Originally Posted by TheSweetener
The NT1A is a great mic (not only regarding its price). I've just done a test for a German recording mag where it sounded very similar to the Gefell M990 tube mic that was the reference.
The NT1 (as far as I remember) was a rather honky sounding mic. Strange mid bumps.
Have only used my own Oz-made NT1 but I would not describe it in any way as "honky" sounding. Rather, I'd say it's got a prominent but somewhat smooth HF rise and a distinct LF roll off, which makes it a good mic for a lot of what I do, but not everything. Prox effect can get some bottom back in but can be a little quirky, with re axis issues.
Overall, I find it useful, it's my first choice among my limited selection for my own vocals -- but it's def not for every vocalist. I got the mic when I was still taking a few clients and I eliminated it for the several female vocalists and the female voiceover artist I was working with at the time. But it was
just what I was looking for for my own vox.