Rode NT5-S

Small-diaphragm Single NT5 Cardioid Condenser Mic
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Single Rode NTD Small Diaphragm Condenser Mic

The NT5 is a pencil-type, small-diaphragm, mono condenser mic that was originally offered in matched pairs featuring sequential serial numbers so that they're close to each other all the way through manufacturing. A typical use of the NT5 would be as drum overheads or recording high-hats. We've found that they are detailed and very clear, and with just a tiny bit of compression they sound great. If you prefer the positioning flexibility afforded by a pair of small-diaphragm mics, then the NT5 is an easy choice. If you're lookng for a great-sounding, and very affordable single small-diaphragm condenser mic, the Rode NT5-S is a single NT5. Small-diaphragm condenser mics such as the NT5-S have an even and wider frequency response than large diaphragm condensers, handle higher SPLs, and can more accurately capture instruments with a pronounced high-frequency component (violins, for instance).

Rode NT5-S Specifications:
  • Acoustic Principle: Externally polarised single diaphragm
  • condenser transducer.
  • Capsule Size: 0.5" (13mm).
  • Active Electronics: JFET Impedance converter with bipolar
  • output buffer.
  • Directional Response: Cardioid.
  • Frequency Response: 20Hz to 20kHz.
  • Sensitivity: -38 dB re 1v/Pa +/- 2 dB equivalent to 12mV/Pa
  • where 1 Pa = 94dBSPL.
  • Equivalent Noise: <16 dBSPL, (A-weighted per IEC268-15).
  • Maximum Output: +13.9 dBu @ 1% THD into 1k_
  • Dynamic Range: >128 dB.
  • Maximum SPL: 143 dB @ 1% THD into 1k_
  • Signal to Noise: 78dB.
  • Requires phantom power, +38V to +52 V
  • P24 Supply (20V-26V) The microphone operates in accordance with the above specifications to a minimum of 18V. (It will operate with some performance degradation below 18V.)
  • Packed Weight: 1.8kg (Mic only 100g).
Rode NT5 Features:
  • True condenser transducer
  • Gold sputtered 1/2" Capsules
  • Heavy duty satin-nickel-plated body
  • Low Noise
  • Full Frequency Response
  • Custom WS5 Wind Shield
  • Custom RM5 Stand Mount
  • Surface-mount transformerless circuitry
  • Requires phantom power

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Tech Specs

Microphone Type Condenser
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)
Connector XLR
Weight 0.22 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number NT5-S

Customer Reviews

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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!
Music background: Pro Sound Engineer, Musician


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!!
Music background: Graduate of Berklee College of Music, Pro Musician, Recording Artist


This works great.
Music background: Pro Musician

Accurate and Usable

The 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.
Music background: One man band/studio
See also: Condenser Mics, Rode, Rode Condenser Microphones, Rode Condenser Microphones