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Rode NT1 Cardioid Condenser Microphone

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Product Description

The Rode NT1 Cardioid Condenser Microphone was designed to compete with other high quality condenser mics that cost many times more! This 1-inch diaphragm condenser mic has been completely redesigned by Rode as a marriage of innovation and tradition, starting with the capsule which is a completely new design.

The HF6 capsule on the NT1 vocal mic features a sound signature reminiscent of the famous microphones of old while at the same time exhibiting extremely low noise. It has been developed by Rode with a focus on detailed midrange response, coupled with silky smooth high frequencies, and warm, round, bass reproduction to make the NT1 an absolute standout in its class.

Rode NT1 Cardioid Condenser Microphone Features

  • In the Box:
    • NT1 Cardioid Condenser Microphone
    • RM2 ring-mount mic mount or SMR shock mount with pop filter (NT1-Kit only!)
    • Premium drawstring dust cover for mic
  • Large capsule (1-inch) with gold-plated membrane
  • Cardioid polar pattern
  • Internal Rycote Lyre based capsule shock mounting system
  • Ultra-low noise transformerless circuitry
  • State-of-the-art surface mount electronics
  • Heavy-duty matte black finish
  • Gold plated output connectors
  • Designed and manufactured in Australia
  • Free 10 year extended warranty
In another world-first for Rode, the transducer of the NT1 is suspended inside the mic using Rycote’s industry-leading Lyre system, minimizing external vibrations at the capsule level. The capsule is then married to high-grade electronics that have been designed to provide the lowest noise level of any studio microphone available. The NT1studio mic is incredibly quiet, measuring only 4.5dBA of self-noise.

The NT1’s body is machined from 6061 aluminum and then nickel plated for resistance against corrosion. Finally it is coated in a durable, military-grade ceramic layer, using advanced electrostatic application techniques developed by Rode to ensure an extremely hard wearing finish that is resistant to scratches or marks.

Select the NT1-Kit and you'll also receive the Rode SMR shock mount with pop filter! Featuring a unique double-Lyre suspension system, the SMR enhances the existing superior vibration cancellation of Rycote’s Lyre system by using a smaller inner Lyre to act as a tensioning element. This maintains each Lyre in the neutral position where it is most efficient at cancelling vibration. The SMR’s removable all-metal pop filter is as effective as it is visually striking, providing an integrated solution for plosive protection that is easily washable.

Product Specifications
Rode NT1 Kit Cardioid Condenser Microphone Specifications
  • Acoustic Principle: Pressure Gradient
  • Active Electronics: JFET impedance converter with bipolar output buffer
  • Capsule: 1.00 inch
  • Polar Pattern: Cardioid
  • Address Type: Side
  • Frequency Range: 20Hz - 20kHz
  • Output Impedance: 100 ohms
  • Maximum SPL: 132dB SPL (at 1kHz, 1 percent THD into 1K ohm load)
  • Maximum Output Level: 8.0dBu (at 1kHz, 1 percent THD into 1K ohm load)
  • Sensitivity: -29.0dB re 1 Volt/Pascal (35.00mV at 94 dB SPL) +/- 2 dB at 1kHz
  • Equivalent Noise Level (A-weighted): 4dB-A
  • Output: XLR
  • Dimensions (HxWxD): 187 x 50 x 50mm
  • Weight: 440.00gm
Helpful Info about the Manufacturer
Phone:  562-364-7400 Warranty:  10 Years! Lifetime Warranty on M1 Model!
Mike Thomas from Northampton,ma 01060
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Subject
I found it to be in the mid performance range out of the lower priced made in China condenser mics
General
Your general opinion of this product.
To be honest I purchased this more so for the cool new shock mount, which when you consider by itself costing $79; I could have bought a different Chinese made condenser for that same price that would have preformed as good or maybe even better than this. I find it can sometimes be a crapshoot when it comes to a lot of these import Asian under $300 studio mics. They seriously can be hit or miss, not unlike a lot of the Russian mics right before the lower priced made in China mic craze which I still think isn't much different than the recent more affordable, "true bypass", style made in China guitar effect pedals. There decent for what they cost and you can get by using them but you do get what you pay for. Don't let anyone try to tell you that you don't get better sound quality based on how much more you pay. In most cases,not all the more you spend the better the sound quality. Those who disagree do so because they are usually the ones trying to sell lower priced stuff like this.
Quality
Would you consider this product to be made well? How dependable?
Decent but lets not get carried away, it isn't hand engineered with German precision.
Ease of Use
How easy is this product to use? How easy is the product to use with other products? Did it take long for you to learn to use this product? Was the manual helpful? How playable do you consider this product to be?
Super easy, just make sure you have and know what phantom power is and does.
Features
What do you consider to be the best features of this product? What features would you add to this product if you could?
The cool new patented shock mount!
Sound
How is the tone?
Again hit or miss with these Chinese made mics. This ones not bad but I own $89 mxl much like this that sound better. At the same time I own other made in China mocs that cost more than this that do not sound as good. I'm one to believe that a decent mic pre can go a long way with these cheap mocs.
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