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RØDE Microphones NT-USB Mini Black $99 Delivered @ Amazon AU

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Good mic. Great price.
Cheapest ever price according to the 3 camels.

Description below pinched from Amazon.

Description

The NT-USB Mini brings the pristine sound quality of RØDE’s world-class studio mics to a compact, easy-to-use desktop USB microphone. Designed to deliver crystal-clear, professional-sounding audio direct to a computer or tablet, it’s the perfect microphone for gamers, podcasters, musicians, streamers, business professionals and content creators who want to be heard in full definition.

Features & details
  • High-quality condenser capsule that delivers warmth and presence for a clear, professional sound, with a directional cardioid pickup pattern optimised to reduce room sound and other extraneous noise.
  • Smooth frequency response that sounds incredible in a wide variety of applications with In-built pop filter for reducing plosives.
  • Studio-grade headphone amplifier with precision level control and switchable zero-latency monitoring for eliminating distracting echo.
  • Unique detachable magnetic desk stand to mitigate knocks and bumps and is easy to remove.
  • Integrated 360-degree swing mount for quick and easy positioning on a desktop, mic stand, or studio arm.
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Comments

  • +1

    Been waiting for this to drop to downsize my current setup, very nice!

    • +9

      it’s the perfect microphone for gamers, podcasters, musicians, streamers, business professionals and content creators who want to be heard in full definition

      if you are neither of these… you don't need it.

      • +1

        that does cover a lot of people, who could possibly be left that they don't cover?

        I can at least vouch for audiobook recorders, along with silent noise static removal in post-processing, it makes for silent no BS reading that's very much excellent

    • +9

      buy now think later

      • +7

        I know you're probably kidding, but this dumb consumerist mentality needs to stop.

        • +4

          Good to see you're a cnut

        • +1

          Around here it's unlikely that they're kidding. Junk is defended here regularly on the basis that "it's REALLY cheap!"

      • Thanks, done. Have been meaning to sign up for Amazon Prime for a free trial to watch Good Omens for ever, so have now done that as well.

  • Thanks, got one and was about to post this.

    The cheapest I've seen it go for was with Umart + Klarna promotion about a month back for $79. Doubt it will ever go that low.

  • +31

    So refreshing to see an Aussie company doing so well in audio tech.

    Rode have never missed a beat any time i've purchased one of their products.

    • +17

      yet not refreshing at all to see their Australian RRPs are murder and we usually need to buy from overseas because the round trip to the UK somehow makes things cheaper?

      • +1

        Not sure if thats on them or the retailers.

        Same can be said about RM Williams, which this website wets itself over any time there's a $20 discount.

        • +2

          True, it's not the only Australian product that costs more than here overseas, but it does show a lack of wanting to compete in the local market, at the end of the day they can set their RRP and if people sell for more they will be found out, so I'm leaning to it's on the company

          • +7

            @Jackson: It's true, but also it just beggars belief that products that are manufactured here can be shipped to the other side of the world and back and end up cheaper than picking up from the local retailer.

            There are obviously enormous inefficiencies (both productive and economic) in the overall retail supply chain in Australia.

            • @Seraphin7:

              It's true, but also it just beggars belief that products that are manufactured here can be shipped to the other side of the world and back and end up cheaper than picking up from the local retailer.

              Hm, what are some examples?
              I've always thought their local pricing has been great, along with BlackMagic Design and Decimator. Really bucks the trend.

              • +1

                @eug: I'm talking generally, not just this specific company/product. These guys may well have very reasonable local pricing.

                I've seen several examples.

                One that I always refer to is a cookbook I purchased a few years ago. It was written by one of the high end restaurants/chefs in Sydney and published and printed by an outfit in Melbourne. RRP was either $89 or $99. I bought it online (it may have been through Book Depository), but it ended up being sent from Germany (after having been printed in Melbourne) and into my hands for about $67.

            • +1

              @Seraphin7: You're right…. and then along comes covid and manufacturers plead for local support of their products.

              Every other day, they're happy to rip off us locals.

              • +1

                @bobbified:

                You're right…. and then along comes covid and manufacturers plead for local support of their products.
                Every other day, they're happy to rip off us locals.

                When covid hit, video streaming products flew off the shelves. It was next to impossible to buy e.g. a BlackMagic ATEM Mini.
                Finally a few months in, production caught up and they came back in stock…. and the price went down. It was cheaper to buy an ATEM Mini post-COVID than it was pre-COVID. I think BMD deserves some applause for not capitalising on the high demand and raising prices.

      • yet not refreshing at all to see their Australian RRPs are murder and we usually need to buy from overseas because the round trip to the UK somehow makes things cheaper?

