RODE NT1-A MIC: Dynamic Sound

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What is it?
Packed with an awesome set of accessories, the RODE NT1-A MIC is a large diaphragm condenser microphone that’s considered to be one of the world’s quietest studio-grade microphones.

Who’s it for?
This condenser mic would be perfect for someone who’s looking to upgrade either from a standard dynamic microphone or an entry-level condenser microphone.

Style
As far as looks are concerned, it hasn’t travelled too far from the classic old-school, nickel-plated finish on the outer shell. However, it comes packed with a super sturdy shock mount, a mountable pop filter, a high-quality XLR cable and a dust cover.

Usability
Although the RODE NT1-A has a fixed cardioid pattern, it is still fairly versatile. The large 1” capsule with a gold-plated diaphragm delivers great sound across the spectrum, ensuring a warm low end, fairly even mid-range and a smooth high end. With self noise at 5dB-A, it delivers a rich and wide dynamic range. It’s great for recording vocals and acoustic guitars and can also pass off as a decent overhead microphone.

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Upside
Good sound, ultra low noise, fairly priced and comes with a very sturdy shock mount. After testing it out on vocals, acoustic guitars and guitar cabinets, I can safely say that this microphone delivers great sound and dynamics.

Downside
Slightly boomy when placed on-axis, and can sound a bit shrill if angled incorrectly.

Final Call
For its price, the RODE NT1-A definitely delivers more than you would expect. Although primarily a great vocal microphone, it can also be used to record various other acoustic instruments.

What’s in the Box Tech Specs
  • • Shock mount
  • • Pop filter
  • • 20’ XLR cable
  • • Dust cover
  • • Polar pattern: Cardioid
  • Frequency response: 20Hz – 20kHz
  • • Connector: XLR
  • • Weight: 326 grams
  • • Dimensions: 190mm x 50mm x 50mm
Approximate Price: INR 15,000/- approx. 
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