RODE have announced a brand new ribbon mic for NAMM dubbed the Rode NTR! Listing at $799 USD, the microphone will include Rode's legendary 10 year warranty and looks like an absolute beauty in the rubberized black enclosure they introduced on last year's NT1. Check it:
"At first glance of the NTR you’re aware that it’s very special and unique – an intricate blend of art and science.
Designed to hang in the world’s finest recording studios and performance halls equally as well as home studio spaces, its existence is a labour of love for RØDE. Every element of the NTR, from the transformer to the ribbon element itself, has been designed and created in-house at RØDE’s headquarters in Sydney, Australia. All with the aim of crafting the finest ribbon microphone available.
Sonically, the NTR is capable of reproducing unprecedented high frequency detail and accuracy, addressing common criticisms of other ribbon microphones, while opening up the possible usage scenarios considerably. This allows it to record sound sources that usually require a more sensitive microphone element."
Rode is also introducing a couple of new shotgun mics perfect for capturing wildlife sounds in the field on a budget: