of the USB ports. It does not have to be our brand adapter however. The USB connection method typically provides a quieter signal than any microphone jack on a computer anyway.
                  If the ASUS has the typical 3.5mm headphone/mic in jack on it, your will need an adapter to use a microphone with it. The KM-IPHONE-MIC adapter available from kvconnection.com should work with it.

                  Answered on 7/6/2015 by AudioSolutionsSpec1 from Stow,OH
              • Q:

                Work with Mac?

                I am plugging this into my mac but no sound is being picked up. Is there any lights or other indicator that shows the mic is actually working or "ON"? Or is there going to be something else I needed to buy along with this mic that wasn't mentioned on the box or website?
                Asked on 2/7/2015 by muteincolumbus

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                • A:

                  Mac computers typically do not have a dedicated MIC input jack. They may have a dedicated LINE input jack or a combined LINE input / HEADPHONE output on the same jack (in which case you would be prompted to tell the computer how you want to use the jack, as an input or an output).
                  Microphones however produce a very low-level signal (known as microphone level) and they will not work when connected directly to a LINE input. A LINE input is expecting a LINE level signal which is about 50 to 60 dB louder than a mic level signal.
                  Your best option may be to use a USB mic instead or use a USB interface, such as our ATR2USB 3.5mm to USB Audio Adapter, between the ATR4697 mic and the computer.

                  Answered on 2/9/2015 by AudioSolutionsSpec1 from Stow,OH
              • Q:

                brand new, not working

                I am plugging this mic into an iPhone 5 in order to record conference board room proceedings. Should it be as simple as plug in and turn on (with battery correctly installed) and record using voice memos app installed on iPhone? If so, I cannot get this to work, maybe it's a bad battery that came with the device. But I wanted to ask if there's some trick, or download, or something I need to do in order to get the mic to pick up any sound.
                Asked on 1/13/2015 by KateO

                1 answer

                • A:

                  In order to use an external microphone with an iPhone, an adapter made specifically for this purpose is required. I typically recommend the KM-IPHONE-MIC adapter cable available from kvconnection.com

                  Answered on 1/19/2015 by AudioSolutionsSpec1 from Stow,OH
              • Q:

                usinc as talkback

                can I use this mic as talkback mic pluuged in to a soundcard with a preamp without 48V phantom power?
                Asked on 6/30/2014 by arte

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                • A:

                  The ATR4697 will NOT run/operate on Phantom Power. Do NOT send Phantom power to this microphone.

                  The ATR4697 is designed for use with 3.5mm microphone inputs. These are more commonly found on PC / Windows-based computers. To use with a Mac, or for overall cleaner audio-transfer, it is recommended that you use the ATR2USB. Mac computers, and a vast majority of 1/4" inputs, are Line-level inputs, which are NOT Microphone-level inputs. If you would like to use the ATR4697 with an XLR microphone input, use the included 1/4" adapter and go into a Direct Box (DI Box, such as the RapcoHorizon DBBLOX).

                  If you have any further questions, or for any additional correspondence, please include your original question and this response, and contact the Audio-Technica United States (ATUS) Audio Solutions Team at:
                  audio-solutions@atus.com

                  Thanks!

                  Answered on 7/10/2014 by AudioSolutionsSpec2 from Stow, OH
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