by Lyubomir Dobrev | Approximate reading time: 1 Minute

 ·  Source: Rode


Australian microphone maker RODE has partnered up with ambisonic microphone inventors SoundField to create a sub-USD 1000 3D recording microphone — the NT-SF1.


The microphone features a completely new RODE capsule, designed for low noise, smoothness, and extended frequency response. There are four of these in the mic, arranged in a tetrahedral array. The resulting recordings are four-channel A-format, which can be transformed and manipulated in B-Format with the soon-to-be-released SoundField by RODE plug-in.

The ambisonic arrangement and tuning are drawn from high-end SoundField technology; the manufacturer promises accurate spatialisation and 3D audio positioning.

A broadcast-grade, 360-degree surround sound capture microphone, the NT-SF1 is useful for music recording, 3D soundscapes, capturing audio for VR, and other kinds of multi-channel spatial reproduction. It’s due for release soon, priced USD 999.

This is excellent news for professional recordists of all backgrounds. A high-quality Surround mic at a fair price point will enable the creation of 3D content across a broad range of platforms like PC, console, and mobile. It will also let musicians experiment with spatial positioning, which can produce interesting sonic results.

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One response to “RODE NT-SF1 brings 3D Surround recording to sub-USD 1000 price point”

    G Baars says:

    Annoying that all and sundry, especially Røde, are completely ignoring the Tetra Mic. Exactly the same configuration , similar price. Tetra Mic is comparable to the super expensive original Soundfield mics, but at a fraction of cost and have been around for ages. If anything those guys are punk!

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