- Introducing the RODE TF-5 Premium Condenser Cardioids, Designed In Collaboration With Legendary Sound Engineer Tony Faulkner
Introducing the RODE TF-5 Premium Condenser Cardioids, Designed In Collaboration With Legendary Sound Engineer Tony Faulkner
We are thrilled to introduce the RODE TF-5.
Designed in collaboration with legendary, Grammy Award-winning sound engineer Tony Faulkner, the TF-5 represents a new standard in small diaphragm condenser microphones.
The TF-5 is unmatched in terms of airiness and clarity, with a warmth that makes it uniquely versatile. The precision sonic matching and beautiful tone of the TF-5 makes it perfect for recording detailed and natural-sounding performances when used as a stereo pair, or for capturing the nuances of a soloist when used as a spot mic.
RODE TF-5 key features:
- Matched pair small diaphragm condenser cardioid microphones.
- Imagined and designed in collaboration with Tony Faulkner and manufactured at RODE ’s state-of-the-art facility in Sydney.
- Brand new capsule, precision-engineered to sub-micron tolerances, delivers breathtaking sonic transparency.
- Exceptionally low noise floor (14dbA), making the TF-5 suitable for the most critical recordings.
- Includes high-quality RODE stereo bar for easy rigging as a stereo pair.
“The TF-5 is the best small diaphragm condenser in the world, plain and simple,” says RODE Founder and Chairman Peter Freedman AM. “The degree of obsession that went into the design and development of this mic has set a new benchmark for our craft of high-end microphones.
“We are proud of what we have achieved alongside Tony Faulkner,” he continues. “He is a true pioneer and innovator, and also a great friend of mine. Working on this microphone together has been a highlight of my career.”
Tony Faulkner is one of the most respected sound engineers in the classical music field. He is incredibly prolific, with thousands of admired classical music recordings under his belt, and he has been nominated for numerous Grammy Awards, winning Best Instrumental Soloist Performance in 2005.
“The TF-5 is designed to be no-compromise,” says Mr. Faulkner, “very very low noise, very broad bandwidth, very clean. Something which can be modified if you choose, but if you leave it, it sounds natural and clean and musical.”
“The new capsule,” he continues, “is so beautifully engineered. I’ve been to the factory and seen how they make them - the precision of engineering is remarkable. These are special microphones, very high quality, and I’m proud to be a part of them. Take two of them out of the box, rig them on a stand with the stereo bar, and enjoy how natural they sound."
Check out Tony discussing the TF-5 below, and find out more about it here.
Rode claims these mics have a "flat frequency response". Rode's published frequency graph for the TF-5 says otherwise.
Why should I trust anything Rode says about these mics if they are wrong about something this simple and obvious?