Electronic Music other: Rode NT5's
Written October 28 2006 , Tags: rode, nt5, mic
I have a small collection of shitty mics that I often use. They have their own charm and stuff for sure, and they're fun to abuse. However I've been yearning(?) to get a pair of quality mics for those instances where I really do need good sound! I decided on a matched pair of rode nt5's along with small mic booms/stands. It's the first time I use phantom powered equipement that's my own too so it feels weird and neat havign the XLR cables and such around, in a lame "omg i'm all grown up now" way. I'll still use my old mics of course, but these are amazing!
They sound really good for the price. They're bright but not sparkly (which is what I want) and have a relitavelly flat freq response (with rolloff at 15k I think). Will be using them for my yet-to-be-purchased new tube guitar amp (peavey classic 30) and existing shitty amp, vox, un-amped guitar noises and home-made percusion. I intend on getting some portable phantom eventually, like this thing and record with my iriver h140 or h120! Shows or just field recording.
I should have a new track up in a day or two that makes use of them
sampled some percs
im gonna bash your skull if youre lying.
No, I heasd many things about how the Rode nt5 for the price. But I think if there
were a prize to be given for the best mic for a budget price it would be the SM 57. I have
GT57 large diaphram, not bad at all. I worked at Guitar Center so I had the employee discount too.
I also, have a good amount of old mics sometimes i fing i like them more SM45's,57's,58's, love them.
Those look like they would be great for overheads on drums, or many other stereo pair situations, nice!
dude.. small diaphram condensor mics rule for anything w/strings. it's all about where you put the mic though. i wouldn't knock any of the half way decent condensor mics these days. even the cheap ones are pretty damn good and the middle of the road ones are pretty damn close to the ones they emulate or model. really.
good for you. have fun w/them. they make nice room mics as well.
oh, make sure you don't turn on the phantom power until you have the mics plugged in. it's better for their health.
and dont unplug them until the phantom is turned off.
Post a track using them I want to hear it!
have you considered the nt4 ?
i have one , and it can be used with phantom power but also with a 9Volt bat. you get 2 kinds of cables , one with two XLR ends and one with a minijack for a minidisc or so .
the sound is adequate , with fairly flat and uncolored output , but it lucks a little more sensitivity for my taste , so you're gonna turn your preamp up . thank god it's not a noisy mic .
as for the stereo imaging , it's normal that you don't get a huge stereo sound with the two capsules fixed on a 90degree configuration but again it spares you lot of time when setting up . i guess the model you've chosen , is far more flexible . how much does it cost ?
I my nt5's. I use them for virtually everything. they're even good for vocals (with a pop filter)!
I've been working on a track since yesterday. I recorded banging on metal/wood for two minutes with the mics and now I'm splicing/cutting-up/pasting bits and pieces by hand (not sequenced) to form patterns. so far I've got it up to four and a half minutes. I have a couple subtle drones/tones that complement it, and although it's not finished yet, I think this might be my best track of the year. maybe I'll have it done tonight, dunno..
Artsigreg: I also heard good things about the SM 57, but I went with the nt5's anyway cause I already had previous experience with them.
ignatius: yeah that's what I've been doing so far. I don't want to plug/unplug hot wires. 48v ain't no laughing matter either
djjjimmy: I looked at them, and they are tempting. but I wanted absolute flexibility on where to place each one. when you're micing an amp, for example, it's often nice to put one mic in front of the cone, and one in the back of the cabinet, or elsewhere in the room. the nt4's wouldn't allow that.
i loooooooove those mics. great stereo image.
yeah they are really awesome. the weekend flew right past!
I'm looking forward to finding more pieces of plastic/wood/metal/glass and random trinkets that make noise to record! now I just wish my mixer could invert the phase on channels
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