Rode NT5-S Reviews4.6/5.0 based on 4 customer reviews
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from Portland, OR USA
August 8, 2010Music Background:
Pro Sound Engineer, Musician
A "Can't Touch" Value!My hat off to Rode for this one!
I have used a stereo pair of Rode NT-5s for about 2 years now. I mainly use them on live choirs (15-40 voices), and one would do just as well if you don't need stereo miking. They're also excellent on drums (primarily as overheads), and Leslies. Their signal clarity is astounding. There is virtually no coloration or proximity effect with these mini-monsters.
I highly recommend these mics, but one word of caution first:
They pick EVERYTHING up! So, don't use them if you will be clicking your studio mouse mid-session!
from Istanbul, Turkey
April 2, 2009Music Background:
Graduate of Berklee College of Music, Pro Musician, Recording Artist
Great!!!I use this mic for vocals, as well as guitar and percussion- it is a charming and great-sounding mic, all at a very affordable price. A must have!!
from Greenwood IN USA
November 25, 2011Music Background:
FantasticThis works great.
September 24, 2008Music Background:
One man band/studio
Accurate and UsableThe main use of this mic is generally acoustic guitars and drum overheads, and it's will capture a fairly accurate picture of them - there aren't any very large and sudden dips or humps along the frequency spectrum. There is a fairly wideband hump in the higher frequencies (~8-12khz) and a bit of a dip below 120hz or so, but it really isn't a very bright mic. If you want a really bright sound, as some modern music does, you'll probably end up EQing this mic heavily. I however enjoy cymbals and acoustic guitars that blend with the track rather than dominate it, and I need to EQ little to do so. I've used it for vocals a few times - it did very well on a politely sung folk song, although it captured slightly odd sibilant sounds (may have just been the singer!) On a more aggressive track the vocals fit into the song VERY easily, however the microphone didn't seem up to the challenge of (dubiously) loud vocals.
In summary, you'll get an accurate and usable sound from this mic, one that balances itself with surrounding instrumentation very easily. If you want that very bright modern sound you're going to have to work for it.