Review: Rode NTR Active Ribbon Microphone

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Rode has combined vintage and modern technology in this studio microphone.

Item: Rode NTR Active Ribbon Microphone

Price: $799 (US), £549 (UK)

Mic Rating: 4.5/5
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At A Glance: Rode’s NTR is an active ribbon microphone that is designed and manufactured in Australia. Indented to compete with some of the best ribbon microphones on the market, the NTR features a laser cut 1.8 micron ribbon element and a custom made transformer. The microphone offers a more extended high-frequency response than most ribbon microphones; making it a good option for vocalists looking to make recordings that are smooth but not too dark for modern tastes.

The Rode’s NTR is a good option for vocalists looking to make recordings that are smooth but not too dark for modern tastes

The Rode’s NTR is a good option for vocalists looking to make recordings that are smooth but not too dark for modern tastes

High Notes: The NTR’s active circuitry enables it to be used with preamplifiers without large amounts of available gain, such as those found on many USB recording interfaces designed for home studios (you will need phantom power though). As well as being a good choice for vocal recordings, it can be used on pretty much any source you want to record, and can sound particularly nice on drums and guitar amps. Its build quality, style and sound make it a great addition to any studio and, in comparison to other ribbon mics of similar quality, it offers fantastic value for money.

Off Pitch: Like most ribbon microphones with figure-8 patterns, the NTR is better suited to larger studios that have a pleasant natural reverb you want to hear in your recordings.  It is also quite a heavy mic – so you will need to make sure your mic stand is robust enough.

VoiceCouncil Reviewer Says: The NTR is a good choice if you looking for a studio vocal mic that has a bit of a smooth vintage vibe, but still has some of the presence of a modern condenser microphone. It is not really the ideal microphone for every voice and every musical style, but when it works well it can produce very high quality results. Its low frequency extension helps capture all the lowest frequencies of a voice and its 15kHz frequency boost can help vocals shine – however it is likely you will still want some additional high-frequency boost (and a low-cut) to get recordings to sit perfectly in the mic. Overall, the NTR is a great microphone if want to add a high-quality ribbon mic to your studio collection.

Manufacturer’s Website: Rode

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