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Rode Microphones NTK Microphone  

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The R˜DE NTK Mic is a tube microphone designed exclusively for recording professionals who want only the best. Large capsule gold-plate membrane with hand-selected and graded twin triode tubes for wid... Click To Read More About This Product

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The R˜DE NTK Mic is a tube microphone designed exclusively for recording professionals who want only the best. Large capsule gold-plate membrane with hand-selected and graded twin triode tubes for wide dynamic range, ultralow noise, and fantastic presence and warmth.
Requires phantom power.

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Rode MicrophonesNTK Microphone
 
4.8

(based on 32 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (27)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

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    (1)

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75%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (4)
  • Good audio (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home studio (4)
  • Professional recording (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

A step up from the Rode nt1

I used to use the rode nt1 when I recorded my first record. I loved it. This mic blows the nt1 out of the water with the beautiful warm sound resenating through the tubes...Read complete review

I used to use the rode nt1 when I recorded my first record. I loved it. This mic blows the nt1 out of the water with the beautiful warm sound resenating through the tubes witch the nt1 never had. This mic is gonna make my new project shine like never before.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

poor service

I purchased the NTK Mike to record my vocals. I used it a few times, the sound was OK. Lately I noticed distortions in the mid-high frequencies.
I contacted the company and...Read complete review

I purchased the NTK Mike to record my vocals. I used it a few times, the sound was OK. Lately I noticed distortions in the mid-high frequencies.
I contacted the company and send them a clip with the distortions. I din't hear a response. After a week or so I e-mailed them the clip again. They aknowledged receiving it and wrote they would analyze it. A month went by and I didn't hear from them. I contacted them again. It has been a few weeks since I contacted them I didn't hear from them yet.

This company has a lousy custom support it shoudn't take months to analyze a few seconds clip.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

11 years and still my FIRST choice!

By MoogVoice

from Cameron, NC

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Easy To Use

Cons

  • none

Best Uses

  • Home Studio
  • Professional Recording
  • Professional Studio
  • Voiceovers

Comments about Rode Microphones NTK Microphone:

I have been doing radio and television voiceovers for over 20 years. In that time, I have used hundreds of mics, many costing into the Thousands...

When my Re20 and DBX 286 took a lightning strike, I decided that it was time to step up and away from "broadcast" mics. I set out to pick up a Neumann U87 and a Focusrite channel. All my goodies were on the counter at the store when the clerk asked me what I was going to do with the mic. I told him that I do voiceovers and he (in front of my wife) asked if he could save me about $2500.00 by showing me something different.

My wife was more interested in seeing what he was talking about more than I was, so after her prompting me to at least look, I reluctantly went to the back where he set up my Neumann/Focusrite combination and the Rode NTK and Presonus Eureka channel right next to it. He gave me a set of phones and walked away.

First, I tried the Neumann and it was all I thought it would be. It was perfect. Nothing could possibly compare... Could it? I wasn't even going to bother to try the Rode at first, but my wife was sitting next to me, so....

Expecting it to be bad, I said "This won't take long"... and it didn't. When the first sound from my mouth came back into my headphones, I was sold. The NTK (For MY voice) was the hands down winner. I took the phones off and started switching everything off. My wife said "That bad, huh?" I said "Yeah! I almost spent $2700.00 on a microphone!

I bought the optional shock mount and a new producer's desk with the savings and STILL spent less than half of the money I intended to spend that afternoon.

So now that I have had over a decade to try it out really proper like, here is what I think...

*** THIS MIC RUNS 24/7/365. It NEVER gets turned off! ***

Somewhere around year 7, the voltage switch on the power supply got dirty and needed to be cleaned. I only figured this out after changing the capacitors in the power supply... Recently, the tube went bad, so I have another one on order. Not bad for having over 96,300 hours on it. In the meantime, I am using a Sennheiser MK 416... The mic that everyone tells me I must have for voiceovers. Sorry guys, the Sennheiser is thin by comparison. I'll keep the Rode at half the price!

Other than that, this mic has absolutely exceeded any expectation I ever had for it. It sounds even better today than it did out of the box. I will be buying another one soon since the one I have is aging and I would like to have a backup in the event it needs to be sent off for some time.

AWESOME MIC! Buy one NOW!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Mic For Vocals - EVEN BETTER SUPPORT!

By Bozhan Arizankoski

from Skopje, MK

Comments about Rode Microphones NTK Microphone:

This Mic Is Great! Quality Built product with a Smooth Professional Look. Paired With a good Mic Pre It will give you the vocal you want but you need to play with the proximity when you record your vocals. Turn It on, wait for 15 min and you are ready to go. There is no limit to what you can do, I cut VOX from HipHop Artists, to RnB Singers, they all sound great! And the support!Companies need to learn form Rode Microphones. Not just they offer the 10 years warranty, if you have problems with your microphone they will fix it ASAP! I had problems with my mic ( something with cables ) but Rob from they service department was so kind , he send me a new suite for the mic , changed the tube ( as I asked him) send me a new shock mount and a new cable! WHAT MORE CAN YOU ASK?!? GREAT MICROPHONE AND EVEN BETTER SUPPORT!

