The Rode NT USB microphone (Amazon) is one of the top USB microphones you can buy. The microphone comes with 5 pieces. A long USB cable, a pop filter, and a stand, a carrying bag, and the microphone itself.
This USB microphone is designed for users who don’t want to set up a mixer, mess with adapters, and EQ setting. Just plug it into the computer and record.
Quick setup for PC
To use the Rode NT USB microphone make sure the microphone is on a surface that doesn’t vibrate. This microphone is so sensitive that it will pick up the vibrations in your computer.
Connect the USB to the computer. If you have windows 10 you will open up the program “voice recorder.”
Simply click on Cortana (the search bar at the bottom left of the taskbar) and type in “voice recorder.”
Once this is up and running, just click on the microphone icon and you will be recording.
Monitoring your voice in real-time
Plug in a set of headphones into the jack and adjust the gain using the tone control knob.
Quick setup for using with Audacity
Using the Rode NT (Amazon) with the PC is simple. Find a surface that does’t vibrate too much or put some padding underneath.
After that you are good to go.
Once you are up and running in Audacity select the USB microphone from the drop down arrow.
The Rode NT USB Microphone vs The Shure SM57.
When I record I use the Shure SM57 because it’s more directional and doesn’t pick up as much background noise. With the Rode NT I get a full bassy warm tone to my voice but the background noise has to be kept minimal.
- If you want something that isn’t sensitive to background noises, the Shure SM57 is great. If you have a quiet room or soundproofing the Rode NT is also great. It depends on your situation, sound tastes, and portability needs.
Dealing with mixers and other equipment
With the SM57 I have to have a mixer and and a way to connect that mixer to the computer. For beginners, this may be too much hassle.
The Rode NT USB Microphone is for people that just want great sound and don’t want the hassle of setting up a mixer, adjusting tone controls, EQ, and all that stuff.
In less than a minute you can be recording your voice with the Rode NT and that’s a big advantage.
Recording guitar and vocals
If you are an acoustic guitar player these are great for picking up your voice as well as guitar. I’ve used it several times to record song ideas and riffs. Many people like the bassy warm sound that comes from the Rode NT microphone.
To record song ideas using the Rode NT microphone I recommend the 2 programs listed above. Voice recorder for Windows 10 or Audacity. Both will get you up and running quickly.
Get the Rode NT USB condenser microphone (Amazon).
Sounds test – Rode NT vs Shure SM57 with presidential windscreen
In the sound file below you can hear for yourself the difference between the two devices.