Rode has long been on the map for producers looking for any number of different microphones to get studio and live jobs done efficiently, professionally and above-all clearly.
The NT1A – an update to the legendary NT1 – is certainly viewed as an industry-standard microphone, the large-diaphragm cardioid condenser winning awards for its design and specifically quite how quiet it is in use. The NT-2A, again an upgrade to the original NT2, is described as having a class-leading noise floor, and is notable for recreating a timeless vintage tone – the 50s and 60s sounds we love – but with a modern, crisp clarity.
The NT4 is a different concept entirely, using two capsules inside one chassis to create stereo X/Y imaging without the need for two microphones – it’s an intriguing solution that has impressed the industry, including those initially sceptical of working in a different way, so hats off to Rode!
There are of course accessories available for the professional studio user, including the likes of the Rode PSA1, a swivelling boom arm that’s been designed for broadcast microphones, not least Rode’s very own Broadcaster, which is again a large diaphragm model, but one that’s been specifically tailored for the industry – wide frequency response and low distortion will be perfect for on-air applications. There are of course also lavalier mics available in the Rode range for the broadcast professional, ensuring clear delivery across the board, and for pairing up video production with pristine audio you’d be hard pressed to find a better candidate than Rode’s precise small-diaphragm shotgun mics.