AT897

Line + Gradient Condenser Microphone

MSRP* US$359.00
Five-Year Limited End-User Warranty

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



  • Overview
  • Features
  • Specifications
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  • Q & A

  • Overview


    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.
  • Features


    • Designed for video production and broadcast (ENG/EFP) audio acquisition

    • Short length (11") ensures mic stays out of the shot -- even when used with compact digital cameras

    • Smooth, natural-sounding on-axis audio quality

    • Provides the narrow acceptance angle desirable for long-distance sound pickup

    • Excellent sound rejection from the sides and rear of mic

    • Switchable low-frequency roll-off

    • Operates on battery or phantom power

    • RoHS compliant—free from all substances specified in the EU directive on hazardous substances

  • Specifications

    ELEMENTFixed-charge back plate, permanently polarized condenser
    POLAR PATTERNLine + gradient
    FREQUENCY RESPONSE20-20,000 Hz
    LOW FREQUENCY ROLL-OFF80 Hz, 12 dB/octave
    OPEN CIRCUIT SENSITIVITYPhantom: -40 dB (10.0 mV) re 1V at 1 Pa
    Battery: -41 dB (8.9 mV) re 1V at 1 Pa
    IMPEDANCEPhantom: 200 ohms
    Battery: 300 ohms
    MAXIMUM INPUT SOUND LEVELPhantom: 129 dB SPL, 1 kHz at 1% T.H.D.
    Battery: 115 dB SPL, 1 kHz at 1% T.H.D.
    DYNAMIC RANGE (typical)Phantom: 112 dB, 1 kHz at Max SPL
    Battery: 98 dB, 1 kHz at Max SPL
    SIGNAL-TO-NOISE RATIO77 dB, 1 kHz at 1 Pa
    PHANTOM POWER REQUIREMENTS11-52V DC, 2 mA typical
    BATTERY TYPE1.5V AA/UM3
    BATTERY CURRENT / LIFE0.4 mA / 1200 hours typical (alkaline)
    SWITCHFlat, roll-off (recessed)
    WEIGHT5.1 oz (145 g)
    DIMENSIONS10.98" (279.0 mm) long,
    0.83" (21.0 mm) diameter
    OUTPUT CONNECTORIntegral 3-pin XLRM-type
    ACCESSORIES FURNISHEDAT8405a stand clamp for 5/8"-27 threaded stands; AT8134 windscreen; battery; 5/8"-27 to 3/8"-16 threaded adapter; protective carrying case
    AUDIO-TECHNICA CASE STYLESG2
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  • Downloads

    AT897 Specification Sheet (pdf 96.80 KB)
    AT897 Submittal Sheet (pdf 380.57 KB)
    Optional Windscreens / Mounts
  • Reviews

  • Q & A

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    • Q:

      Do you make a shotgun mic with a 20' range?
      Asked on 11/14/2014 by Lao1 from Palo Alto, CA, USA

      1 answer

      • A:

        Athough Shotgun microphones are better for distance than a standard cardioid (directional) microphone, there are limits to that distance. To illustrate how they more-so work, think about like this: If you were look at an object through paper-towel tube, you will only be able to see that object. However, you will be able to sense the distance, and you would be able to see anything that crosses in its path. What shotgun microphones mostly do is offer a very narrow area of pick-up, as to more-so listen to a given object. But like your ears, most microphones (including shotgun microphones) can sense distance. This is why they are commonly used in close-range but in video production. If you are trying to pick up something at a distances beyond 4’ with the appearance that the microphone is closer than it actually is, a Parabolic Dish would be needed. Again, the AT897 will be better for distance pick-up than a standard cardioid microphone. However, there are limits as listed above. If you are looking to achieve distance pick-up at distances greater than 4’ away, and you want it to sound as if it is 1’ away, then your answer is a parabolic dish, or get the microphone element closer to the source.

        Answered on 11/17/2014 by AudioSolutionsSpec1 from Stow,OH
    • Q:

      Is this microphone ideal for use with a DSLR?

      My Canon 60D has a 3.5 mm headphone jack for a mic plugin. Is this microphone compatible with my camera?
      Asked on 1/9/2014 by maxrox98

      1 answer

      • A:

        The AT897 can be used with a DSLR camera, due to the fact that it will run off of a single AA alkaline battery. However, to connect to a 3.5mm microphone input on compatible DSLR cameras, you will need an XLR-F to 3.5mm TRS adapter cable, such as the HOSA XVM105F.

        Thanks!

        Answered on 1/16/2014 by AudioSolutionsSpec2 from Stow, OH
    • Q:

      Unscrewing the battery compartment?

      Hi,

      I am having difficulty unscrewing the battery compartment of the AT897 microphone. I am unscrewing below the nameplate as instructed by the manual but to no avail, no matter how much pressure I apply.

      Thanks in advance for your assistance.
      Asked on 10/16/2013 by tariqari

      1 answer

      • A:

        Thank you for your inquiry. It is possible the housing was screwed on cross threaded. Please contact our Service Department at 330-686-2600 option 4. They should be able to help with this.

        Answered on 10/21/2013 by AudioSolutionsManager from Stow, OH
    • Q:

      What is the exact range to which AT897 will work?

