SGM-3500 & SGM-3500L
Broadcast Spec Shotgun Microphones
With the SGM-3500 Series, Azden set out to create a pair of shotgun microphones that produces broadcast-quality sound at a price that even non-professionals can afford. Constructed to Azden’s highest standards, each individual microphone is expertly handcrafted in Japan and tested to assure its performance. Backing up this quality is Azden’s 10-year limited warranty; one of the best warranties offered on a microphone of this quality, not found in more expensive models from competitors.
Extremely Low Self-Noise
The 3500 series boasts an ultra-low noise floor at 13 dB (A weighted), for crystal clear audio.
Tuned for Speech Capture
Frequency response is boosted in the area of 5 kHz to 10 kHz where speech articulation is most present.
Gold-plated XLR Connector
To ensure a good connection and a high resistance to corrosion.
The SGM-3500 at 7″ long offers a supercardioid polar pattern, while the longer SGM-3500L offers a more focused hypercardioid polar pattern.
High Sensitivity Mic Element
Captures a level of detail and nuance beyond any other Azden microphone.
Wide Frequency Response
From 40 Hz to 20,000 Hz with roll off at the first octave to avoid low frequency noise.
10 Year Warranty
Backed by Azden’s longest warranty term, unmatched by other microphones in this class.
All Metal Brass Body
Provides optimal RF rejection and durability.
Supercardioid ShotgunBasically a shorter version of the 3500L, the SGM-3500 measures 7” long. The comparatively shorter interference tube generates a slightly less directional supercardioid polar pattern, that still provides excellent rejection of off-axis sound. While perfectly suitable as a boom microphone, the shorter length makes the 3500 a more practical choice for on-camera mounting.
Measuring nearly 10” in length, the SGM-3500L’s long interference tube creates an exaggerated directional pickup pattern for extreme off-axis sound rejection, especially at the higher frequencies. This quality makes it exceptionally well suited for boom pole work in professional video production.
Curtis Judd Reviews The SGM-3500 and SGM-3500L
In this video, Curtis Judd provides a comprehensive overview of the microphones, including sound tests in various use situations.
Booth Junkie Reviews the Azden 3500 Series Shotgun Mics
An incredibly in-depth and informative examination of 3500 mics’ sound quality and performance. Complete with many microphone comparisons.
Mic Element: Condenser
Freq. Response: 40 Hz – 20 kHz
Polar Pattern: Supercardioid
Sensitivity: 3500: -31 dB, 3500L: -28 dB, at 1 kHz (0 dB = 1 V/Pa)
Noise Floor: 13 dB (A weighted)
Dynamic Range: 118 dB
Impedance: 120 Ω (at 1 kHz)
Max Input SPL: 130 dB SPL (1 kHz at 1% T.H.D.)
S/N Ratio: 82 dB (1 kHz at 1 Pa)
Power Requirement: 48 V DC Phantom (±4 V )
Connector: 3-pin XLR
Dimensions: 3500: 180 mm x φ19 mm (7.08” x φ0.75”), 3500L: 247 mm x φ19 mm (9.72” x φ0.75”)
Weight: 3500: 140 g (5.0 oz), 3500L: 170 g (6.0 oz)
Accessories: hard shell case, mic clip, windscreen