Rode NT1000 Reviews4.5/5.0 based on 18 customer reviews
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from Buffalo, N.Y.
May 17, 2013Music Background:
Surprise!Considering it's price I expected an OK Mic. This is my go to Vocal Mic over the tubed AKG 820 & Mojave MA-300. I have a deep voice & the NT1000 eliminates lower mid muddiness & has a slight rise on top.
Works for me!
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from Oakland, Ca USA
April 6, 2013Music Background:
So glad this mic existsSo we did a mic check with this mic and a 5000 mic and everything sounded better with this mic hands down.... Yeah everybody sounds better on a different mic and all that but I almost didnt believe my engineer when he told me what he got this one for. I recorded an amazing album on this.
June 12, 2012Music Background:
wooooooow!! lolThis mic should cost $3000, that's how beautifully it sounds. I'm satisfied.
from MOUNT VERNON NY
April 22, 2012Music Background:
RODE NT1000 SIMPLY THE BESTWAS ALWAYS SEARCHING FOR A MIC TO GIVE MY VOCAL THE ROUGH NECK EDGE. AFTER CALLING MY SALES ENGINEER AT SWEETWATER, TELL HIM MY PROBLEM STRIGHT AWAY HE INTORDUCE ME TO THE RODE NT1000. DID MY REVIEW THEN PURCHASE THE MIC IN FEW WORDS I LOVE THE NT1000 IM HAPPY THANKS SWEETWATER.
from Tucson Arizona
October 2, 2011Music Background:
Recording Engineer/Pro musician
A step up from some MicrophonesThe Rode Nt1000 is a step up in clarity from some inexpensive models. However, if you continue to record this microphone will not be your all around mic. The high end is not smooth and does not sit well when stacked. An AKG 414 or 214 might serve you more in the long run, but the nt1000 is "good enough"
July 25, 2009Music Background:
Excellent Condensor MicrophoneWe make use of the NT1000 for vocals in our studio with NO EQ. This Microphone stands out in any Mix, with clarity and perfect response every time. Not only does it sound great but it looks great, its a real showoff. RODE can be very proud of their excellent craftmanship!
from New City, NY
October 2, 2008Music Background:
songwriter / engineer
Decent LDC mic.I used to really love this microphone for vocals. In fact, it seems to work best with cheaper preamps. This is a very bright sounding mic. I think the dullness of some cheaper pres sort of tames the sometimes overly bright characteristics of this mic.
It could also be the opposite effect of the brightness giving the cheap pres some life. I've since moved on from this mic since getting some better pres, but it served me well for many years, mostly paired up with a Presonus TubePre.
from New City, NY
September 25, 2008Music Background:
Songwriter / Engineer
Love this mic for vocals (but not with all preamps).This was my personal vocal mic for years. I even brought it to other studios, and in A/B comparisons, we'd also choose the NT1000 as sounding best (on MY voice that is). I've since got a Grace 101 pre, and this does NOT sound nice with it. This NT1000 has lots of Hi-End, and the Grace being the honest preamp that it is, does no warming to keep it pleasent. It gets real harsh. I do however love the NT1000's performance with lower end pres like the Presonus TubePre and most utility mixer pres. I'm sure something like a Solo/610 or Brick would be a nice match for this microphone.
September 24, 2008Music Background:
One man band/studio
Rode's Most Affordable Do-It-All MicMy interest was originally aimed towards the Rode NT1-A, but I was soon dissuaded against it - the consensus was that the NT1000 was Rode's most affordable entry that still represented the Rode sound present in the more affordable mics, while the NT1-A would disappoint. Prior to purchasing this microphone I'd read from credible sources that this was a very very versatile microphone; used properly you could achieve desirable results with just about any source. Since I don't (yet) own a money-growing tree I justified the extra cost by it's versatility, and I'm glad I did. It really does capture a wide variety of sources with very usable results, no radical treatments needed. It's also built like a tank. It doesn't have any attenuation and nor multiple patterns, and you'll have to purchase a shockmount seperately (although it does come with it's own little plastic mount that works fine if rumble isn't likely to be a problem.)
In summary; this is a no-frills, do-it-all microphone that represents the sound of upper echelon Rode LDCs significantly better than the preceeding models will.
from Palmyra, PA
September 22, 2008Music Background:
active musician/ recording guitarist/ home studio
Excellent micNice, full sounding mic and well built. I've used it for acoustic guitars and in front of a guitar cab for some hard rocking guitar tracks so far. It allows me to record higher quality tracks than some other mics I've tried and at an affordable price. I expected it to be good, but it gives me more expensive sounding results than I expected. I will definitely buy more Rode mics in the future and I'll happily recommend this mic in particular. It's impressive.
July 31, 2007Music Background:
25 years recording in project studio.
Good mic. Too much hype.With all the hype about this mic and it's siblings, I came to this mic with high expectations. They were met, barely. It sounds good, with a smooth frequency response and low noise. It's quite flattering for vocals.
But then I put it head-to-head against my trusty CAD M37 (which cost 1/3 the price of the Rode). I recorded the same source, panned the mics left and right, and I could not tell which was which!
from LA, CA
June 24, 2007Music Background:
Hip Hop, Rap beats producer.
swizz beatzswizz beatz(a famous producer) has one of these in his studio. i got one and i love how clear it sounds.
March 8, 2007Music Background:
the best.i have two AKG c1000's and they do an admirable job as over-heads. I "was" happy with them. Boy am I glad I've made the switch these Rode microphones. "...the NT1000 has been hailed by many as the ultimate drum over-head and grand piano mic selection." That's from Rode's website. I'm floored!!! My drums sound like they have been recorded in Hollywood, really. The NT1000's captures my kit very accurately and the drums are breathing ;] If you are looking for great over-head mics look no further.
December 28, 2006Music Background:
Rode Nt 1000I use this mic wit a focusrite trackmaster pre original. It sounds nice smooth and warm
Ludis D Taylor
from chicago, Illinois
November 28, 2006Music Background:
The NT1000 is a fantastic micI primarily use the Rode NT1000 for lead and background vocal recording. It has such a rich and warm sound. This mic would sound great with any mic pre
from New York, NY USA
October 24, 2006Music Background:
Pro Musician & Producer
Comparable to Neumann U87i - with LESS self-noise!This is the best non-tube microphone I've ever used on vocals - hands down. Germany is in trouble, now.
September 22, 2006Music Background:
guitar-vocals-etc..Rec. Engineer learning but know what sounds good..
love this mic.This is a low noise very nice sounding mic..great for vocals--acoustic guitar--I even used it on a mesa boogie combo (Heartbreaker)--very respectable.
Mic really deserves a 5 because it is such an excellent value..
May 27, 2006Music Background:
Recording Engineer and Musician
Great MicThis is a killer mic. Very clear and very quiet. Really the best value for a mic if you're in the looking for a mic in the 300 range. I've been really impressed with every Rode mic I've heard. I also own the Rode NT5s which I use for overheads and acoustic guitar. A quality mic for quite cheap.