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  • Johnny DiamondJohnny Diamond

    Excellent quality for price

    RODE NT1-APublished on 12/12/21 at 14:19
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    This was my first studio condenser mic having only ever used dynamic mics for vocals before in my home studio. I bought the bundle with shock mount and use a mic standb enclosure round it. It took a bit to get my recording input gain, eq, compression right. But once I’d done that the mic sounds great to my ears. I’ll attach a song that I used it on for my vocal. Recorded on my Tascam DP-24 . It’s also great for acoustic guitar.
  • Steve swainSteve swain

    This mic PERFORMS,, !!

    RODE NT1-APublished on 11/03/17 at 04:47
    I Have owned this mic for 10 months, its great,
    I Use this with a foam windshield and not the supplied "POP" filter,my radio broadcasts sound really professional its not quite a neuman but post broadcast gives that nice warm presenter voice,,
    You wont be disapointed, but EQ is a must have,,
  • SikosisSikosis

    Gritty Delicate Natural

    RODE NT1-APublished on 09/13/14 at 18:43
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    The Rode NT1-A is a large diaphragm cardioid condenser microphone. It runs on phantom power, so make sure your interface or mixer/preamp provides phantom power. When it comes to setting up, it’s a breeze. Just make sure you mute the channel when you plug in so you don’t damage the mic. Mute before disconnecting when you’re done for the same reason.

    Rode itself as a brand is highly respected in the music industry for making quality products that don’t break the bank, and the NT1-A (along with the NT1) has a reputation as being one of the quietest microphones in the market.

    I picked mine up second hand on Ebay and collected it from the seller, who worked at MTV in London, and had be…
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    The Rode NT1-A is a large diaphragm cardioid condenser microphone. It runs on phantom power, so make sure your interface or mixer/preamp provides phantom power. When it comes to setting up, it’s a breeze. Just make sure you mute the channel when you plug in so you don’t damage the mic. Mute before disconnecting when you’re done for the same reason.

    Rode itself as a brand is highly respected in the music industry for making quality products that don’t break the bank, and the NT1-A (along with the NT1) has a reputation as being one of the quietest microphones in the market.

    I picked mine up second hand on Ebay and collected it from the seller, who worked at MTV in London, and had been using it for voice over work. I used it mostly for acoustic guitar and vocal.

    The mic came in a sturdy metal case, complete with a shock mount and a dust cover.


    OVERALL OPINION

    The quality of the mic itself, for the money is excellent. It has a very natural sound, but also a gritty character that I find works with acoustic guitars and vocals.

    It’s hard to explain the sound - it’s a sort of brittle tone - and I think with microphones it’s always a very subjective thing that varies from voice to voice and from mic to mic. But for me, I found the microphone was always a pleasure to use.

    Being a very quiet microphone, I found the mic useable in bedroom recording situations (obviously I still had to eliminate all background noise as much as possible).

    The frequency response is 20-20,000Hz. Output impedance of 100 ohms. Self noise only 5dB

    Placing the microphone perhaps 6 inches or so from the sound source creates a nice ambient sound. Up close you get a much stronger sound. I find a combination of up close and ambient can create good results (obviously this requires either 2 mics or 2 takes), but this depends on what you’re doing.

    My favorite way of using the microphone (as a singer songwriter) was to place the mic so as to form a triangle between my guitar’s sound hole, my mouth, and the mic. This uses the ‘rules of thirds’ principle of recording - creating a very honest recreation of my performance. The slight grittiness and brittleness of the sound works very well with acoustic music. The problem is that when you come to mixing it’s very hard to tune vocals so for someone like me (who’s not a great singer) I always had to go back to recording the guitar and voice separately. But for getting demos down it was awesome.

    All Rode products come with a 10 year warranty so as long as you take care of your microphone you can be assured it will serve you well.

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  • sw80sw80

    Works like a charm

    RODE NT1-APublished on 12/15/12 at 22:10
    When I purchase the NT1-A I purchased the bundle and not just the microphone alone. It came with a shock mount, a pop filter, a 20 inch XLR cable and an instructional DVD. The DVD turned out to be worthless though because I am not a beginner, but all of the other things that came with this bundle were a huge plus because the price was not much more the microphone by itself was.

