Rode NT4Item ID: NT4
Cardioid Condenser XY Stereo Microphone
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Stereo Recording from RODEThe RODE NT4 is a striking microphone that solves the age-old problem of affordable stereo miking, eliminating the need for purchasing matched pairs of expensive mics to get professional results!
Thanks to the RODE NT4's true stereo condenser design, clever XY configuration, and perfectly matched capsules, the NT4 lets you record any stereo source with immaculate detail.
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A Few Thoughts On XY Stereo Recording
The stereo image is produced by the off-axis attenuation of the cardioid microphones. While A-B stereo is a difference-in-time-stereo, the XY stereo is a difference-in-level stereo. But as the off-axis attenuation of a typical cardioid microphone is only around 6dB at 90 degrees, the channel separation is limited, and wide stereo images are not possible with this recording method. Therefore, XY stereo is often used where high mono-compatibility is needed - for example, in broadcasting situations where many listeners still receive the audio on mono equipment. Since the sound-sources are mainly picked up off-axis when using the XY stereo setup, high demands are placed on the off-axis response of the microphones used.
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Robert, Chester, VA
Reviewsbased on 6 reviews
It's a RODE what could possibly go wrong.
by digifish music from AustraliaThis mic loses 1/2 a star because it's a fixed X/Y configuration and that means reduced flexibility of placement. However, then again, if you buy a NT4 then you know that this is what it is and you ha... read more [+]ve a need for a no-fuss quality piece of kit.
June 7, 2006
Music Background: production
I have been using this mic for field recordings (9V internal power) for film FX/ambient sound and foley (48 V phantom). In both cases it positively shines. The sound is silky smooth and there's plenty of high end detail. The mic does lose some sensitivity on 9V internal power, however it's so quiet that the required make-up boost on the pre-amp doesn't bring in a lot of extra noise.
Make no mistake, this is a pro piece of kit and I am about to buy a pair of NT5s (same capsules) on the basis of my experience with the NT4.
Downsides? It's uggly, it is silver and shiny, largish and quite heavy - so not very stealthy...I wish Rode had a matt-black model.
Conclusion? So easy to use, so well thought out, comes with great accessories (clips, wind screens, cables and a case), buy! close [-]
Very Natural Sound
by Dennis Lester from Harlingen, TexasI flew the NT4 over the conductor of an All-City Middle School Concert Band. I was impressed with the the very natural sound of the ensemble and the conductor's voice during the rehearsal/sound check.
November 25, 2011
Music Background: Assistant Band Director/Sound Engineer/Performer
The NT4 is a great solution for drum overheads where space is at a minimum. I have personally used this mic for overheads and it sounded great! Since it is configured in a fixed X/Y pattern, there are no phase issues between the two capsules, and it is very easy to get the right sound within minutes. This mic can also be powered via a single 9V battery, which is perfect if you don't have phantom power available or if you want to do a stereo field recording. The included stereo cables and 3.5mm adapters make this a VERY versatile mic at a KILLER price!
Good microphone, bad cable
by Hiroyuki Ikezi from Rancho Santa Fe, CAI have been using NT4 together with Marantz PMD661, when I take videos. The sound quality is good. One bad experience I had was the cable lost continuity in the 5 pins connector ( one of wires broke )... read more [+] during the field video taking. So, I lost sound recording. close [-]
January 5, 2012
Music Background: Recording engineer
Rode NT4 Live
by John M Stephens from St. LousI used this mic (s) to record my son’s jazz combo in a loud club 5 hours after the Fed Ex guy delivered the mic from Sweetwater. If you record live music and want a natural live sound vs. a close mi... read more [+]c multi-track sound, this is one mic you must have. A very loud rock band came on next and I had to really pot down the inputs on my Edirol R4. This mic has a hot output and I may test an attenuator next time. close [-]
March 25, 2006
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