"Rode NTK: Raise your hand if you were smart enough to purchase the best deal in the music retail biz..."
It's simple. If you don't care about name brand glitz, you'll be lucky enough to end up with the RODE NTK, the best sounding mic under $2000...PERIOD. As far as the $2000 plus category goes, the NTK is only as good as the revered classics.
The NTK doesn't have much in the way of features other than a big sturdy case (large enough for that alto sax) and a monstrosity of a proprietary power source (it's a tube mic, deal with it). I guess a roll off would be nice but the thing is so damned sweet sounding on vox and acoustic gtr that I haven't even had to EQ with it much in the course of about 20 or so sessions.
The reputation is growing and soon the price will follow. Fill your studio with Rodes before you can't afford but a one.
I bought the mic during a dark period in my life and the people at Rode were there for me...just kiddin'. What kind of support would one need with this thing? Let me think....uh,hello, my NTK fell off of the roof, bounced on the concrete and fell into the pool. It still works fine but it's all wet!
THE BEST. P E R I D
The Wow Factor:
I tried to have sex with it but it's almost 3 inches in diameter and it got stuck in my....sex appeal? What kind of stupid ass question is that? I want it? If you're reviewing it based on how it looked in the Macy's window, thanks for nothin'.