Rode NT1-A Complete Vocal Recording

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Great microphone for this price range
07.04.2016
This was my first studio microphone ever bought. I received many recommendations on this microphone, so I decided for it, and I'm very happy for this decision. I use it in home recording of demos for different bands, so far I used it on vocals, guitars, accordion, clarinet, trumpet and it worked really well.

Pros:

- For 200¤ you get not only a good mic, but also shockmount which can be put on different sizes of threads on mic stands, pop-filter which is very useful in recording, cable, cover so you can cover it when not using it and CD in which different mic techniques are shown on practical example.

- Sound of this mic is really clear, present, with no annoying middles.

- Trying different mic techniques can give you different interesting sounds and colours of it.

Cons:

- Recording vocals too close to mic can give too sibilant sound, but you can avoid this with recording a bit further from mic, or by recording little off-axis of it. Deesser also helps in mixing.

- Sometimes I find difficult to connect a cable with connector on the microphone (clip of the cable doesn't clip well with the connector).

SUMMARY: I would definitely recommend buying this microphone in this price range.
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best option to start recording
Ozhn, 18.10.2018
If you are in the early periods of recording (i.e. vocals or instruments), this set is the best option to begin with. I have used it on vocals and instrument recordings at home and it works well. It does not capture unwanted sounds coming from outside such as cars, neighbors etc. It will give you what you want.

Included shock mount and pop filter are quality products which is nice to have with the microphone. You should be aware that the whole set is a bit heavy so you better pick a solid microphone stand to carry the set.

You should also be aware of the frequency response of the microphone. There are various amounts of boosts above 1k which increases presence and clarity overall. If you want more flat sound, you can check NT1 as an alternative.

Rode NT1-A is a nice bright microphone which will cover your needs in general. If you want to achieve studio quality sound, you can later upgrade your microphone to more expensive alternatives but you will need to have a nice audio interface/preamp and good room accoustics as well.
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A Big Step Up!
Seanachie, 23.06.2019
Microphones of this kind can be very expensive, but I find this RODE recording set perfect for what I need. Alot of Youtuber use it just as a speaking mic, but it is also really good for singing. Don't let the price make you think it isn't worth it because it made a whole lot difference for me. Before this I was recording with my stage mic, but this is much better, it captures the sound really well.

If I stand far away it captures the guitar and the vocal and if I want more details for the vocals I move closer and record guitar on a second line. So its very versatile this way.

This is a very good recording mic. If you're buying your first one I would recommend this one without a doubt. I do recommend a good quality stand with it, its a bit heavier than a stage mic so you will want to fix it a bit better than a stage mic.
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First Class Service
MattieK, 10.02.2019
My purchase of the Rode NT1-A Complete Vocal Recording set was so easy. Personal attention from Thomann and speedy delivery to the Republic of Ireland - Brexit problem solved... thanks Thomann
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High-quality sound with a modest price tag
Rad Rayupov, 26.08.2017
Everybody knows that it is hard to buy mics without any test, but this won't let you down!

This is a great microphone for everyone, who is looking for a high-quality results with a modest price tag. Great quality, very sturdy! Very versatile. It works great on vocals and wide variety of acoustic instruments like pianos, guitars and other strings. Won't give an unnatural color - really clean sounding with lots of detail!

I have had this mic for over a year now (I have two of them now) and I can say over and over: great affordable home studio microphone!
I use this microphone almost everyday (i use this on everything in the studio) and it suits my purposes very well. It sounds like what you put in front of it. It can handle loud sources as well.

It is just like a Premium sounding microphone, and it's like a tank! :) The pop filter, shock mount and and the most important xlr cable are are big bonus.

Have an idea of pros, now about cons. As you may guess, it has only one direction of picking sound (not multi pattern). And sometimes highs are bit harsh (but very rarely). for me that's all.

long story short: it does what it does well.
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Good value for money
Stefriet, 03.04.2019
I got both the Rode NT1-A and the Shure SM57 LC because I was not sure what would be the best option. My goal is to record music at home. I play a variety of instruments, from deep drums to high tuned thumb pianos. The Rode NT1-A is a clear winner over the Shure SM57 in terms of sound quality. It has a crispness that couldn't be beat, especially on the high tone range instruments. On low range instruments it is a close call. So if you're like me, and not sure which one to get, I would definitely recommend this one.