    OVERALL OPINION

    The NT1-A has a wide dynamic range and a cardioids directional pattern. It does require phantom power and at the time I was using an M-Box with phantom power so I didn’t have any issues. It has really low noise and gave me just the type of recordings I was trying to get when using Cubase. I…
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    When I purchase the NT1-A I purchased the bundle and not just the microphone alone. It came with a shock mount, a pop filter, a 20 inch XLR cable and an instructional DVD. The DVD turned out to be worthless though because I am not a beginner, but all of the other things that came with this bundle were a huge plus because the price was not much more the microphone by itself was.

    OVERALL OPINION

    The NT1-A has a wide dynamic range and a cardioids directional pattern. It does require phantom power and at the time I was using an M-Box with phantom power so I didn’t have any issues. It has really low noise and gave me just the type of recordings I was trying to get when using Cubase. I also use Waves plug-ins on my vocals so that just added to the presence of what this microphone could already do for vocals.
    I recommend getting a pop filter and shock mount for this microphone (in my case it came with it because I purchased the bundle). You will get a lot of warmth and clear recordings with this microphone but you may have to open up your EQ with the vocal track and boost some of the high end frequencies to get the vocals to cut through the mix properly because the NT1-A tends to be more of a low and mid frequency type of microphone no matter what kind of voice you have. But just boost some of the higher frequencies and it will sound really clean. This microphone is not only affordable but ready to give you some of the best recordings you will ever have from home. It is for not only beginners but for any one who wants to record at home. Rode has been around for a long time and I have been using their microphones since the late 90’s. They have never let me down!
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  • mitchgeistmitchgeist

    RODE NT1A = Wonderful

    RODE NT1-APublished on 11/13/12 at 17:14
    I produce and record alot of local artist and let me say that this mic sounds beautiful and very crisp. I have to do very little when it comes to cleaning up the vocals with this mic. The only problem that I have found with this mic is that if you have a bass type voice it doesn't record that well. That's fixable with the right equipment though. I highly recommend this mic to anybody starting off in recording whether it's home studio products or professional recording!

    OVERALL OPINION

    The mic is a great value. Other mics that come close to it, like AKG or M-Audio are at least double the price. If you can afford it, this is a great bargain. This is great looking mic, and works great…
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    I produce and record alot of local artist and let me say that this mic sounds beautiful and very crisp. I have to do very little when it comes to cleaning up the vocals with this mic. The only problem that I have found with this mic is that if you have a bass type voice it doesn't record that well. That's fixable with the right equipment though. I highly recommend this mic to anybody starting off in recording whether it's home studio products or professional recording!

    OVERALL OPINION

    The mic is a great value. Other mics that come close to it, like AKG or M-Audio are at least double the price. If you can afford it, this is a great bargain. This is great looking mic, and works great. Like I said above, this takes the home studio one step closer to being a pro-studio. After all, this is a pro mic.
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  • johnraejohnrae

    My go to mic for almost everything!!!

    RODE NT1-APublished on 05/13/12 at 21:19
    The Rode NT1-A is a cardioid-pattern, large-diaphragm condenser mic. It is probably the quietest mic you can buy for a measly 350 dollars. It boast an impressive signal input noise of just 5 DB, better than many professional quality condenser mics. For those who don't know what that means, it's super quiet. I love this mic, it is my baby. I use it for almost all of my vocals, acoustic guitars, most strings, drum overheads, and even a small chorus. It is not really useful in live sound situations, given the fact that condensers are fragile, and don't hold up as well to being blown into or screamed at. The sound quality is pristine, though the microphone is lacking both a pad and a roll-off s…
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    The Rode NT1-A is a cardioid-pattern, large-diaphragm condenser mic. It is probably the quietest mic you can buy for a measly 350 dollars. It boast an impressive signal input noise of just 5 DB, better than many professional quality condenser mics. For those who don't know what that means, it's super quiet. I love this mic, it is my baby. I use it for almost all of my vocals, acoustic guitars, most strings, drum overheads, and even a small chorus. It is not really useful in live sound situations, given the fact that condensers are fragile, and don't hold up as well to being blown into or screamed at. The sound quality is pristine, though the microphone is lacking both a pad and a roll-off switch, however it sounds fine with out. Don't use this if you play death metal or are going to mic a singer who sings REALLY loud as just blowing into most condenser mics is enough to pop the Diaphragm and break them. The output is pretty loud, and it runs on phantom power. This mic is an AWESOME deal, and worth every cent.

