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Before we get into the Rode NTK Tube condenser microphone, grab a snack, sit back and relax because..
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What I will bring you in this review
- Build Quality
- Who this mic benefits?
- What you will need?
- Changing tubes
Now without further ado, let’s get rolling!!
- Microphone Type: Tube Condenser.
- Polar Pattern: Cardioid. What is a cardioid capsule?
- Diaphragm Size: 1″ (25.4mm)
- Frequency Response: 20Hz-20kHz
- Max SPL: 158dB. What is SPL?
- Output Impedance: 200 Ohms
- Signal To Noise Ratio: 82dB (A-weighted)
- Self Noise: 12dB (A-weighted)
- Color: Silver
- Connector: XLR. What is XLR?
- Weight: 1.68 lbs.
- Included Accessories: Stand Mount, Carry Case
- Manufacturer Part Number: NTK
I’ve done extensive research on the subject, and I’ve found that in recording rap/hip-hop vocals, as well as instruments/acoustics, The NTK really fits the bill. This mic will stand the test of time, and by nearly all accounts is one heck of an investment. It is undoubtedly made for the more serious musician who is looking for long-term value, as well as rugged durability and exceptional sound quality. Also, being a large-diaphragm condenser, it is very versatile and can handle a wide variety of studio applications. Large diaphragm vs. Small diaphragm.
The real reason I buy anything is because of this alone. I want to be able to have something years down the road. My dad kind of subconsciously taught this to me: Invest in a quality product, and it will serve you well for a long time.
That said, this mic does exactly that. One guy mentioned he’s had his for 10 years! That’s a long-time, folks. I can’t think of many things that have consistently worked for that long.
The sound has been described as immaculate and precise. In recording acoustics, you can hear every subtle nuance of the guitar, with the sound being “crisp and alive”. It has a nice warm sound as well and is perfect for many different studio applications.
It also really brings out the personality of your voice, with every detail being crisp, clear, and airy while still remaining full-bodied.
I’ve been reading reviews and I’ve already heard the word “sizzling” more times than I can count. It’s kind of making me hungry for stir fry!! 😀 People keep talking about how this will be your work-horse mic as well as your go-to in the long term. No matter how big your collection gets, you will keep coming back to this mic…
Basically, it’s built like a tank. Try not to abuse it on purpose, but it can withstand a lot of wear and tear. It feels great in your hand and is very ruggedly built, as stated in the open.
Who this mic Benefits?
The general consensus is that this is great for people who want to record:
- Vocals as well as singing
- Acoustic instruments
- Drum overheads
It has also been known to handle:
- Classical Guitars
- Upright Bass
What you will need?
The Rode NTK is a tube condenser and has its own power supply, so 48v phantom power is not needed as with other regular condenser microphones.
You will need some sort of preamp, and that preamp will need to also hook up to an audio interface or mixer. Preamp vs. Interface. A couple of options are:
Both of these are very well regarded, with the FMR being the most popular choice across the board.
So your chain would look something like this:
If you want to use a Pre with the NTK you would first need to put the 7 pin connector cable into the power supply (this powers the microphone) and then run a regular XLR cable from the addition out on the power supply to your preamp.
- Laptop/Computer using USB hooks up to your audio interface.
- Your audio interface using balanced XLR t0 TRS hooks up to your preamp. (Plug the XLR side into the OUTPUT of your preamp, and the TRS side into the INPUT of your Audio Interface). The caveat here is that this method will only work if your interface has a line input.
- If that’s the case, you could simply use a male to female XLR cable and plug the female side into the OUTPUT of your preamp, and the male side into the INPUT of your Interface.
- Lastly, your preamp using XLR hooks up to your microphone. (Plug this cable into the INPUT of your preamp).
Some other things you will need:
- Mic Stand
- Pop Filter
A lot of people also say that this mic benefits from a new tube. What I mean by that is that it can be removed from the microphone and replaced with a better one, giving you a fuller sound. This isn’t mandatory and is certainly a matter of taste. The factory tube that comes with the NTK is more than adequate for most people.
Also, replacing the tube with a better one will negate the problem of the somewhat harsh high end that some complain about.
Here’s a great article on the subject!!
- Great value, long-lasting mic.
- Crisp, warm sound.
- Airy and detailed, while remaining full-bodied.
- A workhorse mic, you will keep coming back to it over and over.
- Smoothness, purity, and immediacy.
- One reviewer complained that the placement of the mic has to be just right.
- May sound a bit “tinny” in the high end, around the 6 and 12 kHz range. A bit harsh on the sibilant factor. What does sibilant mean?
This is an incredible option for the vocalist who is looking for long-term value, as well as upgrading from the lower-end mics to a somewhat more expensive but tried and true option.
The sound quality you get is exceptional and rivals a lot of mics in the thousand dollars and up range. It handles a variety of studio applications as well as record instruments with great clarity and precision.
Well, that’s about it for today folks! Hope you enjoyed my review of the Rode NTK tube condenser microphone!
Do you think this mic is worth the price tag? Let me know!!
If you have any further specific questions about this beast, please don’t hesitate to leave them below in the comments or contact me! I very much look forward to hearing from you.
All the best and God bless,