The Rode VideoMic NTG Hybrid Shotgun is a supercardioid-pattern microphone well suited for both handheld & boom-mounted recording where quality audio & value are both a requirement. Key features include:
Full USB microphone functionality
MFi-Certified for Apple iOS mobile devices
Directional Sound Pickup
Technology Ported from the NTG5
Uncolored Natural Sound. Despite the more traditional linear slots found in most shotgun microphones, the NTG5 introduced acoustic perforations, and they make a return on the Rode VideoMic NTG Hybrid Shotgun. This technology provides a transparent, natural, uncolored sound. Without sound bias, the VideoMic NTG’s high-pass filter can be set to 75 Hz or 150 Hz to roll off low-frequency noise from common sources such as air conditioners and traffic with ease, and a treble boost enhances the high-end for maximum clarity.
MFI-Certification. Added compatibility with Apple iOS devices opens the door for headphone monitoring, two-way audio transmission, and High-quality 24-bit / 48 kHz digital audio conversion on Apple devices.
Headphone Monitoring and Variable Gain. While the Rode VideoMic NTG is in USB-mode, the 3.5mm output is free to use for headphone monitoring, without the need for any adapters. The VideoMic NTG also features continuously variable gain for optimized recording for any device. Simply press the dedicated button for the -20 dB pad to quickly lower the level to prevent any audio distortion. You can also record a “safety” channel, cutting out noises such as traffic or wind, by reducing the levels on the right channel while simultaneously recording on the left channel.
When connected to a camera or smartphone, we recommend you turn down the gain of your camera to, or close to, its lowest setting, and turn off any automatic gain controls that may be activated. Then, starting from the lowest setting, turn up the infinitely variable gain control on the VideoMic NTG until your meters are showing a good level (usually just starting to touch the yellow, or about halfway) when recording your expected sound source. Where possible, monitor your audio using headphones, to ensure your sound is clean and clear.
The first is the infinitely variable gain control on the rear of the mic, which delivers a wide output range (numbered 1–15). You can use this to precisely tailor the output level to best match for your device.
The next button is the power/function control. By default, the mic will auto-power on when connected to a device and power off when disconnected from a device, but you can also turn the mic on/off manually by holding this button for three seconds. A single press on this button will engage the -20dB pad (left LED illuminates), another press will engage the safety channel (left LED off, middle LED illuminates), and third press will engage both functions (left and middle LEDs illuminate). A final press will disengage both functions. The right LED is the dB peak warning light, which will illuminate red when the mic’s internal preamp is clipping, at which point the pad should be engaged.
The final button is the filter control. Pressing this once will engage the 75Hz high-pass filter (left Led illuminates). Pressing it again will select the 150Hz filter (middle LED illuminates). A third press will disengage the high-pass filters (left and middle LEDs off). A long press (3 seconds) will engage the high frequency boost (right LED illuminates). This can be used in conjunction with the high-pass filters. Another long press will disengage the high boost.
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