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Rode NTK vs. Blue Baby Bottle

Anyone use both these mics or have an opinion regarding a great $500 vocal/acoustic guitar mic?:


Comments Sat, 07/06/2002 - 22:24

Gee, I don't really know these two particularly well, but I hate to see your question languish like this...
I would think these are both good mics vs. competition at this price range. You also might want to check out the SE 5000, a c-12 imitation from China. It sounds pretty good for $300.
Is "good sounding" the main or only consideration? Certainly the Blue is a handsome mic that will impress clients. I wish I could be more help- don't worry, people will jump on this one soon. I could always offer the advice to try them both and send one back. Cheers, Doc.

Kirk Candlish Sun, 07/07/2002 - 16:37

I own a Rode NTV and a BLUE Dragonfly. While obviously not the exact mics you're considering, they do have the characteristics that both companies are know for.

Rode large condensor mics are very good sounding mics that are fairly neutral until you start giving them more SPL. Once you start pushing them they have much more bite to them, by that I mean they really can develop a nice full sound. BLUE on the other hand makes mics that typically have a mildly sculpted midrange along with great detail on the bottom and top, quite different from the Rode mics.

So much depends on the rest of the chain, but if that remains fairly neutral and offers good headroom, you can get great vocal and acoustic guitar sound from either mic. The Rode will be the most neutral until the playing or singing gets agressive, the BLUE will offer more detail.

It's a tough call, both companies offer great value in their mics.

Hope this helps.

suspec57 Wed, 07/10/2002 - 02:12

not sure of the ntv but blue mics are known to be great with vocals. i use a blueberry for vocals and classical guitar and i am very pleased with the sound.

Cory Chamberlin Thu, 07/11/2002 - 13:10

Same here.

I own a pair of NTK's and a Blueberry.
I use the Blue on Acoustic Guitar and Male
vocals and sax. I is a stellar mic. The pair of NTK's are an awsome value as well: Trumpets, Bones, Sax, Vocals, Electric guitar, Drum OVH's. I trust both manufacturers can't go wrong with either mic for the money.

keithricker Fri, 07/12/2002 - 15:14

The baby bottle is rather unusual mic with very high output, so it's generally recommended that you run it in to a pre with at least a -10db (or even -20 db) pad or it will tend to clip at the input on loud sources.

The NTK seems to be a pretty universally loved mic these days, whereas the Baby Bottle is rather unique, as it is either loved or hated, depending on which user you talk to. Most seem to agree that, strangely enough, it sounds awesome on kick drum.

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anonymous Mon, 07/15/2002 - 11:29

Originally posted by heylow:
Yeah, anyone??? :)

...the next 3 things on my list for the next two months are 2 M160's and a Baby Bottle.



Can you (or anyone) tell me the difference between the M160 and the M130. They seem to have the same ($699) list price. What's the diff.???

Kirk Candlish Mon, 07/15/2002 - 19:24

littledog the difference is the pattern. The M130 is a figure 8 and the M160 is a hypercardiod. They're both outstanding mics in my opinion.

lorenzo gerace Tue, 09/02/2003 - 02:37

Anybody ever used any of the two (NTK and Baby Bottle) as a stereo pair? I can get both for a reasonably good price, but my mind isn't made up: one is a tube mic (mmmhh..sweet tubes), the other is a well respected mic from a cutting edge new manufacturer and is receiving raving results; I'd like to use the pair I'd get as ensemble or orchestra stereo OHs.



Bowisc Tue, 09/02/2003 - 10:25

I use 'em both. Between the two, I'd start off with the Baby Bottle. It has a very forward mid-range, and lacks to harsh or hyped high-end of other LD's in the price-range. It has a kind of "ribbon" flavah to it, but with tons of output.

NTK through an MP2-NV was absolutely killer on the singer we tracked a few weeks ago.