Rode NT1-A Complete Vocal Recording

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Very good mic for the cost.
Suren, 20.09.2013
Although this model is the most inexpensive microphone in the line of studio Rode mics with a big capsules, it sounds very serious. May be it cannot great records super low end bass. Perhaps, Nt1A is not the best microphone for a very low male voices, but works very well with the average male voice. very high frequency sound stringed instruments like the charango, ukulele, etc..
In addition to a set of quality cable company (very comfortable) pop filter, and 10-year warranty. There is a label on the package that says - made in Australia.
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very good for the price
huge4 studios, 01.11.2019
does the job better than more expencive ones! maybe too bright
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Extremely useful mic
AC 2bb, 01.12.2019
I use this to record vocal lines for music pre-production. It is very clear and present and I have had no issues with it. Great for the money. I didn't expect more features or better housing or anything for the money, so any negatives are really part of the package - this is a budget mic, and it's one of the best at that.
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Good for a start
Bohun, 27.11.2017
I've been using this mic for recording vocals and sound effects. Recorded signal has quite mediocre quality, presence band is quite filthy but, nevertheless, it's a good mic for its price.
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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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Low budget mic
TimHei, 14.02.2014
The Rode Nt1-A is a perfect microphone for recording beginner.
The recording bundle is good at it's price/value relation.
You get a microphone with all equipment you need to start recording.
Including a cable, shockmount and pop filter.
The Nt1-A has a brilliant tone resolution, especially high freqeuencies are emphasized.
I use this microphone in my home recording studio for vocals and guitar amp recordings.
I don't like the way the microphone sounds on male vocals, because of the emphasized frequencies. So I just use it for female vocals.
If one would compare this microphone to a Neumann or something else in this price range, he would determine that there is a big difference in sound.
But in the price range from 150-300EUR, personally the Rode Nt1-A is my favorite vocal studio mic.
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voice over recording
IRL123, 28.03.2018
very nice quality, feels like a far more expensive kit. It is quite heavy when using a boom stand so do plan ahead for a heavy microphone/boom stand or plan for weights if you need to extend out
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good for house recordings
06.03.2017
rode is really famous brand, and they make good stuff, but you need to pay a little more to get a real rode sound quality.
NT1-A is good mic for not so serious recordings. the sound is flat and poor compared to the akg in the same price range (p220).
i have both of them, and the akg is better in every way (sound, and switches for example)
pop filter is ok, but there is no bad pop filter i think, so there is not much to talk about.
it really is quality made mic and it will last for years, but for me, the sound is not very satisfying...
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Very pleased with the microphone
09.09.2014
I purchased this microphone in order to use for vocal, acoustic guitar and electric guitar amp recording, but found out that it also handles low level sound recording very nice, probably due to a low self-noise.
It is very convenient that it comes with a shock mount, an XLR cable and a pop filter, which can save you some money. Personally though I would swap the cable, which is very basic, for a hard case instead of a bag.
The quality of the recording is very good,and it is most probably limited not by the microphone, but by the interface and signal chain that I am using. Nevertheless I have managed to record song demos which included guitars, vocals, bass and drums with very good results. Still, a cut filter on the microphone would be a great addition.
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Rode NT1-A
P.J. H., 22.05.2013
No problems with this, sounds great on vocals and acoustic guitar or almost anything else including piano, drums, skakers and tambourines. Very versatile microphone.
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Good sounding budget mic
Theo M, 01.07.2014
I mainly use this mic as a demo mic for vocals and acoustic guitars, but I've also used it on a couple of "real" recordings. It's fairly bright sounding, compared to my others, such as the AKG C214. It might also sound a bit "tinny" bit this is not to bad and it's very easy to fix with EQing and the bright sound fits certain voices very well.

It can only record in a cardiod pattern and provides no switches for pading or such. However, it sounds great and I'm glad that Røde focused on the sound and build quality rather than compromising these and putting a bunch of features on it.

It comes with a very good shockmount with an attached pop filter. However, I've removed the pop filter and put on an external one, just because I like to have more control over the positioning than the shockmount provided. This shouldn't be an issue for most people though and the pop filter that comes with the unit works just fine.
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Tespit, 15.08.2019
Rode NT1-A gets 5 out of 5 on build quality, it is sturdy and well-made. It is little heavy for cheap mic stands so make sure you have a good stable stand.. I honestly can't say for how many years it will stay this way but it seems it will probably resist the years of abuse... It picks up a lot of floor noises and wall reflections 'though, it demands proper sound proofing & acoustic treatment in where you record. Once you do that (which I did!) it is pretty noise-free and super clean. But if you don't have any precautions, you end up getting a lot of very ugly mud in the 200-400Hz range and that is something you cannot EQ easily.. Also the cable came with the mic is very good, it is very well balanced and noise-free. This is a very good mic to record vocals and especially acoustic guitars. If you don't have enough money in your bank, you can also try Tascam TM-80 which in many ways very similar to this Rode NT1-A and cheaper... and lighter... My overall for NT1-A: 8/10
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Good for vocals but not as versatile as I expected.
The Yak, 16.05.2014
I am just starting out so this is the only condenser mic in my set up. I am getting good results for vocals but for acoustic guitars and drum overheads it sounds a little toppy. But on the whole, I am very happy with the build quality and value for money.
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Fair deal
Stavros, 21.08.2013
For its prise, its a steal! I record all vocals with it. Its a bit bassy but its ok. Needs a good preamp and makes miracles.
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28.03.2015
This is a great sounding mic full of character. Its wide dynamic range is something that makes this mic stand out among the rest for the price range. Iv heard mics that were double this price that in my opinion did not sound half as nice. It is a warm bright sounding mic that provides a clear vocal which is ideal for mixing. Worth noting is just how much bright this mic actually is as it will pick up even the tiniest of details from the a vocal take. Overall the the Rode NT1A is a great starter mic and an even better investment as a mic for recording guitar, vocals etc in the future.
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Good choice
Vusala, 05.02.2014
I think it's the best bundle for the beginners nad not bad choise for professionals also. You needn't to buy anything else for a microphone. It has a good shockmount, pop filter even a cable. Microphone itself is good for guitar and vocal. I think especially for female vocal. I use it for rap vocals and there is a bit more sibilance than expected. But it's not a problem if you put microphone in the right angle you can solve the problem or a bit EQ and the job is done. For better performance i recommend to buy a good audio interface with high quality preams or tube preamp. From cheap interfaces you can choose Focusrite Scarlett 2i2. Highly recommend.
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Great choice for a low budget!
Tractacus, 01.10.2013
I was looking for a good microphone that wouldn't fail me in a home studio-type environment. Rode NT1-A is a fantastic choice considering its price and build quality. It doesn't pick up almost any noise at all and it certainly has fulfilled my needs.
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Great Value Microphone
Notfred, 22.12.2017
This is an excellent mic for the price. Clear tone and great vocal level.
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Naski36, 22.02.2019
Best price compared to quality. If you dont have so much money or you want start your journey with vocal recording/practising then it is the best choice for you. Also if you are good engineer you can make magic with this microphone ;)
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