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Rode NT3 Microphone

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Product Highlights

  • Studio Condenser
  • Small Diaphragm
  • Cardioid Polar Pattern
  • Transformerless Output
  • Includes Wind Shield & Stand Mt.
  • Uses 9V Batt. or +48V Phantom
  • On/Off Switch
  • 10-Year Warranty
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You Pay: $269.00

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The NT3 Microphone from Rode is a cardioid condenser microphone for location, studio, and live use. Its transformerless output and quality construction delivers open, pristine sound.

The NT3's cardioid pickup pattern effectively isolates source signal, and the output circuitry and diaphragm are manufactured to further minimize noise from radio frequency interference or bad grounding. The NT3 can be powered by either 48V phantom or a single 9V alkaline battery, and the convenient On/Off switch allows user flexibility and control for sound reinforcement applications.

Cardioid Design
The NT3 features a cardioid pickup pattern effectively isolates source signal.
RF Rejection
The output circuitry and diaphragm are manufactured to further minimize noise from radio frequency interference and bad grounding.
Flexible Power Options
The NT3 can be powered via 48V phantom or a single 9V alkaline battery if phantom power is not available.
On/Off Switch
A convenient On/Off switch allows user flexibility and control for sound reinforcement applications.
UPC: 698813000036

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Operating Principle Pressure Gradient
Transducer Condenser
Diaphragm 0.75" (19.05 mm)
Polar Pattern Cardioid
Frequency Range 20 Hz to 20 kHz
Equivalent Noise Level 16 dB A-Weighted
Maximum SPL 140 dB SPL 1%
Impedance 200 ohms
Sensitivity -39 dB, re: 1 V/Pa
Power Requirements 12 V, 24 V, 48 V, 9V Battery
Output Connectors 3-Pin XLR
General
Length 8.11" (206 mm)
Diameter 1.26" (32 mm)
Weight 0.82 lb (371 g)
Packaging Info
Package Weight 1.5 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 10.7 x 5.3 x 2.1"

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RodeNT3 Microphone
 
5.0

(based on 11 reviews)

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Pros

  • Easy to use (8)
  • Good audio (8)
  • Durable (6)
  • Versatile (6)
  • Lightweight (4)

Cons

  • Bulky/heavy (3)

Best Uses

  • Professional recording (7)
  • Amateur recording (3)
  • Home studio (3)
  • Performances (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (5)

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Boom mic for DSLR

By Al J.

from Pittsburgh

Verified Reviewer

Comments about Rode NT3 Microphone:

This microphone sounds great for this price point. I use as a boom mic for interviews with Nikon D7000 and a Tascam DR-60D.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Sounds Super

By Marky Mark

from Brooklyn, NY

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Durable
  • Easy To Use
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Events
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Rode NT3 Microphone:

    A very nice mic. I am not an audiophile but this mic sounds excellent to me. Very low noise and a very high peaking threshold. Outstanding build quality if a bit heavy. Love it.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Rode deliver

    By Ryszard.S

    from Siloam Spring's, Arkansas.

    About Me Novice

    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Compact
    • Durable
    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight
    • Versatile

    Cons

    • none

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Rode NT3 Microphone:

    I purchase this Rode NT3 about 2 years ago from B&H. I'm very pleased with this mic. Is perfect a specialy for acoustic guitar.

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    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Awesome Microphone!

    By MikeP

    from Dallas, TX

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Durable
    • Easy To Use
    • Versatile

    Cons

    • Bulky/Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Home Studio
    • Indoor Film Dialogue
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Rode NT3 Microphone:

    I bought this mic to use for recording indoor dialogue in a low budget indie film production that will soon commence. I have performed several tests with this mic using a Tascam DR-40 Protable Recorder. The sound quality on this thing is amazing! Crisp and clear! The only thing that I can see that people wouldn't like about this mic is probably the weight. At the end of a boom pole it can get tiring after a while, but that doesn't bother me. If you are not using a dedicated preamp with this, you may have to raise the volume a bit in post; however the signal to noise ratio is so good that it wouldn't effect the quality. This is probably the best microphone I've ever purchased for such a low price!

