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Rode NTR Active Ribbon Microphone  From Rode

Active Ribbon Microphone

Rode Microphones


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Manufacturer's Description from Rode

The NTR couples the legacy and history of microphone technology with the latest in precision manufacturing innovations to deliver one of the world's finest ribbon microphones. Featuring world-class active electronics and a revolutionary ribbon design delivering extended high-frequency response and sensitivity, the NTR is not your average ribbon microphone.  

  • Highly sensitive 1.8-micron ribbon element
  • Bi-directional polar pattern
  • Internal shock mounting system
  • Custom designed transformer and active electronics
  • Extended high-frequency response for superior versatility
  • One free ribbon replacement during warranty period
Hearing is Believing
Traditionally, ribbon microphones have a particular sonic character that excels in certain applications – for example, recording strings or electric guitar amps. The NTR shares this sonic heritage but offers a unique character that yields spectacular results in almost any application. Thanks to its revolutionary design, the NTR offers an extended high-frequency response and sensitivity that sets it apart, making it ideal for applications far beyond that of a 'traditional' ribbon microphone, from vocals and guitar to orchestral recording and even drums. Hearing is believing. 
The Ribbon
At 1.8 microns, the NTR's ribbon is one of the thinnest in existence, delivering high sensitivity and an extended frequency response that is unique to the microphone. Using proprietary laser technology, the ribbon is cut with unprecedented precision, eliminating the micro-tears associated with mechanical cutting. This results in smoother edges and increased longevity. It is also shaped with acoustically optimised corrugations for enhanced performance and the ribbon is mounted with an ultra-high-quality internal shock mount that renders external shock mounting obsolete.
The Design
The NTR is precision-engineered to minimise acoustic interactions between the body of the microphone and the ribbon. The solid frame around the ribbon element is positioned entirely within the rejection zone of the capsule’s bi-directional polar pattern to reduce acoustic shadowing and the ribbon is isolated from the microphone body to minimise any resonance. Finally, the chemically-etched all-metal mesh is extremely rigid while exhibiting super-low density, resulting in greater acoustic transparency.
The Electronics
The NTR's ribbon element is married to a custom-designed and manufactured, ultra-low-noise, low-impedance transformer. This powerful transformer ensures maximum fidelity between the motor and the electronics. The NTR is an active ribbon microphone and utilises audiophile-grade components to deliver a high-output signal, meaning the NTR can be used with a wide range of preamps without the additional gain requirements of many ribbon microphones. 
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About Manufacturer

In 1998, having established itself as a leading force in this emerging market, RODE Microphones moved into a new purpose-built 20,000 sq ft factory and offices near the home of Sydney 2000 Olympics. The premises allowed for the necessary increases in electronic production, assembly, warehousing, dispatch and administration, to supply the growing worldwide demand. A separate dedicated metalwork facility located 250 km north west of Sydney, is equipped with the latest computer controlled machinery, producing microphone bodies and associated fittings and componentry to the highest international standards. RODE Microphones is committed to providing our customers with products that represent the ultimate in value, performance and user satisfaction. We achieve this through our ongoing investment in research and development, the use of the latest manufacturing technologies to improving the quality, performance and production efficiencies. But most importantly we listen to people who use microphones. Furthermore we will continue to provide the best after-sales service, as we realise that when a person invests in our microphones it is the beginning of a relationship which we hope will last a lifetime.


Acoustic & Electrical Specifications

Acoustic Principle

Velocity Transducer

Active Electronics

Step-up Transformer and signal balanced preamp stage

Polar Pattern

Figure 8

Address Type


Frequency Range

20Hz - 20kHz

Output Impedance


Maximum SPL

130dB SPL

Headphone Output Power

-30.5dB re 1 Volt/Pascal (30.00mV @ 94 dB SPL) +/- 2 dB @ 1kHz

Equivalent Noise Level (A-Weighted)


Power Requirements


Power Requirements



Mechanical Specifications

Dimensions (mm)

216 (H) x 65 (W) x 65 (D)

Weight (g)




1 year with free extension to 10 years following registration