Rode NT5 - Matched Pair

Small-diaphragm Matched Pair Cardioid Condenser Microphones
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An Incredible Deal on a Matched Pair of Condenser Mics!

RODE microphones have earned a great reputation in the past several years for providing excellent studio-quality microphones at a price that's more accessible to many people. If you're looking for affordable small-diaphragm condenser microphones, take a look at a matched pair of RODE NT5s. These mics give you the kind of performance that far exceeds what you'd expect from condensers at this price point. NT5s are excellent mics for recording practically any instrument — guitar, flute, violin, saxophone, drums, you name it! As soon as you start recording with RODE NT5s, you'll understand why they've become popular, not only in project studios but in many pro studios as well.

These NT5s come as a carefully matched stereo pair for the cost of a typical single condenser. And since you also get a pair of windshields, a pair of mic clips, and a custom carrying case, you'll be hard-pressed to find a better deal. The NT5s have been seen parked over drum kits in countless studios of all calibers, but you can use them for many other instruments as well. The extremely flat frequency response has just a little dip in the low frequencies with small bumps in the presence range, making them great all-around mics for anything from acoustic guitars to violin.

RODE NT5 Matched Pair of Small-diaphragm Condenser Mics Features:
  • True condenser transducers
  • Gold sputtered 1/2" capsules
  • Heavy duty satin-nickel-plated bodies
  • Full frequency response
  • Low-noise, surface-mount transformerless circuitry
  • Supplied as a matched pair in a custom carrying case
  • Includes two WS5 wind shields
  • Includes two RM5 stand mount, plus a 3/8" to 5/8" thread adapter
  • Requires +48V phantom power
When you get a pair of RODE NT5s, you get more mic for a less money!

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Tech Specs

Microphone Type Condenser
Mono/Stereo Stereo Pair
Polar Pattern Cardioid
Diaphragm Size 0.5" (12.5mm)
Frequency Response 20Hz-20kHz
Max SPL 143dB
Output Impedance 100 ohms
Signal to Noise Ratio 78dB (A weighted)
Self Noise 16dB (A weighted)
Color Silver
Connector XLR
Weight 0.22 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number NT5

Customer Reviews

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Sweet stereo pair

I am so impressed with these little microphones. So far I've recorded only acoustic guitar in an XY pattern in a small project studio. The guitar sounds so natural, that I barely need to do any corrective EQ at all. This is the best price on a matched pair of pro grade condenser microphones by far. I've been looking for more than a year seriously and these totally fir the bill. Great sound, low noise, great price and the small size makes them really easy to position.
Music background: semi pro musician/engineer

big bang for the buck

I purchased this mic on recommendation from my sweetwater rep - Matt because the mic I wanted (Studio Projects) was not available. With much trepidation I purchased a matched pair. OK so now all I have to say is that these mics are way more awesome than the studio projects. Big warm sound - no thinness in the upper frequencies when gain is pushed. I love these on Cellos, Clarinets, Bassoons, and Acoustic Bass. (love my english syntac.. I know ya do) Try for yourself. I own 4 now
Music background: Recording and live sound engineer

amazing sound

Love the sound of the matched pair. What a difference between just using two mics and these. No hole in the tone, just rich and true sound. Love them!!!

A Stunning Pair Of Workhorses

I primarily do location recording with a wide variety of groups, and I can easily say that these are some of my favorite mics to use. I've used them on drum overheads, close-miking trombone and trumpet, and main stereo pairs for choral work, big band jazz, concert bands, brass quintet, and baroque ensembles. They've helped me out significantly, even in the worst rooms imaginable (think high school gym). At the same time, they've also stressed my need for accurate placement as well. These give you plently of bang for buck, and that's important for a student like myself. I'm looking into either getting more of these, or trying out some of Rode's other offerings. Currently running them into a Presonus Firepod then into Cubase 4 on a laptop based mobile recording system.
Music background: Student, Recording Engineer, Musician, Live Sound Engineer

Great in front of a Martin, but it don't stop there.

A big thumbs up on the sound quality of these two little gems. Wonderful in front of an acoustic guitar, under a snare drum, or over a drum set. I love this company (RODE). I also own the K2, an original NT-1, and a NT-2A. Don't think I don't have anything else to compare these mics to. I've heard a vintage pair of KM84's, and these compare well with the big boys. If you can't get your tracks to sound good with these, then the microphone is not the problem.
Music background: Musician first, everything else second.

Sweetwater Advice

David Klausner

Really stunning sound quality for the money. You have to spend several times the price of these mics to get a small diaphragm condenser that performs even a little bit better.

Nick Schenkel

I bought these mics to "hold me over" until I could afford some of the more expensive small diaphragm condensers, and was absolutely amazed at how good they sound! I find myself using the NT5s more than I would have ever imagined, and loving the results. When I need a bright and detailed signal, these mics perform exceptionally well. Given the price, you owe it to yourself to give these a shot. I’m sure that you will be every bit as pleased with the results.

Shawn Parr

The NT5 is one of Rode's newest offerings, as well as a new player in the small condenser mic market. Small condenser mics like this are very useful in the studio and on stage for working with all sorts of acoustic instruments and percussion. Added Value! As with the entire Rode line these mics are extremely affordable. When you buy the NT5's you don't just get a microphone, you in fact get a pair of microphones in a nice case that exudes roadworthiness. The included windscreens are also a nice touch. I had a couple of chances to use the NT5's to mic up acoustic guitar. I discovered that they have a very even sound, with a presence peak in the high mids. They also had little emphasis of the low mids and bass frequencies which is typical for this type of mic. Even though they didn't hype the bass, they did seem to efficiently pick up frequencies way down into subsonics, as such I would suggest having a highpass filter on hand whenever us ing these mics. I was able to get great sounds out of both of the Takamine acoustic guitars that were used. Both had very different sounds to them, one was rather boomy, the other was pretty midrange heavy. Quite a bit of adjustment had to be made to capture the boomy guitar without making it sound that way. On the midrange heavy guitar, being able to get in close, and capture some really low end stuff helped it gain some body and meat in the recording. Against The Competition When put up against mics that cost considerably more than the NT5's they fair very well. A distinguished ear could pick out a number of reasons that other small condensers cost more. But with that in mind, most musicians/engineers on a budget will find this to be an excellent choice. Any studio would find them a welcomed addition to their collection.
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See also: Condenser Mics, Rode, Rode Condenser Microphones, Rode Condenser Microphones