In this video I am going to review the Rode NT USB microphone, and see if it really is as amazing as everyone says it is stay tuned.
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So the Rode NT USB microphone is a plug and play microphone, meaning in theory you’re meant to take the microphone cord and plug it into your MAC or PC and this baby is meant to deliver a high quality audio with the convenience of it being a USB microphone.
In the box, you get the Microphone itself obviously. It comes with this pop filter and it comes with the tripod that you see here and the tripod ring mount thing here as well.
With the microphone you will see that it has two buttons. It has a button here where you can choose to have the microphone sound or a mix between the microphone sound and your computer sound. For the most part you will probably have it set just to the microphone sound. You also have a headphone jack you can plug your earphones into and listen to the playback of the sound.
This is the nozzle which adjusts the volume of that. You also get this really long cable which is a selling point apparently according to Rode its 6 meters long. This then goes into the bottom of the microphone. This is the USB cable end which goes into your computer.
You get a user manual booklet and a sticker – a “I love Rode sticker” – because everyone wants one of these. You also get this case. If you take your microphone off the tripod, it should fit into the case so that you can transport the microphone around with you.
The Rode NT USB microphone comes with 12 months warranty. If you register the product online with Rode, they will extend the warranty for an additional 2 years.
I threw out the box for the microphone before I registered it and I Emailed Rode to let them know I still had proof of purchase with the receipt. They said they would honor that and if I had any issues with the microphone all I had to do was to contact them and provide the proof of purchase. So that’s a nice little feature of the microphone.
One of the things that I notice that the Rode NT USB doesn’t have that other microphones like the Yeti Pro has is a gain setting. So that controls the volume level of the sound coming in, but Rode have put the gain setting as an internal thing. So it’s inside the microphone and you can adjust the gain on your computer. So you can’t adjust it on the microphone, but you can adjust it in the settings on your computer. So that was another interesting change that I thought was worth mentioning.
Overall it feels like quite a sturdy microphone. The base feels sturdy and when put all together it doesn’t feel like the microphone will topple over, which is a good thing. The pop filter and all of the pieces feel like they are quality made.
But really it comes down to the quality of the sound that the microphone produces. So let’s have a look at the quality of the sound when recording on my computer.
So to record on my Rode NT USB microphone I take this end of the cable and put that into the base of the microphone like that. Then I take the USB end and put that into my computer like that. The microphone on the tripod bends quite easily which is good because Rode recommend that you have it at a slight angle. You do want to be pretty close. Rode recommend once again that you’re about 15 centimeters away from the microphone.
So let’s do a sound test now. So here is what it sounds like recording on my computer using the inbuilt microphone of my computer. So here is what it sounds like with the Rode NT USB plugged directly into my computer.
Overall, I found that the Rode NT USB microphone delivered on its promise to give you good quality sound. It’s plug and play. So you don’t need to fiddle with any of the settings and it’s quite easy to use. As usual with any microphone, the quality of the sound also depends on the environment that you’re filming in.
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———Equipment Used To Shoot This Video ——-
Rode NT USB Microphone
Camera – Canon 80D
Lens – Canon 18-55 Lens
Microphone Rode Smart Lav+
Microphone adaptor – Rode SC3 3.5mm TRRS to TRS Adaptor
Rode extension cable: http://amzn.to/2lPjStl
Lighting – Halo Prismatic Ring light
Tripod – Manfrotto Compact Advance
This video edited with Screenflow 6 on a Mac
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