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Owned for over 7 years and still strong!

By S.N.O

from Chattanooga TN.

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Compact
  • Durable
  • Easy To Use
  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home Studio
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Rode Microphones NTK Microphone:

    Where do I begin? First off this Mic has done me wonders throughout the years. When I first bought this Mic it was an impulse buy. Secondly I did not have much running at the time in my studio. But the quality of this mic did not fail to impress me. Over the years I was wondering if this mic would eventually fail on me. Nope still going strong after 7 years...this mic is really a bang for your buck. If your looking to spend at least 1000 on a mic. Save a few hundred and buy this mic. It will deliver the quality and the warmth. Sadly I stoped using this mic because I just upgraded to a Neumann u87 Ai. You really cant compare to the Neumann as much but I have done a vocal test on both mics and they almost sound similar only difference is that the Neumann is a classic and it is well built compared to the Rode. I LOVE MY RODE! BUT LOVE MY NEUMANN MORE!

     
    5.0

    Clean & Crisp

    By Whudditdew Music Group

    from Glen Burnie, MD

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Durable
    • Easy To Use
    • Versatile

    Cons

    • none

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Rode Microphones NTK Microphone:

    Probably one of the best sounding mics on the market and definately in my top 10

    (5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    poor service

    By Gino-

    from long island, ny

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Easy To Use

    Cons

    • Bulky/Heavy
    • Poor Sound Quality

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Rode Microphones NTK Microphone:

    I purchased the NTK Mike to record my vocals. I used it a few times, the sound was OK. Lately I noticed distortions in the mid-high frequencies.
    I contacted the company and send them a clip with the distortions. I din't hear a response. After a week or so I e-mailed them the clip again. They aknowledged receiving it and wrote they would analyze it. A month went by and I didn't hear from them. I contacted them again. It has been a few weeks since I contacted them I didn't hear from them yet.

    This company has a lousy custom support it shoudn't take months to analyze a few seconds clip.

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Rode NTK Condenser mic

    By MvA

    from Atlanta

    Comments about Rode Microphones NTK Microphone:

    Absolutely steelar recording mic for many applications. Vocals, especially male, shine as does acoustic guitar, mandolin, resonator guitar. I'm particularly pleased with the sound as drum overheads, and own tow specifically for that purpose. 1st tube mic I would recommend for the low- to mid-budget mic locker.

    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Outstand, and GREAT support

    By The Gainfully Employed

    from Sacramento, CA

    Comments about Rode Microphones NTK Microphone:

    This mic is fantastic for recording most voices, as well as acoustic guitars, etc. All that goes without saying. I was even more amazed at the customer support though. I've had the mic for 5 years, and the special cable gave out. I was worried where the heck to find a replacement for the special cable...not available anywhere BUT before I panicked, I called Rode (their phone # is really easy to find on their website as opposed to most "customer service" help. I called, got through quickly, I told them the cord had broken and needed to know where to find a replacement. Instead of telling me where to get a new cable, they took my name & address and are overnighting a free replacement out to me at no charge. DO buy Rode, and DO register your mic. Awesome.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    2nd Try Was Successful

    By JimG

    from SC

    Comments about Rode Microphones NTK Microphone:

    2nd try and I'm keeping this mic. Fortunately, it worked right out of the box. I'm not an engineer but clearly this mic does vocals on another level from any mic I've used before. You may not notice it as much when you first record, but mixing down is where you really hear the clarity of it and how well it reproduces. Excellent mic for digital recording and if you want your stuff to sound professional, this mic will help get you there.

    (3 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Excellent Mic for the price

    By snak3

    from sante fe, Nm

    Comments about Rode Microphones NTK Microphone:

    I love this mic, it has a kinda hot sound to it. you can hear the gently distortion from the tube. ive used it for percussion rap vocals, acoustic guitar and other stuff. i think its good for some vocalist but it might not be good for all. i wouldnt recommend it for loud, metal or most rap vocalist. it has a crunchy/scratchy sound that you expect from a tube mic, but its acuatlly kinda smooth with a detailed high end. great mic for alot of things. and it doesnt sound cheap or cheesy like most affordable condenser mics. get one, or better yet get two.

    (2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    DOA

    By JimG

    from South Carolina

    Comments about Rode Microphones NTK Microphone:

    Unfortunately, I have to be the one who gives this mic a bad review. Mine was DOA. Unpacked it and plugged it in and nothing. I did get some response if I tapped on the side of the mic. I double checked with another mic, cables and any other possibility and it was the Rode Mic. So Rode gets a bad score for quality.

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