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Rode NTG2 Condenser Shotgun Microphone

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  • Broadcast sound quality
  • Low noise circuitry
  • 48V phantom power or 1.5V AA battery
  • Two step high-pass filter - flat or 80 Hz
  • Rugged metal construction
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 2 x 6 inches ; 1 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • Shipping Advisory: This item must be shipped separately from other items in your order. Additional shipping charges will not apply.
  • ASIN: B00093ESSI
  • Item model number: NTG2
  • Batteries 1 AA batteries required.
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,050 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: April 13, 2004

Product Description

Rode NTG2 Condenser Shotgun Microphone

The Rode NTG2 is a new, lightweight condenser shotgun microphone, designed for professional applications within the film, video, television, and production industries. The NTG2 provides a balanced low impedance output stage and operates either from an internal 1.5 V battery (AA) or 48 V phantom power. A wide bandwidth and controlled polar response coupled with low noise SMT electronics, makes the NTG2 the perfect choice for film, video engineering, and voice-over work. The NTG2 is extremely lightweight making it ideal for mounting directly to video cameras or on boom poles.

The NTG2 comes complete with zip pouch, stand mount, and windshield. The windscreen effectively suppresses wind noise when recording outdoors in moderate conditions.


Features
  • Broadcast sound quality
  • Low noise circuitry
  • 48V phantom power or 1.5V AA battery
  • Two step high-pass filter - flat or 80 Hz
  • Rugged metal construction
  • Low weight - 161 grams (5 ounces)
  • Low handling noise
  • Supplied with stand mount, zip pouch, and windshield

Customer Reviews

They work great together and my audio sounds very good.
Andrew Perkins
I'm just getting into DSLR video recording and was hesitant to spend a lot of money on another mic (I have the RODE VideoMic) but needed better sound for voice overs.
Stuart Hasson
The mic does a good job of not catching every single saliva slurp or tongue noise while keeping the voice sounding natural.
Matthew Armstrong

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

94 of 97 people found the following review helpful By SanNic44 on April 20, 2012
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The Rode NTG-2 is now part of my location recording rig that also includes the Rode Blimp suspension system and the Roe boom pole. My video shows the microphone, blimp, and pole as part of the introduction and then the whole rig used to gather some sound. (For an HD version of the video, see my YouTube channel, lenswork4.) No editing of the sound was conducted as part of the video; it is presented exactly as recorded by the mic directly into my Canon XF100 camera. In the video, you'll see the unit in the frame picking up sound from a helicopter on a breezy day, then a few other examples indoors and out. The NTG-2 itself is an excellent mic for recording location sound. It's pick-up pattern is focused enough to use for interviews where you may not be able to control all surrounding noise. You can keep it focused on your subject, especially with the Blimp GREATLY reducing wind noise. I'm now using it to gather "wild" sound to build a library of sound effects used in my productions as well as to improve the quality of my location interviews. The mic also offers dual power, either through the XLR cable or via a AA battery. I highly recommend this entire outfit for its reasonable price, good performance, and as a great way to improve your videos by getting better audio.
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Armstrong on June 6, 2009
I purchased the NTG-2 as a voiceover mic to use for audiobook production and VO recording. I'm running the mic through the preamps on an M-Audio ProjectMix I/O and into Pro-Tools M-Powered 8. I run the incoming signal through the Waves SSL Channel plugin for some light compression, and that's it. I rarely need to EQ.

The resulting tone is clean and clear without being too intimate. If I get too close, it tends to get a little boomy and the low-mid ranges are a touch muddy. However, if I position the mic about 12-18 inches from the mouth of the VO artist, and slightly above the axis of the mouth, the sound quality is stellar. On male voices, in particular, the mic lends a depth and warmth that is often desirable for certain types of voice work. As would be expected with a mic of this type, the proximity effect is fairly pronounced.

Being a shotgun mic, it does an excellent job filtering out much of the background noise if your space is not sound-proof. (For instance, I'm using a small booth in which one wall is an exterior wall with very little sound insulation. Even when cars and trucks drive by, the mic won't register the sound.) It's an excellent choice for small project studios in homes. The mic does a good job of not catching every single saliva slurp or tongue noise while keeping the voice sounding natural.

The included wind screen is a little on the wimpy side, and it's unfortunate that the mic doesn't come with a shock mount...but that's not uncommon for mics in this price range. Likewise, I wish the mic had come with a decent hard case rather than the pleather zippered pouch that comes with, but again, that's not uncommon in this price range.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Skyler DDB on February 18, 2008
I have my NTG2 connected to a Canon GL2 through a Beachtek XLR adapter, and I think this mic sounds pure and true. In fact, when I monitor my sound it doesn't even seem like I'm listening through the mic. I've used Audio-Technica's AT897, and though it is a decent microphone, I believe that NTG2 is the better choice. Besides the great quality sound, here is a list of why I like it so much:

-Wonderful super-cardioid pick-up pattern
-Well functioning bass roll-off switch (for excessive wind)
-Phantom or battery power
-Max sound input @ 131dB (AT897 only 115dB on battery power)
-Very Durable

There are some things I don't like:
-The battery life is not nearly as good as the AT897
-Need to use a flat-head screwdriver for bass roll-off switch
-Brand sticker is coming off
-Wind screen is just OK

The stock wind screen isn't going to be that great any shotgun mic. And the bass roll-off switch is made to prevent accidental switching. Just keep an extra AA battery in your bag and you'll be happy.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By William Corsair on June 15, 2010
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A good mic for the price. As others have noted about condensers, however, they pick up everything. A bit muddy in the low end, but a nice mic nonetheless.

The mic should be on a stand or boom, because holding it in your hand picks up every last bit of handling noise. Very annoying.
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Update, 24 April 2014.

I've used the heck out of this mic, running it directly into my Marantz PMD661 for voiceover. I've also run it through a Yamaha MW10C USB mixer. The mic works very well for my purposes as a source for e-Learning narration. I've used it in the field a few times to record birds and other ambient sound, but, as noted, it picks up every last bit of handling noise so you have to have a boom and spider mount.

Mic also works very well, again running through the MW10C, for computer screen recordings using Camtasia. I create e-Learning that demonstrates software, and use Camtasia for that function.
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