RØDE NTG4+ Review: Semi-pro short shotgun

NTG4 Plus is the newest brief shotgun from Rode, which options digital controls, rechargeable lithium battery and improved sound high quality. It’s positioned in between the basic however cheap NTG2 and professional NTG3. Nevertheless, when it comes to worth, it nonetheless matches into the entry class, so think about it a excellent funding! The utilization is a complete breeze, and consider it or not, it gained’t depart you detached. Whether or not you’re a skilled or only a newbie, NTG4+ has all you could accomplish most of your videography duties …with a strong A!

Noise ranges

Rode NTG4+ does deliver a greater high quality in comparison with earlier fashions, and this includes quite a lot of elements. To start with, it has improved noise traits. Shotguns are considerably noisy by nature and this noise is often perceived as a background hiss. Typically, it stays inaudible however typically it may possibly spoil your work, particularly when there’s a want for publish-processing. Noise discount nevertheless has a dramatic impression on worth, and it is likely one of the explanation why skilled shotguns are so costly. Now, this mic does an excellent job of filling that hole between entry and professional shotguns.

The self-noise of NTG4 is rated at sixteen dB-A, which is about the identical as MKE600, however with a better sensitivity of 25mV/Pa vs 21mV/Pa, it provides us a barely higher noise flooring, although each are primarily very comparable. Nevertheless, evaluating to NTG2 with 18 dB-A equal noise and sensitivity of 15mV/Pa we do get fairly a noticeable enchancment. Utilizing the next method 20·log10(V1/V2), we will convert the sensitivity into efficient dBs. So we’ll find yourself with four.four dB extra sign and a couple of dB much less self-noise over NTG2. General, I might say it’s very respectable and simply the best way a semi-professional mic ought to be.

Frequency response

Frequency response is one other essential issue that determines how pure will a sure mic sound (however in fact it’s not the only issue). Plotted on a diagram, it exhibits a deviation measured in dB all through the mic’s nominal frequency vary. As a rule, we need to see a clean line as a result of any abrupt deviation might signify an anomaly. A flat line means a impartial response or an uncolored sound, and for shotguns it usually works greatest. Nevertheless, small bumps of as much as 2 dB might be thought-about insignificant particularly in the event that they happen above the higher midrange.

What’s fascinating about Rode NTG4 is that aside from an anticipated low-reduce change we discover one other that increase the excessive frequency, thus we find yourself with three totally different diagrams. And naturally, if we use each low-reduce and excessive increase we’ll find yourself with 4, which provides us some versatility at no further value. I need to admit that each filters are very helpful and I utilized them often relying on the setting and what’s being recorded. However first allow us to talk about the pure, unfiltered response, which is marked with the purple line on our diagram:

Frequency_Response_NTG4_Plus

In the direction of the underside finish ranging from 200 Hz, NTG4+ easily drops a pair dBs and that’s a great factor, as that vary often incorporates nothing however noise, to which line mics are particularly delicate. All through the entire midrange, which is crucial half, it’s fairly regular and unbiased. At 7 kHz, we will clearly see a small droop that would end in lowered presence, and but the amplitude isn’t vital. Lastly, in the direction of 10 kHz the degrees get again to regular. Personally, I really like the curve of MKE 600 higher however truthfully, there’s nothing improper with NTG4 both.

With a excessive frequency increase, you possibly can absolutely compensate that small droop and provides it a little bit of presence and sparkle, that are there by default in MKE 600 and NTG2. This function is sort of mild and but nonetheless, even the dullest sound it can convey again to life. I often have it on when miking indoors and off when outside as an excessive amount of presence could be tiring. Then again, the low-minimize is sort of highly effective and even aggressive because it begins from four hundred Hz, however it does a superb job in decreasing each equipment, dealing with & wind noises and boomy mud from the voice. Much better than NTG2’s low cross!

General sound high quality

NTG4-plusAlthough MKE 600 can boast a barely smoother response, Rode NTG4+ does have a few of its personal benefits. Notably I discover it working higher in aggressive circumstances, particularly when somebody shouts or blows on it, additionally you could discover the ten dB pad fairly helpful. Males with deeper voices are likely to sound a bit cleaner too and this isn’t about excessive-move. I consider it simply has an excellent capsule, and since this can be a new mannequin, we shouldn’t be stunned! The distinction is in fact not that massive – as a result of each NTG4 Plus and MKE 600 are two very strong mics.

If I have been to explain the way it sounds with out referring to different models, I might say fairly a number of issues. NTG4 sounds fairly pure and really clear all through the working vary. The upper finish has a great quantity of crispiness whereas the low finish sounds fuller and richer. It’s good not just for recording of voices and dialogues, with a little bit of booming expertise it may deal with musical artists and even choirs, and belief me it doesn’t sound boring in any respect. Lastly, with using frequency filters chances are you’ll discover it pointless to carry out any publish EQ.

Directionality

Rode NTG4+ has a supercardioid sample that’s wider than each NTG2 and MKE 600 however nonetheless somewhat bit narrower than NTG3. As such, it gives much less aspect rejection and extra of again rejection than NTG2 would. Subsequently, when it comes to directionality you shouldn’t anticipate it’s an improve… you see, it’s extra about high quality! Then again, an improved again rejection can be helpful, particularly should you don’t have a growth operator and need to mount the mic on prime of the digital camera. Since you can’t see what’s occurring behind your again, it’s best if the sound from that path is rejected.

Options & construct

Rode NTG4+ brings an entire lot of innovation to the world of shotgun microphones. Should you take a look at their NTG2 predecessor, it used to have solely single management for low-reduce (which anyway did nothing) and it was a ache to entry. In the event you take a look at Audio-Technica shotguns, they weren’t any higher. Most didn’t also have a easy on-off change to converse the battery. Sufficient stated. NTG4 has introduced three digital controls directly that carry out the important features of pad, presence increase and low-minimize; holding the pad key additionally serves as an influence key. The comfort is clear.

Battery

Apart from above, NTG4 Plus options an built-in lithium battery that lasts for as much as one hundred fifty hours. For those who use it 5 hours a day it can work for an entire month! The mic has a LED, indicating the present cost by altering colour. When it drains, it may be utterly recharged from any USB port inside solely 2 hours. I discover this extra handy than messing with AA batteries since you by no means know once they drain, after which it’s a must to purchase the replacements. Lastly, a Li-ion battery has a cycle sturdiness of as much as 1,000 recharges, so in concept it ought to proceed to work even after many years…

Equipment

The package deal features a MicroUSB cable for battery charging, a primary foam windshield and naturally the mic itself. The inventory windshield seems to be equivalent to that of NTG2 and it’s fairly ineffective towards a average wind. Nevertheless, an improved roll-off does a much better job in decreasing the wind noise. If you wish to be prepared for every thing, I might recommendation getting WS6 sock, however don’t purchase Rode deadcat – I used it earlier than and I can say that it’s much less efficient. Be mindful, a great windshield will add up for the fee however contemplating an enormous low cost we get on the mic, I might not skimp.

Execs

  • Nice high quality, pure sound
  • Very respectable noise ranges
  • Can work in aggressive setting
  • Function wealthy, breeze to make use of
  • Built-in lithium battery
  • Properly-priced for a brand new mannequin!

Cons

  • No cons

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