Rode NT55 Multi Pattern Condenser Microphone Instruction Manual

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Rode NT55 Multi Pattern Condenser Microphone Instruction Manual



Thank you for investing in the NT55 studio condenser microphone. Whether you’ve purchased this mic on its own, or as a part of a matched pair set, I’m confident that you will fi nd the NT55 is a masterpiece of small-diaphragm cardioid-condenser microphone design. Although clearly relevant to instrument making, the NT55 is extremely well suited to situations where a small ‘unobtrusive’ yet powerful microphone system is required. The NT55 utilizes the 1/2” (externally biased) gold sputtered true condenser transducer used in the internationally renowned RØDE NT5. The NT55, is a state-of-the-art low noise balanced output microphone, exhibiting a wide dynamic range and full frequency response. The NT55 circuit incorporates a three position variable PAD with 0, -10 or 20dB attenuation, and a three position variable high-pass filter that enables you to step from a flat response to 75 or 150 Hz high pass filter. The NT55 is intended for film, television, broadcast, live performance, theatre, surround and environmental recording applications or wherever your imagination takes you. The NT55 comes with two different condenser microphone heads to provide a wide variety of polar patterns. Please take the time to visit and register your microphone for a full ten year warranty. While there you can view studio tips and techniques, as well as browse the comprehensive range of accessories for the NT55 and other microphones.



Frequency Response


Polar Response



  • Full (externally biased) Condenser
  • Gold sputtered ½” capsule
  • Heavy-duty satin nickel-plated body
  • Three position PAD (0/-10/-20dB)
  • Three position High-Pass Filter (0/75/150Hz)
  • Cardioid or Omni polar pattern (using interchangeable capsule)
  • Full frequency response
  • Designed & manufactured in Australia
  • Full 10 year guarantee*




Matched Pair


Changing the capsules

  • The NT45 capsules are designed to be user friendly, making the interchanging of capsules a simple procedure.
  • Ensure that the mic is disconnected from all power by removing the XLR. Once this is done the capsule can be easily unscrewed from the NT55  body.


  • Take extra care with the body and capsule when they are apart and avoid exposure to any moisture and dust. Always store all components in the case provided.


  • Replace the desired capsule onto the body by screwing it into position.


Powering the NT55

  • optimum performance the NT55 requires a “P48” phantom power supply (48 Volt DC).
  • Most professional mixing consoles have an internal 48 V supply; alternatively you can purchase a separate supply. Ensure that the power supply you use is a professional unit that is operating correctly.
  • Damage resulting from the connection of the NT55 to a faulty power supply is not covered by the warranty.


  • After use the NT55 should be removed from its stand mount, wiped with a dry, soft cloth and placed in its protective case with the supplied moisture-absorbent crystals.
  • Be sure to place the moisture-absorbent crystals (supplied) at the head of the microphone(s), so as to absorb any moisture present.

Eventually this pack of crystals will need to be dried. This is indicated by the crystals turning pink in color. They can easily be re-used by placing them in an oven at 100 – 150 degrees Celsius for approximately ten minutes. The crystals will operate effectively again once they have turned blue.


All microphones are warranted for one year from date of purchase. You can extend that to a full ten years if you register online at The warranty covers parts and labor that may be required to repair the microphone during the warranty period. The warranty excludes defects caused by normal wear and tear, modification, shipping damage, or failure to use the microphone as per the instruction guide. If you experience any problem, or have any questions regarding your microphone, first contact the dealer who sold it to you. If the microphone requires a factory authorized service, return will be organized by that dealer. We have an extensive distributor/dealer network, but if you have difficulty getting the advice or assistance you require, do not hesitate to contact us directly.

Technical Support

For information and technical support questions contact:
In the Unites States and Puerto Rico, contact usa or call 425 398-1910
In Australia, contact or call (02) 9648 5855 Anywhere except Australia, the United States and Puerto Rico, contact or call +61 2 9648 5855



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