• Increase or decrease font size
  • Print
  • RSS

All user reviews for the RODE NT3

  • Like
  • Tweet
  • Submit
Average Score:4.2( 4.2/5 based on 18 reviews )
 5 reviews28 %
 12 reviews67 %
 1 user review6 %
Value For Money : Excellent
Buy at Sweetwater

theaudioandvideoguy's review

The Rode NT3 is a condenser instrument mic that’s pretty thin and stylish. It also comes in a nice little pouch so it doesn’t get dinged up. We had this mic over the timbalas in our studio for about a year before we switched our set up . We still have the mic just not the timbalas, we were going to try this on the drums but we just never got around to switching the mics out.


The Rode NT3 provides ultra low noise, and I say ultra I mean very low noise. If you have it all wired up right and in a good stand with a shock mount system you will have excellent results with the NT3 studio / location mic. I have known a lot of people to use this mic regularly and not a single person has complained about the quality of this mic. From major studio’s to home ones, this mic will serve its purpose plus more!

The Rode NT3 is a little more expensive then some other instrument mics on the market but the quality is a few steps up once you get into this price range for an instrument mic. So you will get what you pay for. I don’t suggest buying this mic used though, because just through word of mouth a few people told me they have bought it used and it didn’t sound as good as it does new. Not too sure if the mic condenser gets messed up over time or after it gets a lot of use to it.

Overall, I love the quality of this mic, it sounds great and will do more than just get the job done. Most mics in this price range cant compete with this one. Its well worth every penny spent. I have heard it in different environments and on different instruments and it does the job great EVERY time. Try it

songboy's review

What type of microphone? (live, recording, mixed...)
This Microphone definitely a recording mic.  If you were to set this up on stage with other instruments, it would most likely feed back very bad and pick up some of everythings sound.  It should only be used in a closed recording session for the best performance.

What technology? (electret, condenser...)
This is a condenser mic.<span style="white-space: pre;"> </span>


What thing do you like most/least about it?
What I like most about this mic is its excellent sound quality and "crispness" for such a low price in comparison to other nice mics.  So far I have used it on vocals, drum overheads and a glockenspiel and every recording came out excellent.  I used a very high end Neuman mic in the studio where I recorded most of my current project.  The NT3 didn't perform as well as the Neuman in some cases, but it wasn't off by far.  In all honesty, it stood up pretty well in comparison, especially on vocals, and it costs a fraction of the cost (something like $4000 less). 
The only thing I didn't like about this mic was the case they give you with it, I have it (them actually, I own a pair) in a nice case now.  I'm sure there are other bad things about this mic, but in my case, I am very happy with it.

Did you try many other models before getting this one?
I had a Samson C3 and a studio projects B1 and B3, but those are all beginner/cheap mics.  I don't really recommend those for much.  Even though the NT3 is only a little more money than those, its leaps and bounds better in quality.  Rode has a really good thing going on.
What is your opinion about the value for the price?
The Price is amazing for the quality you get.  As for as I know, you won't be able to get a better mic without at least spending twice the amount.  Some of my other "recording musician" friends have some nicer Shure Condensers and they tell me they usually bend towards the Rodes in there sessions.  All in all, spending around $250 for a condenser and being honestly surprised at the quality is the reality when it comes to the NT3.
Knowing what you know now, would you make the same choice?...
Yes, I would.  I plan on owning a nice collection of mics in the short future, but I am sure these will always serve a purpose in my recordings. 

Precision and quality of the sound?
If I had to quantify it, I would give them an 8 out of 10.  I have used some really!!! nice mics, and of course those mics were outstanding in all areas, so I can't give the NT3 a higher rating than 8.  But the 8 is only because the mics that cost $3000 or more definitely deserve the 9's and 10's.  But in the class of mics $500 or less, I have yet to hear one that really kicks the NT3's arse.

joshsound's review

The NT-3 is Rode's &quot;budget&quot; small diaphragm condenser mic. This is definitely one of the nicer mics in this price range. The mic capsule is actually a little bigger than most other small diaphragm condensers, so you'll notice that you tend to get a little more body on your sources than with most other pencil mics, which can tend to sound a little shrill when you compare the recording to how the source sounds to your ears live. One really neat thing about this mic is that it is self-powered. If you are in a situation where you don't have access to phantom power, you won't be out of luck, since this mic can be battery powered as well. The pickup pattern is a standard cardioid, and it is not switchable. You don't get a pad or bass roll-off with this mic, so make sure that you're set up correctly when using it. The sound on this mic is pretty good, although I do sometimes notice a hyping of the mids at around 1k. You don't usually hear that in condenser mics, but I'm certain it's there. Other than that one spot around the mids, the sound of this mic is very balanced and clear. You may just want to dip an EQ cut in that one spot if it pokes out at you.


I have an NT3, and though I don't often use it due to owning a large number of other small diaphragm mics, this mic definitely has its place in my studio. I really love this mic on hand percussion. For some reason, it really adds something to tambourines, shakers, and other percussion instruments. It seems like a barely have to EQ them to get them to sit right when I use this mic on them. Overall this is a nice small diaphragm condenser, and a fair value. I would recommend it, but no need to go running to the store immediately for this mic.

RickD's review

- What type of microphone? (live, recording, mixed...)

- What technology? (electret, condenser...)
Condenser. Requires phantom.

Has an on-off switch but that's it.


- For how long have you been using it?
A few years.

- What thing do you like most/least about it?
It provides.
Works great on acoustic guitar & vocals, but works on pretty much anything.
The mids are strong on this mic.

