are you looking for the best USB microphone on the market so you can
record amazing quality sound directly into your computer?
Well, so was I.
So I purchased the Rode NT USB to see how it performed.
In this review and test, I’ll share everything you need to know.
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this video. The Rode NT USB Microphone is a plug and
play microphone, meaning you can take the cord,
plug it into your Mac or PC. And this baby is meant to deliver
high-quality audio with the convenience of it being a USB microphone.
Inside the box, you get the microphone,
the pop filter, the tripod,
and a tripod ring mount. You also get a case,
an I love RØDE sticker and the user manual.
The microphone has two nozzles. The top nozzle here allows you to select
the microphone sound or a mix between the microphone and your computer sound if you’re recording with music.
You also have a headphone jack where you can plug in your headphones and listen
to the playback. This nozzle on the bottom allows you to
adjust the volume of your playback. The Rode NT USB doesn’t have a button to
adjust the gain setting to control the volume level of the sound coming in.
You can still adjust the gain or the microphone on your computer,
just not on the microphone body itself. There’s a gold dot here which marks the
front of the microphone where you should speak into.
Don’t do what I did and speak into the back of the microphone.
Always speak into the front of the microphone and have it about 15
centimetres or 6 inches away from you at a slight angle.
You also get an extremely long 6-metre cable that connects your microphone to
the USB port of your computer. The microphone base feels sturdy,
and when attached to the microphone body,
it doesn’t feel like everything is going to topple over.
The pop filter and the ring mount also feel like they’re quality made.
I do feel that the tripod is a little too short to use as a desktop
microphone. I found it frustrating trying to prop up
the microphone with books and boxes, so I ended up purchasing the RØDE PSA1
which is a boom arm compatible with the Rode NT USB,
and I love it. It allows me to have the microphone at a
better height for me, and I turn it on the side so I can see
my screen when recording content. When I’m not using the microphone,
I can just swing it to the side out of the way.
The Rode NT USB microphone comes with a 12 months warranty.
If you register the product online with RØDE,
that will extend the warranty for an additional two years. That’s pretty cool.
I threw out the box of the microphone before I registered it and I emailed
RØDE. They were really amazing and said that
they would honour the warranty. And if I had any issues with microphone,
all I had to do was contact them and provide proof of purchase,
so go RØDE. So all of these features sound really
great, but what it really comes down to is the
quality of the microphone. Let’s have a look at what the microphone
sounds like when recording directly into my computer.
So here’s what it sounds like using the audio of the inbuilt microphone of my
laptop computer. And here’s what it sounds like using the
Rode NT USB plugged directly into my computer.
As soon as I plug the Rode NT USB into my computer,
the computer was able to detect it as an audio device without any issues.
The sound, as you can see,
is significantly better with the RODE NT USB.
I didn’t have to play around with any settings to get this quality sound,
and now I’m going to be quiet so you can listen to the ambient noise. Overall,
I found that the Rode NT USB microphone delivered on its promise to give you
good quality sound. It’s plug and play,
so you don’t need to fiddle with any of the settings,
and it’s quite easy to use. As usual with any microphone,
the quality of the sound also depends on the environment that you’re filming in,
but I do think it’s up there as being one of the best USB microphones on the
market. I use it for recording video content and
tutorials as well as when I’m live streaming,
instead of using the inbuilt microphone of my webcam.
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