RØDE has released a new model of its popular NTG series of professional shotgun microphones, which started in 2005 with the NTG1. The new NTG5 features a number of improvements, for example RØDE has paid special attention to low weight: the NTG5 weighs only 76g due to the use of special aluminium for the case - in comparison: the NTG3 weighs 163g, the NTG4 126g. RØDE wants to make work easier, especially in recording situations in which the microphone has to be held upside down for a longer period of time by boom poles. In addition, it is only 203mm long and therefore very short for a shotgun microphone.
Also clearly visible is the new acoustic design with perforations along the entire body (traditionally directional microphones are slotted) - inspired by RØDE&s own TF5 condenser microphone to provide high acoustic transparency and more natural sound, RØDE hopes the NTG5 will set a new industry standard with the new sound quality. The NTG5 also has a tailored frequency response and low self-noise of 10dbA, making it ideal for location recording, professional film production and other special recording situations.
RØDE NTG5 with new acoustic design
Other important features include a highly directional supercardioid polar pattern and soft response for sound beyond the directional axis (which isolates audio towards the mic without making the dimmed sounds from the side and rear sound unnatural), RF bias technology and conformal coating for adverse weather conditions. The NTG5&s transmission range is 20 Hz to 20 kHz, its output impedance is 25 Ohm and its signal-to-noise ratio is 84 dB.
The NTG5 shotgun microphone comes with a complete location recording kit including windscreen, pistol grip and other accessories. It is now available at a price of about - in Germany it will probably also be available soon.