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Review of the Rode NT1a

February 11, 2010

The Rode NT1a… It claims to be the world’s quietest microphone, and I have to say, it lives up to it (at least in the world of budget condensor microphones). Numerous reviews of it have been done, but these are the most trustworthy:

Sound on Sound Magazine

The Tape Op Review

Tweakheadz

My review: This was the first mic that I ever had, so it’s natural for me to be a little biased against this thing. But it is a superb microphone for vocals. It’s great for any noob because all you need for it to work is an audio interface that provide 48v phantom power and a stand. It comes with an XLR cable, a shock mount, and a pop filter. Makes life easy, doesn’t it? Rode mics tend to be a little bit on the bright side, but that’s aight, cuz female singers and club-styled hip-hoppers  might need that little extra brightness. All in all, it’s a great mic, and I still use it as a standard against other microphones.

Check out Good Buddha, an Aussie rap crew, “take off” with their Rode NT1a’s. These guys are fantastic, and this mic just helps their high-energy rapping come to life with its bright sheen. (BTW…this song gets addicting, so if you find yourself mouthing “it’s the take off, the take off, the take off….” the whole day, I’m sorry.)

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