Rode NT3 Medium-Diaphragm Condenser Studio Microphone

The clarity of a small-diaphragm meets the depth of a large-diaphragm in Rode's workhorse end-address condenser mic -- powerable via phantom or 9V battery.

The Rode NT3 is a versatile end-address 3/4-inch condenser microphone that provides incredible detail on almost any sound source you can imagine, from drums to guitar amps to vocals. Intended for studio, stage and location work, the NT3 is ideal for use on a stand or boompole, or as a handheld mic. It features a rugged all-metal body and durable mesh head to ensure it is well protected in the studio or in the field, and can be powered either by +48V phantom power or a 9V battery for added flexibility.

Built for studio, stage, and location work, the Rode NT3 is made from only the finest components, and delivers the sonic results demanded by engineers and musicians alike. Its low self-noise, high fidelity performance, and value pricing makes it hard to beat.


- Transformerless output
- Internal capsule shock mounting
- Heavy-duty cast metal/satin nickel body
- High immunity to RF interference
- High-strength welded and heat treated mesh head
- True condenser (externally biased)
- Hypercardioid polar response
- Full frequency response
- Powerable via +48V phantom or internal 9V battery
- Battery status LED

Pickup Pattern: Hypercardioid

Frequency Response: 20Hz-20kHz

Output Impedance: 200ohms

Sensitivity: -39dBA ("A"-weighted per 'IEC268-15)

Dynamic Range: > 123dB (per IEC268-15)

Maximum SPL: > 140dB SPL

Signal/Noise Ratio: > 77dB

Power Requirements: P48 phantom or 9V battery
Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
Base Item
Shipping Weight: 1.55 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 11 x 5 x 2 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): ROD NT3

For support or warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer:
Phone: 562-364-7400

Reviewers gave this product an overall rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. (45 ratings)
Submitted August 3, 2003 by a customer from

"Gon' get me another one!"

Overall: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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I own a small sound co. Since I bought this mic I have only used it in live applications,for overhead drum application it works well. I've also always had a problem bringing percussion out to the front of a loud stage mix but this mic proved delightful at delivering the goods. I am in the process of putting together a limited recording/mixing suite at home and I intend to buy a second NT-3.
I wish it had a rolloff switch.
The mic is well made and seems to be tough enough to live in the storage compartment of my SKB mic box,in its bag. For the money vs. bang it gets the job done.

Musical Style:

rockin' rhythm & blues
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