The Rode NT1-a is one of the top-selling studio microphones in South Africa. What makes this mic so popular is more than its low price. It is quiet, versatile and durable. You will be hard-pressed to find a better mic, even at a higher price!
What is the NT1-a
It is a large-diaphragm cardioid condenser microphone. The capsule is 1″ and the diaphragm is gold plated.
The RODE NT1-a has a polished and crisp sound. Look at any forum discussing the mic, and you will find people singing its praises. It is being used to record vocals, choirs, guitars – you name it! The mic has a self-noise level of only 5dBA, making it one of the world’s quietest studio microphone.
While the RODE NT1-a wouldn’t be an ideal fit for drums, it can handle most acoustic instruments and vocals. The mic is crisp and doesn’t add its own color over what you are recording. This means that the sound you record is true to its source.
The mic comes with an incredibly well-designed shock mount. The shock mount holds both the mic and the pop filter firmly in place. This allows for a degree of separation from ground vibrations that could interfere with your recording. To add to that, the shock mount also looks great!
Of course, the NT1-a is first and foremost a vocal mic. Like with all vocal mics, you will need to test the mic to ensure that it suits your voice. This microphone lacks dramatic presence humps and bumps, so it will work with a wider range of vocal types. That does not, however, ensure that your vocal type will work with this mic.
Because of its versatility, it makes a great first-time studio microphone for anyone looking to start building a home studio. There is no such thing as an “all-in-one” microphone. The Rode NT1-a does, however, come as close to one as you will find.