Microphone maker RØDE wowed a wildly cheering audience in a heavily-attended event in San Diego this evening with not one, not two, not three but four new products including the Australian company’s very first dip into the waves of wireless microphones.
RØDE launched the amazing new RØDELink wireless microphone system, the NTG4 and NTG4+ shotgun microphones and the NTR ribbon mic for high studio audio recording. All four products are sure to dominate their niches. The NTG4, NTG4+ and NTR will be available globally in February and the RØDELink Filmmaker Kit will appear in April.
planetMitch note: We'll have an exclusive interview with Ryan Burke from RØDE that we recorded late last night just after the announcements later today – watch for that!
UPDATE: Order and Pre-Order links:
- Rode NTG4 Shotgun Microphone with Digital Switches (B&H)
- Rode NTG4+ Shotgun Microphone with Digital Switches and Built-In Rechargeable Battery (B&H)
- RodeLink Wireless Filmmaker Kit (B&H)
RØDE’s First Foray into Wireless
Wireless microphones have been one of the most expensive and often less reliable products in moviemakers’ tool kits. RØDE looks to have solved those cost and technical problems with “a next-generation 2.4GHz, 128-bit encrypted digital transmission sent on two channels simultaneously”, according to the press release. [bctt tweet=”The RØDELink wireless mic kits caused a huge buzz – yes, some said ‘game changer'”]
The outcome of this news tech is “a high-resolution 24-bit/44.1k digital audio signal at a range of up to 100 meters (over 100 yards)”.
While the RØDELink system will soon comprise a number of transmitter and receiver options for various applications, the RØDELink Filmmaker Kit will be the first wireless product to be released this year. It includes RØDE’s broadcast quality lavaliere microphone, belt pack transmitter and on-camera or belt pack receiver.
NTG4 and NTG4+ Improve on Current NTG1 and NTG2
Brand new capsules in both mics produce higher sensitivity combined with lower noise. ‘High frequency boosting', a feature that appeared in RØDE’s Stereo VideoMic X last year, now comes to its shotgun range in the NTG4 and NTG4+. Both mics also feature a 75Hz high pass filter and 10db pad.
Like the NTG2, the NTG4 allows the use of phantom power or its built-in, rechargeable lithium battery; whereas the NTG4, like the NTG1, will need to be phantom-powered. The NTG4+ can be changed via any USB power source or its supplied MicroUSB cable.
NTR, the world’s finest ribbon microphone
Ribbon microphones aka ribbon velocity microphones were fixtures of high-end radio broadcasting studios for decades. RØDE’s NTR ribbon mic “is unlike any ribbon microphone ever created” and leverages the company’s radically expanded manufacturing capabilities.
Although the NTR may be less interesting to moviemakers than the RØDELink, NTG4 and NTG4+, this amazing new ribbon mic is sure to become popular amongst recording artists and studios around the world. The NTR has already been put to good use during recording sessions by Australian singer-songwriter Katie Noonan.
Product pages & specs at the RØDE website:
- RØDELink overview
- RØDELink Filmmaker Kit product pages
- NTG4 product pages
- NTG4+ product pages
- NTR overview
- NTR product pages
Product movies on the RØDE channel at Vimeo:
- Introducing the RØDELink Digital Wireless Audio System
- Introducing the NTG4 and NTG4+ Shotgun Microphones
- Katie Noonan “Home” – Recorded with the RØDE NTR Ribbon Microphone
- Art & Science – bringing the RØDE NTR to life
RØDE breaks new ground with multiple product launch in 2015
Via RØDE Press:
Tuesday January 20th 2015,San Diego USA– Australian audio company RØDE Microphones has held the largest simultaneous product launch in the company’s history, introducing multiple new products and categories at an exclusive event in San Diego, USA.
Considered by many to be the dominant force in audio for broadcast and film production over the past 10 years, RØDE has solidified this reputation with the launch of the RØDELink Digital Wireless System. A fully-digital wireless audio system, RØDELink utilizes a next-generation 2.4GHz, 128-bit encrypted digital transmission sent on two channels simultaneously, providing a high-resolution 24-bit/44.1k digital audio signal at a range of up to 100 meters (over 100 yards).
