Rode NTG2 Shotgun Condenser Microphone

Enter the world of broadcast-quality sound capture with the Rode NTG2 -- a shotgun mic that offers professional sound on an indie-videographer budget.

Rode microphones have become proven contenders in the pro film world, and the Rode NTG-2 shotgun condenser is no exception. With a narrow supercardioid pickup pattern, excellent off-axis rejection, impressively light weight, and an internal AA battery for self-powering, it's perfect for location audio.

Broadcast-Quality Sound Capture

Humans have been doing this film thing for a while now, and today's audiences are simply conditioned to expect a certain quality in their soundtracks. The Rode NTG-2 has a frequency response tailored specifically for broadcast and film performance, with a nearly perfectly flat response up to 1.4 kHz, an airy boost at 10 kHz and a switchable bass roll-off at sub 80 Hz. In short, the NTG-2 sounds like professionally produced audio should. So where will you use your NTG-2?

Location Audio

Three key features make the Rode NTG-2 the perfect location audio mic -- aside from its great sound, of course. Firstly the mic weighs only 5.17 ounces. Whether it's mounted atop a handheld camera or affixed to the end of a boom, that's a spec you're bound to love.

Secondly, the Rode NTG-2 boasts a supercardioid pickup pattern, meaning the mic picks up in a very narrow pattern that focuses directly on your source while rejecting off-axis bleed, and exhibits a very flat on-axis frequency response regardless of distance from the subject. With the NTG-2 on the end of a boom, you'll have precise control over your audio -- hugely important for documentarians read more and field journalists where ADR isn't an option.

Finally, the NTG-2 has the option to run on a single AA battery, so even if your camera audio equipment doesn't supply 48-volt phantom power you can still capture pro-quality audio on location.

Foley and Voice Over

Integrating sound effects and voiceovers into film and television work is all about consistency. The biggest sound post houses in the industry use shotgun mics to produce effects and narration, and now you can, too. The NTG-2 not only provides frequency consistency from location to sound stage, but it also has the low self-noise and dynamic range of a high-quality, dedicated studio microphone.

Rugged Build For Years Of Use

Even if the Rode NTG-2 is affordable by professional standards, you still want to know that your money is being well invested. The NTG-2 -- like all Rode microphones -- is built to rigorous standards and housed in a rugged metal chassis that will withstand years of field work.

Sound makes or breaks a film. So what's an independent filmmaker or startup videographer on a budget supposed to do? Rely on their camera's built-in mic? Dub everything in post? No! They get themselves a Rode NTG-2 and enter the world of professional broadcast-quality sound capture at an unprecedented low price.
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Operation power: The NTG-2 is designed to operate from standard P48 phantom power or a 1.5 V Alkaline Battery. The NTG-2 will operate between 44 V to 52 V applied with positive polarity to pin 2 and pin 3 via the output XLR connector.

Operation output impedance: The NTG-1 will operate satisfactorily into a load impedance as low as 1 kilohm. If a load below this is used, the output signal level will be reduced. The NTG-2s output is balanced between pin 2 (hot), pin 3 (cold) and pin 1 is ground.

Acoustic principle: Line plus Gradient.

Directional pattern: Super-Cardioid.

Frequency range: 20 Hz ~ 20 kHz selectable HPF @ 80 Hz/12 dB octave

Output impedance: 250 ohms -- phantom power, 350 ohms -- battery power

Signal noise ratio din iec 651: 76 dB (1 kHz rel. 1 Pa; per IEC651, IEC268-15)

Equvalent noise: 18 dB SPL (per IEC651, IEC268-15)

Maximum spl: 131 dB (@ 1% THD into 1 kilohm)

Sensitivity: -36 dB re 1 Volt/Pascal (15 mV @ 94 dB SPL) +/- 2 dB (at 1 kHz in free field into open circuit)

Dynamic range din iec 651: 113 dB (per IEC651, IEC268-15)

Power supply voltage: 1.5 V Alkaline Battery or P48 Phantom

Current consumption: 2.0 mA

Output connection: 3 pin XLR, balanced output between pin 2 (+), pin 3 (-) and pin 1 (ground)

Weight with battery: 161 g approx. (3.37 oz.)

Dimensions width: 278mm

Dimensions depth: 22mm

Dimensions height: 22mm
Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
Base Item
Shipping Weight: 1.25 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 13 x 6 x 2 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): NTG2
with Rode SM3 Shockmount
Shipping Weight: 1.5 lbs

For support or warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer:
Phone: 562-364-7400

Rode NTG2 Shotgun Condenser Microphone

The RODE NTG-2 is a lightweight condenser shotgun microphone, designed for professional applications within the film, video, television and production industries.

The NTG-2 provides a balanced low impedance output stage and operates either from an internal 1.5 V battery (AA) or 48 V to the P48 standard. A wide-bandwidth and controlled polar response coupled with low noise SMT electronics, makes the NTG-2 the perfect choice for film, video engineering and voiceover work. The NTG-2 is extremely lightweight making it ideal for mounting directly to video cameras or on boom poles.

The NTG-2 comes complete with mount and windshield. The windscreen effectively suppresses wind noise when recording outdoors in moderate conditions.


