New RØDE VideoMic NTG: A Hybrid Analog/USB Shotgun Mic


Are you looking for one shotgun mic to handle it all—everything from run-and-gun filmmaking to recording voice-overs or podcasts over USB? If so, you ought to check out the RØDE VideoMic NTG. This mic ports over exciting new tech from the NTG5 to the VideoMic series, resulting in a whole a bunch of features every sound recordist can appreciate. Mount it on your DSLR and record highly directional audio right to your camera’s phone jack, or plug it into your computer over USB to capture audio at 24-bit/48 kHz while monitoring through the 3.5mm output. However you go about recording, you’ll get a natural sound to suit any production.

Rode VideoMic NTG Hybrid Analog/USB Camera-Mount Shotgun Microphone
RØDE  VideoMic NTG Hybrid Analog/USB Camera-Mount Shotgun Microphone

Indeed, this is a microphone that excels in sonic quality, whether held atop a boompole, mounted on your camera, or put in front of your face during a podcast. This mic inherits its acoustical design from the pro-level NTG5, giving you a highly directional pickup pattern, a flat frequency response between 35 Hz and 18 kHz, and a natural-sounding off-axis pickup.

This mic has all the features you’ve come to expect from the RØDE VideoMic series, including a two-position high-pass filter, and a selectable high-end boost, a 20-dB pad, and the ability record a safety track of audio to two-channel camera preamps.

However, the VideoMic NTG goes beyond previous offerings in several key ways. Instead of a three-position gain switch, the mic offers a continuously variable control; this lets you select any gain between mic level and headphone level. The VideoMic NTG also provides an auto-sensor to determine whether you’ve plugged into a smartphone or a camera automatically, handling the connection so you don’t have to. You’ll also note the built-in rechargeable battery, which lasts up to 30 hours at a time.

Perhaps, most importantly, you’ll see the USB port and wonder, is this a USB mic?

Wonder not, good people—it sure is: plug the microphone into your computer over USB and you can record 24-bit/48 kHz audio directly, using the knob to set the levels, and monitoring the output over the 3.5mm jack. Now you need not worry about a preamp when overdubbing ADR. You can plug right into your computer instead.

If this sounds enticing to you, come by our SuperStore, or visit us online, to check one out today.