August 7, 2016 at 9:58AM


300 dollar shotgun mic

Have a 300 dollar budget and just wanted to ask what shotgun mic in this price range is going to deliver the most for the cost?


Before you blow $300, make sure you understand the limitations of *all* shotgun mics, which is that they extend the useful range to about 48", not more, unless you have a very special acoustic environment. If you are planning longer distances to your sound sources, either prepare for disappointment or change your plans and move your mics to an appropriate distance.

If you respect that advice you should get good performance from a $300 shotgun that's within 36" of your source.

August 7, 2016 at 11:24AM


Low cost shotgun mics are great for outdoor recording, but they produce poor results when used indoors in typical home or office environments because they pick-up as much audio from behind as they do from in front. So you will hear lots of reflected audio from the ceiling, walls, and floors, which ruins the quality of your recording.

For indoor recording a low cost cardioid or hyper-cardioid condenser microphone greatly out performs a low-cost shotgun mic.

Currently my favorite low cost indoor mic is the Chinese Takstar CM63 mic that you can buy from eBay for about $60 US :

The CM63 is a great indoor dialog mic. It works well with low cost audio recorders. ( like the Tascam DR-40, Tascam DR-60, Zoom H4n, Zoom H5 recorders ) It sounds great in small spaces because it picks up almost no reflected audio.

It does require 48 volt phantom power to work, so you will have to use either an external recorder with XLR inputs ( like the ones I listed above ) or a mic preamp/mixer that can supply 48 volt phantom power.

August 8, 2016 at 8:31PM, Edited August 8, 8:31PM

Guy McLoughlin
Video Producer

Pretty much anything Rode makes is awesome. Videomic Pro or NTG1 (+) are around 250, depending on your input needs.
Really need to invest in a Blimp and boom asap to maximize the effectiveness of a shotgun. Minimium getting a deadcat (which is like $40) will help alot.

August 11, 2016 at 11:17AM

Josh Wilkinson
Music Video Director/DP

I have the at AT897. Works well clear audio if used correctly. I picked up mine on eBay for $85.

March 14, 2017 at 11:30AM


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