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RØDE Announces New Wireless System, New Shotgun Series NTG4 and Ribbon Microphone with NTR

If you’re in the market for a good wireless system – RØDE may have just what you need. RØDE is pleased to announce the RØDELink fully digital wireless audio system. Using a next-generation 2.4GHz, 128-bit encrypted digital transmission sent on two channels simultaneously, RØDELink provides a high-resolution 24-bit/44.1k digital audio signal at a range of up to 100 meters (over 100 yards).

The first product offering in the RØDELink system is the Filmmaker kit, which includes a camera-mounted receiver, beltpack transmitter and broadcast-grade lavalier microphone.

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The NTG4 and NTG4+ are two new directional condenser (shotgun) microphones from RØDE, combining premium performance with features that improve audio fidelity and usability.

The NTG4+ is the first shotgun microphone to feature an inbuilt lithium battery. Providing over 150 hours of operation, the battery can be charged by any USB power source in around two hours using the supplied MicroUSB cable.

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NTG4

Also new to the RØDE line – a brand new ribbon microphone. Designed to hang in the world’s finest recording studios and performance halls equally as well as home studio spaces, the NTR’s existence is a labour of love for RØDE. Every element of the NTR, from the transformer to the ribbon element itself, has been designed and created in-house at RØDE’s headquarters in Sydney, Australia. All with the aim of crafting the finest ribbon microphone available.

Rode Ribbon

Press Release Below:

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 RØDELink system 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.” Commented Peter 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 RØDELink Filmmaker kit will be shipping globally in April 2015. For more information, please visitwww.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.

The NTG4 and NTG4+ will be available globally in February 2015. For more information, please visitwww.rode.com/ntg4.

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. The ribbon 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.

There’s No Such Thing As Cold

You’ve felt cold before. Sometimes it’s cold outside. But what if I told you that “cold” isn’t real? There’s no substance or quantity called “cold” in science. We can’t measure the amount of “cold” in something. Instead it’s about what’s NOT there. In this week’s video, learn the difference between heat and temperature, why a wind makes us feel colder, and what it’s like to live as a mass of jiggling atoms. This is the physics of cold.

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Alejandro González Iñárritu On the Artistic Insecurities That Led to ‘Birdman’

The Mexican filmmaker opens up to Indiewire about his most audacious film yet.

Inarritu

Riggan mounts a play to revive his career. Did you make this film with the same intention? You’re coming off of “Biutiful,” which, granted, was Oscar nominated, but divided critics more than any of your previous films.

I think it’s about the creative process. I don’t know if I have a career or not, or where it ends or it begins. I have been working, doing what I do for a long time. But my creative process has always been so tortuous. I have been always demanding of myself a lot, maybe more than my capacities [allow]. That has been becoming a fucking chronic dissatisfaction. Anything that I have done, I consider a piece of shit.

I got tired of that voice inside my head — that fucking dictator. I started meditating five years ago and I’m now so much more aware of how those voices work. Once you begin to be aware of it, you are in a way safer spot because at least you identify. Most people don’t. Dictators and fucking politicians and selfish people — they’re people who do a lot of harm to other people, they don’t realize they are victims of their own fucking ego, which departs from fear or jealousy or whatever. So, I thought this could be an amazing thing for me to explore, but how am I going to explore something that is so self-conscious, so abstract. It’s more about the personal process of creating something that I feel everybody has in them.

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