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Average Score:4.1( 4.1/5 based on 33 reviews )
 13 reviews39 %
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 1 user review3 %
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Value For Money : Excellent
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Mattfig's review"Amazing mic for the price!"

This mic is a knockout for value and delivers a very real and full-bodied result. The best in this price range and anything close...

Here's the specs:

Acoustic Principle Pressure Gradient
Active Electronics JFET impedance converter with bipolar output buffer
Capsule 1.00"
Polar Pattern
Address Type Side
Frequency Range 20Hz - 20kHz
Output Impedance 100Ω
Maximum SPL 137dB SPL (@ 1kHz, 1% THD into 1KΩ load)
Maximum Output Level 13.7dBu (@ 1kHz, 1% THD into 1KΩ load)
Sensitivity -31.9dB re 1 Volt/Pascal (25.00mV @ 94 dB SPL) +/- 2 dB @ 1kHz
Power Options
Weight 326.00gm
Dimensions 190.00mmH x 50.00mmW x 50.00mmD
Output XLR

Again, this mic is better than most in all areas...It outperforms mics that cost 3x as much!


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...

This mic is excellent for home studios and more than capable of handling its' own in commercial studios...I use this mic for recording and have songs currently on Fox and CWTV shows...To my ear, it's even better than the higher end RODE models- though they are each great as well...

Total steal for the price...

I have already bought two more so I would obviously come back for more and will again...These mics are my have workhorse for vocals and acoustic instruments....

theaudioandvideoguy's review"nice"

I have used he NT1 microphone many times in the last year or 2. Generally the NT1 microphone was made to be an affordable mic. But then it turned into being a top quality mic overnight. I think Rhode was actually surprised by the success of it and its popularity. This mic brand new doesn’t cost that much at all compaired to some mics on the market. For all the mics in the 100 to 300 dollar range the NT1 could be your best bet. This mic is still being sold and hasn’t been replace yet to the best of my knowledge. It actually replaced the older model (cant remember what the name was). But every since this mic came out a lot of people have been using it in major and small studios.


Overall, the mic is very affordable and it’s a must have for you. I feel that if you are recording at home and need a top notch mic for a good price (and who doesn’t need that) then this is the one you will need to get. You can also try it and if you don’t like it you can take it back. But I am almost sure you will love it and not return it. You can even find some of these used online for half of what they cost brand new. I recently saw one on guitar centers website under the used section and thought about getting it for a back up mic to have around but didn’t get it. The one that I have has been holding up great and I don’t think it will every go out on me (knock on wood). it’s a great value for the price and im happy having it. I didn’t try the other model before this one came out but I just cant remember the name of it. They don’t make it anymore though.

moosers's review

The Rode NT1 is the original version of the NT1 microphone, which has been replaced by the popular NT1A. I don't believe that there's too much of a difference between the two of them other than I don't believe that this one being many any more. The NT1-A is the 'anniversary' edition, although I don't know what the anniversary is. The anniversary edition is also gold, while this is white. Other than that, I believe that they are the same exact microphones. The NT1 has a sleek design and a cardioid pick up pattern. It's a condenser microphone so it will indeed require phantom power, and will pick up frequencies between 20 Hz and 20 kHz. There isn't a pad or any roll off features to be aware of with the NT1.


Since there's no real difference between the Rode NT1 and the Rode NT1-A, both are definitely viable options as a condenser microphone for your home studio. The NT1 has a super clean sound and picks up everything in the room, which can be both a good and bad thing depending on how you're using it. I've used the NT1 mostly for recording vocals, and it's attention to detail here really makes it a nice mic to have around. While it can definitely be a bit harsh sounding since it's so brilliant, when used properly I think you can work this to your advantage. I wouldn't say that I'd encourage you to go with the NT1 over the NT1-A, but I'd go with whichever you can get the cheapest. Either way you're going to be getting a great deal as the NT1 is probably the mic out there that gives you the most bang for your buck. At $200 US dollars new, you're going to be hard pressed to find a mic of it's caliber for the same price or cheaper. If you're looking for an all purpose condenser microphone for your home studio and are trying to spend the least amount possible to still get a quality microphone, look no further than the Rode NT1.

flyingdrummer's review" Superb"

Singing or overhead studio application 


6 months of use. Simply splendid. Very neutral, can be use with a tube preamp.
M Elise12/02/2008

M Elise's review

This is an large diaphragm condenser microphone. I have owned one for over 10 years. At the time it was relatively inexpensive for a large diaphragm condenser and got good reviews so thats why I bought it. It has no extra features or switches but it does come with an attachment for connecting to a stand. Its quality of build is medium. It is neither cheap nor particularly solidly well built but has held up fine over the years but I treat my equipment well.
I have used mine off and on throughout the years to record vocals, acoustic guitar, drums and electric guitar. I mainly use it now to record my band in my basement along with a Rode NT2 which is similar but better and which I bought at the same time. I use the two mics to get a stereo recording of the band.


