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Here's why I use Rode mics...
Old 15th September 2015
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Here's why I use Rode mics...

So I have some nice mics in my collection. But some of my go to workhorses are Rode mics. Not only do I find them great value and well built but their extended warranty support is second to none from my experience.

I use NT3's for indoor dialogue when filming. We have 3 of them and have had them for about 8 years. One stopped working the other month and I thought I'd send it back to Rode and they took a look and are sending a new mic out :-)

Just wanted to give them a shoutout for having great support.

There you go... Got that off my chest!
Old 15th September 2015
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+1 Rode support is fantastic. They really do stand by their mics, even after many years and many owners, something other mic manufacturers could take a lesson from...
Old 15th September 2015
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Yea. The SAE institute here in Adelaide uses alot of their microphones. My friend (a lecturer there) told me about their excellent service.
However, i compared the NT1a & NT2a to some of the other offerings in the same price range and they pale in comparison,
albeit only really noticeable when recording vocals.

If i'm a working engineer i'll probably have a few RODEs in the locker despite better microphones in my arsenal,
they're sort of the SM58s of Condenser microphones IMO
Old 15th September 2015
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NT1a for vox practice. Very bright, cuts thru the mix, lets a vocalist hear "more me" to find both pitch and timing nuance. I've also used one in conjunction w an SM7b, planning to mult takes based on head/chest register, but I almost always end up using the takes from the 7b. That is a subjective thing, depending on both singer and producer's choice. Picked up two NT1a mics secondhand, around $100 each, money very well spent, imo.
Old 15th September 2015
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Craig, great to hear praise for the NT3. An artist brought one in to a gig in 1999, I loved the sound so much I bought a pair the next day! Excellent on acoustic guitars and nearly any instrument. Someone online offered me one, and what with sales and such eventually I have five of them - have done entire bluegrass bands with NT3s on all the instruments. Clean, clear, rich and detailed!
I found a pair of M3s on sale when a local audio shop went out of business, and they are similar but with smaller diaphragm and a lo cut switch.

I do live sound mostly and use them liberally. Club where I work has C1000s but I never use them, I bring my Rodes instead.
Old 16th September 2015
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Originally Posted by loujudson View Post
Craig, great to hear praise for the NT3. An artist brought one in to a gig in 1999, I loved the sound so much I bought a pair the next day! Excellent on acoustic guitars and nearly any instrument. Someone online offered me one, and what with sales and such eventually I have five of them - have done entire bluegrass bands with NT3s on all the instruments. Clean, clear, rich and detailed!
I found a pair of M3s on sale when a local audio shop went out of business, and they are similar but with smaller diaphragm and a lo cut switch.

I do live sound mostly and use them liberally. Club where I work has C1000s but I never use them, I bring my Rodes instead.
Yeah - I find the NT3s are good workhorses for sure. I've got 3 original NT2s also. One of which I modded with a new capsule etc - They're great too. I agree that they may not be the 'best' mics in the world - or price range sometimes, but any mic that you can use daily for 8 years in some challenging situations that starts not to feel very well that you send back a get a new replacement is priceless in my book.

So here's the Rodes I own and some thoughts on them:

3 x Original NT2s - Still sound great. One with a C12 capsule now which is even nicer. Great flexibility polar patterns etc.
3 x NT3 - Used for everything but mostly film dialogue. Bullet proof and great sounding if a little peaky in the mids. I've used these on acoustic guitars too and they sound very detailed. A little bright for me on those though. I really like my Beyer M201s on ac guitars.
1 x NTG3 - Great, great, great. Much cheaper than the competition and every bit as good in my opinion. I've got the Rode blimp and boom pole which are great value too I find. Again years of use out of those too. The NTG3 has been going strong for about 5 years now.
1 x NT4 - I like this and use it for recording foley. Again great mic and built well.
1 x Rode Video Mic - Great DSLR mic. Doesn't get as much use now though.

I really wish Rode would bring out a small diaphragm hypercardioid mic to complete with the Sennhiser MKH50 etc for indoor dialogue. While I love the NT3s they could be a bit tighter on polar pattern at times and a little lighter too for long sessions on a pole. If Rode did this - or even a Hyper capsule for the NT55 that would be a winner in Film / TV in my humble opinion.

Last edited by Craig32768; 16th September 2015 at 12:52 AM..
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