Rode NTR

Internally Shockmounted 1.8-micron Ribbon Microphone with Custom Transformer
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Beautifully Balanced Ribbon-mic Sound!

Between its internally shockmounted 1.8-micron ribbon element and custom-engineered transformer, the Rode NTR ribbon microphone offers you clear, clean, and impressively detailed sound. Whether you're capturing a painstakingly crafted guitar tone, laying down horns, or tracking vocals, you'll be amazed not only by the extremely open sound of the NTR but by the naturally present high-frequency range, which is so often lacking in ribbon mics. On top of that, the NTR is built tough, keeping it safe from daily wear and tear.

Amazing high-end detail straight from the mic

Sweetwater Sales Engineers have had a long-time love affair with ribbon microphones, which is why they took special note of the the Rode NTR ribbon mic's unique character. The most striking thing about this ribbon microphone is its high-frequency balance, which reaches your mic pre with all of the high-frequency presence that typically requires a studio-grade EQ to achieve. As a result, the NTR offers you a much more usable sound right off the bat than the vast majority of ribbon microphones on the market.

Rode NTR Ribbon Microphone Features:
  • High-performance ribbon microphone designed for serious studio work
  • Super-sensitive 1.8-micron ribbon element picks up a wide dynamic range
  • Internally shockmounted to cut out movement noise and vibration
  • Custom transformer brings out the high-frequencies missing from many ribbon mics
  • Chassis protected by a heavy-duty matte black finish
  • All components engineered and manufactured in-house by Rode
  • Includes ribbon-securing travel screw and 10-year extended warranty
  • Warranty covers one free ribbon replacement
  • Requires +48V phantom power
Hear ribbon mic character in all its detail with a Rode NTR!

Additional Media

Studio Microphone Buying Guide
Rode NTR Active Ribbon Microphone Demo by Sweetwater

Tech Specs

Microphone Type Ribbon
Ribbon Type 1.8-micron
Polar Pattern Figure-8
Frequency Response 20Hz-20kHz
Max SPL 130dB
Output Impedance 200 ohms
Signal to Noise Ratio 79.3dB (A weighted)
Connector XLR
Weight 2.31 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number NTR

Customer Reviews

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sounds real

I have several ribbon mics and often find their different 'colorings' useful. However, the Rode sounds REAL! I've put the others away in their boxes.


This mic is heavy, and sounds fantastic. I hate to say it, but I dropped it once (I know, I know...) - after a few choice words I picked it back up to check it over, and it was totally fine. So in addition to sounding great, it's a tough piece of gear that'll stand up to lots of use in a studio setting. Works even better with 2 of them, the stereo pattern you can get is stellar. It's my go-to mic for recording pretty much any acoustic instrument.
Music background: guitar, synth, post production, sound design

Another Winner for Rode

The Rode NTR is visually stunning, with the finely crafted ribbon motor suspended front and center in the protective cage, and various parts of the motor reflecting a golden gleam through the windscreen. The NTR is practically a work of art and would be an attention grabber even if it wasn't a great mic. I had no problem purchasing it sight unseen based on my previous experience with Rode, and I believe Rode has delivered another winner. The mic delivers in spades all of the attributes you usually hear about ribbon mics: smooth, articulate, natural, uncolored. A huge plus is that the output level of the mic is very similar to that of condensers so you can swap the NTR with your condensers without having to worry about adding signal boosters or high gain preamps. Kudos to the designers and engineers at Rode!
Music background: Guitar/Vocals Home studio hobbyist

Beautiful Sounding Mic

This mic has the transparency and naturalness of my Royer and other high end ribbon mics, but with a more extended and open top end. Yet the mic isn't overhyped or strident. It's also immaculately made, with truly impressive build quality. It's heavy, so you'll want a stable mic stand that won't droop; no problems with a Latch Lake or Access stand, and everyone should have a good mic stand anyway. My only suggestions are that Rode put more info on the website with tips and suggestions, since the manual that comes with it is slim pickin' and that while the packaging is very nicely designed and executed, an optional wooden box should be offered with a mic of this quality.
Music background: Composer/Producer TV Ad Music

Rode NTR

I use these to record classical music, in a mostly Blumlein set up, also sometimes spaced pair on piano - for 200+ shows a year. This microphone, in a stereo pair, sounds amazing. Real. No hype. Takes 48V as well, the clarity is wonderful and natural. I have, for the most part, stopped using condensers for classical music now and instead reach for these.
See also: Ribbon Mics, Rode, Rode Ribbon Microphones