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Review: RØDE NT1, Studio Condenser Microphone


Can this new studio mic offer top performance with a low price tag?

Item: RØDE NT1, Studio Condenser Microphone

Price: $189 US, £159 UK

Mic Rating:

At A Glance: It may looks similar to the old NT1A (first released 16 years ago), but RØDE’s new NT1 has been completely redesigned from the ground up. Designed as an all-round studio microphone, it is equally capable of recording vocals, guitars, drums, or anything else you might want to record. It features a new capsule to the NT1A that has been developed with a focus on detailed midrange response, coupled with silky smooth high frequencies, and warm, round, bass reproduction to make the NT1 an absolute standout in its class.

High Notes: The NT1 is cable of producing clear and detailed vocal recordings that pick up every nuance of a performance. With some gentle processing it is easy to get a sound that sits well in a mix and sounds a lot more expensive than the mic’s price-tag might suggest. It can also produce quite usable results with other instruments such as acoustic guitar or piano – although it doesn’t quite have the same high frequency clarity that you can get from a small-diaphragm condenser mic. The NT1 is designed and made in Australia and is covered by RØDE’s industry-leading 10 year warranty.

Off Pitch: Singers wanting the best possible vocal sound might want to go for a mic that adds more character and warmth to their voice than the NT1’s clean and almost clinical sound.

Voice Council Reviewer Says: The NT1 is also available as a kit that comes with a shock-mount and pop shield. You will still need a good quality mic preamp and interface to get the most out of the microphone. If you have a larger budget, there are arguably better sounding microphones on the market, however for the price there is little to fault with the NT1.

Manufacturers Website: http://www.rodemic.com

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