RØDE introduced the NTG5, a brand-new addition to their best-selling range of shotgun microphones. The NTG5 sets a new standard for the range. With a groundbreaking acoustic port design, ultra-lightweight construction, and crystal clear, broadcast-grade sound, the NTG5 is a revolution in shotgun microphone design – the perfect location recording mic.
The NTG5 is the next step in the range’s evolution – the culmination of RØDE’s 28 years of research and development of high-quality microphones for broadcast and film applications.
Key Features of the NTG5:
- Revolutionary acoustic design, delivering a natural, uncolored sound.
- Extremely lightweight (just 76g), short shotgun microphone (just 203mm), making it far easier to handle on set than other shotgun mics, especially when used from a boom pole.
- Tailored frequency response and very low self-noise of just 10dbA, making it ideal for location recording, professional filmmaking, and other critical recording situations.
- Highly directional supercardioid polar pattern and smooth off-axis response.
- RF-bias technology and conformal coating ensure superior performance in adverse weather conditions.
- Comes in a complete location recording kit with windshield, pistol grip and other accessories – the NTG5 is ready to take into the field right out of the box.
The first thing you will notice about the NTG5 is the striking new body. The design has been completely overhauled, with circular acoustic ports replacing the linear slots found in other shotgun mics. The revolutionary design is the result of many months of specialized acoustic testing that began during the development of the TF5 – RØDE’s new premium small diaphragm condenser mic designed in collaboration with legendary engineer Tony Faulkner.
The result is a shotgun mic with unmatched acoustic transparency, and a natural, uncolored sound that will sound superb in a wide variety of applications. The annular line tube technology intrinsic to the NTG5’s design sets it apart from all the other microphones in its category, and will see this microphone take its place as a future industry standard.
RØDE announced that RØDECaster Pro firmware version 2.0 has arrived. Firmware version 2.0 follows on from previous updates, which introduced multitrack recording to the RØDECaster Pro, as well as other handy features. The new update introduces over 25 powerful new features to the RØDECaster and the companion app, which are designed to make it even easier for you to make incredible sounding podcasts.
RØDECaster Pro Firmware Updates:
Podcast Transfer Mode: One of the most common requests from users is the ability to access podcasts stored on the microSD card directly from the unit without having to take the card out and put it into a computer. “Podcast Transfer Mode” allows you to do it. It essentially turns your RØDECaster Pro into a microSD card reader.
Powerful New Sound Pad Functionality: There is a new sound pad playback indicator button on the home screen of your RØDECaster. The icon indicates (by color) which sound pad is currently playing, as well as how much time that pad has before the sound ends. If you have multiple pads playing at once, the icon will show the pad that will end soonest.
There is also a handy shortcut to the sound pad configuration screen. The new firmware allows you to modify settings that you could previously only access in the companion app. A new playback mode called “Pause” allows you to pause playback by pressing the pad. The pad will blink to indicate it is paused.
You can now store up to 8 banks of sounds (64 in total). Super handy if you produce multiple podcasts or your show is very sound-focused.
New Broadcast-Ready Features: New features have been added for those who are using RØDECaster Pro in a broadcast context. You can now disable the main output level control knob on the monitor outputs. There is also a button to automatically mute the monitor outputs when faders are open to prevent feedback.
You now have the ability to switch the solo button to enable pre-fade listen mode. You will be able to hear what is coming out of that channel with unity gain, even if the fader is completely down. The “host”, (channel 1) can now speak with callers on the USB, smartphone, and Bluetooth channels without the conversation being recorded or going to monitor outputs.
RØDECaster Pro Companion App Updates:
- The ability to save and load “Shows”. A “Show” is a snapshot of your RØDECaster Pro settings, sounds, and everything. They can be saved on your computer and re-loaded at any time. It also means you can load a “Show” from one RØDECaster Pro to another.
- The RØDECaster Pro and companion app now communicate in real time.
- Factor sounds can now be restored via the app, and the app now has the ability to automatically sync the date and time between the RØDECaster and the host computer.
RODE Microphones announced the RODE Wireless GO Compact Wireless Microphone System.
Boasting the world’s smallest and most versatile wireless microphone system, it manages to offer a multi-featured wireless microphone system that can either be a clip-on-mic or a belt pack for a lavalier and it can send the audio wirelessly via RODE’s reliable Series II 2.4 GHz digital technology to the similarly-sized receiver.
Doubling down on its all-in-one design, RODE implemented a capable internal capsule into the transmitter for clear audio capture. This pre-polarized and pressure-operated capsule features an omnidirectional pickup pattern and frequency range of 50 Hz to 20 kHz. Those looking to use professional lavaliers will appreciate the standard 3.5mm TRS input with a 20 Hz to 20 kHz range.
Both the transmitter and receiver have a clip for easy attachment to clothing and runs on a rechargeable internal battery that will run for up to 7 hours on a single charge. Powering up is handled through a USB-C connector and the Wireless GO will support external battery packs during operation for continuous use.
The receiver is different in that it has a 3.5mm TRS output for monitoring or connecting to recording devices, such as a camera or dedicated audio recorder. It also has a color LCD screen for viewing and adjusting settings.
Electronic media gathering in remote locations has become increasingly easier in recent years, mainly due to the versatility of mobile smart devices. Unlike a simple camera or digital audio recorder, a smart device can run apps that allow it to become a fully functional production studio. But most of these devices aren’t equipped with professional-level microphones. Equipment manufacturers have stepped in to bridge that gap. The latest to do so is Rode with the announcement of its i-XLR Lightning adapter that works with iOS devices.
The i-XLR connects any microphone to a Lightning-enabled iOS device using a three-meter long shielded audio cable. Having a cable this long allows the user to easily store their iOS device in a pocket or bag while having the mic out and ready to use. The i-XLR comes with a built-in headphone output for live monitoring and the device carries an additional 20db of input gain which is especially handy for use with dynamic microphones. The i-XLR also has a built-in record button as well as LED’s that show the record/pause status of a recording while being used with compatible audio apps.
The i-XLR is expected to ship later this year. Pricing has not yet been determined.