Rode NTG-2 Reviews4.1/5.0 based on 10 customer reviews
This is the affordable shotgun mic to use for voice-over applications. It's great at eliminating room characteristics, which helps it to capture clean announcer and dialog tracks. It's also excellent for ADR and in the field.
from United States
February 27, 2013Music Background:
Voice overGreat price. Excellent sound! I bought this mic to take on the road. But after hearing it I use on a daily basis. If you do voice over this is a great mic to add to your locker.
June 22, 2011Music Background:
Love it!I've used a few "high end" shotgun mics in the past including the famous sennheiser mkh 416.
this mic is comparable to the audio quality of more expensive mics, in my opinion, with a very low noise floor.
from Upstate New York
December 6, 2011Music Background:
independent radio producer
sweet, inexpensive short shotLightweight, self or phantom powered, sharp sounding short shotgun mic. Sound is just a bit crisp, but for a fraction of the Sennheiser price, what the heck. A great addition to my on-the-go gear.
from New York City (Ground Zero / Financial District)
June 17, 2007Music Background:
Hypnotist, Voice Over, Former early years CBGB punk alumni guitarist
A Killer Microphone for web-based audio !!!Let me start out .. I am not a technical, hard core music fanatic .... and my ears have been slightly damaged over the years from swimming in one-too-many polluted lakes and I have spent one night .. too many in the seventies ..sitting in a front row seat on band nights in front of a stack of ear-shattering Marshal amps while the WHO ...CREEDENCE ....SPRINGSTEEN ... pulverized my ear drums to oblivion.
Besides being a world reknown hypnotist (at least that is what the media calls me) who knows the effect
the spoken word .. and nuances your voice can
have on others ... I love microphones. I have
an arsenal of them .. Shure .. Audio-Technica - Studio Projects, AKG, Rode, Sennheimer .... more than I can remember where I put them.
I ordered the Rode to accompany my new video camera over the Audio Technica and Azden (similar prices) because the Rode NTK (for my voice) is my favorite microphone of all time. I have been testing it against 10 other classic microphones from $1,200 and less for web based audio. To be honest .. the other microphones were adequate .. but there's something about the directional quality of the Rode NTG-2 that just punched out and made you take notice when I uploaded it to the websites. It just added that 'voice of authority' that I was looking for.
It feels weightless in my hads compared to my big tube condensers .. but still packs the kick of a mule. It even can take a battery if you don't have phantom power around.
Man, I don't know what it is about that Rode sound. Even Australians can't believe there is a country that produces some of the finest sounding and cost saving microphones on the planet.
A big thumbs up on this product and to Chris Lewis, my rep at Sweetwater. I love Sweetwater. I'm 2 blocks from Ground Zero in NYC and have spent a fortune with Manny's, Sam Ash and all the 48th street music stores in a 25-30 year period. The service .. man ... like have your own personal music research assistant ... All I have to do is tell Chris what I want to do, how I want it to sound and what I want to spend and Chris and Sweetwater have never let me down .... Just like this Rode Microphone.
from New orleans
August 9, 2011Music Background:
Rode shotgunUsually use a Sennheiser but got this from Sweetwarer and am very happy with it. I would give it a higher rating but there is no power switch so the aa battery will drain when the mic is not in use unless you remove it
from Orlando, FL
July 16, 2011Music Background:
Rode NTG-2: Transparent MicWell made and surprisingly transparent. It's a standard mic to get any production job done well. I use it for sound effects recording and small films, great mic!
from New York, NY
May 8, 2010
Great for voice and field workI've used this mic for on-the-street style interviews as well as for recording in-studio and would never build a mic locker without one. It's slim profile makes it easy to travel, but also ensures that it can be placed relatively out of the way in a studio setting and still picks up great sound. For my purposes, I often pair it with an On Stage Desk Stand (SDS7200B) with windscreen for in-studio recording. All-in-all, a solid microphone and well worth a look if you're in the market for a shotgun mic.
from Fishers, IN USA
November 5, 2008Music Background:
VoiceoversI'm using an NTG2- for voiceover work at close range. Moreso than I expected, placement is everything--but in some unexpected ways. Too close and on-axis, and the proximity effect overwhelms; you get muddy and boomy. Back up more than 12" from the mic end, and you wonder whether this is a shotgun or just an average cardioid--more room tone than I expected. But work it close and 30 degrees off axis, and the upper mids open up in a way that brings clarity to spoken word and reduces plosives (which you need, since the included foam windscreen is of little use there). Then this mic sounds like more than it costs--as do most Rode models, apparently.
November 14, 2011
Not bad for the moneyThe sound quality is good, deeper voices pick up really well. I used it to interview Kindergarten to grade 5 kids and the older kids sounded good but the younger ones were sometimes drowned out by mild background noise.
from artesia, nm usa
July 14, 2009Music Background:
multi-media content producer
Its alrightGreater output with external 48v. Sounds best at 30deg off axis, which adversely picks up more room noise. Polar pattern is not as tight as you would expect for a shotgun mic but hey, you get what you pay for and this mic is affordable. Doesn't sound half as good as an expensive Sennheiser.