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Rode Microphones Matched Pair of NT5 Microphones

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The R˜DE Matched Pair of NT5 Mics are very sensitive and will give you very accurate sound reproduction. The NT5 is a true condenser mic specifically...Click To Read More About This Product

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Brings out all the nuances when recording instruments.

The R˜DE Matched Pair of NT5 Mics are very sensitive and will give you very accurate sound reproduction. The NT5 is a true condenser mic specifically designed for optimum instrument recording. It performs well on all instruments including guitar, flute, violin, saxophone, drums, etc. Its compact size and design allow for effective and subtle positioning, which is crucial when close miking. NT5's are supplied as closely matched pairs. The package is shipped as a matched pair and includes a custom case, 2 RM5 standmounts, and 2 WS5 windscreens.

FEATURES
True condenser microphone design 
Designed for optimum instrument recording
Performs well on all instruments including guitar, flute, violin, saxophone, drums
Compact size and design allow easy close miking
Supplied as closely matched pairs
Package includes:
Custom case
2 RM5 standmounts
2 WS5 windscreens

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SPECIFICATIONS
Acoustic principle: externally polarized single-diaphragm condenser 
Capsule size: 1/2"
Active electronics: JFET impedance converter with bipolar output buffer
Directional response: cardioid
Frequency response: 20Hz-20kHz
Sensitivity: -38dB re 1V/Pa ±2dB equivalent to 12mV/Pa where 1 Pa = 94dBSPL
Equivalent noise: <16dBSPL (A-weighted)
Maximum output: +13.9dBu
Dynamic range: >128dB
Maximum SPL: 143dB
Signal/noise ratio: 78dB
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Rode MicrophonesMatched Pair of NT5 Microphones
 
4.9

(based on 17 reviews)

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Good deal

By MixMan_Fresh

from Dayton, OH

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Comments about Rode Microphones Matched Pair of NT5 Microphones:

I use a matched pair of the NT-5s on my buddies K-Custom hi-hat and ride when performing Sunday mornings at our home church, and I love them. K-Customs are cymbals that (in my opinion) possess minimal offending frequencies, and need little coloration or attenuation to be reinforced. These mics have a wide and flat response that reproduces exactly what they hear. Some people find a flat response boring, but it totally depends on the timbre of what you're putting the mic in front of, and these work great for high-end cymbals.Also, these are EXTREMELY sensitive! I get more than enough volume from these when gain-staging during practice, so much so that my preamp is pulled back to 8 o'clock with a 20dB pad on - and it's STILL hot (my mic placement has the condenser about 6 inches away from the cymbal edge)! The drumset is very well-caged, however, so the containment of sound is much greater than the set being open (also is very convenient conditions to be using a condenser mic). Personally I find their sensitivity very advantageous - I get the sound I need without the rest of the drumset overpowering the signal I want, and it is indicative of having a wide dynamic range and low noise floor. Buy these mics! There are many other uses besides drums, too!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

WOW!!!

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Rode Microphones Matched Pair of NT5 Microphones:

As a player, I've been in recording situations for over 20 years. During all that time, I have never had a set of drums overheads sound as beautiful and alive as these little babys have on my latest recording, with me as the engineer. They are absolutely crystal clear, and sound as good as the drums did in the room during the original recording. I really couldn't ask for more!!!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Mics!

By Vinnie

from Woodstock, NY

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Compact
  • Easy To Use
  • Lightweight
  • Versatile

Cons

  • none

Best Uses

  • Studio

Comments about Rode Microphones Matched Pair of NT5 Microphones:

I needed a pair of small condenser mics to fill out my mic cabinet at my studio for an upcoming session, but didn't want to spend a bundle because I'm also getting a lot of work done on my studio piano, a concert grand, which is costing me a bundle. I had heard about the NT5's from some other engineers and figured they were worth a try. I have not been disappointed! I put these mics up on my piano the day they arrived and compared them to mics I own that cost significantly more and the NT5's really held their own. As in any subjective discussion about mic character: airiness, clarity, etc. there could be a big debate over the merits of this mic over that. But for me, the NT5 really gave a good reproduction of my piano--which I've been recording for 15 years. They sounded great on acoustic guitar as well. For a basic cardioid pattern small condenser at an amazing price point, you can't go wrong.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

NT5s Play Ball with More Expensive Mics

By Sonar

from San Francisco, CA

Comments about Rode Microphones Matched Pair of NT5 Microphones:

These little things beat the pants off cheaper mics and could play ball with some mics that are around twice their price. They usually won't beat the mics that are twice their price, but they'll play ball and look respectable.I use these mainly for live recordings of small (2-people) to large (200-persons) instrumental ensembles. They do a really tremendous job at getting everything in there, although they don't have the clarity of the big boys (which, honestly, most people have to rent if we need them!) Really though, you'd have to drop some serious dough in order to score better mics.Bottom line: if you're looking at a stereo pair of condenser microphones in this price range, you may as well stop looking and get these ones. If you have deep pockets, stop looking at Rodes.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Not bad at all

By Msteve121

from Tampa, FL

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Comments about Rode Microphones Matched Pair of NT5 Microphones:

I have seveal sets of these for Brass and hi-hat/Ride. For brass they work great, warm and clear! For drums they are a bit too edgy in the higher frequency range causing the hi-hat and ride to become piercing rather than well rounded. Also they tend to pick up everything remotely close to them.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Fantastic Mics!

