Rode NT1-A Large-diaphragm Cardioid Condenser Microphone


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Rode NT1-A Large-diaphragm Cardioid Condenser Microphone

Gearank High Notes

Gearank Recommendation

The NT1-A appeared on our recommended list for Large Diaphragm Condenser Mics Under $300 from March 2020 until April 2021.

Rating Source Highlights

Website Source *Rating Value
Sound On Sound Paul White 90/100
Sound Guys Adam Molina 81/100
*Displayed values are prior to the Gearank Algorithm's adjustments it makes when evaluating the source.


The Rode NT1-A is a sister model of the original Rode NT1.

While the Rode NT1 is focused on being as flat as possible, the NT1-A has its own sound signature, accentuating the high frequencies.

What both NT series mics are capable of are great sensitivity while having an extremely low noise floor, with the NT1-A having a self-noise reading of 5dBA.

The NT1-A by Rode is nearly ubiquitous in its presence in many studios around the world.

While it hypes up some frequencies, the response is to the benefit of those looking for a mic that makes voices sound great from the get to with minimal processing.

Although this was previously on our recommended list, there are now more highly rated options available which you can find in our guides to Condenser Mics: Small to Large Diaphragm and Studio Vocal Mics.


  • Type: Condenser
  • Polar Pattern: Cardioid
  • Frequency Response: 20Hz-20kHz
  • Impedance: 100 ohms
  • Max SPL: 137dB SPL
  • Applications: Recording vocals and acoustic instruments
  • Power Requirements: +48V

Polar Pattern and Frequency Response

Rode NT1-A Polar Pattern chart
Rode NT1-A frequency response chart

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