- Broadcast sound quality
- Rugged metal construction
- Condenser microphone transducer
- Weighing 161 grams (5.17 oz)
- Low-noise circuitry
- Low handling noise
- Supplied with stand mount and zip pouch
- Designed & manufactured in Australia
- Full 2 year guarantee

Reviewers gave this product an overall rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. (28 ratings)
Submitted August 25, 2009 by a customer from
"Rode NTG 2 great for Voice Over"
Overall: 4.5 out of 5 stars
We recently bought a Rode NTG2 shotgun microphone; mainly because I'd read some good reviews but also as it was probably the least expensive shotgun mic I could find that had dual powered circuitry (battery and phantom power) and was from my favourite mic. manufacturer, Rode, who were offering a buy one mic. and get the new M3 (live condenser mic) for a $1AUS, how could we resist! The intended use of the NTG2 was location audio recording on the end of a pole for video work, but since it's been described as a good mic for voice it was worth testing for this purpose.

Ease of Use
I set up three mics for the session as follows (Note: these mics were set up in the control room of the studio and not the live room. These V/O sessions have, in the past, involved on the fly re-writes of the script and so I thought I'd keep the talent close by so we could chop and change "on the fly"): Mic 1. Rode NT2 on a SE electronics heavy duty stand, SE Reflexion Filter and a regular pop shield. Mic 2. Rode NT2 on a Red5 Audio mic stand and acoustic device (kindly provided by the client) and a regular pop shield. Mic 3. Rode NTG2 in a Studio-Spares budget mic stand in a Rode SM4 suspension mount, regular pop shield and a lump of Auralex foam on the back end of the mic, as a surrogate for a Reflexion filter. All three mics were interfaced directly into the DAW (via a Fireface800) which also provided the phantom read more power so I was using the same preamps with each mic. The audio was fed back digitally through the monitor mixer to the talents ears and also sent dry to Cubase for recording. I didn't want to put the two NT2s through the usual Toft preamps and not offer the NTG the same service, so i just thought "stuff it" and record the three mics dry to the DAW. First, we did a level test to get all threee mics to the same gain at the same distance (8" from the mic) using a metronome clicker held the same distance away. The NTG required slightly less gain that the NT2s using the same preamps which would be expected owing to the directional nature of the mic. This reduction in gain made little difference to the ambient noise in the room, however, as the control room is well treated and all the computers and devices run very quiet. We did a voice test with the three artists (Steve, David and Brian) just to see which voice suited which mic, it was hard to tell the difference between the two NT2s, MIC1 certainly was a little dryer that MIC2, with less ambience; thus proving that spending the extra on the SE Electronics Reflexion filter was worth it. However the Red5 Audio filter was effective and it was nice to be able to open and close it, which had an effect of the tone of the signal, which is something the SE Reflexion filter cannot do. MIC3 was noticeably less bright than the two NT2s but looking at the specs of the two mics the NT2 does have a presence spike so I'd expect it to require a little more top end taming for voice compared to the NTG. What did surprise me, though, was the sheer quality and depth of the recording from MIC3, there was very little colouration of the voice compared to the other two mics which seem to exaggerate all the highs and boost the lows (which is why it's great for sung vocals as it just cuts through). The NTG2 on the other hand was very natural and true to life. We actually used it later in the session to record some swannie whistle samples as it was far better than the NT2s at producing a natural tone. One thing I did notice was the sensitivity of the NTG2 to plosives despite the pop shield. a quick fix for this was to have the mic angled slightly (about 15 degrees) away from the mouth, in fact i pointed it at the chin of the artist, not only did this remove the plosive effect but also made the mic even more warm and seemed to increase the gain a little; surprise number two! The session went well and all three artists did a good job, little did they know that i was using them an guinea-pigs! I wanted to test the directionality of the NTG2, since it's a shotgun mic it was worth having a play. So we set up an NT2 and the NTG2 back-to-back without the benefit of Reflexion Filter with two voices facing each other having a conversation; one talking 8" from the front of the NT2 (and about 24" from the back of the NTG2) and the opposite way for the other mic This is where the NTG2 excelled.. I didn't need to play back the test as it was obvious from the waveforms on the PC monitor: despite the cardioid pattern of the NT2 there was a lot of bleed from the other voice coming through the back of the mic, although it was attenuated and has very little bottom and mid response it was noticeable and the audio would have require editing to remove the other voice from the recording, the NTG2 on the other hand was very good at eliminating the off axis sound, since it claims to have a true hyper-cardioid pattern .In fact I had noticed this while we were recording the V/O project; when David bellowed out his lines the TNG2 which was 8 feet away angled about 45 degrees away from him and towards the other artist, was picking very little up.

When you compare the financial outlay of the three systems, for voice recording at least (I would not want to attempt to use the NTG2 for sung vocals) this little shotgun mic wins the day without a doubt, in fact i wish I'd had three to use on the day!

The Wow Factor
So, to conclude: I would heartily recommend anyone adding this mic to their collection, its not expensive and the quality of the recording justifies the outlay instantly. If you're used to taking out your favourite large diaphragm condenser whenever you consider a voice recording.. think again!

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