Rode NTK Microphone Review [That Warm Tube Sound]


The NTK on a stand Hailing from Australia, Rode is well-known for their large-diaphragm tube microphones known as the NTK model.

Tube microphones are quite expensive because of their vintage parts that need to be built in the most sturdy manner possible.

The new Rode NTK, made from hybrid parts and is primarily a cardioids valve microphone with a one-inch diameter capsule…

Has its price down to almost only $500 out the street.

Using a modern valve, it makes replacement parts easier to find and results to be easily reproduced.


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Design of this Metal housing Recording Piece

Inner housing of the NTKThe Rodes NTK is housed in an all-metal, machine-finished design that allows owner to access the tube compartment quickly using a screw-off body sleeve.

The grille is made from heat- treated steel while the capsule rests on a shockmount.

It has a satin nickel finish that further shows the classic inspiration to its appearance. It has a gold-plated stud indicating the hot side of the capsule.

The microphone comes with a simple mic stand adapter that fastens securely to the base of the microphone using a threaded locking ring assembly.

It then uses a seven-pin XLR cable to connect to the power supply and then fed out to a three-pin balanced XLR.

Recording with the TUBE MIC NTKNoise is just at 12dbSPL while sensitivity is around -38dB, allowing it to have enough dynamics for vocals.

The dynamic range actually reaches more than 147dBA and the maximum output being as high as +29 dbU, bypassing the need for a pad switch.


So how does it actually Sound

Rode NTKThe Rodes NTK was meant to run forever. Because it was meant to be a form of broadcast microphone, you could leave it running on power forever.

It may just need some tube replacements from time to time, but the sound never changes.

It has a warmth but flat response if you’re going to listen to it closely. However, it is quite detailed and open…

Even some small wisps of vocals can be captured perfectly. The tube circuitry responsible for the warmth introduces more details but it’s the natural tone of voice around 300hz to 500hz levels that take the cake.

The roll-off can be a big trade-off. If you’re going to need some bass in your vocals, you might need to work with your mixing desk.

The closer the speaker is to the microphone, the sound becomes bigger and warmer. While it helps reduce pops, you might want to use a pop filter just to be safe.


Conclusion and Final Words

Microphones come and go but the Rode NTK, as I heard from friends, could last for 11 years in full service. That means without any breaks.

I know a friend working in radio who said their microphones never got turned off. About 80% of their microphones were Rode NTK’s and some Neumann U87’s.

They said the cheap price of the Rode NTKs along with their high, larger-than-life sound quality and recording make them some of the best microphones that any engineer could own.

It’s half the price for its sound. I suggest you get it now. If you found it in a deal, just go for it and don’t even think twice! Please Share and Comment if you liked this articl