- Did you try many other models before getting this one?
Yes, i have an AKG C3000, AKG D5, M-Audio Sputnik and i've tried an MXL 990.
This performed well, 1-Sputnik 2- MXL 3-Rode. But it was close. Depends what you want, really, all 3 mics sound completely different and so do the other 2 in the list.
If the directivity is right for your needs then go for it. I think this is a very good mic!

- What is your opinion about the value for the price?
Was a gift so i really dunno how much it's worth but i think it's quite cheap, really. I would recommend it anytime.

- Knowing what you know now, would you make the same choice?...
Was a gift, so yes, i'd love to be given this again. Has been very useful and never ever let me down.

Sphinx's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Cardio while "curves""

I write this first notice to correct an assertion "jctroyes" and "Arieti"

the NT3 is NOT hypercardio, but only cardio!

It is a condenser microphone with external power supply (not electret!) With a relatively large capsule: 3/4 ".

It is particularly suitable for plucked instruments like the guitar.

It supports phantom power and 48V Power 12.24, or a 9v battery. The battery is not used when the Phantom is available.

Its frequency response curve is given for particularly flat.


I use it for a few months, occasionally, according to my needs. especially in a simple configuration: acoustic guitar, or electro-acoustic + singing, rehearsal or live on a combo Fishman Loudbox Artist.

I love its roundness, its warmth, "smooth", and a good overall accuracy anyway.

I also like its versatility standpoint diet. I appreciate that its technology is not Electret! Build quality gives confidence (a big "block" metal). Its capsule is large enough that playing on the sound definition.

I regret a little "bundle", (too) classic compared to some competition, yet cheaper. I would like to see provided support anti-shock (sold separately at € 39.00!) = SM4).

Otherwise, the price is more than adequate given its quality and versatility!

In fact, I'm considering buying a second ... to the pair for various uses that do not necessarily match elements which require perfect stereo.

Gooliver7's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Yes I love her"

dja said ...


Let me tell you I have no experience on the mic and I'm not a sound engineer for a pro ... or I just have two ears, I use to record my classical guitar and singing .
I only know that the result is good for me!
I really like it, I bought on the advice of AF, it suits me just did ...
and not expensive at all!
So for a hundred euros m'clate well with me ...!
What more?
I know there are better ... but with much more pepette ...
I would put a 7.5 / 10 because of that
Chris Martins09/12/2009

Chris Martins's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

I do not return on CHARACTERISTICS, they are everywhere. The little extra that makes fun c is the possibility of using a 9 volt battery to power the bte.


C is a good microphone, versatile, clean, straight. No big personality in perspective, but a good tool. Really well on acoustic guitars and other sources dlicates capsule because of its "average" in size which allows a good capture of the spectrum. clean and no surprises. An excellent quality price.

oxyde31's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

What kind of microphone? (Sound, mixed ..) What technology? (Condensateur. ..) *

Micro power capacitor and "phantom"


How long have you use it?

1 month

What is the particular feature you like best and least?

trs relatively prcis, the precision in the bass is limited but the rest of the spectrum is warm and enjoyable trs on string instruments (guitars lutes violins.)
Have you tried many other models before acqurir?

I tried a bit of prestige while The models found in the large studio (C414, solid tube, U87, U67 ..........)

How do you report qualitprix? With the exprience, you do again this choice? * ...

Cheap and have in all studios or on stage

jctroyes's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

There is a lot of positive comments about this mic, thus I'm just a bit reluctant to leave my opinion which is not as positive as those; I hope to give you, however, some basic reflexion before buying.


It's been a good 5 years that I've been&nbsp;using this microphone at the Conservatory of Troyes, where I teach composition and sound technics. My courses are geared exclusively to studio technics but sometimes I go out with my students to do some live sound. In short, I will be direct: I've never had good results with this mic under studio conditions; This&nbsp;arises first from its directivity -&nbsp;HyperCardioid that does not really make sense in the studio. I precise that I did not choose to using&nbsp;these mics. Yet, I have tried everything Piano (the largest of Yamahas and many others in the series C4 and Kawai(s). Also, harp, guitar, violin (less bad). On a couple vocals, XY is better. In overhead it is also big for all percu plutt is appropriate in any case it is the quality that the report is the best price. On a guitar amp but both boff no shame either. On the other hand, my students have purchased the NT5 that are very good and though it may shock you but the Behringer B5 (I think) are even better in the studio or at least have less defects even if hollow enough (I mean the Behringer). In live situatios they are much better. Although one could just do better or at least as well, I think, with dynamics. But I'm always happy with the silent sound in live conditions. Comparatively easier to work with than an SM81 (more than twice the price) on the LIVE and I mean on the live ... The diffrence is low. <br><br>I don't know whether it sells used at the price indicated above, but if you want a set of mics to just augment an already good furnished locker ...&nbsp; otherwise, avoid them because they are very much colored at 2500Hz and also Hypercardioid. Not being very sensitive and having phase problems with off-axis sound sources that are about 2m far away and entirely into the reverbrant field (thus very distant and bad sounding) (and this even under studio conditions with good acoustics) which is surprising enough for a Hypercardioid, but maybe, the price might explain why. </p><br><p>You can write me for more info.</p>

tibstr's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Fanzineur Hello!
transistor condenser microphone


<p> I used the microphone for two days to&nbsp;record my guitar amp which is a Vox&nbsp;AD60VT.
Obviously I did not push the amplifier volume too high to avoid damaging the microphone when placed in the close mic position at the speaker.</p><p>
Rsultat bleuffant, the standard hot round in the bass!

I usually&nbsp;record my amp with condenser microphones like the&nbsp;SAMSON CO1 CO2, or whatever condenser mic fits the situation.&nbsp;&nbsp;You have to&nbsp;spend time positioning and EQing the mics to get the right tone and they do produce a&nbsp;decent result. With the NT3 I was able to get a great tone in minimal time.</p>