RØDE posts awesome microphone comparison tool

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Of course you've been dying to know which is the best microphone on the market and now at least you can look at all of RØDE's models and compare their audio side-by-side from the comfort of your own couch in this cool tool called the RØDE Soundbooth!

I've been planning on doing a little comparison of several of the microphones that I have (and I will do that), but this new tool from RØDE is the perfect way to compare their microphones side-by-side since the audio was all recorded simultaneously from the same source. In my comparison I'll have to record the audio in a different takes because I don't have one place to plug on the microphones in at the same time Which of course can bring in some irregularities and differences in the actual source audio.

Here's a sample foto from the recording sessions:

(note: when I do my comparison, I won't look that good HA!)

RØDE Soundbooth

You can learn a lot from putting the audio on a loop and pressing the play button and then just clicking from one mic to another. You can definitely hear the differences – especially in the amount of background noise picked up by many of the mics (need to learn about mic profiles here!).

Of course, one microphone isn't the perfect answer to every situation – and you probably should have several. I do! My problem is that right now the only ones I have are the mini-shotgun types. I am getting a couple of new mics tho from RØDE soon – oh and I do have their RØDE podcaster mic that I use for doing live stuff from my desktop.

Audio is often neglected and this tool can help you learn about the different types of mics and how they react in different environments.

What do you think?

Did you give it a try? What did you think?

Press release

Here's the PR in case you're interested…

Friday October 12, 2012 – RØDE Microphones has announced the release of a new edition of their ground-breaking Soundbooth online application, extending the functionality so that users can hear and compare the complete range of RØDE broadcast and video microphones.

Released almost a year ago, the original Soundbooth was the very first online application that allowed users to listen to and compare actual
real-world microphones, as they would perform in everyday use. Featuring tracks recorded by renowned producer and engineer John Merchant and focusing on the recording of vocals and musical instruments in a studio environment, the application has been used over one hundred thousand times and has played more than half a million tracks.

This new edition of Soundbooth offers twenty three different RØDE microphones, including the NTG8, NTG3, NTG2, NTG1, VideoMic, Stereo VideoMic, VideoMic Pro, Stereo VideoMic Pro, NT4, NT5, Broadcaster, Procaster, Podcaster, Lavalier, PinMic, HS1, K2, NT1-A, M1 and M3.

Additionally the application includes three forthcoming microphones for broadcast and field recording that RØDE will announce during the remainder of 2012, and make available for use in the RØDE Soundbooth.

The application is split into five different scenarios or applications that broadcast sound engineers would typically encounter, namely indoor and outdoor dialogue, voice over, acoustic music performance and also live reinforced music.

Each audio scenario offers a wide range of microphones that users can switch between in real-time, to hear exactly how each one differs acoustically.

“We are incredibly proud of the Soundbooth platform and to extend its application to our broadcast and video range is something we are very excited about.” commented Damien Wilson, RØDE’s Global Sales & Marketing Director. “Here at RØDE we are constantly working on ways to educate our customers on the best mic for their application and with this new broadcast version of Soundbooth that just got a whole lot easier”.

A native iPad version of Soundbooth broadcast is currently in development and slated for release in late 2012.

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(cover photo credit: snap from the video)


  1. I tested it and I think this is an awesome tool. I always thought on camera shotgun mikes are rubbish … here is the proof !

  2. Very nice tool for Rodes but if you’re looking to compare mics with other brands… this is obviously not the tool to base your research on 🙂

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