RØDE NT-USB Mini Versatile Studio-quality Condenser USB Microphone with Free Software for Podcasting, Streaming, Gaming, Music Production, Vocal and Instrument Recording
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You can also unscrew the mic from its stand to place it in a microphone arm, and most pop filters and wind screens can clip onto the body of the mic. The NT-USB Mini is a condenser microphone, which means it is quite sensitive and capable of cleanly picking up audio further from the microphone.
Hard-wearing steel and reinforced nylon resin construction ensure the NT-USB Mini is ready to take on the rigours of recording anywhere and everywhere. It’s incredibly easy to set up and use, with simple controls, an in-built pop filter, and a class-compliant USB output that works seamlessly with computers or tablets, no drivers or software needed.The sound quality is obviously the main thing, however, and this is as good as any other microphone I have experienced. In this sense, USB mics are much easier to use than traditional mics, which need extra equipment to connect to your computer. The NT-USB Mini brings the pristine sound quality of RØDE’s world-renowned studio mics to a compact USB platform.
A universal clip-on version (like this filter) can do in a pinch, but the look of the long wire and the space it takes up can be irksome.Long warranty: Most of the microphones we looked at offer a two-year warranty, but a longer one is always nice. Josh Strid, sales engineer for Sweetwater, told us that a good-sounding room makes a larger difference in the quality of recordings than microphone choice does. This inexpensive USB mic sounds surprisingly good and does a remarkable job of capturing your voice while rejecting background noise.
This mic isn’t as huge and in-your-face as the Blue Yeti, but it’s also not as tiny as the Shure MV5. The build quality is impressively substantial, which is reflected in the fact that this microphone is surprisingly heavy for its size; although not inconveniently so. Otherwise, Mackie Element Series Compact, Samson 29, and AT2020USB+ are excellent choices if you don’t want to spend too much. When your NT-USB Mini is connected to a computer via USB, its firmware can be updated with the RØDE Central app.The Yeti is a professional-grade microphone that audio producers are more than happy to work with, but it’s also simple enough for amateurs or home-office workers. RØDE Connect is a simple and powerful software solution for podcasting and streaming with the NT-USB Mini. There is also a switchable zero-latency monitoring mode for eliminating distracting echo when recording. It is an intelligent purchase, because the amount of time you save in not having to decipher words is enormous. Two things: XLR analog output and a higher sampling rate (the Yeti provides 48 kHz/16 bit while the Yeti Pro offers 192 kHz/24 bit).