From reading other posts,

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From reading other posts, it seems that this problem is common for both the AT-897 and the NTG-2… of course, the exact two mics that I invested in! DOH! I went over to a buddy’s place, who is an audio pro, and we ran the mic first through one of his professional-grade preamps. That did the trick! Both mics sounded great (although the AT-897 was clearly better than the NTG-2). So for my purposes, not wanting a huge 20 lb professional preamp to lug around on shoots, I’m going to try this little guy, the Rode Power Plug:

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/392814-REG/Rode_D_POWER_PLUG_D_PowerPlug_In_Line_Cable_Mounted.html

My friend assured me that even though it says its only for dynamic mics, it should work with my shotguns given they have battery power, and the configuration would be:

mic (w/ battery) <-> Rode Power plug <-> XLR cable <-> H4n (w/ 48v phantom enabled)

If it works, it would be a very cheap solution. I’ll report back when I know. Unless any of you know with 100% certainty that it won’t work…

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