Rode’s new NT-USB microphone is a new model built from the ground up as a versatile recording solution for podcasters, musicians, and voice-over artists alike.
The NT-USB is a condenser cardioid made of the same quality internals as their well-loved traditional XLR microphones. With an extremely flat response, the NT-USB creates very clean recordings with a very low noise floor.
In the kit is a 20-foot USB cable, a desktop stand, and a carry bag. Additionally, the unit comes with a high end pop filter as part of the design itself. The solid metal unit itself is very weighty, coming in at 520g, and includes a 3/8” thread mount for use with standard stands or the desktop stand. If you want to use it with an overhead boom, be sure to get a boom that can support the weight!
The USB Interface is a 16-bit 48Khz A/D converter with a 96db dynamic range and 110db Max PSL.
For controls, the NT-USB includes two solid feeling knobs on the side The top knob allows you to set the monitor mix going out to your headphones. Turning the knob clockwise increases the mix of the return audio from your computer, such as a backing track. Turning it counter-clockwise increases the mix towards the real-time monitoring of the microphone input into the headphone jack. The bottom knob controls the output volume to the headphone jack itself.
Since the NT-USB uses the standard USB audio device specification, any modern operating system can recognize the microphone as a USB input device without any drivers. Additionally, Apple iOS devices can also use the NT-USB when coupled with a USB camera connection kit, making this an ideal portable studio recording solution.
The biggest disappointment is the lack of a physical control for the input gain which is only adjustable via the operating system’s standard controls.
The sound quality of the NT-USB is superb, with a low noise floor and a very full sound which is surprising for a microphone that only costs $169.