RODE NTG-3 Shotgun Microphone Review AND Test. I for one doubt NTG3 would last more than 1 hour alone [ with your Zoom H5 recorder ]. Signal/Noise: 81dB The Videomaker Editors are dedicated to bringing you the information you need to produce and share better video. Dynamic Range: 117dB SPL However, with longer distance shotguns also introduce a bit of comb-filtering, so I would rather use Audix SCX1-HC. I want to know one thing, do you think that there is a sensible difference in audio between the NTG3 and the mke 600 for voice recording in short distance (not exceed 3/4m) ? Also, be cautious when going to safari or shooting documentaries. The NTG3 has an amazingly low self noise (as do most Rode mics I've bought a few over the years), which also makes it easy to edit breaths and mouth clicks on my TwistedWave DAW. Acoustic Principle: Line gradient Users of short shotgun microphones can be sorted into two categories. It is ideal for budget film or field production where you want to get the best sound for the money. If you are in a spacious room it wouldn’t hurt using a shotgun unless your are close to a ceiling, because of exposure to reflections from the rear. This is optimal, because you never have to worry about your microphone running out of battery, but it does require equipment that supplies 48-volt phantom power (most XLR-equipped camcorders do). Although both professional and entry-level shotguns generally use condenser capsules, it’s important to understand the distinction between back electret and RF-bias condensers. The goal of all microphone manufacturers is to minimize the amount of this noise, and the RODE NTG-3 comes in at 81db, which is very quiet indeed. Just bought my second one. Partner with us to reach an enthusiastic audience of students, enthusiasts and professional videographers and filmmakers. It also has limiters where you can see immediately what’s going on but unlike mixer, it can record both the mix and individual channels too! Enter the RODE NTG-3 Shotgun Microphone. The NTG-3 addresses the issue of moisture forming on this membrane in humid environments (condensation on the condenser?). The NTG-3’s design provides a slightly broader pickup pattern than that of most shotgun mics, making the microphone angle less critical and more forgiving for boom operators. It can be a good alternative to Sennheiser MKH 416 because it … Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Sound. Countries with tropical climate or close to equator, especially South East, Central Africa and parts of Latin America are first in the list. Interestingly, MKH 416 is also rated 13 dB-A, and yet Rode has a slightly higher sensitivity figure (31 mV/Pa vs 25 mV/Pa). I’m a documentary filmmaker and I work basically sometimes with no sound-man and I need some good quality and good performance at the same time. $699. The use of shock mount is not obvious for stationary mics, but if you are dealing with strong vibrations they could reduce the rumble noise. However, I really appreciate the excessive ruggedness of the cas… The carcass is made of questionable quality plastic that forms hexagons as you can see on the pictures. I’m trying to source professional grade ambient mics for corporate event spaces. The NTG-3 comes with a simple XLR connection in the back, with no switches, LEDs or battery compartments, which greatly simplifies operation and troubleshooting. Particularly, I advise FMX-32, which fits 6 AA batteries and offers 3 channels, and should be enough for our purpose. So is a great step-up in terms of quality. Understanding different microphone polar patterns. The audio from the NTG-3 shotgun microphone was remarkably clear and bright, and it “popped” in the field. Box 4189 Reading through all of this is very helpful. If you can afford one, you’ll probably get better results than if plugging to the digital recorder alone. If you don’t already own a decent recorder, then going straight for Zoom F8 can be an altogether better solution. The first thing you notice when you open up the NTG-3 is that it is stored in a matte-black, weatherproof aluminum tube. On the other hand, it will also pick up a bit more of the background but for booming I’ll take it any time over the above mentioned mics – the cleaner sound of NTG3 is worth it. Sennheiser MKH 416 has even wider pattern, which also means less proximity, but by far it also has the poorest rejection than any other shotgun. The wider pickup makes it a bit less forgiving when an actor goes off-axis and results in less hyped low end when up close due to proximity. But all the reviews I read, the fact it was my first … This is not the case; as with all microphones, the best placement is as close as possible to your subject. To state the obvious, NTG3 is quieter in terms of noise and the audio is altogether cleaner. The signal-to-noise ratio is another important factor for you to consider when you are purchasing a microphone. Maybe in your case it’s better to go for the old MKH 416, which is more expensive but certainly lasts much longer. That can also be triggered when someone is really breathing or spitting into the mic. This redu… This will save you from disappointment when someday wind suddenly creeps into your recordings. Dear Peter, thanks for your great reviews! Rode NTG3 is a well-priced professional shotgun that boasts stellar sound quality and low self-noise. The Rode NTG-3 microphone, shown here in the Rode Blimp mount sans windscreen, delivers great performance at a moderate price. Sound is in the ear of the beholder, of course, but the NTG-3 sounded far better to me than I expected from a shotgun microphone at this price point. They are basic but they get the job done without fuss. The frequency response of the NTG-3 shotgun microphone is nice and flat (see diagram above). While having certain limitations, back electret shotguns can work on low voltage and they are quite power efficient. I was actually quite shocked at how much smaller and lighter it was than the NTG3. Net Weight: 163g After good amount of use, it may start to develop cracks that don’t look appealing at all. Do you think the NTG3 would be suitable for that purpose? Among cheaper ones, there is Azden. Excellent performance and value in a shotgun microphone. Santa Barbara, CA 93140 This mic has RF-bias capsule, which is known as true condenser. Rode NTG3, on the other hand, like all professional shotguns has no issues with high humidity. The NTG-3 is phantom-powered, which means that your camcorder or field mixer provides the voltage for its operation via the XLR cable. Since shotguns are mostly used outside, this can be a huge obstacle. It looks a lot like a pipe-bomb actually, which means you’re definitely going to be flagged by airport security on your next shoot. If exposed, they will produce lots of pops and crackles, and that is a very ugly thing to hear. Blimp is of course more common because it’s promoted by Rode, but it has two disadvantages. RODE is a well-known Australian manufacturer of microphones, whose products tend to deliver more sound than their prices might suggest. Of course, that is not the end of the line. So we were eager to try out its newest shotgun model, the NTG-3. Frequency Range: 40Hz – 20kHz But if you want the best quality all the way, then it perfectly makes sense to use a professional mic – among which, NTG3 is actually on affordable side… the upper price range is around $2,000. John Burkhart is Videomaker‘s Editor in Chief. Field mixers are handy for run and gun / ENG, though I wish NTG3 also had some low cut to apply for vocals straight away. It looks a lot like a pipe-bomb actually, which means you’re definitely going to be flagged by airport security on your next shoot. Generally, to get the best audio, you use shotgun mics in the field, at the ends of boom poles which hover just out of frame. In comparison, though, the new mic is about 20-percent less expensive, 50mm shorter, and almost half the weight! If you want a quick and simple solution for your digital recorder, please consider NTG4+ or MKH 600 instead. The Rode NTG-3 microphone, shown here in the Rode Blimp mount sans windscreen, delivers great performance at a moderate price.