A fan Tweets to Madeon, "I'm getting a budget microphone this Christmas, vocal melody plans have been stuck in my head ever since I considered it!" Madeon replies, "you can find a rode nt1a with a full pack for pretty cheap nowadays, and that's the mic i've been recording with" (Tweet from 27 Oct 2015).more
For all the times I want to sound extra clean
What can be said about this state of the art Condenser Mic which hasn't already by the probably hundred reviews and counting. Stunning clarity and accuracy, beautiful microphone.
RODE NT1A won numerous prizes and #1's for its low noise floor, good sound and availability. I've got a pair of these I use for ambience and all the rest - vocals, woodwinds, acoustic guitar etc. It's a very good sounding condenser microphone, really warm and musical. The designers aimed for the cheapest design so it has only a cardioid pattern and no pads, but I don't miss that since it just delivers with what it's got. I've seen NT1A's in many studios I've been to and sometimes sound engineers preferred them to 414's, TLM's and other expensive and vintage mics for certain applications. A well-respected general purpose professional condenser microphone that costs way less than it should have been.
The highs are a little too pronounced, and it's not as full and lush as a truly great mic, but for just over $200, it is tough to beat. It picks up everything for fairly long distances, so you want to treat your room heavily, and put up baffles and shielding or an isolation booth or something to stop everything you don't want in your recording from ending up in the track. On it's own, it sounds a little thin, but with a good preamp it shows its full potential. A Tube preamp can help warm up the inherent coldness. If you have the right room or sound treatment, a good vocalist or MC, a half decent pre, good levels and a good recording engineer, this is a workhorse that can do more than you might think. It's pretty much exclusively a vocal mic, though it could do drum overheads if you had 2 of them, or a distant drum room mic for fill. It's a cheap knock off on a U87 but if you are comparing it to that, there's little comparison other than the shape. If you are used to a cheap mic though, this one will feel like a nice upgrade.
Huge upgrade from the Blue Snowball I now use as a desk mic for voice chatting. Nothing much to say about this mic, everything comes through crisp and clean. Would recommend for sure.
Amazing sound in this price bracket, lots of high end, can be more suited to male vocals, but generally really great on acoustic guitars and percussion. Can't really go wrong at this price, next step would be a Neumann u87 or Blue microphone.
It's a pretty great microphone. I haven't used it much yet but for the little while that I've used it, it's sounded great. Still working on getting a microphone stand, so I can't really say much about it in detail.
Great all around mic! Captures anything you put in front of it....honest and clear with presence. EQ to taste and you have a all purpose tool at your finger tips. Did I mention Rode backs this product with a 10 YEAR warranty?? Yeah...you can't beat it. (comes with XLR cables, stand mount and pop filter)
Love mine so much....I bought two.
SOLO CEO Solo Production Squad LLC
This mic will get you the sound you desire. The pop filter included could be better but overall the mic is a great leap into getting serious with your music. Leaps above any USB mic that is offered.