Rode S1

Handheld Performance Condenser Microphone
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$329.00
Sweetwater Savings: $270.00 MSRP: $599.00

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Rode S1
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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.

RODE S1 Features:
  • Studio Recording quality specifications.
  • Supercardioid polar pattern.
  • Rugged all metal construction.
  • Attractive satin nickel finish.
  • Heat treated high strength mesh head.
  • Custom designed integral 'plosives' screen.
  • Ergonomically weighted balanced.
  • Low noise circuitry.
  • Low handling noise.
  • Comes complete with stand mount, zip pouch.
  • Designed and manufactured in Australia.
  • Full 10 years guarantee.

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Studio Microphone Buying Guide

Tech Specs

Microphone Type Condenser
Polar Pattern Supercardioid
Diaphragm Size 0.75" (19mm)
Frequency Response 20Hz-20kHz
Max SPL 151dB
Output Impedance 50 ohms
Signal to Noise Ratio 75dB (A weighted)
Self Noise 18dB (A weighted)
Color Silver
Connector XLR
Weight 0.68 lbs.
Included Accessories Stand Clamp, Microphone Pouch
Manufacturer Part Number S1

Customer Reviews

5/5
Based on 12 reviews
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5/5

Best in class

Rode offers the best values in vocal mics. If you're screaming rock'n'roll lyrics, the SM 58 will do you just fine. But if you're a singer and want something to capture the warmth and resonance in your voice, spend the bucks for this mic. If $100 is all you can afford, get the Rode M1. The next step up in the Neumann KMS 105 at more than twice the price. If you've got the bucks, you might go for the KMS 105; but (to my ear) there's a MUCH bigger gap between the SM58 and the S1 than between the S1 and the KMS 105, and I haven;t heard any other mic in this price range that comes close to the warmth and clarity of the S1.
Music background: Pro performer
5/5

Rode S1 condenser microphone

I run the 7 piece traditional jazzband 'Spirit of New Orleans' based in Bournemouth UK. The resident band at the Bournemouth jazzclub . For 20 years I've used SM58 & 7s & find them abit too bassy for my taste , not enough clarity & presence , I record every gig digitally . I bought a Rode S1 to test at home & was impressed , but not enough to be worth a change . Disappointed I went back into research mode & discovered to my horror that my upmarket Yamaha amp [EMX212s] only supplied 15v phantom power ? The Rode S1 requires 48v. [thought that this was the standard]. Most condenser mics. will be ok on 15v but NOT the Rode S1 , it was designed for 48v & incorporates a FET preamp. Ok it works but design specs. will not be achieved i.e. [sensitivity, fading ,volume, frequency response] . For studio quality the designers know best . I bought a 4 x mic. 48v phantom power supply . The result was spectacular to say the least , enough for a tight Yorkshirman to buy another 2x S1s . QUALITY. NOTE ;- one 48v supply will only work one mic. [4ma] Expensive ones are made for multiples . Try & fading problems & hum occurs. THESE MICS. ARE FANTASTIC clarity natural sound , you name it. If I were prime minister I'd make them compulsory . No feedback problems, S - plops , all gone , gain turned down . SM58s although the industry standard are simply none starters , only take notice of tech. people who know what they are listening for , most only hear volume & false tone ! [ guitar amps spring to mind ] , not quality . Equalisation has a huge effect , why destroy a true sound , leave it alone . VALUE FOR MONEY no need to spend more , its only the placebo effect of a higher price so it must be better . The Emperors cloths spring to mind . BUY ONE you will never regret it .
Music background: Jazzband leader & electronic test engineer
5/5

Very, very good

Bought this for a specific usage. Male vocals (quite a low range think Mark Knopfler, George Ezra) with acoustic guitar through a really nice amp (Schertler Jam 400) and was looking for a vocal to match the rich guitar sound. Have used a Sennheiser 835 for 10 years or more. The Rode S1 on an A/B test through the same amp (literally next to each other on a double mic clip - same eq) is more articulate, louder & just a cleaner & clearer sound without losing any warmth. Everybody noticed the difference as I was in company during the test. My musical partner bought one too having first heard and then used mine in the same solo player type application. Sounded amazing with someone else (tenor range) using it.I have used both the S1's for live vocals in a duo with lots more going on..monitors, guitar amps, backing tracks etc but find (tried twice..) it seems fade in and out a bit ie: lose power and then comes back in too strong & feeding back when I've tried to adjust the input gain to compensate - whether it's due to trying to supply 2 x 48v phantom to both mics straight from the desk which is well overdue a service I don't know...probably!! Reverted to the 835 just for feedback saftey for those duo gigs as we both think the dynamic mic is better for the louder duo.For the acoustic application mentioned above it's really very good indeed. I do get a 'feedback swell' every now and again but don't panic - I do like to push the vocal and set a reasonable length of reverb to really enable singing off the mic - I find it helps me 'get into it'. I also have my amp really close by and often behind me (speakers facing the mic..) to avoid taking monitors to small gigs...For most singers this won't a problem as most peoples voices are much stronger than mine and will have up front monitoring! Used it for 18 months on and off and it's performance is superb - looks cool too in the nickel finish! The guarantees with this thing are not to be ignored either - I treat mine with the repect it deserves but nice to know I'm covered if I were to drop / break it.
Music background: Semi pro musician
5/5

Spoiler

Crisp & 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.
Music background: lifetime musician going pro
5/5

outstanding sound and durable

I 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. 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.
Music background: Gigging amateur musician (less frequently than I used to)
See also: Condenser Mics, Rode, Rode Condenser Microphones, Rode Condenser Microphones