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Line + Gradient Condenser Microphone

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  • Overview
  • Features
  • Specifications
  • Downloads
  • Reviews
  • 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
    LOW FREQUENCY ROLL-OFF80 Hz, 18 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
    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
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  • Downloads

    AT897 Specification Sheet (pdf 351.83 KB)
    AT897 Submittal Sheet (pdf 232.24 KB)
    Optional Windscreens / Mounts
  • Reviews

    I think AT microphones are the best value on the market !


    Good sound nice natural tone ...I've been very happy with the mic ...The only improvement I can think of is I wish the output was a little hotter and that's only because of my preamp in my recorder, but for money it "AT897" was best mic out there !

    Atlanta, Ga


    AT897 Line + Gradient Condenser Microphone

    4.0 1


  • Q & A

    Is this mic considered a shotgun mic?


    Yes it is.


    I see this mic listed as AT897 and AT897 Low-2. Are there two mics or are these the same as the "Low-2" or should that be "Low-Z", the low end roll off switch?


    Thank you for your inquiry. I have never heard of the AT897 Low-2.


    I'm currently using the AT897 with a Tascam DR-60D MK II recorder on Mic level. Can I switch to Line level without worries or will this function harm my equipment? Thanks.


    Thanks for your inquiry. It will not hurt your equipment but you may get soft signals from the microphone.

    What is the best pistol grip to work with AT897? thanks.


    You may use any third party pistol grip with the AT897 microphone.


    can i send this in for repair? The battery capsule base has become detached from the head.


    Thank you for your inquiry. Please contact our Service Department at (330)686-2600 ext 5004 or at for assistance with this.

    Curious about the battery and its interactions with phantom power. What happens if the battery is installed AND phantom power is applied? Would that drain the battery? Would the sound quality be affected?


    If phantom power is present, the battery will not be used. It is good practice to remove the battery when not in use.


    I want to use this with my Sony IC recorder (ICD-PX312). I have purchased an adapter. No sound is recorded. I can record with my a lesser quality microphone. Any suggestions?


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


    I'm videotaping bands either in theaters or bars...what distance is best for recording the audio with the 897?


    There is no set right and wrong answer. I always recommend using your ears and see what sounds best. Please contact our Audio Solutions Department at (330) 686-2600 ext 5000 or at for additional assistance with this.


    I am looking for a mic to use when recording my daughter's piano recital. Is this a good mic to use with my DSLR for that application? I will probably be around 25ft and the location usually is a small hall with a stage.

    Lucky Vinny

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


    Do you make a shotgun mic with a 20' range?


    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.