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Before we get into the Rode NT USB vs. Blue Yeti, grab a snack, sit back and relax because..
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What I will bring you in this review
Today I will outline the NT USB and then compare it to the Blue Yeti towards the end. 🙂
- Ratings/Best Price
- Video Review
- Who this mic benefits?
- What you will need?
- Thoughts from Stu’s notepad
- Similarities & Differences
- Final Word
Now without further ado, let’s get rolling!!
Rode NT USB
- Amazon: 4.6/5 (Over 150 Reviews) | Check eBay!
- B&H Photo Video: 5/5 (Over 55 reviews)
- Sweetwater: 4.5/5 (limited reviews)
- Guitar Center: 5/5 (limited reviews)
- Type: Condenser. Condenser mic vs. Dynamic mic
- Mono/Stereo: Mono
- Polar Pattern: Cardioid
- Diaphragm Size: 0.5″ (12.7mm)
- Frequency Response: 20Hz-20kHz
- Max SPL: 110 dB. What is SPL?
- Color: Black
- Connector: USB. The difference between a USB microphone and an XLR microphone
- Weight: 1.15 lbs.
- Included Accessories: Pop Shield, Stand Mount, Tripod, 6m USB Cable, Stickers, Protective Zip Case.
- Manufacturer Part Number: NTUSB
The Rode NT USB has been compared to mics way out of it’s price range, and folks generally love the detail and crispness that it provides. Something interesting to note is that a lot of reviewers did mention that they liked it better than the Blue Yeti.
People in general are simply astounded by the sound quality, and some can’t believe it’s a USB mic.
- Crisp, clear audio. Professional sounding.
- Deep bass.
- Easy to use. Plug and play USB. The difference between a USB microphone and an XLR microphone.
- Picks up a lot of detail. Great highs and lows. Balanced sound.
- Solid build quality, very well made.
- Zero latency monitoring headphone jack. What is Latency?
- Good Timbre. What is Timbre?
- Great customer support from Rode.
Cons (Isolated cases)
- Noise/clicking through the audio.
- Won’t work with Skype (1 person said this).
- Headphone jack may suddenly stop working after a time (1 person).
- Mic is bulky and sound is muffled (1 person).
Who this mic benefits?
- Audio & Video creation
- Short Instructional Videos
- Recording instruments and vocals
- General commentary
- Hip/Hop and Rapping
- Broadcast Radio
- Grand Piano
- Recording Audio Books
- Recording voicemail messages
Works well with:
- Story Line 2
- OURAY Desktop Reflection Filter mic stand
- Garage Band
- Final Cut Pro
Cannot be used with:
- Reason 8
What you will need?
- Nothings. It’s plug and play USB baby!
Thoughts from Stu’s notepad
- Make sure you are purchasing from authorized dealers. There are fake/counterfeit models floating around. Rode also doesn’t honor warranty’s on unauthorized/UN-registered products.
- The mic is very sensitive, and does tend to pick up background noise. Acoustic Sound Treatment goes a long way!!
- When you plug your headphones into the jack there may be some crackling noise coming from the mic.
- Comes with a pop-filter
- The LED indicator is subtle and not flashy. Many people commented on this.
- Earphones sometimes need an adjustment when plugged into the mic. The sound doesn’t always come through correctly.
- A bit difficult to EQ. It’s also amazing at close range, but starts to significantly deteriorate sound quality wise at 2+ feet out.
- The stand could use a wider base as the mic tends to be top heavy.
- The mic does not have a mute button, but does have a volume adjustment and monitoring adjustment. The monitoring adjustment basically allows you to toggle how much you hear while you’re recording an instrument or a vocal take.
- Rode boom arms seem to be the only ones that support this mic, and they’re expensive.
- You may be disappointed in the case because it only holds the mic and nothing else.
- You may want to invest in a Shockmount to go with the NT USB. The Rode SM6 and Auray SHM-SCM1 Suspension Shockmount both work well.
Crystal clear sound and solid build. It’s very professional sounding and picks up a lot of detail. Lack of features and occasional headphone jack issue hold it back a little from being a perfect mic.
Similarities & Differences
- Both have zero latency headphone jacks.
- Both are extremely durable with no plastic to be found.
- Both can be mounted on separate stands.
- The Blue Yeti comes with a mute button while the NT USB does not.
- The Blue Yeti has the gain feature while the NT USB does not.
- The Blue Yeti does not have the monitoring feature (mentioned in Stu’s notepad), while the NT USB does.
- The NT USB only has the cardioid pattern option, while the Yeti has 4 different polar patterns.
- The Blue Yeti is extremely heavy, so it’s hard to attach a boom arm. The NT USB is not quite as heavy as the Yeti.
- The Yeti is also GIGANTIC. The pictures make it look like a standard looking mic, but rest assured this beast resembles an industrial sized dildo when you get up close and personal. And it comes in an array of colors too, lol. 😉
- The highs and lows of the NT USB seem to be a little crisper/clearer than the Yeti’s.
- The Yeti is more affordable than the NT USB.
- The Yeti’s mic stand is significantly more solid than the one that comes with the NT USB.
- The Yeti does not come with an included pop filter while the NT USB does. Luckily you can purchase a foam windscreen which is just as effective.
Like the fella in the video pointed out, these mics have a very similar sound and there’s not much in the way of differences. As far as features, they are very different.
My recommendation is the Blue Yeti because of the solid stand, better/more features, and a better build. It’s just more versatile. Couple that with it’s more affordable price and you’ve got a winning combination. You’ve also got plenty of colors to choose from! Just make sure you have plenty of room for this mini spaceship. 😛
Well that’s about it for today my friend! I hope you’ve enjoyed this article on the Rode NT USB vs. Blue Yeti.
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