When I first bought this it was a ground breaking product. To my knowledge it was the very first affordable large diaphragm condenser mic on the market. Now I believe there are other makes and models available which I have not tried and cannot compare this to.
What I know about this mic is this:
It is not meant to be used in front of a loud guitar amp. It will distort horribly and could be ruined.
It does a decent job of recording acoustic guitar and vocals and drums and definitely records a much fuller frequency spectrum then a Shure SM58 or 57 and is therefore very useful in a budget home studio.
The NT2 sounds clearer and better.
The NT1 with an NT2 in stereo or maybe another NT1 make excellent room recordings of a band through a digital recording system. Everything is clear, full and present.
The bottom line is that the NT1 is a good mic for the home hobbyist but probably isn't suitable I assume for pros. If you can find one for a good price and have never used a large diaphragm condenser mic its probably a decent choice but it depends on the current competition. Its good for voice and acoustic guitar and will work great in stereo with another similar mic.

MGR/Fishman's review"Rode NT 1"

I wanted a great quality studio mic for my new home digital studio. I did a lot of research, and was very impressed with what I found out about Rode. Still, I was hesitant up until I actually plugged the Rode NT 1 in and gave it a test flight. I bought my first pair from American Musical Supply, and paid $199 (that seems to be the standard asking price on line). However... I later decided I wanted another pair for certain recording applications, and found this mic for $169 at BPM Music. Each place included free shock mount.

This is a sweet mic! I'd been in radio for 17 years (11 as a PD at a top rated station), so I know my way around mics. Still, I didn't think I could afford some of the top names I was familuar with. I'm doing some freelance radio work on the side now, as well as songwriting and recording my own music. So, I needed a mic that would give me the rich warmth I was used to getting at radio. The Rode NT 1 has blown me away. What an incredible deal for the $$$. You get clarity, warmth... hey, I could go on forever... but I never thought a mic that costs so little could perform as beautifully.

So far, I'm still on the honeymoon with this baby. You will want a pop stopper... but even the manufacturer tells you that. Sure, there are better mics out there... but I can't imagine getting more quality for less money.

Listen... just go to the Rode website to read about how this mic is put together. I hate to keep saying the same thing, but you will be amazed at the craftsmanship that goes into building such an affordable mic.

Take it from a picky old radio guy who knows good sound when he hears it... buy this mic. Buy it. Do yourself the favor. Buy it. Actually, if it makes you feel better spending up to, or over, ten times this amount for a mic... knock yourself out. But if you want extra money to spend on other goodies, while not sacrificing quality, the Rode NT 1 is for you.

This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com

Anonymous 's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" the sound of silence!"

cardioid microphone for studio condenser phantom power required.


acquired two years ago, it has not been used, but it is a treat to use! I have no basis for comparison, this is my first real microphone, but what appealed to me about the paper is that it is the quietest in the world ... I try to fight against the operating noise of the equipment and instruments on my track, and I served there. It is very sensitive to feedback, so use scene outlaw and tolerable in rehearsal, but it is not for it at all ... it is a tool of pure home studio, studio isolated well as I said it detects sources very remote (kids who play ten meters in rooms next door) ... or we must isolate the kids ... I feel I have my money, and I would do this choice without hesitation. You can spend hours in front of the voice without getting tired, and it will be a good choice to pick an acoustic guitar.
The LuS01/04/2013

The LuS's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Good value for money"

Voice (hearts) preferably because I have better for vocals. Acoustic guitar. Charley fine on my battery with a simple correction to the mix.


This is my first studio mic and I really APRIS with to start is the top and he does many things well. Even now I sometimes use it on multiple sounds that do not require too much detail.
Well I do not know the differences with the previous models, so I do not mean that I do not know. But mine is 12 years old and was sold without suspension and a Tube MP at the time. Well I'm careful, but the beast did not move a muscle, you might think it is new and I had zero problems with it.
On the branch, it starts almost opposite and it is good, it does not sound special character, which is fine.
For me perfect value for money, then we are not in the same league as microphones 500. I would do this short purchase without problem for my experience.

barry's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" A classic home studio"

Condenser mic.
I use it for all kinds of acoustic miking. Mainly singing, but also folk guitar, percussion too powerful (shaker, claves ...).
I also have a B2pro similar but slightly worse. So, I use both to decision-acoustics.


I use it for a little over a year. Compared to B2, the sound is better but the advantage of B2 is changeable directivity and low-cut filter integrated, which can be useful eventually.
Least, this is the method of fixing is not always practical. But we made it!
I had occas by a friend, so he sold it to me almost new and not very expensive. So the price / quality ratio is excellent. But even new, I would recommend to use home studio.

For illustration, children listen to the album I recorded recently (The Dragon of Krakow) on eric-b.musicblog.fr. All the voices were done with this microphone.

santrianis's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

What kind of microphone? it can be used on acoustic guitars singing ....
What technology? a capacitor, which requires to have a phantom power externally.


How long have you been using? I do not use much anymore, but I've had more than 10 years.

Did you try many other models before buying it? I mostly try after solid models.

What is so special that you like most and least? The value for money is a micro solid for the price doing a very good job on the song or it is taken as undersheet.

How do you rate the quality / price? Very good
With experience, you do again this choice? Today I was in the same condition as it was 15 years ago yes, today I do not réinvestirai not in this kind of microphone.