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Great for eves dropping!

The Nady SGM-12 is a versatile, professional microphone designed to provide top performance in all live and recording applications. Its true, transparent sound also makes the SGM-12 Shotgun Condenser Mic a valuable recording tool.

FEATURES
  • Perfect for video recording, lectures, angled overhead placement, boom applications and off-stage miking
  • Dual electret condenser elements for maximum uni-directivity with excellent off-axis rejection
  • Power/Polar Pattern switch for selecting cardioid or super-cardioid sensitivity
  • Smooth linear response with high sensitivity and exceptionally low self-noise
  • Sleek, durable, lightweight metal construction
  • Single AA alkaline or NiMH battery operation (not included)
  • Extra thick foam windscreen included
  • Optional HM-9 mic clip and SHM-1 shoemount available for mounting on mic stands or camcorders (sold separately)

It's so affordable you might as well add it to your mic selection.

SPECIFICATIONS

SGM-12 Shotgun Condenser Microphone

  • Element: 2 x Back electret condenser
  • Selectable Polar Pattern: Cardioid / Super-cardioid
  • Sensitivity (1KHz at 1 Pa): 52dB / - 44dB (±2dB)
  • Frequency Response: 50Hz~16KHz (+/-3dB)
  • Output impedance: 400ohms ±5%
  • SPL max: 125dB
  • Signal/noise ratio (A-weighted): >68dB
  • Power Source: 1.5V DC ("AA" Battery not included)
  • Current consumption: 0.5mA
  • Battery Life: 1500 Hours (Alkaline Battery)
  • Length: 11.7" (30 cm)
  • Shaft diameter: 0.88" (22 mm)
  • Weight: 4.9oz (139g)
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NadySGM-12 Shotgun Condenser Microphone
 
3.0

(based on 16 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (5)

75%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

No Pros

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Amateur recording (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Can You Dig It? I Did!

So i bought a few of these guys because i needed some mic's to start recording some Podcasts for my website. I was skeptical at 1st based on all the poor reviews, but i...Read complete review

So i bought a few of these guys because i needed some mic's to start recording some Podcasts for my website. I was skeptical at 1st based on all the poor reviews, but i have to say that these things work great and sound killer considering how little $$$ they cost. I'm not sure if the people who had bad experiences and left the bad reviews thought that these mic were just simple Plug and Play mic's, but if you want to have these guys work correctly you simply have to know how to use Phantom Power, when to use the extra battery boost, etc. You can hear how clear these mics for yourself by checking out my podcasts, just google jordanojames, cheers.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Decent mic if it works

Like I'm sure everyone else here, I saw this mic as a potentially cheap and useful mic, in my case for catching church congregation reaction better than the condenser vocal mic I'd been...Read complete review

Like I'm sure everyone else here, I saw this mic as a potentially cheap and useful mic, in my case for catching church congregation reaction better than the condenser vocal mic I'd been using. Trying to use it out of the box on Sunday was an abysmal failure, and testing it at home was an exercise in frustration in any mode, with a battery, without a battery, with phantom power, without, even with both phantom power and a battery. I was all ready to give it a one star review and write the mic off as a loss.

I've seen other reviews that said it has a microscopic 'sweet spot' with the XLR cable that sometimes made it work, sometimes not, so I tried playing with that and got some moments of clarity. After taking the battery cover off and seeing that playing with the battery was producing even better results, I saw the problem: all of one strand of wire was soldered to the negative battery plate. One quick poke with a screwdriver severed it completely and the mic went dead.

I'm sure no one buys a microphone with the mentality that they might have to resolder a connection, but if you're having problems with this mic, that may be all it is. It's terrible build quality, and even the solder they had used to connect that wire was chalky and disgusting, but after getting the wire soldered back on the microphone came to life. Well... sort of. Cardioid mode doesn't work, but super cardioid works well. It requires some gain, but I could easily hear myself from about 20 feet away playing with the sliders of my mixer, clicking them against the bottom of the mixer, and vocals were quite clear. It does require the battery to work, does not require phantom power but if phantom power is on it does not seem to harm the mic or sound quality.

Honestly, the downfall of this mic is its build quality. There is very little quality. But with a little correcting, the mic really does have potential. Whether or not I would buy another one will depend on how it performs in the field on Sunday, but I would only "recommend" it to users who have a lot of patience and a soldering iron.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great mic for the price

By 

from Pittsburg, KS

About Me Novice

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Lightweight
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Performances

    Comments about Nady SGM-12 Shotgun Condenser Microphone:

    The mic works and even performs a little better than one would have expected for the price.

    The cons: The mic is largely made of plastic components, the provided windscreen is not exceptional (as with most included windscreens), the quality of sound is moderate (nothing fantastic but certainly not poor either).

    The pros: Also in the pros category I would put the sound quality, absolutely the price, and the fact that it is externally powered.

    Bottom line this is a great mic for the price and is perfect for certain applications, in my case amateur video recording. Definitely should consider other options depending on the application you'll use this mic for.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great for drum overheads.

    By 

    from Quad Cities, IL

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Compact
    • Easy To Use
    • Great Cymbal Quality
    • Great Drum Quality
    • Lightweight
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Drum overheads
      • Home Studio
      • Performances

      Comments about Nady SGM-12 Shotgun Condenser Microphone:

      I was surprised by the great sound quality that comes from the cymbals and drums in my kit. With just a little bit of compression, these really come alive. They work great with XY setup and with them angled inwards over left and right sides of kit.

