Here is a quick first look at the Rode NT-USB, along with our video review and an original unedited audio recording made with the Rode USB Microphone. You can quickly see exactly what what the NT-USB looks like and hear what it sounds like. Below we describe in more detail exactly what we thought of the microphone.
Rode NT-USB Mic Features
Pickup Pattern: Cardioid
Dual Format: No
Headphone Port: Yes with volume control
Accessories: Desktop Stand, Zip Case, Pop Filter
Recording Resolution: 16 bit, 48kHz
Frequency Response: 20Hz-20kHz
Additional Features: Monitor/Mix Variable Control
Pros: Exceptional recording quality; Great out-of-box functionality with all the accessories.
Cons: Stand does not fold and fit in case.
Buy: Buy Rode NT-USB Microphone on Amazon
Rode NT-USB Video Review – See What It Looks Like
Rode NT-USB Original Audio Recording – Hear How It Sounds
The Rode NT-USB Microphone In More Detail
A High Quality Package: The first thing we thought about the microphone was how beautifully it was packaged. Everything about it feels like top quality. The components just fit together really nicely.
Recording Music: The Rode NT-USB has all the features you need to make a really good quality recording of any vocal track or acoustic instrument. The pop filter can easily be moved in front of the microphone to eliminate explosive ‘s’ and ‘p’ sounds while laying down vocals. The sensitivity and frequency response mean it can pick up all the nuances of an acoustic instrument performance.
Voiceovers: The Rode is easy to use for voiceovers. Because it has a built in headphone port with volume control and a monitor-mix knob as well, you can fine-tune what you hear in your headphones while you are recording.
Podasting: The Rode is suitable for podcasting, Skype and Gaming as well. With the headphone port it lends itself to interacting with others when gaming or chatting. It would be best for individual podcasts. It is side-addressed and only has one pickup pattern (cardioid) so would be less suited for an interview situation or group chat than other mics (like the Blue Yeti for example) as it does not have a figure-8 or omni option.
How To Use And Install: Installation is very straightforward. No drivers or anything necessary, it just plugs and plays, then you can adjust the recording volume in your computer control panel. Note there is no gain adjustment on the mic itself.
Platform: We have tested the Rode NT-USB on Mac and PC, it works well on all of them. On PC and Mac you simply connect to an existing USB port. Although we didn’t test it on a tablet, according to Rode the NT-USB is fully compatible with the Apple iPad*, for use with RODE Rec, GarageBand and other audio apps. (*Apple USB Camera Connection kit required to do this).
On The Road: The Rode Mic is very portable so you could easily take it with you to record out and about. However, the desktop stand it comes with is not collapsible, and does not fit in the zip up case that comes with the mic. If portability is a real concern for you, then you might prefer the Audio Technica 2020USB+ USB Mic instead.
Buy: Follow this link to buy the Rode NT-USB at Amazon.
Read More: Get really detailed specifications and a complete manual from the official RØDE site.
Your Views On Our Reviews
The following are just a couple of your comments on our Rode NT-USB video review on YouTube … Thanks for your positive feedback
Sandy2: Thank you very much for your videos. Very serious, very good quality.
Jagnole3: I love the review, even though you picked which one was better you made the review as non biased as possible! Keep it Up