The Rode NTV is a tube condenser microphone that has a cardioid polar pick up pattern and comes with its own power supply. The mic is designed for use in the recording studio and I have only used it for such an application - I would not suggest bringing it outside of the studio as it is an expensive microphone that is not meant for that kind of use.
I've been using the Rode NTV tube condenser microphone for three years and to me it is one of the best deals for a great tube condenser microphone that is out there. Rode makes some truly great microphones that are extremely cheap when compared to some of their competitors and the NTV is no exception to this. I've used this microphone mostly for recording vocals and I have to say that it is a great vocal microphone for voices of all types as I've had success recording both male and female vocals. The sound quality of this microphone is incredibly warm sounding and it has a lot of body and fullness to its tone as most tube condenser microphones do. While I've used this mic mostly for vocals, it can definitely be used in a variety of situations and I would not doubt that it will impress in most situations. Even though this microphone is priced to sell to home studio owners looking for great tone at a fraction of the cost, it is suitable for professionals as well. I would highly recommend checking out the Rode NTV if you are looking for a great tube condenser mic without spending thousands of dollars. This being said, the Rode NTV isn't the cheapest microphone in the world and will still cost a decent amount of money. However I would be hard pressed to find a tube condenser microphone that is as good as this one for such a reasonable price.
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Al x's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)
Micro large capsule condenser type. Sold with external power. Jensen transformer to indoor. Made in Australia
My use = + acoustic guitar song.
I possde the NTV since 2000 but it is no longer unfortunately. It is replaced by the NTK but this is not the same product range. (FYI it was worth the micro era FF in about 8000 ...)
The construction is the more polished. It has a power supply. spare parts with good quality of trs. The sensibilt microphone is important (I possdais before it an AKG C3000 black first generation, the diffrence is thunder (level, dtails, clarity. I use it for singing and acoustic guitars, by passing a prampli Lafont LP 22 or Avalon M5 and sometimes a TL Audio compressor.
The level signal noise trs good (less silent nanmoins the NT or 1000 NTK)
The micro silent pass the test of the British magazine Sound on Sound and reporting is on their site (www.SOS.co.uk) archives section I think.
I got tips for buying the store The Microphone Paris, and I think that these people are sincrement good advice.
Given the fact that MODEL is no longer manufactured today, I will keep it in my stock pickups. I had the opportunity to comparr with others such as Octava 319, the AKG C3000, and the voice is really DIFFERENT, with a grain more prcis suits me best . This is my main microphone for voice.