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Rode NT4 X/Y Stereo Condenser Microphone

Rode NT4 X/Y Stereo Condenser Microphone
Key Features
  • 20 Hz to 20 kHz Frequency Response
  • Dual 1/2" Gold-Sputtered Capsules
  • Phantom or Battery Powered
  • 5-Pin Stereo to 2 x 3-Pin XLR Cable
The NT4 X/Y Stereo Condenser Microphone from Rode combines an acoustically matched pair of 1/2" cardioid condenser capsules fixed in a perfect 90° near-coincident alignment. It can be used for drum overheads, percussion, choir vocals, environmental recording, and sound design in a studio or in the field.
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Rode NT4 Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2X/Y Stereo Elements
  • 3Matched Capsules
  • 4Phantom or Battery Powered
  • 5Flexible Connectivity

The NT4 X/Y Stereo Condenser Microphone from Rode combines an acoustically matched pair of 1/2" cardioid condenser capsules fixed in a perfect 90° near-coincident alignment. It can be used for drum overheads, percussion, choir vocals, environmental recording, and sound design in a studio or in the field.

The NT4's versatility is extended by its ability to be powered by a 9V battery, in addition to 48V phantom power. Both stereo XLR and 3.5mm mini-jack cables are supplied to ensure the NT4 is ready to record to a mixing console, portable recorder, or camera. Also included is a WS4 pop filter/wind shield and a durable RM3 microphone clip.

X/Y Stereo Elements

The NT4 features dual cardioid elements mounted in an X/Y stereo configuration. The X/Y configuration results in accurate representation of signal within the "Left/Right" stereo field.

Matched Capsules

Both cardioid capsules are matched in sensitivity and frequency response for optimum results.

Phantom or Battery Powered

The NT4 can be powered via Phantom Power or a standard alkaline 9V battery.

Flexible Connectivity

The NT4 includes a dual XLR cable and a stereo 3.5mm mini-jack output cable making the it ready for use in any recording environment.
UPC: 698813000043

Rode NT4 Specs

Primary ApplicationsLive Sound, Studio Recording, Recording to Mobile Device, Audio for Video, Location Sound, Field Recording
Form FactorStand/Boom Mount
Intended Sound SourcesInstrument, Orchestra, Room Ambiance
Sound FieldStereo
Stereo/Surround ConfigurationX/Y
Operating PrinciplePressure Gradient
Capsule2 x Condenser
Diaphragm0.5" / 12.7 mm
Polar PatternCardioid
OrientationEnd Address
High-Pass FilterNone
Gain AdjustmentNone
Indicators1 x Red Single LED (Power)
WindscreenFoam (Included)
Frequency Range20 Hz to 20 kHz
Maximum SPL143 dB SPL (1 kHz, 1% THD)
Impedance200 Ohms
Sensitivity-38 dB at 1 kHz
Output Level13.9 dBu (Max, 1 kHz)
Dynamic Range> 128 dB
Signal-to-Noise Ratio78 dB A-Weighted
Equivalent Noise Level16 dB A-Weighted
Output Connectors (Analog)1 x XLR 5-Pin (on Mic)
2 x XLR 3-Pin Male (on Detachable Cable)
1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Male (on Detachable Cable)
Operating Voltage48 V (Phantom Power)
9 V (Battery Power)
Operating Current Consumption4.5 mA (Phantom Power)
2.5 mA (Battery Power)
Battery Type1 x 9 V (Not Included)
Approximate Battery Life400 Hours
MountingMic Clip/Stand Adapter (Included)
Mounting Thread Size5/8"-27 Female (3/8"-16 Female with Included Adapter)
Included CaseNone
Included FiltersNone
Dimensionsø: 1.3 x W: 2.4 x L: 9.1" / ø: 33 x W: 61 x L: 231 mm
Weight1.06 lb / 480 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight3 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)15.65 x 12.15 x 4.7"

Rode NT4 Reviews

Rode NT 4 X/Y Stereo Microphone

By Ken
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2019-11-19

WOW! I'm using a Sony PCM-D100 stereo field recorder which has it all excepting dedicated balance XLR inputs. It does however have a 3.5mm PCR input and after a lot of research and aided by the really knowledgeable audio gurus at B & H, was able to determine that the Rode NT4 would prove to be an excellent match and after trying it, am astounded by the recordings I am experiencing!

Nice stereo microphone

By Yannick A.
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2015-10-26

Used for field/outside recording, this is a nice stereo microhpone for a middle cost. Phantom 24V is very useful.

Great mic.

By B.
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2015-06-23

Works well. Sounds great. Heavier than you think (weight-wise). Looking forward to using this one for years.

Still getting to know this mic...

By B.
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2015-06-23

Only got it last week and have run it through a few test sessions. Some indoors and today used it outdoors to capture acoustic guitar and vocals. Very clean sound. Balanced. Seems to be not quite as sensitive as I thought it might be (needs a little more gain from the SD702) but sounds good. Looking forward to using it more in different situations and seeing what it can do. Purchased on the basis of other positive reviews.

