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Rode SoundField NT-SF1 Ambisonic Microphone

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Rode SoundField NT-SF1 Ambisonic Microphone
Key Features
  • Ideal for VR, Film, and Game Audio
  • Cardioid Capsules in Tetrahedral Array
  • Four 1/2" TF45C Condenser Capsules
  • 20 Hz to 20 kHz Frequency Response
The Rode SoundField NT-SF1 is an ambisonic microphone designed to provide clear and accurate reproduction of 360° sound for recordists in VR, film production, and audio for video games. It features four 1/2" TF45C cardioid condenser capsules arranged in a tetrahedral array, wired to an XLR 10-pin connector for four-channel, A-format output. Each capsule is powered via 48 VDC phantom power and delivers a frequency response of 20 Hz to 20 kHz. Flexible B-format manipulation of polar patterns and output format is supported through the downloadable SoundField by Rode ambisonic processor plug-in. The NT-SF1 includes a custom shockmount, a spherical windscreen, a furry wind cover, and a breakout cable that converts the XLR 10-pin output to four standard XLR 3-pin connectors.
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Rode NT-SF1 Overview

The Rode SoundField NT-SF1 is an ambisonic microphone designed to provide clear and accurate reproduction of 360° sound for recordists in VR, film production, and audio for video games. It features four 1/2" TF45C cardioid condenser capsules arranged in a tetrahedral array, wired to an XLR 10-pin connector for four-channel, A-format output. Each capsule is powered via 48 VDC phantom power and delivers a frequency response of 20 Hz to 20 kHz. Flexible B-format manipulation of polar patterns and output format is supported through the downloadable SoundField by Rode ambisonic processor plug-in. The NT-SF1 includes a custom shockmount, a spherical windscreen, a furry wind cover, and a breakout cable that converts the XLR 10-pin output to four standard XLR 3-pin connectors.

Microphone Features
  • Tetrahedral array with four externally biased cardioid condenser capsules
  • Created in-house at Rode's Sydney headquarters, each TF-45C capsule is machined to tolerances of less than one micron
  • JFET impedance converter with bipolar output buffer
  • Low noise of 15 dBA
  • Handles SPLs up to 129 dB
  • Sturdy brass body
Plug-In Features
  • Utilizes frequency-domain processing instead of matrices and correction filters to deliver spatial accuracy at all frequencies
  • Change polar patterns in post-production and even create shotgun-type patterns
  • Set up mixes for all common surround-sound formats from 5.1 to 7.1.4, and accommodate custom formats and speaker arrays
  • Intuitive user interface with sound level visualization for immediate feedback on levels and soundscape information
  • Advanced mode opens up all parameters and controls for precise, detailed manipulation
  • Accepts A-Format, B-Format (FuMa), or B-Format (Ambix)
  • Outputs B-Format (FuMa), B-Format (Ambix), mono, stereo, 5.1, 7.1, 5.1.2, 7.1.2, 5.1.4, or 7.1.4
  • Compatible with macOS 10.11 or later, and Windows 10
  • Supports AAX, Audio Units, and VST plug-in formats
UPC: 698813005314

Rode NT-SF1 Specs

Microphone
Sound FieldTetrahedral
Stereo/Surround ConfigurationAmbisonics
Operating PrinciplePressure Gradient
Capsule4 x Condenser
Polar PatternCardioid
CircuitrySolid-State
PadNone
High-Pass FilterNone
WindscreenBlimp, Windsock/Windjammer (Included)
Performance
Frequency Range20 Hz to 20 kHz
Maximum SPL129 dB SPL
Impedance63 Ohms
Sensitivity-30.4 dBV/Pa
Equivalent Noise Level15 dB A-Weighted
Connectivity
Output Connectors (Analog)1 x XLR 10-Pin (on Mic)
4 x XLR 3-Pin (on Detachable Cable)
Power
Operating Voltage48 V
Physical
Dimensionsø: 1.8 x L: 7.57" / ø: 45.72 x L: 192.3 mm
Weight10.09 oz / 286 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight6.835 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)15.2 x 10.8 x 6.4"

Rode NT-SF1 Reviews

Great for music recording and experimenting

By Robert
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-03-24

My background: I am an electrical engineer, amateur musician, amateur photographer and hi-fi enthusiast. Ambisonics makes recording so much simpler for me. It is the equivalent of shooting in RAW for digital photography. (Mathematically, the equivalence is more like panoramic stitching where you map each of your frames into spherical coordinates, combine, then choose the projection to map it back into a plane--but for illustration purposes, the workflow and versatility is similar to shooting in RAW.) I purchased this mic after playing with my brother's Zoom H3 which does a remarkable job for such an inexpensive device. 1) I use it to record my 7 foot Mason & Hamlin piano. Previously I have been frustrated that I have not been able to capture the majestic tones of this instrument. I'm still not there, but I am a lot less frustrated and hope someday to get there! https://soundcloud.com/user-6045912/brahms-op118-no2-a-major-binaural https://soundcloud.com/user-6045912/brahms-op-117-no-2-b-flat-minorbinaural2921 2) It is easier to make a convincing surround recording than a convincing stereo recording. Panning in ambisonic space is more natural than pan pot panning. 3) For 2 channel distribution, I can decode from ambisonic space to binaural or use the SoundField plug-in to stereo. 4) Experimentation is simplified. I have less choices to make on setup (where to set up the mic) and a lot more choices in post. In stereo, besides position, there is direction, configuration (AB, XY, ORTF, DIN, etc.) Imagine having to try all those positions, directions and configurations. Okay, I haven't seen an AB (spaced omni) decoder for ambisonics, but since HRTF use angle based delays for left and right ears, it should be possible to make a custom angle based delay HRTF model for left and right mics. 5) Ambisonic ToolKit (ATK) is a free download. The binaural decoder that I use is part of ATK. I use it with Reaper DAW. Not sure why this hasn't caught on, but it really works for me.

Exactly what I expect

By Boris
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-01-12

Its a great Microphone

Excellent Field Mic

By Jim
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2019-05-10

I purchased the NT-SF1 to use in field recording with a MixPre6. I am very satisfied with the results I have gotten so far. I have taken it to Lebanon, Alaska, and Hawaii. I have yet to fully explore all the special qualities of this system but am well satisfied with what I have captured so far.  I have production options ex post facto with this mic and use the various polar patterns to develop my sound designs. I appreciate the texture of the MixPre6 ambisonic presets, and then use other polar patterns for texture... I find the many polar options exciting, but have mostly used it as an ambiance mic for my video productions in Davinci Resolve 15-16. I am excited to further test this excellent product. Thank you B&H

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