There are many different uses for USB microphones, but we’ve found that few people want a multi-purpose microphone. Instead, they want something that will specialize in podcasting, voice recording or music. Fortunately, the Rode NT-USB is a specialized microphone that gives clear and solid sound quality for music recordings. Amateur musicians or vocalists trying to record a demo album don’t need to buy a soundboard or rent a recording studio, thanks to the NT-USB’s musical capabilities. Unfortunately, it’s more expensive than other music microphones, and its included tripod is far too small.
With its on-board mix controls, you can quickly alter the sound quality and find the best levels for your needs. The microphone’s cardioid condenser does a great job picking up acoustic instruments and vocals. In fact, the NT-USB comes with a pop filter, so vocalists can belt the high notes, scream their lyrics or spit verses without worrying about distorting the sound file.
Although the NT-USB is a studio-like microphone, it does not come with an XLR port, so you won’t be able to plug it into most soundboards or take it to a concert. Fortunately, it does have a headphone jack, so you can hear what the microphone hears as you record. It comes with a tripod stand, but this only raises the microphone a few inches from the surface and keeps it upright. While it’s better than nothing, you may have to buy a separate microphone stand for serious recordings.
The Rode NT-USB is plug-and-play compatible with both PCs and Macs, so as long as you have recording software, you can start recording right out of the box. Rode supports the mic with a one-year warranty, but if you register your product, the warranty is automatically upgraded to two years for free.
The Rode NT-USB is a USB microphone best suited for home musicians. It offers on-board mix controls and a pop filter. Its tripod is far too small for practical use, and the recording quality is fairly average. Also, it is more expensive than many comparable music microphones. However, while there are more affordable options available, the Rode NT-USB is a great computer microphone for musicians and vocalists, and most anyone who uses it will be happy with the results.
- 16-bit/48 kHz Resolution Capture
- Cardioid Polar Pattern
- 1/8″ Headphone Monitoring Jack
- Direct Mix Control