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.
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