Rode NT1-A

Large-diaphragm Cardioid Condenser Mic with Shockmount, Pop Shield, XLR Cable, Dust Cover, and Instructional DVD
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An Incredible Condenser Mic Plus Essential Accessories!

The RODE NT1-A cardioid condenser microphone is one of the world's quietest microphones, and it comes complete with a ton of essential accessories! Its ultra-low self-noise means you'll effortlessly capture clean, clear audio. The NT1-A can handle 137dB SPL so you can be confident that even in front of loud guitar cabinets, your recording won't distort due to overload. This great mic comes with a shockmount, a pop screen, a dust cover, an XLR cable, and more. By providing ultra-quiet operation and being versatile enough to handle a wide variety of signals, the NT1-A is an affordable studio solution!

The NT1-A is just as at home in front of a world class vocalist as it is in front of a guitar cabinet. Acoustic guitars sing through the NT1-A, and the 137dB SPL prevents overloads no matter what the sound source. The low self-noise ensures that even the faintest whisper will be captured with exceptional detail. The NT1-A gives you world-class sound. Its classy, satin-finished, nickel-plated body looks right at home in any studio. And you get everything you need in this package - RODE includes a dedicated shockmount, a quality pop filter, a dust cover, a quality XLR cable, and even an instructional DVD.

RODE NT1-A Condenser Microphone Features at a Glance:
  • Acoustic Principle: Externally polarized 1" condenser with gold-plated membrane
  • Active Electronics: JFET impedance converter with bipolar output buffer
  • Pickup Pattern: Cardioid
  • Frequency Response: 20Hz-20kHz
  • Dynamic Range: > 132dB
  • Maximum SPL: 137dB
  • Cardioid Polar Pattern
  • Ultra-low noise transformerless circuitry
  • State-of-the-art surface-mount electronics
  • Heavy-duty satin-nickel finish
  • Internal shockmounting system
  • Gold plated output connectors
  • True Condenser (externally biased)
  • Full (20Hz-20kHz) frequency response
  • Includes shockmount, pop shield, XLR cable, mic dust cover, and instructional DVD
  • Requires +48-volt phantom power
RODE NT1-A gives you premium mic performance plus everything you need for pro-quality results!

Additional Media

Studio Microphone Buying Guide

Tech Specs

Microphone Type Condenser
Polar Pattern Cardioid
Diaphragm Size 1" (25.4mm)
Frequency Response 20Hz-20kHz
Max SPL 137dB
Output Impedance 100 ohms
Self Noise 5dB (A weighted)
Color Silver
Connector XLR
Weight 0.7 lbs.
Included Accessories Shock Mount, Pop Filter, 20' Mic Cable, Dust Cover
Manufacturer Part Number NT1-A

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Perfect - amazing value

Quality of a 1000$ mic without the cost.

I'm no expert, but...

I've worked in front of several microphones on five studio projects in four different studios. I am a baritone vocalist (a crooner after the style of Bing Crosby & Jim Reeves) and have used an A/T 4033, Lawson 251, and my personal favorite, the Shure KSM-44. I bought this microphone and a Shure KSM-44 for tracking my background vocalists in my home (portable) studio and I am really impressed by the sound of this Rode mic. I used it for tracking the alto background vocalist and, especially for the price, I don't think you could do better. In the studio where I tracked my vocals for my latest project, he is using a matched pair of the NT1-A's to mic the grand piano, and is very happy with them.
Music background: Recording artist, former church sound man

Get This Mic

This mic can handle very high SPL. It's great as a kick drum mic. It sounds very natural when used on vocals. It is indeed a very quiet mic with no self-noise. It's extremely sensitive so lower your gain and/or use a -20dB pad. I was very pleased with the construction and craftsmanship of the mic, the pop-filter is very handy and the included cable was a nice bonus as well. Rode is definitely a company to expect good things from, in my humble opinion.
Music background: Electronic Music Producer, Sound Designer, Drummer and Saxophonist

Amazing Microphone

I never purchased any condenser from anywhere, however, I have worked with a few condensers in the past. I never experienced anything quite like this. All the other microphones I ever worked with were muddy and I didn't care for them. But with the Rode NT1-A, it's very low self noise. It is the world's quietest studio microphone. The frequency is great!!! I highly recommend buying this microphone because of it's quality and price. And who can argue with that? It's very rare that you find quality at an affordable price. But Rode has hit the nail on the head. Great job!!!
Music background: Musician

Incredible for the cost

I took studio recording class where the emphasis was mics and mic placement. We tried out all kinds of mics - this mic stood out from all the rest. The most unbelievable was the NT-1 placed 18" from the 12th fret my acoustic.
Music background: Musician, recording engineering student
See also: Condenser Mics, Rode, Rode Condenser Microphones