RøDE has introduced the NT1 Signature Series condenser microphones after launching its 5th generation of the best-selling NT1 studio microphone.
This version of RØDE’s renowned studio condenser microphone is the latest rendition of a design that has sold more than six million units since its launch thirty years ago. Throughout its history, the RØDE NT1 has become popular among both bedroom musicians and professional studio engineers.
Recently, RØDE launched the NT1 5th generation model, incorporating significant improvements to the mic’s condenser capsule, as well as adding a USB interface and an XLR connector. The USB circuitry featured a 32-bit float digital output that allowed users to adjust the gain level after processing. The microphone also included onboard DSP for sound shaping using various digital processing effects.
This brand new Signature Series from RøDE NT1 carries all the physical benefits of the NT1 5th generation but comes without the USB interface. The NT1 is an exclusively analog microphone with XLR and will be accessible in limited-edition colors such as red, green, purple, pink, and blue.
The NT1 Signature Series presents the same warm and silky character that has defined the NT1 for more than thirty years. The inner capsule is RøDE’s HF6, a 1-inch capsule engineered with utmost precision to guarantee consistency in both its tone and frequency response. Furthermore, the capsule is shock-mounted internally to minimize the impact of vibrations.
I had the opportunity to experiment with the NT1 Signature Series and it undeniably delivers the same rich and warm bass as the 5th generation models. Even when positioned slightly away from the mic, there is an abundance of detail in the midrange of this side-address configuration, while the high frequencies exhibit the same smooth response that is exceptionally resistant to sibilance.
The main highlight of the new NT1 Signature Series is its versatility in various applications. It is not only great for podcasting but also an ideal all-purpose tool for recording acoustic guitar, percussion, electric guitar, and piano.
The cardioid polar pattern of the NT1 Signature Series effectively reduces background noise. In this aspect, it is not as effective as a dynamic microphone, but it surpasses many condensers. However, using it in an acoustically treated room has advantages as it can capture the ambience and nuances of the space.
The new microphone demonstrates a smooth frequency response and is user-friendly. The advanced circuitry allows for high SPL handling, making it a versatile performer in the studio. The most remarkable feature of this microphone is its low self-noise level, measuring just 4dBA, making it the quietest studio condenser microphone globally.
The NT1 Signature Series is currently available in classic black, but it will also be offered in other colors such as red, green, purple, pink, and blue. This marks the first time that RØDE has expanded from black as the sole finish for the NT1 model. The colored versions will be limited in quantity and can be purchased directly from RØDE.
I appreciate RØDE products because the company takes the effort to manufacture the NT1 in its own facilities in Sydney. We need more instances of local manufacturing to ensure the longevity of vital skills. RøDE also provides an industry-leading 10-year warranty with the NT1 Signature Series, and each microphone is bundled with a studio-grade shock mount, pop filter, and a premium-grade XLR cable.
Decision: Although I am enticed by the idea of the RøDE NT1 with its USB interface and 32-bit float output, I prefer using a microphone with an interface like the Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 Gen 4 or even the RøDECaster Pro, where I have the option to apply processing or plug-in additional effects. Creating an exclusively XLR version of the 5th generation NT1 for users who do not require a USB interface is a smart move. The outcome is an even superior version of the NT1 compared to previous generations. Additionally, it is pleasing to see RØDE offering a wider range of colors. For a period, RøDE ran the risk of falling into Henry Ford’s pattern of offering “any color you like… as long as it’s black”. Highly recommended.
Pricing & Availability: The RØDE NT1 Signature Series is currently available and is priced at $159.
more info: www.rode.com
- Acoustic theory: pressure gradient.
- Active electronics: JFET impedance converter with bipolar output buffer.
- Capsule: 1 inch.
- Polar Pattern: Cardioid
- Address Type: Side
- Frequency Range: 20Hz – 20KHz
- Output Impedance: 100Ω.
- Maximum SPL: 142 dB SPL.
- Equivalent Noise (A-Weighted): 4dBA.
- Sensitivity: -32dB re 1 Volt/Pascal (25mV @ 94dB SPL) +/- 2dB @ 1kHz.
- Analog Power Requirements: P48.
- Analog output connection: 3-pin XLR.