Rode S1Item ID: S1Rode
Handheld Performance Condenser Microphone
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Studio Quality Performance Mic!RODE's S1 is a microphone for the live performer in all of us. RODE started the project S1 two years ago and found that there was a real need for a studio quality hand held microphone that could handle the beating of constant touring. Record with it during the day, and then take it to a gig at night", it's a killer for both applications and RODE is so confident of its integrity, they have guaranteed for 10 years parts and labor even if accidentally damaged by the owner!
The S1 features a true externally biased condenser transducer with gold plated diaphragm and coupled to ultra low noise surface mount, FET circuitry.
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Reviewsbased on 9 reviews
by Deb from Grand Junction, COCrisp & clean, beyond expectations. Makes muddy & distorted sound a distant memory. Strongly recommend for anybody wanting to clean up vocals & make them shine. Great value for the money.
August 30, 2011
Music Background: lifetime musician going pro
outstanding sound and durable
by smitty from WYI purchased this mic 4 years ago after being told by a pro sound vet that my dynamic mic was ripping me off sonically. Once I received the mic we did the "pepsi challenge" with my old mic to compare.... read more [+] The difference was night & day. Many folks over the years have said that condensers are fragile and temper-mental; this one is not. It has stood up to hard use without ever faltering. The only issue I have ever had is that it requires 48v phantom, period. Anything less than 48v will not light it up. Overall the price may seem a bit prohibitive, but when you consider that the sound quality you get from this mic alone is comparable to what you could only get by having an expensive pre-amp. This mic's frequency range is 20-20k ensures that you get all of those frequencies that most mics will not pick up. The guarantee is icing on the cake. If you are on the fence, jump off and buy it, you won't be disappointed. close [-]
November 12, 2009
Music Background: Gigging amateur musician (less frequently than I used to)
Very Nice Mic especially at the price
by Erik A. from Holland, MIPurchased this mic because i was looking to step up in vocal mics for my venue, but had to keep an eye on the budget. I have several SM58's, Beta 58's, Sennheiser e845s and a Neumann KMS105. I was l... read more [+]ooking for something that would provide the sound of the Neumann but were a little less costly. I have to say that I have been very impressed with the S1. It has great warmth and a smooth response. I recently had a concert with the S1 on stage with the Neumann, and it compared very favorably close [-]
November 4, 2011
Music Background: Sound Designer, Engineer
Great studio mic
by Jay C. from LAExcellent sounding studio and live mic for acoustic guitar, loud guitar amps etc. . . . but especially for vocals. Provides great results with no fuss set up. To my ears the mic sounds like a cross ... read more [+]between a high end large diaphram condenser mic and an SM58 dynamic mic - a mic sought out for excellent clarity of live vocals. Has the sound sensitivity of a large diaphram condenser but without handling noise. It sounds different, crispier, enough from large diaphram condensers that you'll not want to alternate between it and a regular condensor on a single lead vocal studio track. I've had the S1 a couple of months, and already it's one of my go-to mics. I recommend this mic, and only wish I'd had several to use over the last thirty years. close [-]
October 18, 2011
Music Background: Yes
by David Sadd from Charleston, SCBought this mic after being reasonably pleased with the Beta 87a I had been using. Wow! What a difference. Everything from a whisper to a scream had more warmth without being muddy, clarity without be... read more [+]ing brittle and, it just felt like I could connect. I have run it into Beringer and Allen & Heath mixers, but my usual rig is to tour with a Presonus Eureka. What an amazing combination.
June 8, 2008
Music Background: Pro Musician, Worship Leader, Recording Engeineer
This mic is affected by the quality of the pre-amp you are plugged into, so don't take the mixer for granted. Very little handling and breath noise. Not quite as nice as my large diaphragm studio mics, but what do you expect. close [-]
Christopher , Savannah, GA
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