RØDE NTG5 Microphone Announced – Lightweight and Shorter Design

October 23rd, 2019
RØDE NTG5 Microphone Announced - Lightweight and Shorter Design

RØDE just announced a new addition to their directional shotgun microphone NTG line – the NTG5. It is a lightweight (76g) and compact microphone (length is only 203mm), which features acoustic port design providing superior progressive wave interference, and broadcast-grade sound.

New NTG5 microphone. Source: RØDE

I believe the Australian audio company RØDE is quite familiar to most filmmakers. They have quite a few different lines of microphones and audio gear. One of them is the NTG – line of directional “shotgun” microphones. RØDE just announced the NTG5, which is the newest addition to the line. What are its features and specs?

RØDE NTG5 Shotgun Microphone

The first microphone in the NTG range, the NTG1 was released already in 2005. Since then RØDE kept innovating the mic and for instance, the NTG3 has gotten very popular. The NTG5 is the next step in the evolution of this range. The most noticeable innovation is the new body. The design has been completely overhauled, with circular acoustic ports replacing the linear slots found in other shotgun mics.

New NTG5 microphone. Source: RØDE

This new design is the result of acoustic testing during the development of the TF5 – RØDE’s new premium small diaphragm condenser mic. The TF5’s capsule features a unique perforated acoustic vent design. That’s why the NTG5 also has acoustic perforations employed along the length of the microphone.

The result is acoustic transparency, and a natural, uncolored sound. That will sound superb in a wide variety of applications. The microphone offers tailored frequency response and very low self-noise of just 10dbA. It has a highly directional super-cardioid polar pattern and a smooth off-axis response. RF-bias technology and conformal coating ensure great performance in adverse weather conditions.

The NTG5 is very lightweight at just 76g and quite short with 203mm. That makes it easier to handle on set than other shotgun mics, especially when used on a boom pole. It comes in a complete location recording kit with the new WS10 windshield, pistol grip, and other accessories.

New NTG5 microphone with accessories. Source: RØDE

Price and Availability

RØDE NTG5 will be available soon. The retail price has been set to $499. We will update the article as soon as we get more information about the availability.

What do you think about the new RØDE NTG5 microphone? Do you have experience with their other NTG microphones? How do you like it? Let us know in the comments underneath the article.

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 Brian DeViteri
Brian DeViteri
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October 23rd, 2019

Several NTG2’s are in my kit. These accept one AA battery to get over the +48V phantom requirement. Makes a HUGE difference when trying to run a boom/shotgun via an XLR wireless adapter like Sennheiser G2/G3/G4.

The RodeLINK TX-XLR is SUPPOSED to provide +48V phantom, but if I’m being honest it’s a little wonky. It usually works, but I’ve had instances where I needed to “reboot” 2-3 times to get it to connect and provide phantom. And at that point, when on location, that piece of gear is getting tossed into a bag with an NFG label. The Sennheiser SKP 100 does not provide phantom at all.

Does not look like the NTG5 has AA battery or built-in battery like some of their other models. If you have the luxury of an audio guy on your shoot, this is probably going to find it’s way into one of their kits in the next 12-18 months.

Fred
Fred
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October 23rd, 2019

Hello everyone,
Does this microphone work with Red Camera?
Thanks

Ed the salesman
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October 24th, 2019
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Hi Fred,
Ed here…

In many cases this will work with a Red camera. In many other cases it will only work with a camera that is not a Red camera. No offense.

None taken.

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October 24th, 2019

If your red has the xlr and phantom module yes

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