Rode NT1 Cardioid Condenser Microphone Review

Rode NT1 Review


The NT1 from Rode doesn’t have a long list of features but it is a budget cardioid condenser microphone. It is the best for new sound engineer and home musician. The microphone comes with ‘Complete Vocal Recording Solution’ with a mic, shock mount, pop filter and a dust cover, while the design is very simple.
People are considering this large diaphragm condenser to be the clearest of all the microphones. It’s very sensitive to sound, therefore it can capture more detail in quiet. The NT1 is claim to have a low, 4.5 dB of self-noise also intimate performances as well as exciting ones. Let’s take a closer look to see what it’s all about.

Rode NT1 Review


The Rode NT1 is very well-built and sleekly designed.

The nickel-plated aluminium chassis and the grille are finished with a layer of protective hard ceramic and an attractive scratch proof matte black finish, no switches, no buttons, no frills! Designed and built in Australia.



  • Large 1″ condenser capsule with gold-plated membrane
  • Cardioid polar pattern
  • Ultra-low noise, self-noise of only 4.5dB (A)
  • State-of-the-art surface mount electronics
  • Available with included shock mount 
  • 10 year extended warranty when you register your microphone


  • Frequency Range: 20 Hz to 20 kHz
  • Maximum SPL: 132 dB SPL Peak
  • Impedance: 100 Ohms
  • Sensitivity: -29 dB
  • Equivalent Noise Level: 4 dB A-Weighted
  • THD: 1%


The NT1 offers good performance and extremely well balanced frequency response for its price and also it has massively improved the sound of equipments like guitars and drums also vocals in recordings. It sounds clean with lots of detail it also doesn’t pick up a whole bunch of unwanted noise like a lot of other condenser mics. In conclusion we would definitely recommend it to anyone who doesn’t have the quietest of rooms to record in.

The NT1 has a pretty bright tone, with a bump in the upper mids and top end.

It’s not a multi-pattern mic unfortunately, though that may be unnecessary for you if you’re doing home recording. Usually bi-directional or omni-directional mics can cause more harm than good in a poorly treated room.


A decent large diaphragm cardioid condenser mic should be high on the shopping list for anyone who wishes to primarily record vocals and this new NT1 is one of the best we have heard in the reasonably affordable price bracket so we’d recommend the NT1 if you’re looking to expand your mic closet. In addition its presence boost could add a nice “sheen” to your recordings.

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