Indus­try-lead­ing micro­phone man­u­fac­tur­er, Rode, has announced the merg­ing of two of its most pop­u­lar lines of com­pact micro­phone sys­tems, com­bin­ing the best fea­tures of the VideoM­ic and NTG series into the apt­ly named VideoM­ic NTG.

The NTG series of shot­gun micro­phones is known for its broad­cast-qual­i­ty audio, inte­grat­ed bat­tery and light­weight-yet-rugged design, mak­ing it ide­al for field record­ing and oth­er on-the-go audio cap­ture. 

The new VideoM­ic NTG bor­rows all of these fea­tures – as well as the improved acoustic design of the recent­ly-launched NTG5, which promis­es nat­ur­al and uncol­ored audio – and blends in some of the ver­sa­til­i­ty that made the VideoM­ic series so pop­u­lar when it pio­neered the for­mat 15 years ago.

Rode VideoMic NTG on DSLR

The Rode VideoM­ic NTG can con­nect to DSLRs, com­put­ers, smart­phones, tablets and plen­ty more.

While the rest of the NTG con­denser mic range con­nects via rather bulky XLR con­nec­tions, the VideoM­ic NTG fea­tures both 3.5mm con­nec­tions and a USB‑C port to pro­vide audio direct­ly to your DSLR, smart­phone, lap­top or oth­er com­pat­i­ble devices.

It also promis­es a bat­tery life of over 30 hours, a head­phone port for mon­i­tor­ing audio when record­ing via USB, and a 3.5mm port that auto­mat­i­cal­ly detects and accom­mo­dates TRS or TRRS con­nec­tions (to dif­fer­en­ti­ate between smart­phones and oth­er devices).

As far as con­trols go, there are ded­i­cat­ed but­tons to select high-pass fil­ters that block out unwant­ed bassy sounds and boom­ing audio and boost the upper fre­quen­cies, as well as an ‘infi­nite­ly-vari­able’ dial that smooth­ly adjusts gain (micro­phone sig­nal vol­ume) on-the-fly.

If Rode’s track record is any­thing to go by, this micro­phone will make an ide­al solu­tion for those look­ing for pro audio record­ing in a com­pact and ver­sa­tile pack­age.

The Rode VideoM­ic NTG is avail­able now for $249 in the US and includes a shock-mount, slid­ing rail, and any­thing else need­ed to get you up and run­ning. Pric­ing and avail­abil­i­ty for oth­er regions to fol­low.

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