Rode NT-SF1 SoundField Condenser Microphone
Røde NT-SF1 Ambisonic Microphone
SoundField invented the ambisonic microphone, revolutionising 3D audio production. RØDE revolutionised the microphone industry, using advanced manufacturing techniques to deliver broadcast-quality precision microphones at accessible prices. Now, for the first time, the magic of these two iconic brands has come together.
Based on a completely new capsule designed by RØDE, the NT-SF1 offers extremely low noise and unprecedented smoothness and extension of frequency response. The ambisonic arrangement and tuning is drawn directly from high-end SoundField technology, ensuring the most accurate spatialisation possible for the ultimate in 3D audio positioning.
The NT-SF1 is the perfect mic for a range of applications, from music recording through to capturing 3D soundscapes for VR applications. As productions increasingly require the use of surround or multi-channel spatial reproduction, the NT-SF1 should be part of every sound recordist’s arsenal.
The SoundField legend starts in 1978 in the UK, with the first commercial SoundField microphone launched based on the pioneering work of Michael Gerzon. SoundField is now a global leader in high-end ambisonic microphones, installed in many of the worlds most iconic venues. SoundField became part of the Freedman Group in 2015, paving the way for joint developments with RØDE.
- Acoustic Principle Externally Biased Condenser
- Active Electronics Active Electronics JFET impedance converter with bipolar output buffer
- Polar Pattern Cardioid
- Frequency Range Frequency Range 20Hz - 20kHz
- Output Impedance 63Ω
- Equivalent Noise (A-weighted) 15 dBA
- Maximum SPL 129 dB SPL
- Sensitivity -30.4 dB re. 1 Volt/Pascal (30mV @ 94dB SPL, 1kHz)
- Power Requirements Power Requirements 6.2mA @ 48V (Per Channel) Phantom Power
No upgrades available
This might seem a bit esoteric to most conventional applications, it does make hq atmos very easy (along with other applications Rode cites). The software (download) provided, directly integrates with my DAW. I imagine it can configure to suit most application requirements via the 4 discrete XLR fan out outputs. I have a particular interest in experimenting with an eight channel spherical sound stage, so I am interested in its potential 'point source' application within that field, so my application isn't likely to be of interest to many. I am a keen fan of the NT1's they are the only substitute I'm happy with, to replace my old C451E's within the price range. This NT-SF1 would complement the NT1's (which was a consideration). So my initial response is that 'it ticks all the boxes' I was looking for. The software is more than I was expecting, seems well thought out and the effortless 'auto install' into PT a plus. Like a lot of these things, its the next stage of seeing how the NT-SF1 performs in application, which is the most important and interesting, so the 5 stars is for my initial reaction, on first inspection.
Known product. Does exactly what I was expecting