Our friends at Source Distribution have told us that Australian micrpohone manufacturers RØDE have announced a new RØDE NT-USB microphone. When RØDE released their Podcaster USB microphone in 2007, it was designed to offer broadcast-quality voice recording, with its end-address configuration. The new NT-USB on the other hand is more versatile by being a side-address microphone that perhaps makes it more suitable for recording musical performances in addition to spoken applications such as podcasting and voice-over.
The microphone is fully compatible with all mainstream recording applications on both Windows and Mac OS based computers, as well as the Apple iPad using RØDE Rec, GarageBand, or any other recording app that accepts an external microphone. Use on the Apple iPad requires a suitable USB connection adaptor, such as the Apple Camera Connection Kit.
The body of the NT-USB features a zero-latency stereo headphone monitoring (3.5mm) jack, which allows users to monitor the microphone input in realtime, along with dials to adjust the monitoring level and mix between the computer/iPad audio and the microphone input.
A Range Of Included Accersories
A pop-filter is included, which fits onto the base of the mic, positions the filter the right distance from the capsule to minimise plosives during singing or speech. Also provided is a stand mount with industry standard 3/8” thread, desktop tripod stand that allows the NT-USB to sit at a comfortable height on a tabletop, and a pouch for storage of the microphone when not in use.
This looks like a very useful mic that brings RØDE right back into the market for voiceovers and podcasters as well as singer songwriters. It is expected to be available in the UK in early August with a recommended retail price of £149 inc vat.