Since the corona outbreak, we are more tied to home. Due to the measures that have been imposed, we see that more and more people are coming up with new ways to have fun and to communicate with the outside world. Artists start concerts at home and podcasts on all kinds of subjects spring up from the ground. In addition, there are many live streams and students take digital lessons.
Good sound is essential and RØDE has a nice solution for this with the NT-USB Mini. How universal is the NT-USB Mini? And is it the solution to easily record at home for a low price? We took the test and made the review below in collaboration with distributor Mafico Pro.
Don't feel like reading? Check out our video in which we have audio demos in different settings with the NT-USB Mini.
RØDE NT-USB Mini
The RØDE NT-USB Mini is a USB-C microphone that is easy to use and offers the quality of a studio microphone. The microphone is very universal and can be used for recording dialogue, guitar, piano and vocals. It's great to see that "RØDE" delivers quality in a desktop microphone, at an affordable price.
We know the name NT from the NT-USB microphone and other microphones in the RØDE series that contain NT. But in particular of course the NT-USB, which is below. Some similarities, but the Mini clearly has a different and more compact design.
The NT-USB Mini has a high-quality headphone amplifier, on which you can monitor yourself with the 3.5mm jack connection. This is direct monitoring, without latency.
The microphone is class compliant, so you don't need drivers and connect it directly to your Widows or macOS devices. The NT-USB Mini has a built-in pop filter, which is reflected in the metal-mesh front. A smart technique has also been applied with a magnet, with which you can quickly disconnect the microphone in order to attach it to a microphone stand. This has been done very nicely and we would like to see it, making gear usable for multiple purposes.
Below is an overview of the most important functionalities.
- Key features
- High-quality condenser capsule
- Directional cardioid pickup pattern
- Smooth frequency response
- Built-in pop filter
- Detachable magnetic desktop tripod
- Rotate 360 degrees
- Studio-quality headphone amplifier and zero-latency monitoring
- USB-C output
- Frequency Range 20 Hz - 20 kHz
- Weighs 585 grams
- Sound quality
The NT-USB Mini makes clear and clear audio recordings. It can be used in different ways and is therefore a strong all-rounder in terms of sound, which is nice if you do not yet have a budget for specific microphones for, for example, dialogue or recording guitar. Do you want to know what it sounds like? Then be sure to check out the video in this article.
The built-in pop filter works well, but of course also has its limit. That is why RØDE recommends keeping the sound source 10 to 20 centimeters away from the microphone.
In terms of design, the microphone looks sleek and stylish. The NT-USB Mini comes with a desk stand that is magnetically attached to the microphone. This way you can easily switch it from your desk to another standard (if you have it) and back. The material used is a mix of steel and nylon, finished with a black matte coating. You can rotate the microphone in its mount 360 degrees. This allows you to take the best position in any standard to achieve the right results.
The microphone feels super sturdy and is quite heavy, which is positive in this case. Very nice to see that the flexibility of inserting the microphone has been taken into account in the construction and design.
"A powerful all-rounder for only € 100"
RØDE has managed to create a good product with an excellent price-quality ratio. A low-priced microphone that is versatile and radiates quality. The picture is correct and so are your recordings at home! The release of this microphone also comes at a special time, during the corona crisis in which there is a great demand for these types of products. All in all a very good microphone, for an interesting price.
Do you want to know how the microphone sounds in practice? Check the video above.