        Does RRP matter? If you look at street prices, B&H lists it for US$99 (plus sales tax) while the normal going price here is around AUD$130.
        The Wireless Go II is US$299 (plus sales tax) at B&H while it's AUD$359 here.

        • it might not with this device right now, but in the past it's been somewhat of an issue for me with Rode mics

          • @Jackson:

            it might not with this device right now, but in the past it's been somewhat of an issue for me with Rode mics

            Oh, which mics?

            I've followed their prices for this mic and the Wireless Go series since they launched and our prices have always been better or on par with the US at least.

            I've also bought a number of Rode mics before that but that was years ago, can't remember what the pricing was. If it was cheaper overseas after shipping I would have bought them from there.

            • @eug: Last mic I got was. Rode m3, was 329 +del here and was 149 free delivery from Amazon UK, albeit it was a while ago

      • Companies are around firstly to help people by solving a problem, and if they do it well they make a profit. Australia had one of the highest incomes per capita in the world, is one of the wealthiest nations per capita in the world, and therefore could expect customers to pay more than in other countries. Not everyone is on a good wicket, but overall the country is wealthy.

        Australian business taxes are higher than other nations, labour rates are higher, and we also pay GST at the consumer level. The supply chain Rode sell to have to mark up all of those costs that they incur on top too so that they can pay their staff and exist, pay their taxes etc. too.

        I think generally we’re going okay with the prices considering the above factors- most of the time the gap is less than 10% once you factor in GST.

    • According to their glassdoor reviews not everything is going so well.

      • +1

        I haven't read through it (needs registration), but do their reviews have the same issue as productreview.com.au? i.e. people with an issue, regardless of who's at fault, tend to want to look for a place to vent while people who are totally satisfied won't bother looking for a website just to write "Everything is great!".

        Sometimes it's amusing to read through some of the complaints people have on productreview.com.au and Amazon to see if it's a genuine problem or they just don't understand how the product works so it must be the product's fault. :)

        • with mics especially, a lot of reviews are because it doesn't do the exact thing they want it to sound, which is actually mostly taken care of by post-processing/software.

          But they don't know that, so they just compare RODE mics to Blue Yetis and ask why is doesn't cover all modes like it does, as having mute/noise gates/ etc. right in the mic's design.

          • +2

            @dbmitch: very true.
            something similar happened to me when buying tennis balls. i was wondering why the tennis balls had low stars and bad reviews. so i read what everyone one was complaining about.
            WTF. they should remove all those ridiculous reviews. everyone that gave it 1 star were complaining that the balls weren't durable. then i read further, and it's not durable because the DOGS are chewing them up. they are tennis balls not dog balls, of course anything a dog bites will get torn up. i saw no negative reviews on people that used it for its intended purpose of playing tennis. they used it to play fetch with there dogs and have it as a chew toy for them.

            So i learned to read why people give something a bad review or 1 star. then you actually see they are incompetent, and i purchase the item anyways. lol

            • @Rickrone: can't go wrong with the RODE mini anyway, its well liked by OzB for a reason. Real reviewers will show how it fairs against other similar priced mics and for its sale price, its unbeatable.

              Only reason why I'm not getting it is because I got the big boi a year ago, the USB-NT RODE

        • Glassdoor is a website for the employees to review the companies (not the products).
          There are 21 reviews, only 4 positives and the rest are like: worst place to work, management are bullies, etc.

          • @lorikeet: Yes, but the question is still the same. Just making up numbers here, but if they employ 500 people and over the past 5 years there have been 17 dissatisfied staff, does that mean the company is the worst place to work and the management are bullies? What if the other 483 staff members are perfectly satisfied and those 17 dissatisfied people were actually unreasonable? They may be 100% right, but they may also be 80% wrong.

  • +1

    Good review of this mic with comparison to other comparable mics - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T5x2mdVYvSE

  • +2

    Great price, great quality. Would buy, but really want a mute button.

    • Cover with hand or push mic away.

      • -1

        Nah give it a mask or push into elbow.

  • +1

    anyone know how this compares to the Samson Meteor?

    • +1

      I have the same mic, wondering if this is worth the upgrade.

  • +3

    I highly recommend this mic at it's RRP. At this price though, it's really the best option out there crazy good value. I use mine too record voice overs, podcasting, video conferencing, online events where I'm presenting to 300+ people. Brilliant microphone.

    • Does it easily pick up keyboard and mouse clicks? Or would I need accessories for that?

      • +1

        Let me tell you about this amazing free piece of software called Nvidia broadcast. You do need a 2060rtx or above though.

        https://www.nvidia.com/en-au/geforce/broadcasting/broadcast-...

        • +2

          RTX Voice which works the same (but it doesn't handle video like Broadcast) can work with GTX cards. I've even got it to run on my laptop's MX150. Works a treat.

