The Rode NT USB is a broadcast-quality USB microphone designed to seize a variety of sound from vocals to musical devices. As a USB microphone, it connects on to a USB port in your Mac or PC – and even an iPad utilizing the non-obligatory digicam connector equipment and a powered hub – thereby bypassing or eliminating the necessity for an audio interface. Provided with a tabletop tripod, it’s a microphone you’ll be able to pop on a desk, hook up with your pc and simply begin recording studio-quality audio in moments.
In contrast to the marginally compressed audio fashion of the roughly similarly-priced Rode Podcaster, the NT USB is designed to be as audibly clear and correct as potential. Its condenser design captures a broader frequency response of 20Hz to 20KHz and enjoys the next sensitivity that’s higher for recording quieter or extra intricate sounds. As such whereas it lacks the basic radio presenter fashion sound of the Podcaster, the NT USB will extra precisely report singing, musical devices or just a cleaner spoken fashion. Do nonetheless be aware the condenser know-how is extra prone to moisture so it’s greatest to retailer and transport it in a pouch with some silica gel.
The NT USB measures 184x62x50mm, weighs 520g and is designed to be used with its entrance floor angled in direction of the sound, like chatting with the flat aspect of a large ice lollypop; Rode’s fitted an LED to point the mic’s powered-up and operational. It’s additionally provided with a curved steel mesh pop protect that stops you getting too shut, in addition to a small tabletop stand and an extended USB cable. There’s a 3.5mm headphone jack for latency-free monitoring of audio, in addition to a quantity dial and a useful mixer dial that allows you to modify the stability between the sound you’re monitoring from the microphone and the sound coming from the pc; I discover this invaluable for snug listening throughout convention calls, Skype classes or Google hangouts. Having the extra mixer dial is a key profit over the Podcaster and each the NT USB’s dials really feel of a better high quality than the tiny plastic headphone quantity dial of the Podcaster. Total the Podcaster’s primary cylindrical shell could really feel more durable, however I’ve no complaints over the construct high quality of the NT USB – it’s a considerable piece of equipment. Within the following video, I’ll evaluate the standard and options of the Rode NT USB in opposition to the Rode Podcaster.
I’ve been utilizing the NT USB to report the voiceovers of most of my product overviews on YouTube in addition to for my current podcasts with Doug Kaye, and I’ve been impressed by its readability and high quality, to not point out its capacity to work nicely at distances of round 12in permitting me to place it simply out of body – a distance the place the much less delicate Rode Podcaster would battle. The NT USB’s scientific accuracy may be unforgiving although, so should you want a deeper vocal sound, attempt to place your self nearer to the pop protect; round 6in is good. Should you’re solely recording spoken vocals and may accommodate a microphone positioned near your mouth, then it’s possible you’ll want the Rode Podcaster which is designed to ship extra of a basic radio presenter sound. However should you favour a cleaner, extra exact strategy then the NT USB sounds nice and it’s additionally better-suited for recording different seems like music or singing.
Certainly the cleaner sound high quality with higher outcomes from 6 to 12in, coupled with a smaller physique, sound stability mixer, pop protect and tabletop tripod provided within the package deal makes it, for me, a superior and extra versatile selection than the Podcaster. Once more should you want the basic radio sound fashion and a bodily design that’s better-suited for arm-mounting in a studio, then the Podcaster is for you, however for higher high quality and suppleness, it’s the NT USB all the way in which. Having used each, I’d be very pleased with both, however in the end I want the NT USB – and it’s slightly cheaper too.
Rode NT USB closing verdict
The Rode NT USB is a top quality USB microphone designed to seize broadcast-quality vocals or music with a easy USB connection to your pc or laptop computer; certainly, with the provided pop protect, tabletop stand and lengthy cable, you’re able to report prime quality audio wherever you go. The NT USB is solidly constructed and fitted with a 3.5mm headphone jack in addition to twin dials, one to regulate the headphone quantity and the opposite to stability the combination between the microphone and the pc’s personal audio, making it ultimate for calls or hangouts. The condenser design captures a broader vary of frequencies than dynamic mics just like the Podcaster, permitting it to ship extra exact and clear audio, whereas the upper sensitivity helps you to report from barely additional away too. The Podcaster could ship extra of a basic radio presenter sound in addition to being better-suited to studio arm mounting, but when it’s essential to report a broader vary of seems like singing or music, or want much less colored vocals, then the NT USB is the popular (and my private) selection.