NTG4 is the latest short shotgun from Rode, which features digital controls, rechargeable lithium battery and improved sound quality. It is positioned in between the classic but inexpensive NTG2 and professional NTG3. However, in terms of price, it still fits into the entry category, so consider it a very good investment! The usage is a total breeze, and believe it or not, it won’t leave you indifferent. Whether you are a professional or just a beginner, NTG4 has all you need to accomplish most of your videography tasks …with a solid A!
Frequency response is another very important factor that determines how natural will a certain mic sound (but of course it’s not the sole factor). Plotted on a diagram, it shows a deviation measured in dB throughout the mic’s nominal frequency range. As a rule, we want to see a smooth line because any abrupt deviation could signify an anomaly. A flat line means a neutral response or an uncolored sound, and for shotguns it generally works best. However, small bumps of up to 2 dB can be considered insignificant especially if they occur above the upper midrange.
What is interesting about Rode NTG4 is that apart from an expected low-cut switch we find another that boost the high frequency, thus we end up with three different diagrams. And of course, if we use both low-cut and high boost we will end up with four, which gives us some versatility at no additional cost. I must admit that both filters are very useful and I applied them frequently depending on the environment and what’s being recorded. But first let us discuss the natural, unfiltered response, which is marked with the red line on our diagram:
Towards the bottom end starting from 200 Hz, NTG4+ smoothly drops a couple dBs and that’s a good thing, as that range usually contains nothing but noise, to which line mics are especially sensitive. Throughout the whole midrange, which is the most important part, it is quite steady and unbiased. At 7 kHz, we can clearly see a small droop that could result in reduced presence, and yet the amplitude is not significant. Finally, towards 10 kHz the levels get back to normal. Personally, I love the curve of MKE 600 better but honestly, there is nothing wrong with NTG4 either.
With a high frequency boost, you can fully compensate that small droop and give it a bit of presence and sparkle, which are there by default in MKE 600 and NTG2. This feature is quite gentle and yet still, even the dullest sound it can bring back to life. I usually have it on when miking indoors and off when outdoors as too much presence can be tiring.
The NTG4 builds on the platform created by RØDE's award-winning NTG1 shotgun microphone. A broadcast-quality directional condenser microphone designed to provide premium audio recording in a versatile range of applications including on-camera and boom mounted.
|Acoustic Principle||Line Gradient|
|Frequency Range||20Hz - 20kHz (selected HPF @75Hz)|
|Sensitivity||-32.0dB re 1 Volt/Pascal (25.00mV @ 94 dB SPL) +/- 2 dB @ 1kHz|
|Equivalent Noise Level (A-weighted)||16dBA|
|Dimensions||225mmH x 22mmW x 22mmD|
|Warranty||1 year with free extension to 10 years following registration here|
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