Rode NT1 Cardioid Condenser Microphone

Model #NT1

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General Information

Acoustic Principle Pressure Gradient
Electronics JFET impedance converter with bipolar output buffer
Capsule Diameter 1" (25.4 mm)
Polar Pattern Cardioid
Address Type Side Address
Frequency Range 20 Hz to 20 kHz
Output Impedance 100 Ω
Maximum SPL 132 dB SPL (@ 1 kHz, 1% THD into 1 kΩ load)
Maximum Output Level 8.0 dBu (@ 1 kHz, 1% THD into 1 kΩ load)
Sensitivity -29.0 dB re 1 V/Pascal (35.00 mV @ 94 dB SPL) +/- 2 dB @ 1 kHz
Equivalent Noise Level 4 dB A (A-weighted)
Power Options 24 or 48 V Phantom Power
Output Connector XLR
Dimensions (H x W x D) 7 x 1.9 x 1.9" (187 x 50 x 50 mm)
Weight 13 oz (395 g)
Expert Reviews
28 February 2016

The Rode NT1A produces quality results on a budget. It has low self-noise, reasonably high SPL rating and is suitable for use on both vocals and a range of instruments. The tone of the mic is considered pleasant by many although there are certainly a number of users that take issue with the timbre...

  • +

    Detailed sound Very low self-noise Well suited to vocals and acoustic instruments Good results for the price

  • -

    Highs can be harsh Included pop filter is low quality

19 January 2014

Rode's original NT1 was released around 16 years ago, followed by the NT1A a few years later. Now the company has gone back to the old name with a just-released new NT1 model that looks very similar to the NT1A but has actually been completely redesigned from the ground up, the only component in...

19 May 2012

I like the ease of use. I appreciate the excellent and faithful reproduction it produces...It records like a dream and, if placed properly can capture exactly what you want...It's well built but I wouldn't recommend tossing it down a flight of stairs...

31 March 2009

The Rode NT1-A is another entry into the ever-growing field of affordable large-diaphragm condenser mics. It lists for $349, but I found $199 to be the common street price on the internet [Editor’s note – scroll down to see all current online sale prices for the NT1-A].

User Reviews
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27 August 2015

I love this microphone. I'm a professional voice over and recording artist (soprano vocal range). I use it together with my Audio Interface, Focusrite 2i2, and things are just dandy!I recently went to the Cutting Room Studios in NYC to get my R&B single mixed.

26 April 2016

I love this mic! Great for the musician on a budget. I put this mic up against some other more expensive mics that I own and it holds its own every time!

23 October 2012

I really love my new rode mic! the ONLY reason that i didn't give it 5 starts is my extreme disappointment with the seating of the mic in the included shock mount. the mic screws in to the shock mount but in order to place the mic for optimum recording from a condenser mic i have to unscrew the mic...

18 May 2012

Rode is legendary for its microphone . They are considered to be top of the line. But say you’re like me, an upcoming artist on a budget. You want a microphone that competes with commercial studio quality. The nt1a from Rode is the mic for you. It only cost 200 dollars. The quality is superb.

12 February 2011

This mic was the first mic I ever bought. 6 years later I still turn to this mic to give me the sound I'm looking for. Don't be fooled by the price tag. This mic is the quietest mic on the market and will provide you with exceptional quality.

16 February 2014

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    Awesome Mic... performs at the highest level as you would expect a Rode to perform! Picks up every little nuance.

  • -

    I have not noted anything negative about this mic to date.

Product Highlights
  • HF6 1" Capsule
  • Rycote Lyre Internal Shockmount
  • Low Self-Noise for Quiet Operation
  • Nickel-Plated Aluminum Body
  • Scratch-Resistant Ceramic Outer Layer
  • RM2 Mic Clip
  • 10-Year Warranty with Registration
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In The Box
  • Rode NT1 Cardioid Condenser Microphone (Microphone Only)
  • Stand Mount for NTK/NT1000 & Condenser Microphones
  • Microphone Dust Cover
  • Limited 10-Year Warranty
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