The New Standard

The TF-5 represents a new standard for small-diaphragm condenser microphones. Its state-of-the-art capsule is precision-engineered to sub-micron tolerances, giving it unprecedented consistency of tone and response. Crafted to perform magnificently in the most demanding musical recording applications, the TF-5 represents the ultimate expression of RØDE’s manufacturing and acoustic design expertise.

TF Microphone on black

Unique Versatility

The TF-5 offers the hallmark clarity and airiness of other small diaphragm microphones and adds to this a warmth that is often lacking in mics of this type, making it uniquely versatile. The TF-5 performs brilliantly in a stereo pair for recording everything from drum and pianos to entire orchestras, or on its own for capturing the nuances of acoustic instruments or percussion.

TF-5 microphone on stand pointing at harp


Acoustic & Electrical Specifications

Acoustic Principle
Externally biased condenser

Active Electronics
JFET impedance converter with bipolar output buffer

Polar Pattern

Frequency Range
20Hz – 20kHz

Frequency Range
30 Hz – 20 kHz ±3dB // 20 Hz – 20 kHz ±4dB

Output Impedance

Signal-to-Noise Ratio
80 dB

Equivalent Noise
14 dB SPL (A-weighted, as per IEC651)

Input SPL @ 1% THD
135 dB SPL (1kHz @ 1% THD, 600Ω load)

-29 dB re.1 Volt/Pascal or better (35 mV @ 94dB SPL @ 1kHz)

Dynamic Range
112.6 dB (1kHz @ Max SPL)

Power Requirements
7mA @ 48V phantom power

Mechanical Specifications

Weight (g)
114g (single microphone)

Dimensions (mm)
Length: 98.7mm Diameter: 20mm

Designed In Collaboration With Tony Faulkner

Pioneer. Legend. Maverick. Many words have been used to describe Tony Faulkner, the prolific and award-winning classical music recording engineer. But few of those words adequately capture his contribution to the field of music recording; his prolific career, his technical innovations and the body of wonderful recordings that feature his name. RØDE is proud to have worked with Tony in crafting this exceptional microphone.

Tony Faulkner adjusting TF-5