Today Rode announced a new shotgun mic model, the NTG-3. An interesting feature on this mic is the moisture-proof design, allowing the use of this shotgun mic in humid and rainy field conditions without having to worry about condensation building up on the diaphragm. We should probably point out that this does not make the mic waterproof (you still don’t want to get it wet) 🙂
More details on Rode’s offering below:
From A Rode Press Release:
Introducing the new NTG-3 – a precision, broadcast-grade shotgun microphone from RDE Microphones.
The NTG-3 is the result of years of development by RDE engineers, providing the professional broadcast and film industries with an affordable yet uncompromising microphone.
Using a technology known as RF-bias the RDE 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.
In addition to its robust properties the NTG-3 combines very low weight (163g), a durable anti-glare finish and
incredibly low handling and self-noise (13dBA) to become RDEs premier A/V microphone.
When not in use the NTG-3 can be stored away in the included weather resistant aluminium storage cylinder, providing additional protection when travelling and storing the microphone.
The new NTG-3 is one of RDEs most exciting microphones. commented Peter Freedman, President of RDE Microphones. I am confident that the robustness afforded by RF bias technology, combined with incredibly low self-noise and handling noise make the NTG-3 a clear market leader in the broadcast-grade shotgun microphone category.
Australian sound recording guru, Ric Creaser (60 Minutes, Survivor, Australian Idol), was given the opportunity to field test the NTG-3 as a part of RDEs thorough product development. The NTG-3 has amazingly low handling noise, which will make it a boom operators dream mic observed Ric.
The audio quality is exceptional; providing the full bodied, robust, punchy audio I have come to expect from only the most expensive high-end broadcast shotgun microphones.
Also the off axis capability is a little wider than a 416, therefore more forgiving when trying to capture two spaced sources; a real bonus. I plan to use the RDE NTG-3 as my main microphone from now on – it is outstanding.
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
Superior broadcast sound quality
Weather resistant aluminium storage cylinder included
Designed and manufactured in Australia
10 year warranty (online registration required)
For more information on the NTG-3 please visit www.rodemic.com/ntg3