By TCollins25

from New York City, NY

Comments about Rode Microphones Matched Pair of NT5 Microphones:

These microphones are fantastic! I first fell in love with Rode when I tried out their other high value microphone, the NTA-1. Like the NTA-1, this microphone is highly affordable for it's quality, which is equal to that of much more expensive mics. It has a nice flat frequency response which makes it very easy to handle in post. I tried these babies out during an orchestra recording job and they were amazing, just two of them were able to capture a fantastic range of frequencies and depth. These have been excellent for drum overheads too, but since they are flat, remember they will need some EQ to get the right sound. Rode delivers again!

 
5.0

Phenomenal in my Home Studio

By Cully

from Pittsburgh, PA

About Me Novice

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Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Compact
  • Durable
  • Easy To Use
  • Lightweight
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Events
    • Home Studio
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Rode Microphones Matched Pair of NT5 Microphones:

    I wanted a pair of pencil condensers for the home studio; that I could use primarily for recording acoustic guitar, but that also sounded great in other applications as well. (overheads, room mics, etc.) On an acoustic as a pair these sound fantastic, the dry signal itself sounds practically record ready (Taking into consideration the instrument quality and room setup as well). There are probably "better" mics out there in this category, but not that I know of at this price, and in terms of sound quality alone maybe not by much. These NT5's absolutely blow away any lower end mics I've used (MXL, CAD) and as far as I can hear sound basically just as good as most higher end microphones that you'd spend twice as much on. (Go to Youtube and watch some Mic Shootout comparisons with these) I grabbed one of Rode's stereo bars for the pair which makes setting them up nicely convenient. (Couln't find this on musician's friend, GC, or Sweetwater though. Went to RODE's website and ordered separate.) A phenominal set of pencil condensers for the home studio recorder. At 0.5" capsules, they don't overkill high frequencies, but certainly don't lack in the bottom end either. I use these mostly recording acoustic & acoustic rock styles and the tonal balance is perfect in my opinion. Excellent clarity as room mics, haven't tried as kit overheads yet.

     
    5.0

    Totally Incredible Mics

    By jack-of-all-trash

    from Iowa

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    Comments about Rode Microphones Matched Pair of NT5 Microphones:

    I have this matched pair of NT-5 condensers, owned them for about 3 years now. I use them for everything. Drum overheads, recording bass, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, vocals, piano, hand percussion, everything. Their tone is smooth and creamy, no obvious spikes in frequency response. And they're pretty small!! I've used LARGE diaphragm condensers that have a nasty 2-3k spike. Not these. And when I record vocals with them, it's so clear it's like the auditory equivalent of one of those medical throat exams. Man, you should hear tracks from these, played on my buddy's huge Bose system. Wow. So, Unless you're used to billion dollar studios, you'll be thrilled you bought these! They also come with thread adapters for Euro mic stands.

     
    5.0

    excellence

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about Rode Microphones Matched Pair of NT5 Microphones:

    I was told I couldn't ever go wrong with the industry standard in microphones. Well, I couldn't afford the standard, being the sm81. I went out on a leap of faith with these and was completely astounded. They kind of roll off the top end a little bit so you can capture things like cymbals and acoustic guitars without them sounding thin and trashy. wonderful product, compact size, and beautiful in looks. Buy 'em today!

     
    5.0

    Just a great mic!

    By Rode NT5 Matched Pair

    from Port Orchard, WA

    Comments about Rode Microphones Matched Pair of NT5 Microphones:

    I used the NT5's generally for close miking acoustic guitars. I have found them to be very sensitive and very accurate in sound reproduction. Although I have not had a chance to "Mic Up" a drum kit with them, I'm feel very confident that the NT5 will work great as overheads. I gave them a 10 across the board!

     
    5.0

    Sweet

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about Rode Microphones Matched Pair of NT5 Microphones:

    Sound great, great price!

