Rode’s NT-USB microphone is a stable, great-sounding condenser microphone — however it was first launched in 2014 and is certainly overdue for an replace (it makes use of a USB-B cable). Enter: the Rode NT-USB+.
The NT-USB+ retains the NT-USB’s sturdy, skilled design on the surface and provides some fairly spectacular updates — reminiscent of enhanced circuitry, Rode’s Revolution Preamp know-how, and an inside DSP — on the within. (Oh, and it additionally has a USB-C port.) The Rode NT-USB+ comes with a removable pop protect and a tripod desktop stand, and includes a headphone jack for direct, zero-latency monitoring. It’s one of many better-sounding USB microphones we’ve heard, and is a stable contender for our record of finest gaming mics.
The NT-USB+ is obtainable now for $169.
Design of the NT-USB+
The NT-USB+ is sort of similar in design to the unique NT-USB. The NT-USB+ is housed in a stable, black metallic physique with Rode’s brand printed neatly throughout the entrance in gentle silver. Beneath the mic’s black metallic mesh grille is a blue mesh inside pop filter — the blue is the most important aesthetic distinction between the NT-USB+ and the NT-USB.
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On the fitting aspect of the mic, there’s a 3.5mm high-power headphone output for zero-latency monitoring, in addition to two dials to regulate combine (between the mic’s direct output and your PC’s playback) and headphone quantity degree.
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The NT-USB+ comes with a 9.8-foot (3m) USB-C to USB-C cable, which attaches to the USB-C port on the underside of the mic. It additionally comes with a removable pop protect — a rounded metallic display screen with a plastic body that sits about one inch in entrance of the mic — in addition to a black tripod stand.
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The stand is plastic — comparatively sturdy however fairly light-weight, and it positively has the potential to tip over should you’re not cautious. It does an sufficient job of holding the mic up, as soon as balanced, nevertheless. With no heft or padding, it additionally doesn’t do a lot to dampen desktop noise, although it’s not a lot worse than most desktop stands. The mic comes with a removable ring mount that may be simply mounted on a increase arm (or a distinct stand).
|Frequency Response||20 – 20,000 Hz|
|Pattern Fee||48 kHz|
|Cable||USB-C to USB-C (9.8ft/3m)|
|Software program||Rode Join|
|Dimensions (H x W x D)||7.2 x 2.4 x 2 inches / 184 x 62 x 50 mm|
|Weight||1.2lbs / 540g (not together with equipment)|
Efficiency of the NT-USB+
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The NT-USB+ is a side-address USB microphone with a cardioid polar sample. It information 24-bit/48 kHz audio — a step up from the NT-USB’s 16-bit bit depth — and has a frequency response of 20 – 20,000 Hz. It’s USB-C powered and includes a headphone jack for direct, zero-latency monitoring. The mic works effectively as a plug-and-play system, although it doesn’t have on-mic achieve management or a mute button/swap.
The NT-USB+ produces wonderful vocals — wealthy and detailed, with a stable low finish and little or no self noise. It options Rode’s ultra-low-noise, high-gain Revolution Preamp know-how, which permits it to select up louder, cleaner, crisper audio with a decrease noise flooring, and the distinction is certainly audible.
[Rode NT-USB Mic Test: https://on.soundcloud.com/kPsDp]
One of many points I’ve discovered with the NT-USB is that its achieve is fairly excessive and it has hassle recording audio from louder sources, reminiscent of devices, with out clipping. Whereas this isn’t as a lot of a difficulty for streaming, gaming, or video conferencing, it’s price noting should you’re searching for a mic that can be utilized past the PC. The NT-USB+ does higher with this, however it’s nonetheless not wonderful — and it might be good to see an on-mic achieve management to assist with balancing.
Options and Software program of the NT-USB+
The NT-USB+ is basically plug-and-play, however it does characteristic an inside DSP that permits for superior audio processing — which might be activated utilizing a variety of Rode apps, together with Rode Central (the model’s mic companion app), Rode Join (the model’s free podcasting and streaming software program), and the newly launched Rode X Unify software program.
In the meanwhile, the compressor, noise gate, excessive cross filter, and Aphex enhancements (“aural exciter” and “massive backside”) might be unlocked however can’t be adjusted or in any other case configured just like the model’s new Rode X microphones.
The Rode NT-USB+ provides Rode’s Revolution Preamp know-how, a complicated inside DSP, and USB-C connectivity to what was already a powerful USB condenser microphone — it’s an excellent (and considerably overdue) inside replace to the NT-USB.
The NT-USB+ retains its predecessor’s stable, sturdy construct, and delivers fantastic-sounding, clear audio with a decrease noise flooring — should you’re searching for a mic that can make you sound nice, look no additional. It nonetheless struggles a bit of with louder audio sources, nevertheless, and its bit depth/pattern fee is studio-quality however not high-res. In case you’re searching for a mic for each streaming and recording, a high-res mic such because the Beyerdynamic Fox Studio microphone may be a better option.