          • @eug: RTX voice is crazy. I was surprised at how well it worked the first time I used it.

        • Ooh thank you! I'll give it a go. Appreciate it.

        • +1

          is there an equivalent for AMD graphics card users?

      • Get an arm and sit the microphone right in front of your face (assuming its not omnidirectional)

        • Don't have space for an arm that's why I'm looking at the mini. Hope the software would be fine.

    • Is this good for music? Like if I play piano or the drums, this would pick it up ok?

      • +1

        It would pick it up, but you will likely find that it adds too much room noise to the signal, especially if you are layering tracks. You may want to check out a dynamic USB mic such as the Samson Q2U.

    • Do you need a mic arm, or is leaving it on the desk okay in terms of speaking distance?

    • Does it come with a neck strap if you're moving about a stage, rather than stationed at a lectern ?

  • +1
  • +3

    Is this what i need to be the next Joe Rogan?

    • +10

      need more ivermectin.

      • can we talk about how it works?!

        • I'd prefer to talk about the delicious apple flavour

        • We could of it did. Spoiler: it doesn't.

          • @seamonkey: *We could of if it did work. Spoiler: it doesn't.

            • +1

              @seamonkey: *We could if it did work. Spoiler: it doesn't.
              :)

  • This is a great mic for the price, the rode software for this mic is also pretty valuable , great for startup podcaster or just for zoom meetings.

  • +1

    Should I wait for the coming Black Friday?

  • +9

    Bought one…. in true Ozbargain fashion, I bought the PSA1 boom arm last year during a deep discount with no mic and not sure what to do with it. Now I can put this Mic on it!! haha….

    Now I need to think of a reason to use the Mic

  • Thanks OP.
    Anyone have any experience with any good boom arms? I know the Rode PSA 1 swivel is highly rated, but is it worth the extra cost compared to cheaper ones?

    • I got a $20 newee mic set and just took the arm. I can say it works well, but the arm is smaller/shorter than the rode and that's fine for my current set up.

  • Thanks mate picked one up. Was looking at mics this morning actually haha

  • Been hanging out for one of these. Just pulled the trigger! Thanks OP.

    Can anybody comment on the neewer boom arm's suitability? This seems like a good price if compatible:

    https://www.amazon.com.au/Neewer-Adjustable-Microphone-Suspe...

    • +4

      For $17 I'm sure you can imagine the quality.

    • +1

      Yes, it'll be fine.

    • +1

      Neewer arms are awesome. Mine is still perfectly fine after a year

  • +2

    How does this compare to the yeti x

  • Unable to buy it at this price now

    • I might have got the last one 😊

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  • Is it out of stock now? Had it in my cart but now it disappeared and can't add it back.

    Edit: Looks like the price went up. Damn it i was looking at boom arms to go with it.

  • +1

    135 now

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  • Bought it. Thank you. It'll replace my neewer usb mic

  • Showing up as $135 now

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  • +1

    Regardless of price…will this fix my issue? Headphones are not loud enough directly plugged into PC. I can get this…plug headphones in…get a better mic and increased volume? Seems strange to plug headphones into the mic?

    • Is there a volume slider on the headphones?

      • Yes, but even with that max and PC volume max, it's not loud enough for me. It's borderline okay, but sometimes I want higher sound. Was thinking of getting a DAC…but if something like this would amplify sound and give me a better mic then I'd go this route. Thanks for help :)

        • You should try increasing your volume beyond the Windows limit using equaliser software like Equalizer APO which I can recommend, there are many guides on the internet for this.

          • @wangasm: If the volume problem is caused by his existing sound device not having enough power to drive his headphones, a software solution won't help.

            If the problem is caused by the audio level from the source being too low (e.g. a video file with an audio track that is far too low), then a software solution will help.

            If the audio level from the source is correct and you boost it with software, it can just end up sounding distorted.

            • @eug: This is the answer I needed. Thanks for confirming. I need an amp/DAC. I assume either are fine?

        • Sounds like you need an Amp. Plugging it through a mic won't help.

          • @Sythe: Except this mic has a has a built in DAC and headphone amplifier… it's a far better output device for headphones than inbuilt audio.

    • It might, but ideally I think you should just get a purpose-built device, i.e. a headphone amp or DAC with a known powerful headphone amp.

  • +1

    missed it :( back to 135

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  • +1

    Price change already? It's coming up as $135 for me.

    • Checked again and it was back to $99 - used the MAX10 code (buying via the app) to get a further $10 off, plus Shopback is doing a $3 bonus if you buy a $30 Amazon gift card. Bargain!

  • ah god..missed it. brilliant little mic.

    • +1

      back on

      • +1

        wow…so many thanks mate. :)

        • +1

          no probs :)

  • thanks OP for sharing! bought one

  • Back to $99 again

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