      I need this microphone to record voices and audio commands from about 6 to 8 feet distance! Will this model work for that much distance or should I check out any other of your products for this?
      Asked on 6/24/2013 by Shamaas

      1 answer

      • A:

        Thank you for your inquiry. It is very hard to give an exact range for any microphones pick. It depends on too many variables including how loud the background noise is and how loud the source is and how loud the input of your audio device is. In a quiet background with normal speech level 6 to 8 feet should be ok.

        Answered on 7/3/2013 by AudioSolutionsManager from Stow, OH
    • Q:

      What does Phantom Power source mean?

      Want to get up on the lingo. What does phantom power mean?
      Asked on 5/12/2013 by EdFerrigan from Durango, CO

      1 answer

      • A:

        Thank you for your inquiry. Phantom power is DC voltage sent down the microphone cable to power the preamplifier of a condenser mic capsule - sometimes through a power module. The power module attached to the mic unit converts the 9 - 52VDC into a small bias voltage that the mic capsule’s FET needs for the microphone to operate.

        A balanced mic cable has three conductors; Pin 1 is ground, Pin 2 is audio positive, and Pin 3 is audio negative. Most microphones produce a positive voltage on Pin 2 when sound pressure is applied to the diaphragm.

        Phantom power is 9 - 52VDC applied across Pin 1 and Pin 2 - and at the same time applied across Pin 1 and Pin 3. The term 'phantom power' was assigned because if you take a measurement across the two audio lines - Pin 2 and Pin 3 - you find 0 Volts DC. The voltage does not affect the mic signal.

        Answered on 5/17/2013 by AudioSolutionsManager from Stow, OH
    • Q:

      How close can the microphone pick up audio?

      The main use I would use this microphone would be to record the dialog between actors standing about 3 feet from the microphone. Would this microphone be a good choice or would another microphone form Audio Technica be a better choice?

      This microphone would be connected to a Nikon D7000, which doesn't have a XLR input, just a 3.5mm so I would just use an adapter (XLR to 3.5mm).

      Thanks, hope everyone had a great holiday season
      Asked on 12/29/2012 by MaxL

      1 answer

      • A:

        Thank you for your inquiry. This microphone should work well in that application.

        Answered on 1/21/2013 by AudioSolutionsManager from Stow, OH
    • Q:

      Looking for a better option in microphones

      Currently we are using an AE5100 in an operating room. But it's location is 12" to 18" from the ceiling and is picking up to much background noise from the ventilation system. The shotgun mic sounds like an option, can you tell me what would would be a better option than our AE5100?
      Thanks,
      Asked on 11/20/2012 by MDHolland from Colorado, USA

      1 answer

      • A:

        The AT897 would be a better choice at helping to reduce the pickup of ambient sound. Being a shotgun style microphone, it has a much more narrow area of pick up which helps to pick up less background noise/sound. Any shotgun microphone would be preferred for use in production audio.

        Answered on 11/30/2012 by AudioSolutionsSpec2 from Stow, OH
    • Q:

      Buzzing noise while recording?

      I own the AT897 condenser microphone and was wondering why it makes a buzzing noise every time I film on my sony camcorder? It is a Sony HDR-SR1. Do I need to use phantom power to get a higher voltage to rid of the buzzing if the AA battery isn't doing the trick?
      Asked on 8/10/2012 by Zeek

      1 answer

      • A:

        Thank you for your inquiry. Please contact our Audio Solutions team at 330-686-2600 ext 5000 and they will help you trouble shoot this problem.

        Answered on 8/14/2012 by AudioSolutionsManager from Stow, OH
    • Q:

      AT897 and Voiceover

      I am looking at various options for a shotgun mic to use in my voiceover business. Is the 897 a model that would be suggested for this type of work (promo voiceovers), or is another A-T product a better choice?
      Asked on 8/9/2012 by GWIII from Charlotte, NC, USA

      1 answer

      • A:

        Thank you for your inquiry. I've never thought of using a shotgun mic for voice over. A side address microphone such as an AT4040, AT4033 or the AT4047 is a good choice for this.

        Answered on 8/14/2012 by AudioSolutionsManager from Stow, OH
    • Q:

      Is this a good mic for recording insects and does it match my camcorder?

      I would like to get an external mic for my Panasonic HDC TM900 camcorder. The specifications only say:
      MIC input: -70 dBV (Mic sensitivity -50 dB equivalent, 0 dB=1 V/Pa, 1 kHz) (Stereo mini jack).

      My questions:
      1) will this mic work well with this camcorder?
      2) I plan to video insects and often they will be a foot away or closer. Will the mic work well at these close distances?
      3) Are there other mics I should consider instead?

      Thanks
      Asked on 8/1/2012 by InsectVideo from Ohio

      1 answer

      • A:

        Thank you for your inquiry. To use this mic you will have to have an XLR female to 3.5m male trs cable. The mic is fairly sensitive, but not overly so. I don't know it it will pick up insect sounds or not. A more sensitive mic like our BP4071 would be more likely to pick up these sounds, but it will not work with your camera without a phantom power source.

        Answered on 8/7/2012 by AudioSolutionsManager from Stow, OH
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