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We pit two well known shotgun microphones (Rode NTG-2 pictured) against the ‘Reasonably Priced Mic’. Listen in!
While using my trusty Sennheiser MKH416 shotgun mic for a narration, the idea sprang to life. In one of the mic lockers sits a new Rode NTG-2. We’ve tried them separately, but how would the ‘LA’ mic of choice compare to the (much less expensive) Rode?
Shotgun microphones are designed mostly for video work, where you want pinpoint pickup along with silencing collateral noise. Long known for its punchy articulation and crispy sound, the Sennheiser MKH416 is a mic of choice in many vocal booths. Possibly, the 416 has a greater following in the voiceover world than in video. Street prices for the 416 have been fluctuating around $1000.
Not a newbie, but relatively fresh on the scene are the Rode NTG shotguns. In the Rode lineup, there are three models; the NTG-1, NTG-2 and NTG-3. I picked up the NTG-2 because of its bargain price (street prices float around $270). Performance wise, the NTG-2 is a champ, showing it can reach out there and grab audio. However, I have to give the nod to the reigning champ – the 416. The great gap in price has to be considered as well, meaning the NTG-2 may be a better value …considering you could buy three of them for the price of one 416.
Of course, a better comparison would have been to pit the 416 against an NTG-3, or possibly even the newly released Shure VPs? First, have a listen to these models. Then, I’ll ‘reload’ the shotgun models and we’ll try a few more!
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