Rode NT1-A Large-diaphragm Cardioid Condenser Microphone


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Rode NT1-A Large-diaphragm Cardioid Condenser Microphone

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Our rating of 93/100 is based on analysis of 2650+ sources comprised of online reviews and discussions. Under the Pros and Cons headings below you'll find a condensed analysis of what those owners and users have been saying. Feel free to ask questions or add your thoughts in the comments section.

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.


  • 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


Many users see the NT1-A as a great value that punches above its weight in sound quality and how the mic enhances vocals in the most pleasant way. Some users said that the raw tracks might not even need additional processing for broadcast, save for slight compression.


Build quality issues in the XLR jack frustrated some users. Some units shipped with faulty wiring which led to some noise issues.


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.

Rode NT1-A Frequency Response and Polar Pattern Charts:

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

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