    OVERALL OPINION

    My favorite thing about the NT1-A is how incredibly quiet it is. It's amazing and captures sounds with pristine quality. The diaphragm is really high quality, and all the circuitry is professional. As far as condenser mics go, this one is pretty durable, and useful in lots of different situations. Lacking a roll-off and pad is kind of annoying sometimes, especially when recording say electric guitars. Some male vocals will need some careful eq'ing due to a sharper high end on them, but overall this mic is great! I use this mic all the time, and I've recorded so many songs with it. I have no regrets about buying this mic, and it is a GREAT first condenser mic. Love the design to, very attractive piece of gear.
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  • theaudioandvideoguytheaudioandvideoguy

    try it

    RODE NT1-APublished on 03/20/12 at 00:31
    The RODE NT1A is a condenser microphone that is great for vocals. Especially if you are recording in a untreated room. This mic can really help your sound quality in a “bad” recording environment. I have seen college kids use this to record with in there dorm rooms that have brick walls. It still provides solid quality, some mics with crack under pressure in that environment and create a very boxy sound. The RODE NT1A keeps it pretty clean!


    OVERALL OPINION

    Overall, I have had several encounters with the RODE NT1A and I must say there really isn’t anything negative to say about it. It does exactly what you would want your condenser mic to do for you. The appearance of it is nice …
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    The RODE NT1A is a condenser microphone that is great for vocals. Especially if you are recording in a untreated room. This mic can really help your sound quality in a “bad” recording environment. I have seen college kids use this to record with in there dorm rooms that have brick walls. It still provides solid quality, some mics with crack under pressure in that environment and create a very boxy sound. The RODE NT1A keeps it pretty clean!


    OVERALL OPINION

    Overall, I have had several encounters with the RODE NT1A and I must say there really isn’t anything negative to say about it. It does exactly what you would want your condenser mic to do for you. The appearance of it is nice also, very sleek and shiny. Great for travel, take it in carrying case, and pull it out with your laptop of your on the go and record some great work. I wouldn’t use it to get my final master versions of my songs though. I was just use it for my demo version’s then master the track later one with a higher quality mic. Not saying this one wont work, but you def. need better quality for your final master. Rode has made a few mics over the years that sound great, but for quality and price this one is probably the best and most requested from them. I havent heard anyone record with this mic for something other than vocals, but it would be interesting to hear some kicks on it. I may experiment and try it out. Because usually mic similar to this one don’t sound bad with instruments, for situations if your on the go with your horn you can record some stuff on the fly until you get a chance to lay it down right! Keep this mic on your wish list, its affordable and sounds great.
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  • Oli13Oli13

    trs silent! trs good!

    RODE NT1-APublished on 12/03/11 at 02:20
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    see Opinion previous ones

    OVERALL OPINION

    I have a few months and I've tried (static of course) the m audio nova, akg perception 220 and that the FAR and it outperforms the other 2, I use a couple JOEMEEK one q sounds not too bad (see link blog) that said, I'm curious to try it trs on a prampli lamps!

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  • laurent chateaulaurent chateau

    RODE NT1-APublished on 03/07/04 at 10:18
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    NT1a

    OVERALL OPINION

    I use this microphone recently and as a quality price ratio is not better!
    I love the rendering, sound and very well especially at the restitution of medium quality is really warm.
    It is clear that with a bigger budget it is better to buy lev Nt Nt 1000 or 2000 but I saw my amateur use plutt there is really great.
    I use it mostly for voice, or that it has no sound.
    If I had to make that choice again it would be no problem to begin with because it is a versatile micro trs, considering the price ngocier 329! we must not miss it.
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    NT1a

    OVERALL OPINION

    I use this microphone recently and as a quality price ratio is not better!
    I love the rendering, sound and very well especially at the restitution of medium quality is really warm.
    It is clear that with a bigger budget it is better to buy lev Nt Nt 1000 or 2000 but I saw my amateur use plutt there is really great.
    I use it mostly for voice, or that it has no sound.
    If I had to make that choice again it would be no problem to begin with because it is a versatile micro trs, considering the price ngocier 329! we must not miss it.
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  • acousticaacoustica

    RODE NT1-APublished on 09/05/04 at 14:24
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    I do not put 10 because it is always better!

    OVERALL OPINION

    For a little over 6 months.

    Its super clean, extremely quiet himself, it is also the best advertisement!
    Very neutral as it should be easy to rework ordinary (voice).

    Mics as I know little studio, I do know more micro singing live. I'm a fan of Shure beta 87! I do not like the sound sehneiser too hifi, too hidden, while Shure, it shines ...

    Unbeatable value for money!
    Nice finish and a brand known in the art ...

    This choice I would do without hesitation!
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