Rode NT4 - Cardioid Studio Condenser X/Y Stereo Microphone

Rode NT4 - Cardioid Studio Condenser X/Y Stereo Microphone

Rode NT4 - Cardioid Studio Condenser X/Y Stereo Microphone

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Product Highlights

  • X/Y Stereo Capturing
  • Dual Cardioid Polar Pattern
  • Phantom or Battery Powered
  • On/Off Switch
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The Rode NT4 is a stereo recording microphone featuring dual cardioid capsules mounted in a X/Y stereo configuration. The microphone is designed for field or studio use and provides transparent sound reproduction and accurate representation of signal within the "Left/Right" stereo field. This provides optimum results when capturing live performances, ambiance, instruments, choruses, choirs etc.

The NT4's pressure gradient capsules feature cardioid polar patterns which effectively minimize off-axis audience, instrument and ambient noise resulting in accurate recordings of the desired source material. The microphone's dual elements are matched in frequency response and sensitivity for accurate sound reproduction on both left and right stereo channels.

The NT4 features an On/Off switch for added control and is powered via Phantom Power or standard 9 volt alkaline battery. The microphone includes a dual XLR microphone cable, stereo mini microphone cable and durable road case. 9 volt alkaline battery functionality and included stereo mini cable, make the NT4 suitable for videographers as well as live sound and recording engineers.

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 9 volt battery.
Flexible Connectivity
The NT4 includes both, a dual XLR and single stereo 1/8 inch mini output cables making the NT4 ready for use in any recording environment.
In the Box
Rode NT4 - Cardioid Studio Condenser X/Y Stereo Microphone
  • Custom Twin-Head Wind Shield (WS4)
  • Stand Adapter (RM3)
  • 3/8" - 5/8" Thread Adapter
  • Custom Foam Lined Carry Case
  • Stereo Single XLR to Dual XLR (Left/Right) Output Cable
  • Stereo XLR to Mini 1/8 inch Cable (single end)
  • 10 Year Warranty
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    • 1Description
    Transducer 2 Externally Polarized Condensers in Stereo 'XY' Placement
    Polar Pattern Stereo (Each Capsule is Cardioid)
    Frequency Response 20Hz - 20kHz
    Dynamic Range (Typical) > 128dB
    Signal-to-Noise Ratio 78dB
    Maximum Input Sound Level 143dB, (@ 1% THD into 1k)
    Power Requirements 4mA, P48 (38v-52v) 2mA, P24 (20v-26v) 2.8mA, P12 (10.8v-13.2v) or 2.4mA using 9v Battery
    Output Impedance 200 Ohms (per Side)
    Output Connectors XLR-5M Type, (Terminates to 2 XLR-3M Connectors at End of Included Stereo Cable)
    Pad None
    Low Frequency Roll-Off None
    Dimensions 9.28 x 1.28" (232 x 32mm) LxDdiameter
    Weight 16.9 oz. (480g)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 4.6 lb
    NT4 - Cardioid Studio Condenser X/Y Stereo Microphone is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 18.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant I was looking at the NT4 and the AT825. I wanted a mic thatcould record ambient environments well, as well as pin pointdetails for foley recording. This mic blew away myexpectations. For the price the sound is amazing. The stereoimage is fantastic and it's very accurate. Yes, the stylingis funky compared to the AT825, but it's an amazing micotherwise, and it's expandable. Do yourself a favor and getthis if you are on a budget of $500. It already comes withnecessary accessories, so it's a no brainer.Awesome Mic. Problems Encountered: Finding a shockmount to fit it's 32mm girth. Items I Recommend: Marantz PMD660, a shock mount with pistol grip and tripod
    Date published: 2007-12-27
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hands Down, best mic I own! I current own a total of seven other microphones, which ranged in price from about $100 to $400.00. They include the Rode NT3, Sennheiser MKE with Cardioid and Omni capsules, Rode Stereo Video Mic, Shure SM57 & 58, Audio Technica 822, ect. The Rode NT4 is a dramatically better sounding mic than all of then in comparable situations. The quality of my live environment recordings has greatly improved since I started using this mic. From loud rock bands to mellow string quartets, this mic excels. Spend a little more, get a lot more. The Rode NT4 is a great mic, perhaps even a steal at the current price. Buy it now!
    Date published: 2010-01-09
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great mic for field ambience recordings 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.
    Date published: 2014-12-09
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Review of Rode NT 4 Microphone Naturally if a person is going to review a microphone the most helpful thing would be for people to hear it. Unfortunately after posting a number of reviews, I found out that they were all rejected because I put a link in to you tube. We used it to record a blue grass band named kevin pace and the early edition.(kpearlyedition). I record them to put on you tube. I thought the mic gave us great sound. I suppose if you went to you tube you could hear this mic.
    Date published: 2012-04-26
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Worth It I use my NT4 for nature recordings. The NT4 works well in the field and when combined with the blimp system; a hard to beat combo. Does an excellent job of picking up distant birds and wildlife, with an amazing job when the birds are closer in. - Be warned, it is heavy; read the specs.
    Date published: 2012-07-15
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Still getting to know this mic... 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.
    Date published: 2015-06-23
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful sound I got the NT4 to use in conjunction with my Sony Z7U. I've been recording live bands for the past 3 years and my current setup is the Sony, Nikon D7000, and a Zoom H4N. I wasn't getting great sound with the shotgun mic on the Sony because its a directional mic and it's better for voice only. I was relying on my H4n for all the live audio which sounds great but I needed another mic as a backup. Instead of purchasing another H4N I decided for look into better XLR mics for my Sony and came across the NT4. I'll probably be using the NT4 and my primary audio source over the H4N mainly because of how clear and precise the audio sounds! Amazing audio quality and i'm totally happy with my purchase. Plus it comes with a hard-case so I don't have to worry about it getting tossed around in my camera bag.
    Date published: 2013-03-12
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantasic workhorse of a mic This is a beautiful-sounding microphone, and it's provided fabulous results even when using it for ADR and VO on-the-fly. It has a very low noisefloor and captures well-articulated sound. The real bonus is the ability to use a 9V for phantom instead of P48 - works great when using with mobile recorders that don't have enough juice for long-duration and reliable P48. In Dead air roomtone tests, differences between internal 9V versus P48 were quite negligible except for some slightly better articulation of sub 100Hz frequencies. The real plus to this microphone is that although it has a wide cardiod pattern because of the twin capsules, its perceived polar pattern and off-axis rejection are very tight with a long throw, nearly matched to that of a hypercardiod shotgun mic. One can really drill down on what they want to record with this and not pick up excess ambient noise. A fantastic mic for sound effects and recording, and even intimate foley recording in close proximity. It would be great if it had an 80Hz High Pass and 10dB Pad switch, but that's only a minor letdown amidst the fantastic microphone that it is. The 10 Year Warranty is fantastic, a great piece of mind to have.
    Date published: 2010-10-30
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