Rode NT1 Fixed-Cardioid Condenser Microphone

Recording vocals in your home studio? A modern classic, the Rode NT1 large-diaphragm condenser mic gives you great sound with incredibly low self-noise.

The NT1 is a 1" diaphragm condenser microphone from Rode. Although the body of the NT1 closely resembles the NT1-A, the microphone has been completely redesigned from the ground up, with the only shared component being the mesh grille.

Rode's design engineers approached the NT1 as a marriage of innovation and tradition, starting with the redesigned capsule. Codenamed the HF6, it is the perfect example of Rode's fusion of artistic design approaches and cutting-edge manufacturing techniques, and features a sound signature reminiscent of the famous microphones of old while at the same time exhibiting extremely low noise.

It has been developed 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.

In another world-first for Rode, the transducer itself is suspended inside the microphone 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 NT1 is an incredibly quiet microphone, measuring only 4.5 dBA of self-noise.

Its 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 read more wearing finish that is resistant to scratches or marks.

The NT1 is supplied with the SM6, a high-quality suspension shockmount that provides isolation from external physical factors that may cause unwanted rumble and vibrations in the microphone. It includes a removable pop shield with two axes of adjustment and a telescopic arm for ultimate application versatility.

The NT1 is designed and made in Australia, and is covered by Rode's industry-leading 10 year warranty.


- Large diaphragm 1” gold-sputtered capsule
- Cardioid polar pattern
- Internal capsule shock mounting system
- Ultra-low noise, self noise of only 4.5dB (A)
- State-of-the-art surface mount electronics
- 10 year extended warranty when you register your microphone
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- Acoustic Principle: Pressure Gradient
- Active Electronics: JFET impedance converter with bipolar output buffer
- Capsule: 1-inch
- Directional Pattern: Cardioid
- Address Type: Side
- Frequency Range: 20Hz - 20kHz
- Output Impedance: 100 Ohm
- Equivalent Noise: 4.5 dBA SPL
- Maximum Output: +8 dBu (1kHz, 1% THD into 1K Ohm load)
- Sensitivity: -29 dB re 1V/Pa (35mV @ 94dB SPL) +/- 2dB @ 1kHz
- Dynamic Range: 128 dB SPL
- Maximum SPL: 132 dB SPL
- Signal / Noise: 90 dBA SPL (as per IEC651)
- Power Requirements: 24V phantom power, 48V phantom power
- Output Connection: 3-Pin XLR
- Balanced output: between pin 2 (+), pin 3 (-) and pin 1 (ground)
- Weight: 0.97 lb. (440 grams)
Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
with SM6 Shock Mount and Windscreen
Shipping Weight: 4.94 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 11 x 7 x 8 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): NT1 KIT

For support or warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer:
Phone: 562-364-7400

Reviewers gave this product an overall rating of 5 out of 5 stars. (6 ratings)
Submitted January 24, 2014 by Robert C in Washington , DC

"Clean and quiet"

Overall: 5 out of 5 stars
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Great mic. Used it with a kaotica ball and got super clean recordings in a normal untreated room. Incredible value for such a quiet and flat response mic. The shockmount is great as is the pop filter. Wish it had a high pass filter onboard. Also only one pickup pattern. For the price though you get more than you pay for...

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