Today I'm talking about possibly my favorite condenser microphone I have tested to date; the Rode NT1 Kit.
This is a higher end XLR condenser microphone which means it requires a USB Audio Interface that offers +24v or +48v of phantom power to work.
If you are interested in this microphone kit, it will set you back $270 on Amazon
What's In the Box
- Storage Pouch
- Pop Filter
- Frequency Response: 20Hz - 20kHz
- Polar Pattern: Cardioid
- Sensitivity: -29dB
- Max SPL: 132dB
- Impedance: 100-Ohms
- Power Requirements: +24v or +48v Phantom Power
Performance / Features
As you would expect, the build quality of this microphone is top notch. There are no dials or extras on this microphone; just a gold dot to indicate the front of the microphone, and an XLR port on the bottom. It has an all metal construction, and some nice substantial weight to it. However, unlike other microphone's I have tested, it does not feel like a tank, so I would be gentle with it. I should also mention that the carrying pouch offers no padding, so it will only protect the microphone's capsule from dust contamination.
The frequency response on this microphone is excellent, ranging from 20Hz - 20kHz. What really sticks out to me is the nice full bass the microphone provides without sounding boomy or muddy, and the crystal clear highs that do not sound shrill or harsh. It is an all around very smooth sounding microphone, and I think it performed excellently on the Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, and Voice.
When dealing with condenser microphones, I'm always worried about the polar pattern picking up too much background noise. This microphone definitely does pick up more ambient noise than a Shure SM7B, however it is not an exorbitant amount by any stretch of the imagination. I even recorded an entire podcast with this thing and while editing had zero issues with distractions caused by room noise.
- Outstanding Audio Quality
- Comes with Shock Mount & Pop Filter
- Sturdy & High Quality Construction
- The price
- The pouch offers no protection except from dust
I love this microphone. It has a high quality build, an excellent sound, and it comes with everything you need (less interface & cables). It is likely even my favorite condenser microphone that I have reviewed to date. That being said, I'm not going to recommend this to everyone.
If you are just starting out on youtube, or just starting a podcast, or just diving into home recording, I would not recommend this microphone. I think that a beginner can get away with a cheap mass produced condenser mic to begin. Down the road if you are still working on your passion project, then consider upgrading.
On the other hand, if you have been working on your podcast, studio, voice over work, or youtube channel for a while and you are looking to take your audio game to the next level, I absolutely recommend this microphone!
If you have any additional questions about this microphone, leave them on the youtube video, and I will try to reply ASAP.