RØDE Microphones has launched the TF-5, small diaphragm condenser cardioid microphones designed in collaboration with Grammy Award-winning sound engineer Tony Faulkner.
The TF-5 is ideal 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. The product is manufactured in RØDE’s facility in Sydney. It has a low noise floor and includes the RØDE stereo bar for easy rigging as a stereo pair.
“The TF-5 is the best small diaphragm condenser in the world, plain and simple,” commented RØDE 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 continued. “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.”
Faulkner a respected sound engineer in the classical music field, 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,” said 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, clean and musical.”
“The new capsule,” he added, “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."