Rode NT1000

Large-diaphragm Studio Condenser Mic with Satin Nickel Finish and Internal Shock Mounting
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The NT1000: classic mic performance at a great price!

When you demand superior large-capsule performance for recording vocals and instruments, turn to the NT1000. The performance - and the price - of this mic will blow you away! Ideal for capturing vocal and instrumental perfomances, the NT1000 features a gold-plated membrane, ultra-low noise and true condenser operation, all at a fraction of the cost of similarly feature-laden microphones.

  • Large capsule with gold-plated membrane
  • Ultra low-noise transformerless circuitry
  • Cardioid polar pattern
  • Heavy-duty cast metal satin nickel body
  • High-strength welded and heat-treated mesh head, internal capsule shock-mounting
  • True condenser (externally biased)
  • Full frequency response
  • Requires +48V phantom power

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Tech Specs

Microphone Type Condenser
Polar Pattern Cardioid
Diaphragm Size 1" (25.4mm)
Frequency Response 20Hz-20kHz
Max SPL 140dB
Output Impedance 100 ohms
Signal to Noise Ratio 88dB (A weighted)
Self Noise 6dB (A weighted)
Color Silver
Connector XLR
Weight 1.5 lbs.
Included Accessories Stand Mount, Microphone Pouch
Manufacturer Part Number NT1000

Customer Reviews

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The perfect gift

Not only was this the perfect gift for my amazing fiance, but Sweetwater always provides me with the lowest deals. I emailed Jared Madigan, the gentleman that assisted me during my first visit to this website. I had purchased a Audient iD14 interface for my fiance for Christmas. So when I wanted to get him another gift, (the mic), I contacted Jared and asked if there was any kind of discount I could get because at Sam Ash music store, I could've bought it for cheaper. Not only did he match the price, but he lowered it for me, too! The microphone seems to be great. The fiance loves it =) thanks again!
Music background: Fiance of a singer/guitarist/pianist

Excellent mic

Nice, 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.
Music background: active musician/ recording guitarist/ home studio

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.
Music background: Pro Musician & Producer

The NT1000 is a fantastic mic

I 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
Music background: writer/arranger/producer

Magical on vocals with the right preamp

I'm writing this review because I was amazed to see how few glowing reviews this microphone has here, given how incredible it sounds on vocals, in my opinion. If you want a lush, smooth vocal sound that perfectly balances low-end warmth and high-end sparkle, I highly recommend this microphone plugged into a Vintech X73i. Using this mic/pre combination, I just got the (male) vocal sound I was hearing in my head for years, for the very first time. I've never used a Neumann U87, but this is the sort of sound I'm talking about, based on what the U87 sounds like in various online mic shootouts. I have a voice that's not especially full or smooth sounding, and it sounds positively terrible on many different microphones that I've tried. But with the NT1000 (and X73i), it sounds shockingly beautiful. For the record, here are the microphones that I've tried--and rejected--in my quest to achieve the sound that I finally got with the NT1000: Neumann TLM 49, Neumann TLM 102, Mojave MA-200, Mojave MA-201fet, Shure KSM44, AKG C214, sE Gemini II, sE 4400a, Beesneez Oliver, Avantone CV-12. All of these microphones, incidentally, are more expensive than the NT1000, some of them significantly so. I badly wish that I could go back in time a few years and try this microphone before most of the others on that list. But I know that if I had done so, I wouldn't appreciate just how excellent it is. Using a vintage-flavored, relatively expensive preamp like the X73i is, I'm sure, a major factor in the sound I'm getting, but the fact remains that I didn't get that sound with all the other microphones I tried. If you can't afford an X73i or anything in that ballpark, you could try pairing the NT1000 with a cheaper preamp that's going for the same kind of vintage Neve vibe as the X73i (such as the Golden Age Pre-73, which I haven't used). I highly, highly recommend this microphone, and that's even without considering the price. Once price is taken into account, it's almost comical how great this microphone sounds. You'd be a fool not to at least try it.
Music background: avid home-recordist
See also: Condenser Mics, Rode, Rode Condenser Microphones