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RODE NTK Valve 1" Condenser Microphone

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RODE NTK Valve 1" Condenser Microphone
Key Features
  • Large-Diaphragm Condenser
  • Class-A Tube Circuitry
  • Mylar Dual-Diaphragm Capsule
  • Jensen Transformer
The Rode NTK Valve 1" Condenser Microphone is a large-diaphragm condenser microphone, which employs Class-A valve circuitry resulting in a warm sonic character. Sporting a cardioid polar pattern, the NTK is designed for vocal and general instrument recording, while providing the sonic character found in higher-priced tube microphones. The capsule features a mylar dual-diaphragm, sputtered in gold to provide transparent signal reproduction and wide frequency response.
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RODE NTK Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Tube Circuitry
  • 3Quality Transformer Design
  • 4Separate Power Supply

The Rode NTK Valve 1" Condenser Microphone is a large-diaphragm condenser microphone, which employs Class-A valve circuitry resulting in a warm sonic character. Sporting a cardioid polar pattern, the NTK is designed for vocal and general instrument recording, while providing the sonic character found in higher-priced tube microphones. The capsule features a mylar dual-diaphragm, sputtered in gold to provide transparent signal reproduction and wide frequency response.

The hand-selected and graded 6922 twin-triode valve comprises the core of the NTK's circuitry, providing an analog "warmth" and presence that meets the standards of the most demanding engineers. The microphone features a custom-built, Mu-metal transformer developed by Jensen Transformers. The end result is quiet, noise-free output at high-gain levels. The NTK includes a separate power supply.

Tube Circuitry
The Rode NTK features the 6922 twin-triode valve at the heart of its circuitry. The result is a warm sonic character similar to that found in higher-priced tube microphones.
Quality Transformer Design
The custom-designed, Jensen Mu-metal transformer provides a low-noise, high-gain signal path on output.
Separate Power Supply
The NTK Valve comes with a separate power supply.
UPC: 698813000050

RODE NTK Specs

Microphone
Form FactorStand/Boom Mount
Sound FieldMono
Operating PrinciplePressure Gradient
CapsuleCondenser
Diaphragm1.0" / 25.40 mm
Polar PatternCardioid
OrientationSide Address
CircuitryTube
High-Pass FilterYes
Gain AdjustmentNone
Performance
Frequency Range20 Hz to 20 kHz
Maximum SPL158 dB SPL
Impedance200 Ohms
Sensitivity-38 dB at 1 kHz
Equivalent Noise Level12 dB A-Weighted
THD1%
Connectivity
Output Connectors (Analog)1 x XLR 7-Pin Male (on Mic)
1 x XLR 3-Pin Male (on Power Supply)
Input Connectors1 x XLR 7-Pin Female (on Power Supply)
Physical
ColorSilver
MountingMic Clip/Stand Adapter (Included)
Dimensionsø: 2.17 x L: 8.19" / ø: 55 x L: 208 mm
Weight26.81 oz / 760 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight14.25 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)25.9 x 13.2 x 5.4"

RODE NTK Reviews

Early days with NTK

By Eric
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2019-09-27

I have now recorded about 4 times with this mic (male solo vocal and acoustic guitar at the same time with just the one mic. I am impressed and very pleased. Even tho the guitar is not miked it picks up beautifully. The vocals are detailed, clear and resonant. I have read that switching out the tube makes it even better and so have purchased additional tubes to this end. So far the supplied tube is so good I haven't felt the need. Eventually I will try out the other tubes and see if it makes it even better. So far... Bravo Rodes!

Amazing

By Anonymous
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2011-08-04

Worked with many mic s in the past and nothing comes close to this one. I recommend this mic to any and everyone who is serious about recording vocals.

Excellent for voice over work

By Jeffery
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2015-01-09

I'm using this microphone for podcasts and screencasts. The power supply for this mic gives a generous boost to gain and doesn't require phantom power. I'm using it when background noise is not an issue. Works well with the Rode shock mounts. This is a very nice mic.

Good for vocals!

By Yamell
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2013-08-16

If you are looking for a balance between good vocal recording and affordable price, here you are! Buy this thing and don't think twice...

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question

I read in the Product highlights that the NTK comes with a dual diaphragm capsule, and 9 polar patterns? Is this correct? ( I believe that describes is the Rode K2, and not the NTK.) Nor does it use phantom power.
Asked by: Dan E.
I apologize for the confusion, the NTK is a cardioid patterned mic, not variable, and utilizes its own included power supply.
Answered by: Jeff P.
Date published: 2018-08-27

question

Can this be used as a stage mic as well? I would be using this to record students in my studio of voice in my living room. Is this a good option for not being in a recording studio?
Asked by: Sharon T.
Generally speaking, Large diaphragm microphones are not recommended choices for stage use. They are just too delicate for this application.
Answered by: Mark S.
Date published: 2018-08-27

question

Your website says that the NTK comes with a 6072 tube. I thought it came with a 6922 tube?
Asked by: Dan E.
We stand corrected. According to RODE: Hand selected and graded 6922 twin-triode valve . Thanks for pointing this out.
Answered by: Mark S.
Date published: 2018-08-27

question

Can this mic be used as a voice over mic plugged into an audio interface then into a computer?
Asked by: Matthew D.
Sure can. Remember not to supply phantom power from the interface.
Answered by: Mark S.
Date published: 2018-08-27
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