In the video above I show you how we oriented the Rode NTG2 Condenser Shotgun Microphone while booming to best pick up our intended signal. This RODE condenser shotgun microphone has a supercardioid polar pattern. I show you how the off-axis signal rejection and front sensitivity are best used to capture audio and explain why achieving an optimal signal to noise ratio is so important for recording quality audio.
The Rode NTG-1 Condenser Shotgun Microphone is a bit cheaper but requires 48V Phantom Power to operate, while the Rode NTG-2 Condenser Shotgun Microphone is more flexible on the field and can use both Phantom power, or self powered through a single AA battery. Since the NTG-2 can be self powered, you can connect it directly to your DSLR video camera and start recording. For best results with most microphones connected to the camera, you should try to use better preamps that can boost the signal without adding additional noise.
In the video, I also conducted an audio test that demonstrates the quality of audio with and without a preamp. I’m using the JuicedLink RA-333 Preamp (found here). The JuicedLink preamplifiers allow you to manually throttle back those noisy amps in the camera (which causes that loud hiss or floor noise) and boosts the signal with clean gain to achieve optimal signal to noise performance.
In an earlier OTech blog post about Preamplifiers, Robert from JuicedLink explains preamps, why you need them and how they perform for you and your workflow.audio, audio test, DSLR microphone, JuicedLink, microphone, NTG-2, polar pattern, preamp, quality microphone, RA333, Rode, RODE NTG-2, shotgun microphone, super cardioid, supercardioid, test