The Rode NT1 has a very neutral frequency response with a touch of added warmth. By and large, it will deliver your voice as it sounds in reality. There isn’t really much going on here in the way of boosted frequencies or artificial sound.
It’s a sensitive mic, with an accurate representation of the voice and only 4.5 dB of self noise. According to many, this is one of the world’s quietest microphones.
A balanced sound across the frequency spectrum
Crisp, flat, but still warm with a great mid-range.
Phenomenal Build quality with a perfect finish.
Built to last.
Low noise floor. This just means the ambient noise, room noise etc. is minimal.
DBX 286S. This bad boy bypasses the need for Acoustic Sound Treatment, as it will process the sound of your voice automatically according to how you adjust the various knobs and controls. Stuff like the on-board De-esser, gain, noise gate, etc. Truly priceless.
Thoughts from Stu’s notepad
The specifications for the NT1 are eerily similar to that of a Nuemann U87. It also mimics the sound of a Nuemann TLM 103. So yeah, amazing price to performance ratio.
The mic is very quiet. You’re not going to have to worry about ambient noise at all like you would with other mics.
The clarity of the mic is amazing. It’s got an extremely clean signal.
You may not need any post production or EQ, given how great it sounds right out of the box.
Even though the pop-filter is sub-par, I would recommend getting the kit just because the inclusion of the shock-mount alone is worth the price of admission.
Unfortunately, Rode says that Amazon is not an authorized dealer. This means that should you receive a faulty product or have any issues, the 10 year warranty and technical support will be null and void. In order to take advantage of the warranty, you’ll have to purchase through a company like Sweetwater, American Musical, Guitar Center, or zZounds. Fortunately, it’s very rare that you will get a lemon, but it’s something to keep in mind.
An extremely flat mic with a crisp response and a warm overall quality. Extremely quiet, rugged build, and low noise floor. Will need some Acoustic Sound Treatment, but very easy to EQ and won’t need much. Rode’s 10 year warranty is ideal, but you’ll have to purchase it through one of the above mentioned retailers.
Presence. The NT1 has a greater presence and body over the NT1A, while still remaining clear, articulate, transparent, and honest. It has a fuller, beefier sound and comes across more focused, tight, and cohesive.
Brightness. The NT1A is brighter than the NT1 in the treble regions.
Natural. The NT1 is much more natural sounding than the NT1A. That’s not to say that the NT1A is bad. It’s just a brighter sound with more sparkle. The NT1 is a bit more subdued and even across the board.
Sound signature. The NT1 is even flatter than I thought. It’s literally a straight line on the graph until around 4k, where it rises slightly and then rolls off at around 15k. The NT1A’s graph is adventurous to say the least. There’s a rise between 100-200 Hz, followed by a mostly straight line until just before 2k. From then on, it rises, dips, rises a little before a peak just after 10k. This would explain it’s bright character overall. So in a nutshell, the NT1 is warmer and more vintage sounding, while the NT1A is brighter and more airy.
Noise. I can hear a lot more background and ambient noise going on with the NT1A. The NT1 is scary quiet, and places more emphasis on the actual sound of the instrument. The NT1A sounds a bit distant.
Price. The NT1 is a bit more expensive.
Frequency Response Comparison
I think it’s pretty easy to tell which mic is better. The NT1 outshines the NT1A in most respects. It’s fuller sounding, with more body and a focused articulation that the NT1A very much lacks. What convinced me was the noise; You could really hear the white noise of the background much clearer than with the NT1, and if the NT1 did have any, it was extremely minimal and almost unnoticeable. Interested in reading some reviews of the NT1?
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