Rode NTK Large-diaphragm Tube Condenser Microphone

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The NTK Changes Everything

The RODE NTK large-diaphragm tube condenser mic sits squarely in the "far more than you expect for money" category. The NTK can more than hold its own against sought-after vintage microphones that cost several times as much. The NTK uses an externally polarized capsule with a twin-triode 6922 tube. Combining rich, natural sound characteristics with a touch of vintage vibe, the NTK brings you the best of the classic and modern sonic worlds. The mic's gentle presence boost makes everything sound good, especially vocals, and the tone really opens up as you hit the capsule with more level.

RODE NTK Features:
  • Cardioid
  • 20Hz-20kHz
  • Max SPL: 158dB

  • Power supply
  • 30' Multicore cable
  • M2 Standmount plus 3/8"-5/8" thread adapter

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Tech Specs

Microphone Type Tube Condenser
Polar Pattern Cardioid
Diaphragm Size 1" (25.4mm)
Frequency Response 20Hz-20kHz
Max SPL 158dB
Output Impedance 200 ohms
Signal to Noise Ratio 82dB (A weighted)
Self Noise 12dB (A weighted)
Color Silver
Connector XLR
Weight 1.68 lbs.
Included Accessories Stand Mount, Carry Case
Manufacturer Part Number NTK

Customer Reviews

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Rodé NTK the champion in voices

This microphone has a warm, silky and extremely clean sound, there is no doubt that voices can compete with much more expensive microphones, I'm delighted with him.

Amazing Mic for the Price!

Based on the price, I was prepared to receive a pale imitation of a Neumann $3,000 microphone, even though the reviews were excellent. I was wrong. This mic is simply fantastic. Not only is it precise and immaculate, but the singer I'm recording (a loud soprano) can't over-modulate it (with proper technique of course); and it carries her vocal dynamics perfectly. I want another one!
Music background: Performer, Producer, Arranger. Pro Musician.

The Acoustic Microphone

I put this mic six inches away from the 12th fret on my Taylor GA5 and heard the most brilliant steel string tone. The perfect balance of wood and metal. As I slid my fingers from fret to fret, the sound was crisp and alive. When I sang vocals into it the lows were super beautiful. Although I was converting the audio with a digital interface, when I played back the track I felt the mic sounded like it was recorded straight to tape. I recorded "Sarah" on soundcloud only using the Rode NTK, you must buy this if you are an aspiring acoustic artist
Music background: Singer/Songwriter

Studio must

First thanks to Joe Milne for putting on to the NTK. I was looking for a mic that sounds like the voice you hear in your head and have a warm tone to it. Plus it has that sizzle on the top end. This was a hard decision because it was my first big amount of money spent on a mic. But, I am feeling this mic. Rode makes great mica and they are upgradable. For the price it will quickly become your go to mic.
Music background: Recording engineer, producer, artist

Fantastic Service and Support

I won't spend a lot of time discussing what a great mic this is. The praise it has earned is very well-deserved, and it's an outstanding sound for the price. What I really want to address is how unbelievable the tech support and warranty have been on this mic. I was fortunate enough to by my NTK when the company was still offering the 10 year warranty, which I'm not sure they still do. But after purchasing the mic, I was concerned by a loose input jack on the power supply that would occasionally cut the signal from the mic. It didn't impede the mic's functionality very badly, but I wanted to make sure this problem wasn't a risk for damaging the mic. When I called Rode's support line, I didn't just talk to someone in a call center, I spoke with an actual engineer from the repair shop. After learning that the problem wasn't going to damage the mic, I continued to use the unit until the jack finally gave out completely about a year later. I had to send the mic in for the repair, and assumed it would be at least a month before I was able to use the mic again. But Rode had my mic fixed and returned in two weeks exactly, which in the world of instrument repair is almost unheard of--especially since the mic had to be shipped from CO to CA and back. The only cost to me was $10 for shipping. I was understandably frustrated for receiving a defective unit, but Rode has more than made up for it with their outstanding dedication to customer service. In this day and age, many companies offer no warranties of any kind and/or little to no support for their products. Rode, however, have proven themselves to be different. This is a fantastic mic for a great price, backed by outstanding support.

Sweetwater Advice

David Stewart

While most would understandably be interested in the NTK as a vocal mic, and it is a good one, it makes a great all-around mic for many purposes. Recently I used one on a bass guitar cabinet. After trying several other high quality dynamic and condenser mics first the NTK was the one that brought the proper balance of articulation, low end, and warmth to the track. Great all around mic.

Derek Senestraro

The NTK delivers the smooth sound of a tube microphone at an outstanding price. For anyone looking at condenser microphones in this price range, this is the perfect way to get into a warm sounding tube for vocals and many acoustic instruments as well.

Nick Raffaele

When I first purchased the Rode NTK "Class A" tube condenser microphone back in July of 2003, I was living in the lower east side of Manhattan, and my main objective at the time was simply to purchase a condenser microphone with a cardioid polar pattern so that I could cancel some of the city noise that was creeping in through the window of my humble recording room. I made the purchase without absolutely no research or expectations. What a delight... To my instant surprise, the NTK immediately delivered warm, clear, and full-bodied sound! Since then I've used the NTK in hundreds of various recording situations, and with a multitude of different instruments including vocals, acoustic guitars, classical guitars, upright bass, percussion, and more. I love to create sounds using two microphones of different make and model in a stereo field, but almost always the NTK is included. It sounds great paired with a KSM44, or 414. I've even used two NTKs as drum overheads, and they sounded fantastic! There is no better condenser microphone at this price range, and purchasing the NTK has been one of the wisest "mistakes" of my recording career.
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See also: Condenser Mics, Rode, Rode Condenser Microphones, Rode Condenser Microphones