13 June 2008

On the Rode Again

Via Harmony Central:

Rode Introduces the NTG-3 Shotgun Microphone

The NTG-3 is the result of years of development by RODE engineers, providing the professional broadcast and film industries with an affordable yet uncompromising microphone.

Using a technology known as RF-bias the RODE NTG-3 is almost completely resistant to moisture, making it the only option when recording in any demanding environments where condensation is an issue. Be it in a tropical rainforest, arid desert or sub-zero snowstorm the NTG-3 can be relied on to faithfully record audio where traditional condenser microphones would fail.

Key features:

* Designed to withstand adverse environmental conditions
* 50% less self-noise than the majority of shotgun mics
* True condenser (externally RF biased)
* Extremely low handling noise
* High level of immunity to radio frequency interference

As you can see above, it looks a heck of lot like the Sennheiser 416, a veritable workhorse of the industry. I haven't seen a number yet, but if the Rode can deliver the goods at a lower price point, things could get interesting.



Anonymous said...

Oh, that could be a good mic, and i hope it sound a bit better than the 416...greetings from Germany

syncsound said...

Hi Peter!

I know some people don't care for the sound of the 416. I have one myself, and for picking a voice out of a busy background while being tough as a tank, it's been great. Very curious to hear the NTG-3, though.

Thanks for reading. :)


miker said...

In the UK I'm seeing a RRP at approx £450 inc. VAT for the NTG-3 which is around £150 cheaper than a 416.

Sensitivity and SPL measurements I couldn't find for the NTG-3.

Here's an alternate view of the NTG-3

syncsound said...

Hi Mike,

Cheaper is better, but not quite what I was hoping for. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that it will be further south of $1000 US. If the quality is there, it could lower prices across the board for ENG mics.