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Low-noise, big-sound studio condenser mic.
The RØDE NT1-A Anniversary Model Microphone is a complete redesign of the now legendary classic NT1 studio microphone. From the nickel-plated body to the state-of-the-art surface-mount electronic circuitry, you'll love using it. With a self-noise figure of 5dB, the NT1A is one of the lowest noise studio microphones in the world, regardless of cost. Unrivaled low distortion, higher SPL capability, and extended dynamic range make it well-suited for even the most demanding digital recording applications. Includes shock mount.
Requires phantom power.
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I purchased the original Nt-1 in 1998 (or maybe 99) and have used in various setting on several types of instruments and voices. This microphone has an incredible sound.My first was with...Read complete review
I purchased the original Nt-1 in 1998 (or maybe 99) and have used in various setting on several types of instruments and voices. This microphone has an incredible sound.My first was with a 4-voice top 40s band and they sounded great (they sounded great w/o music in the first place). The mic was very true what you put in you get out.I used it to record several friends at the univeristy for their senor and Jr recitals(everything from piano solo to harpsichord, to accoustic guitar and beyond) it reproduced each instrument with precise and perfect sound. My friends were amazed at the clarity of their given instruments. I have used it in conjunction with an Sm-57 to mic a guitar amp with this placed back a foot or two for ambience and perfect. I have not experienced any issues with this mic. I have been using it for almost 10 years and it is by far my fav. above shure, AKG and various others that I own(ed) and us(ed). I would not give it up for a neumann U-87 (o.k. maybe that is a slight exaggeration, but it would be hard). Overall an excellent mic.
Most Liked Negative Review
Good starter recording mic.
This mic is an good all around condensor mic but it has limitations. Comparing this with a $1k plus mic is just not relevant or fair, but for the price, it is a...Read complete review
This mic is an good all around condensor mic but it has limitations. Comparing this with a $1k plus mic is just not relevant or fair, but for the price, it is a good value. However, this mic has an intended high-mid peak enhancement that will turn strong vocals crispy which cannot be removed with EQ. (It only makes it worse). Most home project studio are not acoustically treated very well which negates the use of an expensive condensor so the NTI-A is in fact a fair value in that kind of environment. I mainly use the Blue Blueberry mic for vocals and the NT1-A as an ambient live room mic and feel that it is more useful in that roll due to its low noise floor and general sensitivity. A really good dynamic vocal mic will better suit the home recordist than will a condensor mic with a strong proximity effect such as the NT1-A so please research based on your actual application. If you have a small budget for only one mic, this will not dissapoint you, but with condesor mics, you still get what you pay for. There is no magic bullet with recording equipment, just your budget and extracting the best from what you have.
Reviewed by 55 customers
Best I ever used for vocal, haven't tried it on any thing else,Good as my U87 many be better because it is not noise y,. If you know anything about recording good pro. tracks buy it. if you don't get a shure sm58 or what ever you can afford.
I have bought a lot of microphones in the past 30 years, but I never got so much for my money as from an NT1 or NT1-A. Dead quiet, remarkable dynamics, absolutely transparent with no discernible artifacts even under the most critical studio circumstances -- it is the best value I know of in a condenser microphone. It's my standard vocal mike, but also a go-to for various solo instruments, especially guitar and violin. You can run it cool and work close, or heat it up and back away -- either way there is no loss of accuracy. Spend a couple large if you want, but you won't get a better microphone.
I just bought this mic for a startup VO home studio. Plugged into Digi Mbox-2 and USB to laptop into Protools LE that comes with the box. I am blown away at the sound.I almost spent 10x this on a bunch of gear. This mic to amazing. This mic makes me sound amazing!
Ok, simply put, you can't get a better mic than this for this kind of money. I ran this mic through my Mackie Onyx 1640 board, out the firewire and into my laptop. This mic recorded exactly what i sang with no noise from the mic at all. It even captured the subtle echo of my voice that was bouncing off of the wood panel walls of the room i was recording in..! This mic will give you as "true to life" recording as you are going to getin this price range. I doubt a $2000 mic would sound 10 times better, so why pay ten times more money? This mic is a home studio engineer's best friend, just don't use it to record someone who can't sing! LOL..! This mic has already shown me where my vocals are lacking, which is one of the reasons I bought it, so i can learn how to sing better. The mic is doing it's job, the rest is up to me!
The guy who gave this 1 star and said to get the M-Audio Luna - complete amateur. This is obvious because there's no way you can give this mic 1 star, even if it doesn't work for you. Crisp, clear, low-noise - it's worth the money. I've used the Luna as well and it has different dynamics, but if I had to choose, it would be the Rode, hands-down. I use it for vocals and mic'n the guitar and I personally prefer it to my SM-57. Very good mic. You get more than what you pay for.
I have several condenser mics, but this is my personal favorite. I use my MXL-4000 regularly as well, but the NT1-a is my favorite. Very neutral, very quiet, very good sensitivity and great dynamics. This is an excellent value. No regrets with this purchase for me.
I don't think I've ever given something a perfect score, but I had to for this mic. My first "real" mic was an SM-57. I was going to go out and buy another SM-57 because they say it's an industry standard and every studio should have lots of them. But I started looking in to condenser mics, and I listened to a lot of blind samples comparing all different types of dynamic and condenser mics. Each time, it was the NT1 that sounded noticeably clearer and more natural than other mics. Now I'm set to add another mic to my arsenal, and I'm having a hard time finding another make/model that compares to the NT1. I think I will get another one to do some stereo recordings. "Matched pair" is just hype.
This mic outperforms many mics in and above its class. Just look at the specs. Low self-noise, wide dynamic range, and very sensitive. I was prepared to spend $500/ea for four mics and decided to go with four NT-1A's.After using them to record a choir, I am glad I made the NT-1A my choice. AND IT SAVED ME $$$$Excellent product...
I bought this mic because I was told it was a solid mic. But, it was not solid... it's amazing. I'm an underground rapper and record in a non sound proofed room.. but I can pump put almost real studio quality with this microphone.
This is definatly the best vocal mic for the price. No doubt. If you need a good solid, cost effective vocal mic, this is it.