RØDE NT-SF1 Ambisonic Mic Now Shipping

RØDE Microphones has announced that its NT-SF1 360 Surround Ambisonic Microphone is now shipping.

SoundField pioneered 360° surround-with-height audio capture in 1978. The company was acquired by The Freedman Group, home of RØDE Microphones, in 2016. The SoundField by RØDE NT-SF1 marks the first collaboration between the two brands.

The NT-SF1 comes with a blimp-style windshield and fur cover for intensive wind protection, and a shock mount for steady recording.

The Microphones record in A-Format but it is the conversion to B-Format that allows a single Ambisonic Microphone to provide 4 tracks that can be manipulated in any direction in post, possess any polarity possible and enable creators to place their sounds wherever they like within the 360° soundfield.

The SoundField by RØDE Plugin is also available for free download on both Windows and Mac. It lets users to reshape their audio.

The Plugin offers standard surround-sound set-ups, including Dolby Atmos up to 7.1.4 and is supported by Protools, Q-base, Nuendo, Reaper and Logic in VST, AU or AAX formats.

Pricing and Availability

The RØDE NT-SF1 is available now for $999.

2 thoughts on “RØDE NT-SF1 Ambisonic Mic Now Shipping

  1. Hey, he is standing right next to the microphone in that silent cave… and breathing! Totally fake shot.

    But seriously, I’ve been waiting for this: Soundfield tech + RODE pricing = must-buy for me.

  2. This will probably also work with the awesome free Sennheiser plugin for their Ambeo Series (their Mic is around 1600 Euro), which you can find here: https://en-de.sennheiser.com/microphone-3d-audio-ambeo-vr-mic – see AMBEO A-B format converter plugin.

    In the end, to get “headphone surround”, you’ll still need to convert the surround output of your (4 channel or 5.1 / 7.1 channel) mix through an expensive plugin like Spatial Audio Designer. For me, this workflow still feels a little bit cumbersome and I wish an output plugin like this was just included in the DAW.

    Or maybe Rode will offer a plugin that does just that?

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