NAMM 2015: Introducing the RØDE NTG4 and NTG4+ Shotgun Microphones
RØDE, the Australian-based manufacturer of microphones for studio, stage, ENG, and broadcast applications, is revealing two new directional shotgun condenser microphones at NAMM 2015: the NTG4 and the NTG4+.
Building on the success of both the NTG1 and NTG2 microphones, the new NTG4 series is positioned just below the NTG3 broadcast microphone in terms of sound quality, while retaining the digital switching options that make the NTG1 and NTG2 so well loved worldwide. They feature an upgraded capsule that delivers a rich sound and lower noise than previous models.
Designed to be mounted on a boom, a handheld pistol grip, or atop a compact camera like the mirrorless GH4 or Sony A7s cameras for run-and-gun-style filmmaking, the microphones feature a super-cardioid directional pickup pattern, a frequency range of 20 to 20,000 Hz, a sensitivity of -32 dB re 1 V/Pa, a dynamic range of 119 dB, a signal to noise ratio of 78 dB SPL, and a maximum SPL of 135 dB from 48V, 24V, or 12V of phantom power with a 4.5 mA current draw.
Both microphones feature three digital switching buttons with LED indicators. The first button provides a -10 dB pad on the input of the microphone, to allow the recording of loud sounds without clipping. The middle button turns on a 75 Hz high-pass filter, which is useful for reducing low-frequency and infrasonic rumble from HVAC systems indoors or street traffic from overpowering the recording.
The third button, which is a new feature for RØDE’s shotgun microphones, is a high-frequency boost. The value of the high-frequency boost is in restoring some of the high-frequency content that is often lost when a blimp or furry windshield is placed over the microphone. An added benefit is that the high-frequency boost switch can help improve the intelligibility of recorded speech, especially useful for filmmaking and broadcast applications.
What distinguishes the NTG4+ from the NTG4 is the inclusion of a built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery. The battery supplies the microphone with 150 hours of phantom power, which makes the NTG4+ especially desirable for run-and-gun mounting atop a DSLR or mirrorless camera system that would otherwise be unable to directly provide phantom power to the microphone. It takes approximately two hours to recharge the battery to full capacity using a standard Micro USB cable connected to a portable USB power pack, or a USB wall adapter, which now come standard for charging most smartphones.
Both microphones come with an RM5 Mic clip, a foam windshield, and a ZP1 pouch. The NTG4+ also comes with a Micro USB cable. Designed and manufactured in Australia, the microphones come with a full 10-year warranty (with online registration).
You can learn about more new products from the 2015 NAMM Show at this link, courtesy of B&H.