Røde NT-USB Review: an example of efficiency

8/10

Editor's rating

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GOOD POINTS
  • Good recording quality
  • Equipment included
  • Plug & Play
NEGATIVE POINTS
  • Single directivity
  • No proprietary software

Summary

    Røde NT
    Source: Selectos

    Design

    8

    The Røde NT-USB has a rather basic design. The microphone itself shows a high material quality, especially thanks to its metal body.

    Røde NT
    Overall, the microphone has a good material quality | Source: Selectos

    The packaging contains a good amount of accessories with a (particularly effective) anti-pop filter, a tripod, a protective case, a mounting bracket and a 6m USB Type-B to Type-A cable. Unfortunately, most of this equipment is made of plastic and can appear rather fragile.

    Only the tripod stands out for its high rigidity. Once properly positioned (microphone located between the two longer legs), it is very stable and lifts the microphone high enough to be able to place it at a good height when it is placed on a table.

    Røde NT
    We were impressed by the rigidity of its plastic tripod | Source: Selectos

    The mounting bracket connecting the microphone and the tripod allows to adjust the inclination. It also incorporates a 3/8″ screw pass-through that allows it to be attached to a telescopic arm.

    As for the controls, a pair of potentiometers are used to adjust the listening level and the mix between the signals from your device and your microphone. Connection consists of a USB Type-B port for the PC and a 3.5 jack port for connecting headphones or earphones.

    Røde NT
    We find a duo of potentiometers and the mix between the signals of your device and those of your microphone | Source: Selectos

    Recording quality

    8

    As you would expect from such a famous brand, the recording quality is very, very good with faithful performance and a more than adequate sound level, even if the microphone is placed more than 30 cm away from the mouth. The pop filter also does its job well and attenuates these annoyances perfectly.

    Røde NT
    The recording quality lives up to expectations | Source: Selectos

    On a technical level, the NT-USB covers frequencies between 20 Hz and 20 kHz with 16-bit resolution. Only cardioid directivity is available. It covers a wide range of applications, from vocal recording to instrument or music recording.

    Microphone sound performance:

     

    As far as sound filtration system is concerned, we soon realised that this microphone is able to effectively reduce unobtrusive disturbances (e.g. the hum of the PC tower), but not so much louder noises (e.g. the sound of typing).

    Compatibility & Software

    7

    To use the NT-USB, you simply plug it into the USB port… And that’s it! It can therefore be used with any computer running MacOS or Windows, without the need for any specific software. You can even connect it to an iPad as long as you have a suitable adapter and an application that supports external microphones.

    Røde NT
    Simply plug it in via the USB port… and that’s it! | Source: Selectos

    Therefore, Røde allows you to use the sound recording program of your choice to set up the microphone (although it is always a good idea to have the manufacturer’s software).

    Conclusion

    8/10

    For us, the Røde NT-USB is one of the best microphones on the market, even if it is a little less complete than the Blue Yeti, which has been the top microphone for several years.

    Although it has only one directivity and no proprietary software, it is a very relevant and competitive product.

    GOOD POINTS
    • Good recording quality
    • Equipment included
    • Plug & Play
    NEGATIVE POINTS
    • Single directivity
    • No proprietary software
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    Translated by Ramsés El Hajje

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