     
    5.0

    Wonderful little microphones

    By Matthew-w3bIP

    from Bellaire, TX

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    Comments about Rode Microphones Matched Pair of NT5 Microphones:

    The matched pair NT5's are a great set of beginner small diaphragms. I've recorded acoustic guitar, overheads, and even vocals with these and they all sound great. They tend to be very detailed in the upper frequencies (really noticeable on the acoustic guitar) almost to the point of annoyance (you can hear every "hammer on"). Features are a 7 because of their lack of any sort of polarity switch or dB pad. You can buy the interchangeable capsules, but those cost extra money. Overall, however, a very decent pair of microphones. Looking for the next step up? Try out a pair of Neumann KM184's.

     
    5.0

    good value for the price

    By Burkfour

    from Knoxvlle, TN

    Comments about Rode Microphones Matched Pair of NT5 Microphones:

    These mics sound really good for the small price tag. I suggest using them on acoustic guitar in a brige and nut placement. Use the 3:1 rule because these mics tend to phase fairly easily. A Polarity pattern switch should of been added to work on preventing this. Other than that the tone is crisp and clean with not noticeable boosts throughout the frequency range. Good overall flat response mic. If you cant afford anything more these are by far the best for under $500 hands down.

     
    5.0

    Good intermediate mic

    By Mr. Michael-ukB.v

    from Boston, MA

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    Comments about Rode Microphones Matched Pair of NT5 Microphones:

    I have been using $100 or below mics for the last few years, and it has been long overdue for me to upgrade. When I finally had enough money to comfortably afford these, I purchased them a few months ago with a Presonus bluetube dp dual channel stereo preamp specifically to get good acoustic guitar recordings. They worked very well with the preamp giving me a nice warm, crisp sound. For acoustic guitar I like to add just little bit of tube warmth (drive at about 9 o'clock) to the mic sound, and it sounds very professional. I don't have an acoustically treated room, far from it, so background noise has been a problem for me, but with these the noise can be substantially minimized if the unidirectional pattern is used correctly. Also, I tend to get the clearest stereo acoustic guitar recordings when I have right next to each other pointed at and place right above the headstock/neck area of the guitar. I don't really like the sound I get when they are pointed at the sound hole. I don't do much eq'ing with them.My recordings still don't sound truly professional. I tend to either sounds that are too tinny or too boomy. I don't know much about recording techniques and equipment, but based on the reviews and just some gut feelings, I feel that you really can get professional recordings with these if you have good equipment to go along with them, but overwhelmingly more important, if you really know what you are doing as a recording engineer. That goes for any of the other equipment you may own, too.

     
    5.0

    A GREAT MIC

    By Larryguitar

    from Hastings, N.Y.

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    Comments about Rode Microphones Matched Pair of NT5 Microphones:

    The day I reeived the Rode NT5 I did some recording with them. After playing with the placement of them my classical and steel string guitar sounded great. The sound was so clear. I am so happy with them. My minor complaints are that they are very hard to get the mics into the holder and the holder is very hard to get out of carrying case. I recorded a jazz group and used the mics for the drums. The recorded sound of the drums were so life like. It's a great mic. I'm glad I got a pair.

    (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Nice highs but,

    By MIXX-PITT

    from CT

    Comments about Rode Microphones Matched Pair of NT5 Microphones:

    I own the Rode NTK and NT2A; which I love! But, The NT5 did not handle bass or mid frequencies well without distortion when miking a drum kit front and center in an XY configuration at six feet away and six to eight feet high at reasonable playing levels.I am sure that with proper placement, level settings and frequency tweeqing; the NT5 would compliment a large diaphram mic. I was looking for a small diaphram stereo pair that would give me a full body sound (or somewhat close as possible)without to much work and extra equipment to lug around. I need a quick fast, clean easy stereo setup on the go to go-in, record, and get out.The NT5 is a nice mic for the price but needs to much work and care when miking an intrument, band or room.I will not mention the mic I replaced the NT5's with but, I will say it cost about three times as much.I look forward to the next generation of NT5's.

     
    5.0

    these little fellas can stand up to my earthworks!

    By Bradleywad

    from Austin, TX

    Comments about Rode Microphones Matched Pair of NT5 Microphones:

    Very nice design, lightweight, nice of the aussies to throw in windscreens as well. Work exceptionally well as overheads on drums, on individual instruments, acoustic or amplified (up to 146db SPL!!!!), as well as being the best sounding set of condensers in an X/Y stereo setup I have heard for the price. Unless you have ears like superman, you won't be able to tell the difference between these little babies and matched sets that cost in excess of 3,000 dolars! What a great deal, flat response, no BS, nice case, windscreens... a couple of shock mounts and yer well on the way to getting some incredible recordings, even if you are still using that old cassette 4-track. My demo, recorded on a Tascam 424 with the NT5's almost exclusively, sounds 10 times better than the one done with ProTools in the studio with all the bells and whistles (and the $3,500 earthworks mics!). Way to go Rode! I Luv you guys!

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