Rode microphones are some of our favorite in the market, and this time they’ve joined the USB mic game with a brand new model as a part of their NT series. The Rode NT-USB studio microphone offers us some powerful features as well as pretty good audio quality for the price and gives a lot of it’s competitors a run for their money. We saw rode make an appearance in our best microphone for rap vocals, so is this mic worth taking a look at? Only if you’re looking for a USB microphone in particular, otherwise for strictly recording there may be other alternatives out there for you. However, if you’re explicitly looking for a USB microphone, this is one of the best out there. Not only for home studio recording but numerous other applications that may be what you’re looking for. Regardless, let’s take a look at the new NT-USB.
Main features of the Rode NT-USB microphone
- Weight: 18 ounces
- Output: USB
- Powered via USB
- Frequency response: 20Hz – 20kHz
- Polar pattern: Cardioid (16-bit/48 kHz)
- On-board A/D conversion
- On-board monitoring (Level and mix control knobs)
- 3.5mm zero-latency headphone jack
- Recommended applications: Vocals, instruments, voice-over podcasting
- Compatible with both Mac and PC
- In the box: NT-USB mic, USB cable (6m), zip case, pop filter, tripod stand (mini), ring mount
Sound quality of the mic
The A/D conversion is 16-bit, 48 kHz which is surprisingly high for a USB microphone. This seems to be a trend for new mics that are only USB-based; this thing gives some condenser mics with an audio interface a run for their money (although still not as powerful with a high-quality interface and mic with phantom power). You will be satisfied with the NT-USB’s quality not only for communication via your computer but also for home studio recordings.
What’s great is the volume and monitor control on the front — if during a recording or conversation you feel that microphone isn’t as powerful as you’d like, you can turn the knobs and you’re good to go in terms of adjustments. You also get a purple LED inside the cage to show you the power is on. It’s plug-and-play, so hook it up via USB and you’re using it immediately.
Highlights of the NT-USB
When shopping for a mic, one of our biggest concerns is of course budget but aside from that is the audio quality. The highlight features are merely additives, and the NT-USB doesn’t really have any fancy features included to up the price (which is obviously a good thing). What’s great about the Rode NT-USB is the fact that it comes with every single accessory you need; pop filter, tripod, ring mount, cable for connection and a convenient little carrying case to boot. It’s sometimes a hassle having to shop for whatever you need to add to your mic package, seeing not only the price go up but also the confusion it may cause of which models to purchase. The USB cable is pretty long (20 feet) and everything should be good to go and you’re ready to record as soon as the package arrives at your front