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    5.0

    Sounds good

    By Brad

    from Bellingham, WA

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Easy To Use

    Cons

    • Bulky/Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Rode NT3 Microphone:

    From my research, this was the mic to have for indoor use. I've only used it once so far, but it sounds good. 9V battery power is nice, although I use 48v from my MixPre-D and it sounds very clear. Great for the price. Heavy.

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    (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Good for Indoor Dual Interviews

    By Ben Jobe

    from Arcata, CA

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Easy To Use

    Cons

    • Bulky/Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Rode NT3 Microphone:

    I'm using this microphone to shoot video interviews with two people at once. I position the microphone between them and it's cardioid pattern picks up both of them just fine. Before I got this NT-3 cardioid I was using my NTG-2 shotgun for these interviews and I couldn't get the audio right. Now it's a cinch. I also like that it has an On/Off switch which should help to conserve battery life. The only drawback is that it's bigger and heavier than my shotgun mic.

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    5.0

    DELICIOUS

    By Edd the animator

    from England

    About Me Novice

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Compact
    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Rode NT3 Microphone:

      I have been after a good clear micrphone for a long time, and with the NT3 i was not dissapointed! As soon as i got it plugged in the sound was deliciously crisp and clear. The only downside to the product is sometimes it isnt clear when it is switched on, the light only flashes once if its not low on battery, which can be odd. But still you get used to it! Great mic!

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      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Fantastic mic

      By Larsenjazz Productions

      from Cottage Grove, OR

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Durable
      • Easy To Use
      • Versatile

      Cons

      • none

      Best Uses

      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Rode NT3 Microphone:

      This microphone is a great workhorse mic around the studio. It works great for guitars, drum overheads, vocals, horns, and lots of other things. It is very sensitive so you get a lot of detail, but be careful around loud extra noises. It tends to pick up lots of room noises since it is so sensitve. It also performs very well as a field recording mic in a stereo pair or just mono. That is what I bought this mic for originally but I just keep finding more uses for it. Good buy at a great price.

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great for interviews and stage work

      By Producer

      from Boston, MA

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Built Solid
      • Clear Sound
      • Compact
      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Events
        • Performances

        Comments about Rode NT3 Microphone:

        I use the NT-3 with my Panasonic DVX100B for both interviews and for stage (band) video. Great sound.

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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Wow!

        By DB

        from Memphis

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Great Sound Quality
        • Lightweight
        • Simple Use

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Rode NT3 Microphone:

            This is my first mic for my home recording studio. I am just starting out while trying to keep the cost down. After recording a few tracks of acoustic guitar and vocals I could not believe my ears.
            This mic is unbelievable!

            • Primary use:
            • Personal

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            pristine

            By batman

            from daly city, ca

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Long Lasting
            • Quiet
            • Simple Use

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Professional

              Comments about Rode NT3 Microphone:

              like the description says, pristine sound. great mic.

              • Primary use:
              • Personal

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              Batteries & Power

              Duracell - 9V Alkaline Battery (Coppertop)
              • You Pay: $3.69
               

              Cables

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              Kopul - Studio Elite 4000 Series XLR M to XLR F Microphone Cable - 6' (1.8 m), Black
              • You Pay: $16.99
               

              Wind Protection

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              Auray - WHF-2545 Foam Windscreen For 1" Diameter Microphones
              • You Pay: $5.95
               

              Pop Filters

              The Hook Studios - Octo-842S Front Address Pop Filter for Small Diameter Microphones
              • You Pay: $39.00
               

              Shock Mounts

              Sabra-Som - SSM-1 Universal Microphone Shock Mount
              • You Pay: $49.99
               

              Stands & Support

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              AKG - KM235/1 Stereo Microphone Bar
              • You Pay: $19.99
               

              Cases & Protection

              SKB - 3I-2011-MC12 iSeries Case for 12-Mics & Cables
              • You Pay: $129.99
               
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