Replace: Rode has launched an up to date, premium prfoessional studio arm – the PSA1+ – which retails for $129 / £114 / AU$199. It is appropriate with any microphone weighing between 94g and 1.2kg, together with the NT-USB Mini and affords intelligent shock-absorbing methods to cut back any undesirable desk vibrations and sounds.
Whereas the Blue Yeti USB microphone and its more compact Nano successor have been the go-to for many podcasters, Rode is hoping its newest NT-USB Mini will steal their thunder.
Priced at $99 (£99, AU$149), the NT-USB Mini prices the identical because the Yeti Nano and affords a lot the identical proposition – take a profitable USB microphone and shrink it down, condensing controls and sustaining audio high quality within the course of.
The interface on this little Rode mic is extremely minimal, with a single dial that adjusts headphone stage discovered on the entrance, and a USB-C and three.5mm headphone port discovered on the rear.
The desktop stand is weighted and is designed to soak up any shocks from a bumped desk. It’s hooked up magnetically to a 360-degree swivelling mount for the microphone, so you may shortly detach it and mount it on a mic stand or studio arm.
Exterior of the corporate’s fame for skilled, studio-grade audio high quality, considered one of Rode’s standout options is the simplicity during which its microphones interface with different gear. The NT-USB Mini is class-compliant, which means it would work instantly with any laptop or pill when connected by way of USB, with no drivers, firmware or apps required.
The NT-USB Mini options an built-in pop filter and is constructed from “hard-wearing metal and strengthened nylon resin”, so it must be compact and rugged sufficient for grab-and-go conditions.
The Rode NT-USB Mini is on the market now within the US for $99 with different area’s availability and pricing to observe.