Rode NT1-A-MP

Large-diaphragm Matched Stereo Pair, Cardioid Condenser Mics with Shockmounts
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Matched Stereo Pair of Rode NTI-A Condenser Microphones

Ultimately the way to judge a mic is by its sound. We put the RODE NT1-A through its paces here at Sweetwater Studios and were knocked out by its sonic performance. From acoustic guitars to guitar amplifiers to vocals to percussion, the NT1-A excelled in every application for which it was tested, and it handled high-SPL sources without a problem. With only 5dB of self-noise, the NT1-A, winner of the Electronic Musician 2004 Editors Choice Award, is the world's quietest studio condenser microphone. It provides the warmth, extended dynamic range, clarity, and high SPL capability previously only possible with the very best and most expensive microphones. Finished in durable satin nickel, the NT1-A is supplied with a shockmount and zip pouch. The frequency response is very smooth all the way from 20Hz to 20kHz. Anyone seeking an affordable large-diaphragm condenser for their studio should not fail to listen to the versatile NT1-A. The NT1-A-MP is a matched pair of Rode NT1-A's.

Rode NT1-A Features:
  • Acoustic Principle: Externally polarised 25 mm (1") condenser
  • Active Electronics: JFET impedance converter with bipolar output buffer
  • Pickup Pattern: Cardioid
  • Frequency Response: 20Hz ~ 20kHz
  • Output Impedance: 100
  • Sensitivity: -31.9dB re 1volt/pascal (25 mV @ 94dB SPL) +/- 2dB
  • Equivalent Noise: 5 dBA SPL (per IEC651, IEC268-15)
  • Maximum Output: + 13.7dBu (@ 1% THD into 1k)
  • Dynamic Range: 132dB (per IEC651, IEC268-15)
  • Maximum SPL: 137dB (@ 1% THD into 1K)
  • Signal/Noise: > 88dB (1kHz rel 1 Pa; per IEC651, IEC268-15)
  • Packed Weight: 820 gm (Mic only 326 gm)
  • 2 x Shockmounts included
  • Requires +48V phantom power

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Tech Specs

Microphone Type Condenser
Mono/Stereo Stereo Pair
Polar Pattern Cardioid
Diaphragm Size 1" (25.4mm)
Frequency Response 20Hz-20kHz
Max SPL 137dB
Output Impedance 100 ohms
Signal to Noise Ratio 88dB (A weighted)
Self Noise 5dB (A weighted)
Color Silver
Connector XLR
Weight 0.72 lbs.
Included Accessories 2 x 20' cables, 2 x windscreens, 2 x shockmounts
Manufacturer Part Number NT1-A-MP

Customer Reviews

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Great Mics Sound Good for my Drum Overheads.

These Microphones sound great as over head mics on my drumset, THey come with shock mounts and cords, and a 10 year warranty, I am very pleased with my purchase. A very smooth and silky sound, these Rode mics gave me a lot of value for the price.
Music background: Pro Musician, Recording Engineer

Won't Go Wrong

I feel a little premature in writing this review since I haven't used these mics in a stereo configuration yet, but I'll share what I've experienced thus far. Individually, these mics are excellent vocal mics, and I've used them on acoustic guitars with great results - with practically no EQ or compression. I don't have a high-end mic pre, but this mic has good sonic characteristics and is good at keeping room noise to a minimum. It's rather versatile, as I've cut some very good tracks with rappers, solo-acoustic artists, acoustic instruments, and from my experience so far I think these mics will suit just about any application given the proper setup. If you're looking for a stereo pair of mics that are incredibly versatile, you won't go wrong buying this pair. The only thing you'll have to watch for on these mics is the "plosives", as these are sensitive mics with vocalists. Certain applications may require a bass roll-off. Hey, you won't get a strong 'S' or 'P' off an acoustic guitar or Marshall stack! But for a full sound on instruments, it offers a nice, broad sound. Incredible buy for the price.
Music background: producer, studio owner, multi-instrumentalist
See also: Condenser Mics, Rode, Rode Condenser Microphones, Rode Condenser Microphones