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Detachable-Capsule Pencil Condenser Microphone

The NT5 is a small-diaphragm pencil condenser mic that ships with two interchangeable capsule heads, providing either a cardioid or omni response. The mic body contains switches giving access to a 3-way pad (0, -10, -20dB) and 3-way high-pass filter (flat, 75Hz, 150Hz).

The NT45 capsules are compatible with the NT4, NT5, NT55, and NT6 mics. Their diaphragms measure 1/2'' in diameter and are externally-biased (“true” condenser) designs.

The mic includes a basic clip (p/n RM5), the NT45-O Omni capsule head, the NT45-C Cardioid capsule head, a metal storage box, and a 10-year warranty.

Also available as a matched pair (p/n NT55MP).

Electronic Musician

The highpass filter employs a gentle 12 dB-per-octave curve, which is a good thing, because the NT55 doesn’t have an overblown bottom end to start with. I wouldn’t call it thin, but it would not be my first choice for low-end instruments such as bass or a surdo drum.

The beauty of the NT55 is in its midrange detail, which I really loved. The sound of my fingerpicking was very clear, yet strumming with a pick did not result in a “splanky” sound, which can often happen with small-capsule condensers on acoustic guitar.

The RØDE NT55 is also known as: NT55MP.


Compatible Capsules
RØDE NT45-CCardioid RØDE NT45-C
Cardioid capsule
Sensitivity: n/a mV/Pa
Freq. Resp.: n/a
MSRP: $109 | Still In Production
RØDE NT45-OOmnidirectional RØDE NT45-O
Omnidirectional capsule
Sensitivity: n/a mV/Pa
Freq. Resp.: n/a
MSRP: $109 | Still In Production
Pads & Filters Impedance SPL/Noise
  • Pad: -10dB (Via Switch)
  • Filter: HPF @ 75Hz (Via Switch)
100 Ohms (Low) Max SPL: 156 dB
Weight Length Max Diameter Interface(s)
110g (3.88oz) 145mm (5.71'') 20mm (0.79'')
  • 3-pin XLR male (1)
Power Specifications
  • Requires phantom power
  • Phantom voltage: 48v

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