Electro-Voice N/D468 Microphone
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August 19, 2009

 Review by Alan Moon 

Product Features
  • Designed specifically for musical instruments
  • Accurate response, even in high sound pressure level (SPL) applications
  • Flexible mechanical design for optimum positioning
  • Supercardioid pattern for exceptional acoustic isolation and feedback rejection

Product Specs
  • Element: Dynamic
  • Polar Pattern: Supercardioid
  • Impedance, Low-Z balanced: 150 Ohms
  • Connector: Type 3-pin XLR
  • Open Circuit Voltage: 3.1 mV/Pascal Audio
  • Frequency Response:
  • * 20 - 22,000 Hz Near Field
  • * 60 - 22,000 Hz Far Field
  • Mic Type: Instrumental
  • Wired/Wireless: Wire
  • Finish: Non-reflecting Black
  • Case Material: Metal
  • Weight: Net 190 g ( 6.7 oz)
  • Dimensions: (Height x Max Diameter)115 x 52 mm (4.53" x 2.05")

First Impressions
The first thing to strike you about the N/D468 is the bulbous rotating head which makes it so easy to position. This feature makes it a natural reach for drums, which explains why drums are where you see them most often.

In Use
The EV N/Dym series is about the most under-appreciated line of microphones out in the world today. Seriously, what is not to like? They sound great, cost less than competing microphones, have excellent rejection, and did I mention that they sound great? Well, they sound great! The N/D468 just plain works as an excellent instrument microphone where you need great sound, excellent rejection of unwanted instrumental bleed (thanks to the supercardioid pattern), and need to fit the mic into relatively tight spots.

The sound is tight and not too big that you have to start tweaking the eq to help make it fit into the mix. As I stated earlier, it really deserves a shot as a guitar cab mic - especially for rhythm guitar duties. You don't always want to have the biggest, baddest, and meanest sound ever recorded for a good mix. However, a smaller sound with good mid-range definition works better in most cases... which makes a perfect opportunity for the N/D468 to really show you what it can do for your recordings.

PROS
  • Great rhythm guitar tones!
  • Swivel-head design gets you into tight spots like toms under cymbals.
  • Supercardioid pattern contributes to excellent rejection.

CONS
It's tough to find any real cons with the N/D series. However, if I had to get really picky, I'd probably say that the N/D468's design makes it slightly more delicate than the average mic in it's class. So, care must be taken to ensure that the rotating head doesn't get over-rotated. It's not really a con - just a reality of this great sounding microphone.

Conclusion
Though I see them used on toms a lot of the time out in the wild (understandably so due to their easy to position swivel-head design), the Electro Voice N/D468 is an excellent guitar amplifier microphone live and in the studio when you need a tight, balanced, and somewhat smaller sound that tucks nicely into the mix - in other words: rhythm guitar tracks. The supercardioid pattern helps with excellent rejection noise - something that is a hallmark feature of the N/DYM series.



Buy the Electro Voice EV N/D468 Dynamic Supercardioid Instrument Microphone at Front End Audio