Great mics

By Small Wonder Media
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2014-12-15

I used two of these mics for a concert. I set one high above the choir and another one high in the back of the room, for ambient audio. I used them with a Zoom H6 and they worked great. I felt it captured a pretty full sound, though my clients asked for a bit more low end in editing. Your mileage may vary depending on client demands. I really like that they comes with cases. It's great to not have to buy another item just to protect the mics. They're heavy mics, so I wouldn't recommend using them on a camera. I put mine on lighting stands (I didn't like the tall mic stands for sale). It's pretty neat that it can be used with a 9V battery. Don't forget to turn them on first though! I hadn't really used mics with on-off switches before, so I'll need to get in the habit. Otherwise, I'm looking forward to using these for years to come.

Great mic for field ambience recordings

By Andy
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2014-12-09

This has to be one of the better mics I've come across at the mid price point that gets you professional results in the field. This mic is fantastic at recording true stereo (Left right and you also hear what's going through from one to the other, through the centre field too!) and the noise floor is not noticeable in most atmosphere field recordings I've done to date. I've used this mic on professional film shoots for television and film and it works wonderfully. Every custom field fx recordist should have one in their sound bag. Some of the high end mics (DPA 4011A matched stereo pairs or the Neuaman stereo mics) would top this mic but those are thousands of dollars more. This mic, does the job just fine.

Perfect performance microphone

By Martin
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2018-12-15

I got this to record music and theater performances, and its the perfect tool for the job. The sound quality is great, and It gives an outstanding stereo separation.  It really makes my recordings sound like I know what I am doing. It pairs perfectly with my Zoom F4 recorder, which combines the left and right feeds into a single stereo track.  And as a bonus, it lets me record a separate stereo track at a different level.  Thats perfect for live performances where I cant be at the recorder to set levels; I set a loud level and a quiet level, and I always have one that is right.

This mic makes me sound like a professional

By Jack
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2016-12-17

This microphone is more professional than i am. The first use, I can hear noticeable better clarity then the Azden mic I have been using. Don't get me wrong, for the money the Azden mic is great, and I still use it. I record and video amateur live music videos with a Zoom F4 and with this mic I am excited about the quality of sound I should be able to obtain with this equipment.

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Is there a mount for this microphone on a HVX-255?
Asked by: Rich F.
Due to the weight and diameter of the Rode NT4 it is difficult to shock mount this mic on a camera. You are able however to adapt the incuded stand mount the RM3 to your cameras shoe with a simple adapter. The Tether Tools hot shoe adapter features a 3/8 male thread that will support the stand mount using the 3/8 thread adapter that was included with the stand mount.
Answered by: Jeff P.
Date published: 2018-08-27

Does Rode make any mics that have a built in ...

Does Rode make any mics that have a built in interface?
Asked by: Sayuri
Rode does offer several USB mics but they do not have a stereo X/Y style USB mic. You can use the NT4 with a dual-input USB interface such as the Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 (B&H # FOSCARL2I23G) to connect it to a computer. The included Y-cable for the mic has two 3-pin XLR connectors that will connect to each channel on the interface. Please contact us by phone or through live chat if you have additional questions or would like further assistance.
Answered by: Lisa
Date published: 2020-11-30


What's the best blimp/dead for this microphone?
Asked by: Colin G.
The Rycote Mini Windjammer provides optimum wind diffusion for smaller microphones. Like the standard Windjammer, the Mini Windjammer provides 10 - 12dB extra protection over standard windscreens. This Windjammer accommodates the Rode NT4.
Answered by: Mark S.
Date published: 2018-08-27

Is the included female to 2x male XLR cable meant ...

Is the included female to 2x male XLR cable meant to be just an adapter as it seems short? I would be connecting to MixPre-3
Asked by: jason
The Y-cable that is included with the NT4 stereo microphone is 10.3 feet long and can be used to connect directly to the inputs on a MixPre-3. If a longer length is needed, you can attach standard 3-pin XLR cables onto each side as extensions. The included Y-cable is the Rode NT4-DXLR Stereo 5-Pin XLR to Dual 3-Pin XLR Cable for NT-4 Fixed X/Y Condenser Microphone (B&H # RONT4DXLRCBL).
Answered by: Lisa
Date published: 2021-05-19


Can this mic be plugged into a Panasonic GH-4 camera which I believe supplies minimal power to some mics?
Asked by: Mark
The GH4 will provide plug in power to some mics. The NT4 will require phantom power which is more than the 1-5 volts your camera can provide. You can however use the mic using a 9 volt battery which will power the mic, and a Stereo XLR to Mini 1/8 inch Cable is included in the package which allows for connection to your camera.
Answered by: Jeff P.
Date published: 2018-08-27

The female to 2x male XLR cable seems short. Is ...

The female to 2x male XLR cable seems short. Is it meant to be just an adapter? I would be connecting the mic to a MIxPre-3 II.
Asked by: jason
Just buy yourself 2 XLR cables 10 to 15 ft and just use this as an extender with the cables the Rode NT4 comes with.
Answered by: Raul M
Date published: 2021-05-19


I noted that this microphone has 5 pins but my audio recorders are both 3-pin (Marantz PMD661 and Zoom H6). Can I purchase an adapter cable? This may be dumb question. I'm new to this aspect of recording, and I can't seem to find a definitive answer on any website.
Asked by: Samuel R.
Three reasons I bought the NT4 is that it comes with a five pin adapter to two three pin plugs, also a five pin adapter to 3.5mm audio adapter and it can be run off an internal 9 volt battery. None of my digital recorders supply Phantom Power . The audio level at analog output is more than sufficient to connect to my Sony PCM-D50.
Answered by: Ian S.
Date published: 2018-08-27
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