The Millenium MS 2003, which comes in a bundle with this recording set, is not a good tripod for this microphone and I would recommend getting a slightly more expensive (more stable) one.
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Excellent Mic
Lightning Dragon Studios, 11.07.2017
Pros:
Really clear very low noise microphone,
great for capturing high detail recordings,
sounds great on singing vocals and acoustic guitar

Cons:
a bit basic in terms of features as it doesn't have a high pass filter or polar pattern switch,
I would have liked a mic case for it but considering you
get a cable and pop filter with it it's great value

Conclusion:
it's a basic mic but what it does it does exceptionally well it's honestly hard to find fault with it
it's outstanding level of detail and clarity are above anything at this price and rivals mic's several times the cost

i probably wouldn't recommend it for extreme metal or gritty voices as it's a bit too clean sounding but if you're looking to do voiceovers, podcasting or make music involving any kind of singing and want a great tone this might just be the mic you're after, it's clear and pleasing to listen to and has for lack of a better word an "expensive" quality to the sound that most mic's at this price lack, i have more expensive mics but for female singers this is the mic of choice more often than not.
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Am I the only one?
Lawrence B., 17.06.2016
I sold it. Yeah the biggest selling mic ever. I can see what they're getting at, I expected it to sit alongside a mix vocal-wise ad it did but I found the sound a bit 'soapy'. does that make sense?..and it's also disarmingly light..I would not choose this mic to defend myself with.
Having said all that the presentation and the solid pop filter/cradle etc are superb.
Truth be told I sold all my mid range 150 quiddish mics and got a Neumann TLM 103 and a very decent ribbon mic...and a few decent drum and guitar mics..I got fed up with 'average'..
So now it's 'Do it once, do it good'. Best decision I ever took..expensive..I now live in a cardboard box but I don't regret it.
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Does exactly what it says it will
05.02.2017
The Rode NT1-A is my first "decent" studio mic (swapped out my Superlux 205) so I might not have the experience to fully appreciate it. Nevertheless I can strongly reccommend it to anybody who is looking for a great mic at a budget friendly price.

It had no distortions, no noise, clear and crisp vocals (also tried it on a grand piano and the result was amazing; looking forward to trying it on an acoustic guitar), beautiful to look at and simply a wonderful piece of tech to have in a home studio.

One small thing about the Phantom Power for this microphone as well- it also worked with only 15V Phantom (and the recording sounded smooth as silk). Although as soon as I got the chance to use it with 48V, the results were ten times more amazing.
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Perfect
Gurteen, 02.07.2019
Very good quality, not expensive. No cons.
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Rode NT1-A
EugeneS, 05.12.2018
Good mic overall. I am currently using it for VO work.
One may find it a bit sibilant, as the microphone has quite a significant boost in the high-frequency area (this model is sort of "famous" for such feature). Apart from that, the mic is very good at this price point, especially from the self-noise standpoint. It is really quiet.
Consider the NT1 model if you search for a more "neutral" microphone.
Pros: low self-noise, good build quality, 10-years warranty, comes with a shock mount and a pop-filter.
Cons: may not suit your voice, especially if you tend to have problems with sibilance in it.
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denizea, 07.06.2019
For the money you are paying, you can not go wrong. It is pretty clear and colorful.
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Crisply captures an authentic sound.
David7982, 15.09.2015
This is my first condenser microphone. I use it for voice recordings, not for music.

The reviews that I had read suggest that this is a good microphone for the price - having a flat frequency-response curve, and a realistic sound. I agree with this. The sound that this microphone captures is detailed. It has been written that this microphone can capture too much of the crispy high-end sound, I cannot say for sure if this is true, but I am happy with it, but it must be said that the characteristics of your voice can be changed by good microphone technique (changing distance and relative position). Ensure that you have the correct side of the microphone facing the sound source. This side is marked with a gold dot.

The build quality is good, with a solid and satisfying feel. It is manufactured in Australia in some very high-tech facilities. Rode is very proud of its manufacturing process and there are videos available online for those interested. The integrated shock mount and pop screen are also robust. I have the feeling that this piece of equipment is going to serve me well for a long time.

Other accessories include a 6-metre XLR cable and a black bag with gold drawstrings, emblazoned with the Rode logo and a gold dot. I always keep this microphone on a stand, with this bag over it to keep out the dust. The stand that I use is the K&M 21070. It looks great on the stand - ready for good use!

