Rode NT1-A-MP Matched Stereo Pair Large-diaphragm Condenser Microphones
The Rode NT1-A-MP (the “MP” stands for matched pair, so it’s not a different model from the NT1-A) is commonly regarded as one of the quietest studio microphones available that’s still realistically priced for the average person. Low ambient noise is important in recording, because if you’re mic is too noisy it can result in a messy recording.
- Type: Condenser
- Polar Pattern: Cardioid
- Frequency Response: 20 to 20000 Hz
- Sensitivity: -32 dB re 1 Volt/Pascal (25 mV @ 94 dB SPL) +/- 2 dB @ 1kHz
- Impedance: 100 ohms
- Maximum SPL: 137 dB
- Dynamic Range: Not specified
- Equivalent Noise Level: 5dBA (A-weighted)
- Power Requirements: 24V or 48V Phantom Power
- Connection Material: Not specified
- Weight: 11.5oz (326g)
- Extras: Shock Mounts, Pop Filters
The NT1-A is also famed for its wide dynamic range, which in practice means that you can accurately record a variety of different instruments.
Also different instruments occupy different sections of the frequency spectrum, so in order to capture their full voice you need a mic that can pick up the majority of the audible frequency range and this pair has you covered from 20 Hz to 20 kHz, albeit with some roll-off around 15 kHz - see the Frequency Response chart below.
In short, at this price point the NT1-A is one of your best bets if you’re looking for a quiet microphone. There are options available that can capture a wider section of the frequency spectrum, but if you’re recording in an area with a lot of ambient noise the NT1-A is going to give you a clearer recording overall.
If you'd like to see which stereo pairs of condenser mics we currently recommend, then take a look at our guide to Overhead Mics for Drums, Vocals and More.