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      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Decent mic if it works

      By 

      from Staten Island, NY

      About Me Novice

      Pros

      • Decent Sound
      • Inexpensive

      Cons

      • Poor build quality

      Best Uses

        Comments about Nady SGM-12 Shotgun Condenser Microphone:

        Like I'm sure everyone else here, I saw this mic as a potentially cheap and useful mic, in my case for catching church congregation reaction better than the condenser vocal mic I'd been using. Trying to use it out of the box on Sunday was an abysmal failure, and testing it at home was an exercise in frustration in any mode, with a battery, without a battery, with phantom power, without, even with both phantom power and a battery. I was all ready to give it a one star review and write the mic off as a loss.

        I've seen other reviews that said it has a microscopic 'sweet spot' with the XLR cable that sometimes made it work, sometimes not, so I tried playing with that and got some moments of clarity. After taking the battery cover off and seeing that playing with the battery was producing even better results, I saw the problem: all of one strand of wire was soldered to the negative battery plate. One quick poke with a screwdriver severed it completely and the mic went dead.

        I'm sure no one buys a microphone with the mentality that they might have to resolder a connection, but if you're having problems with this mic, that may be all it is. It's terrible build quality, and even the solder they had used to connect that wire was chalky and disgusting, but after getting the wire soldered back on the microphone came to life. Well... sort of. Cardioid mode doesn't work, but super cardioid works well. It requires some gain, but I could easily hear myself from about 20 feet away playing with the sliders of my mixer, clicking them against the bottom of the mixer, and vocals were quite clear. It does require the battery to work, does not require phantom power but if phantom power is on it does not seem to harm the mic or sound quality.

        Honestly, the downfall of this mic is its build quality. There is very little quality. But with a little correcting, the mic really does have potential. Whether or not I would buy another one will depend on how it performs in the field on Sunday, but I would only "recommend" it to users who have a lot of patience and a soldering iron.

        Comment on this review

         
        2.0

        Decent for the price

        By 

        from Utah

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Durable

        Cons

        • Poor Sound Quality

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording

        Comments about Nady SGM-12 Shotgun Condenser Microphone:

        Used this for a video camera mic. This is a step above a consumer video camera microphone. This will not work without a shockmount of some sort or you will keep getting all the noises from whatever it touches. When recording with it there is a noticeable noise it produces. If you have editing software you can pass filter it out all right. If you don't have much and need a little better than a camera mic this will work. I had to buy the Mogami xlr to 1/8" connector which costs more than this to connect it to my camera.

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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        My experience

        By 

        from Tamalewood, New Mexico

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        Comments about Nady SGM-12 Shotgun Condenser Microphone:

        How can you go wrong for a mic for this price that works as good as some more expensive models?
        I was attracted by the price so I didn't expect to much at the cost. As a boom mic For video production dirictly into the camera or Zoom H4n this piece of kit works very well. True sound and perhaps not as sensitive as some of the more expensive models but...I bought another as back up.

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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Can You Dig It? I Did!

        By 

        from Albuquerque, NM

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        Comments about Nady SGM-12 Shotgun Condenser Microphone:

        So i bought a few of these guys because i needed some mic's to start recording some Podcasts for my website. I was skeptical at 1st based on all the poor reviews, but i have to say that these things work great and sound killer considering how little $$$ they cost. I'm not sure if the people who had bad experiences and left the bad reviews thought that these mic were just simple Plug and Play mic's, but if you want to have these guys work correctly you simply have to know how to use Phantom Power, when to use the extra battery boost, etc. You can hear how clear these mics for yourself by checking out my podcasts, just google jordanojames, cheers.

        Comment on this review

         
        2.0

        Sounds Fine...When It Works

        By 

        from Fayetteville, GA

        Comments about Nady SGM-12 Shotgun Condenser Microphone:

        Tried using it for a podium mic. Only got it to work when I SLOWLY slid the connecting XLR cable in and out to find the micrometer width point at which a connection was made. If anyone else touched the mic, it went dead. There's a reason these are so cheap - it's microphone roulette. I kept the mic for studio work later. Maybe I'll get lucky!

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        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        nice sound for acoustic guitar

        By 

        from Oakland

        Comments about Nady SGM-12 Shotgun Condenser Microphone:

        This mic has a switch with three positions on it. Cardioid, Super Cardioid and off. It comes with a battery. When the mic is on the off setting no sound comes out of it. When there is no battery in the mic without phantom power you get no sound as well, but if you turn phantom power on with no battery you do get sound?I did not like how this sounded though. I tried this mike with an xlr to 1/8" cable with the battery in and got no sound either, you need to use it with an xlr.I use a presonus firepod, with the phantom power 'on' this mic sounds weird, lots of hissy noise on cardioid setting and a click sound on super cardioid. I found that the best setting was with a battery in and with phantom power off, switch on cardioid mode was the best for this.Unlike several shotgun mics it does not have a low-cut setting.Excited about trying this mic out as overhead drum cymbals, overall I think if used properly this is seems like a great mic for the price so far.

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Best Bang for the Buck

        By 

        from Springfield,MO

        Comments about Nady SGM-12 Shotgun Condenser Microphone:

        I bought the SGM-12 a week ago and have no complaints. I wonder if some of the other reviewers are using a high Z cable or running a battery and phantom power. These mics work- and work well. I'm using one for cymbal overhead miking -and all come through clean with no volume or signal problems. I'd say it's worth 3 times the price and highly recommend it!

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Seems OK

        By 

        from Tamalewood, New Mexico

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        Comments about Nady SGM-12 Shotgun Condenser Microphone:

        This is the first shotgun mic that I have ever used in video production and it seems OK to me. Good reproduction into the camera, fairly sensitive, great price.

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