-- happy customer
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WOW.
Zambo, 22.01.2019
I didn't think was possible to spend 100.- and get such a quality mic.
I use it for lead voice and acustic instrument recording, it does its work just fine. The sound of the voice is really sensible, warm and natural, sounds really professional. Love rode mics, that's one of my best purchase in thomann
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RECOMMENDED x10000
Young-Bin, 19.02.2018
Probably THE best studio condenser mic you can get with less than 200 euros. Some claim it to be better than a lot of mics in the 600-800 euro area (and I dont think it's far-fetched). You get a very warm input which works very well for both male and female voices and for a range of styles. The Shock-mount and pop-filter is also of awesome quality! RODE Really knows what they are doing! Even some Professional studios use these mics for some applications. RECOMMENDED x10000
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Pretty much best bang for the buck
Zhengli, 31.12.2018
Just the best all around condensator mic you can get at this price point .

The schockmount is mighty handy to use aswell
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popular but not for everyone.
19.06.2014
Super low noise microphone. This is is very popular and is clearly great value for money but...

Personally I find this microphone to have too much top end - sound a bit too bright and brittle on vocals. This characteristic is considered to be "modern" sounding but personally i find if very unflattering. Can be good with acoustic guitar however when you was to capture the high end.

I have compared it with some lower priced similar mics from SE electronics etc and I prefer some of those. I also this Ribbon mics have a great deal to offer and there are now some great value budget ribbons available.
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High quality yet very affordable
Lagatub LAS, 27.05.2019
Thanks to Thomann for offering this products as this products are really nice and very good start for studio use and I used this also for live mic instruments setup the sound pickup is really amazing!
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excellent choice
seosamhin, 16.01.2019
nice clean, crisp vocal mic. also very good for acoustic instruments. totally satisfied with performance and value.
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Solid mic
AIOcean, 07.11.2018
Great microphone at a great price. Very responsive with little noise. Used for recording vocals in home studio. Feels very robust. Quality at this price point is far higher than expected.
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Awesome One Stop Shop
losforword, 28.01.2019
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In my Home Studio

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It is really awesome mic. Sounds good in Vocal as well as for Acoustic Guitar.

Pros: Super Silent in terms of Noise Level
Cons: Sensitive to room noise. Acoustic treatment in the room might be necessary.

Comprehensibility
Super Solid built quality

Totally Satisfied and worthy purchase
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Industry Standard for a Reason!
bsahin, 31.12.2018
This microphone sounds good on my vocals and acoustic guitars, everything I've wanted in one package! Glad that I did buy it!

I've been hearing the name NT1-A so much I had to give it a try and how it is my main vocal microphone. Such a great build quality combined with a great sound...

The single problem I got with the microphone was with the XLR connector, I had such a hard time plugging the cable in, I don't know maybe it could be due to it being plugged for the first time? It resisted so hard that made me worry that I might damage the connector. It worked out just fine, it works perfectly.
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Amazing Budget Microphone
Renewy, 07.05.2017
Hey guys, finally got this sensational large-diaphragm mic, so I'm here to share my experience.

For a long time I was using cheap dynamic microphones to record my home demos, so this is my first condenser mic. What can I say? Me and my musical friends were amazed by the quality Rode NT1-A provides to us.
Clean, quiet, yet very sensitive sound. We noticed how
good it captures the natural reverb of my bedroom, but not in the bad way, it is so smooth and warm. Rode NT1-A raised my music one or even two steps higher.

I plug my Rode into M-Audio Fast Track audio interface, record my Yamaha FG acoustic guitar and my deep baritone voice. That is the reason I got exactly this microphone. It does great work recording both of them.

There's only one con, for those who record in their bedroom. It will capture the sound of how your wife washes the dishes in the kitchen and other noises, with every door closed. So you'll have to work a little bit to isolate yourself.

Also don't forget that you need mic-preamp, because Rode NT1-A requires 48V Phantom power.

It's such a pleasure to work with such equipment, even though it is just a budget microphone. If you are a beginner musician, you will be lucky to have Rode NT1-A.
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GaryW, 11.06.2013
this is an excellent package,and i cannot recommend this item enough....i bought this a while ago for my home studio,and it has delivered perfect results everytime...sharp crystal clear vocals,when used with a decent pre amp...not only vocals,but i have also used this to capture my acoustic guitar with excellent results and also as an overhead mic to capture my acoustic drums (as well as the traditional 2 overhead mics) and the results are amazing...buy it now,you wont be disappointed
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Albu Cristian, 05.03.2019
Best budget microphone. Very well built, good warranty, excellent sound.
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