The RØDELinksystem will consist of a number of receiver and transmitter options, and will be available in kits for specific audio solutions across film, news gathering, presentation and stage use.The first of these to be released – The Filmmaker Kit, will consist of a beltpack transmitter, on-camera or beltpack receiver, and RØDE’s broadcast quality Lavalier microphone.
“We’re very excited to announce the launch of the RØDELink fully-digital wireless audio system. Continuing RØDE’s mission to provide premium performance products at an accessible price, the RØDELink system will be one of the most affordable wireless solutions on the market.” CommentedPeter Freedman, RØDE’s Founder and President, at the company event in San Diego. “20 years ago RØDE revolutionized the home recording experience. 10 Years ago RØDE did the same in the video category. Now the time is right for a revolution in wireless audio capabilities, and I believe that RØDELink will become the category leader in a very short space of time.”
The RØDELinkFilmmaker kit will be shipping globally in April 2015. For more information, please visit www.rode.com/wireless.
Continuing to drive innovation in the broadcast audio industry, RØDE has also announced two new shotgun microphones, the NTG4 and NTG4+. Drawing on the success of the current RØDE shotgun mic range, but with a wealth of innovative features, the NTG4 and NTG4+ are set to once again define RØDE as the industry-standard for broadcast microphones for enthusiasts and professionals alike.
Starting with an all-new capsule, the NTG4 and NTG4+ exhibit lower noise and higher sensitivity, giving you cleaner audio at the source. On-board digital switching now controls a 75Hz high pass filter, 10db PAD and innovative high frequency boost which was first available on the Stereo VideoMic X, allowing you to compensate for any high frequency attenuation when using a DeadCat style furry windshield.
Enhancing the dual-powered flexibility of the NTG2, the NTG4+ comes equipped with an internal rechargeable lithium battery, a world first for a professional shotgun microphone. Providing up to 150 hours operating time, the battery is conveniently charged via any USB power source using the supplied MicroUSB cable.
RØDE Press Release Continued
Built on a foundation of studio microphone excellence, RØDE is once again set to re-define the studio microphone landscape with the introduction of the world’s very best ribbon microphone, The RØDE NTR.
The NTR is unlike any ribbon microphone ever created. The unique design places the ribbon distinctly separate to the microphone frame and body, allowing the greatest possible acoustic transparency around the ribbon element and minimising resonance. Theribbon element itself is designed completely from scratch, using extremely fine aluminium that is only 1.8 microns thick – one of the thinnest ribbons in existence. An innovative, in-house, proprietary technique was developed to laser cut the ribbon, giving a level of precision and accuracy never before seen in a ribbon microphone.
Surrounding the ribbon element is a chemically etched all-metal layer of mesh – the same used on the SMR pop shield. This is extremely rigid while exhibiting super low density, resulting in greater acoustic transparency.
Married to RØDE’s ribbon element is a high output, ultra-low noise, low impedance transformer. Combined with world-class active electronics, this allows the NTR to be used with a wide range of preamps without the additional gain requirements of many other ribbon offerings.
“It’s always been a dream of RØDE’s to create the world’s very best ribbon microphone, but the time was never quite right.” Exclaimed Damien Wilson, RØDE’s Global Sales and Marketing Director. “As many of you know, our manufacturing capabilities have expanded dramatically over the past few years and now we’re proud to say we have a facility unlike any other in the world. These expanded capabilities have allowed us to realize this dream, and bring the NTR to life.”
An intricate blend of art and science, the NTR reaffirms RØDE as a world leader in microphones for studio recording of vocals and instruments.
The NTR will be available globally in February 2015. For more information, please visit www.rode.com/ntr.
About RØDE microphones:
RØDE Microphones (www.rode.com) designs and manufactures high-quality microphones and related accessories for studio, live and location use. Its products are designed and primarily manufactured in Sydney, Australia and exported to over 100 countries globally.
(cover photo credit: snap from RØDE)