Audio-Technica’s AT99 DSLR Microphone Series

Just when you thought we’d reached saturation point for DSLR microphones, Audio-Technica has just released the AT99 series, showing you that you can never have enough of a good thing.  The new mics are designed for use with almost all DSLR cameras and video camcorders and are compact and lightweight, making them a good solution for extended periods of filming.

Asia Audio‘s recent review of the series found the microphones were “highly recommended” for capturing live musical performances or ambient sound recordings.

“During testing, I found myself loving the AT9945CM’s performance. The stereo XY imaging was pleasant and accurate. The sound was quite immersive as it placed you in the location of where the recording took place with perfect audio imaging except for when the audio sources are behind the microphone” (source).

It wasn’t all good news however, with the reviewer (unnamed) finding the mics were very sensitive and some “electronic noise” could be heard in playback, they also suggested using the low-cut filter to prevent excess “handling noise”.

The mics can be used for pc recording with a 3.5mm jack input, potentially allowing them to be used for voice over recording. All models are also equipped with newly developed shock mounting, “deadcat” wind muff and are built for use with a standard DSLR hot shoe mount.

According to Audio-Technica’s marketing, you won’t have to constantly be charging batteries when using the AT99s, they suggest connecting the mics directly to the input terminal in the plug-in power system of the camera (too bad if your camera doesn’t have that).

Now word as yet on pricing, but we’ll be sure to update our readers once they become available for purchase.

 

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AT9945CM
Real XY Stereo Microphone

The AT9945CM is a compact, lightweight microphone ideal for use with DSLR and digital video cameras to capture high quality sound. Equipped with two large-diameter 14mm unit for high quality wide-range sound pickup and (a 90 degree angle). It features real XY stereo to match the central axis of the left and right unit. At the touch of a button, unwanted wind or vibration noise can be dramatically reduced. Accessories include a wind-muff attachment.

 

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AT9946CM
Shotgun Stereo Microphone.

The AT9946CM is designed for use with DSLR cameras only, and is equipped with three ultra-directional characteristics that can pick up sound from the center, right and left, creating ultra-realistic stereo effects. At the touch of a button, unwanted wind or vibration noise can be dramatically reduced. The AT9946CM is compact and lightweight, and is built for active use with a standard DSLR hot shoe mount. Accessories include a wind-muff attachment.

 

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AT9947CM
Shotgun Mono Microphone.

The AT9947CM is designed for use with DSLR cameras only, and is equipped with ultra-directional characteristics to achieve clear audio recording. It features a tight pick up area for incredible sound isolation, making it ideal for recording interviews. At the touch of a button, unwanted wind or vibration noise can be dramatically reduced. The AT9947CM is compact and lightweight, and is built for active use with a standard DSLR hot shoe mount. Accessories include a wind-muff attachment.

 

 

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Microphone Specifications:

 

AT9945CM
Real XY Stereo Microphone

AT9946CM
Shotgun Stereo Microphone

AT9947CM
Shotgun Mono Microphone


Element
Stereo Electret Condenser Polar Pattern SuperdirectionalFrequency Response70 ~ 12,000HzSensitivity-32dB (0dB = 1V/1Pa, 1kHz)Impedence1.6k ΩPlug-in power dimensions(Not including shockmount) 55mm H x 32mm W x 112mm D

Weight

50g

Connector

3.5mm L-Type gold plated stereo mini jack

Cable

0.3m

Accessories

Wind Muff x 1


 ElementStereo Electret Condenser Polar Pattern SuperdirectionalFrequency Response70 ~ 12,000HzSensitivity-32dB (0dB = 1V/1Pa, 1kHz)

Impedence

1.6k Ω

Plug-in power dimensions

(Not including shockmount) 55mm H x 32mm W x 112mm D

Weight

50g

Connector

3.5mm L-Type gold plated stereo mini jack

Cable

0.3m

Accessories

Wind Muff x 1

 ElementStereo Electret Condenser Polar Pattern MS stereo system cancer microphoneFrequency Response100 ~ 12,000HzSensitivity-30dB (0dB = 1V/1Pa, 1kHz)

Impedence

1.0k Ω

Plug-in power dimensions

(Not including shockmount) 55mm H x 45mm W x 112mm D

Weight

60g

Connector

3.5mm L-Type gold plated stereo mini jack

Cable

0.3m

Accessories

Wind Muff x 1

 

 

Excerpts from Press Release  

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