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Rode NT1000

Rode NT1000

4.2 4.2 out of 5, based on 7 Reviews

Versatile 1" Studio Condeser


6th January 2012

Rode NT1000 by MikeMcD

  • Sound Quality 4 out of 5
  • Ease of use 4 out of 5
  • Features 2 out of 5
  • Bang for buck 4 out of 5
  • Overall: 3.5
Rode NT1000

I've been using this as my my main vocal mic in my home studio for a couple years, not because it's a superb mic, but because I don't have a great mic selection yet.
The mic is described as a versatile, cardiod condenser, performing admirably on sources like a piano or drum overheads. I haven't used mine as an overhead but it does work fairly well on a bass amp or an acoustic guitar.. I can't say it sounds good at all on a distored guitar amp, but It works well on a clean guitar sound, I like it in front of a Fender Twin or Fender Hot Rod with little to no distortion.As soon as you bring in the distortion though this mic seems to clam up and the signal gets thin and "tinny".
Like I said i've been using it on vocals because frankly, it's the best large-diaphram condenser that I have at this point. On some voices it actually sounds pretty good with a decent preamp, on others it just sounds awful.
If you use the proximity effect and get right up on it, it brings a nice round, intimate, in your face full-bodied sound. Nothing spectacular, but i find it works a lot better in a mix this way.
Features are pretty straightforward. Cardiod polar pattern, No pads or filters.
I've got the shockmount for it, which is sturdy and works great.
Overall, I think I will keep this mic even after I upgrade to some nicer condensers just because it does work pretty well on some instruments, and for the vocal types that really shine on it. But in this price range there are better, more versatile mics to be had. Maybe the Audio Technica stuff?
Oh, and the body shape looks good and feels hefty in your hand. It's worth noting that I would take this mic over the more popular NT1a any day of the week.

16th March 2012

Rode NT1000 by Wesma

  • Sound Quality 4 out of 5
  • Ease of use 5 out of 5
  • Features 4 out of 5
  • Bang for buck 4 out of 5
  • Overall: 4.25
Rode NT1000

The Røde NT1000 was my very first Large Diaphragm Condenser microphone and I have been very happy with it. Now that I have become more picky about my sounds I can often find it a little too hyped in the high frequencies. For a low budget mic it is actually not bad at all and it still gets used from time to time. I have been getting good results with it as an outside kick mic. The low end is pretty good and it handles SPL very good.

The NT1000 is a cardioid pattern in side address microphone. The front is marked with a small round gold mark – a friend of mine borrowed it once and said it sounded weird when it turned out that he had it facing the wrong way.
As a vocal mic it is absolutely useful but I almost always get into problems with sibilance. It is rarely my first choice for voice. On acoustic guitar I find it very nice though and the proximity effect can really be useful when you want more body. Still it can be a little too bright but nothing an EQ can’t fix.

The mic comes with a soft case and a mic clip. No shockmount is included but I have found the internal shock mounting to actually be sufficient enough.

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27th April 2015

Rode NT1000 by TCgypsy

  • Sound Quality 4 out of 5
  • Ease of use 5 out of 5
  • Features 3 out of 5
  • Bang for buck 4 out of 5
  • Overall: 4
Rode NT1000

I have had this mic for over a decade, and it sounds pretty good overall if a bit bright at times. It sounds good on my voice (not that my voice is that great ), and I love the way it sounds on my classical guitar. It really brings out the attack and I can hear every detail of my performance, and actually pushes me to play better because it doesn't hide a thing.

Overall, it works fairly well on most sources, and seems to do best on male vocals and acoustic instruments. It faithfully tracks the source with little or no coloration. It is VERY quiet which is a big plus. For the price (I paid $135 used mic+shock mount) it is a great value. I still use it a lot, as much as my Mojave MA-200. It will always have a place in my humble mic locker.

15th May 2016

Rode NT1000 by Chris Hanson

  • Sound Quality 5 out of 5
  • Ease of use 5 out of 5
  • Features 1 out of 5
  • Bang for buck 5 out of 5
  • Overall: 4
Rode NT1000

You'd be hard pressed to find a better general studio mic than the Rode NT1000.
It handles voices and instruments effortlessly. I've used it in live settings to record bands and orchestras (doing a room mix - what the audience hears is what the mic picks up) and the sound quality is excellent.
When recording one track at a time in the studio, it proves to be versatile and easy to use.
It's very affordable, coming in at about $500 Australian. I paid $770 for mine, but that was nine years ago and the price has come down a lot in that time. When I get the dough, I'm getting another one.
It has no features - no switches or knobs - but you'll use your DAW to set the EQ and dynamics.
There are more expensive mics out there, that's for sure. You need to weigh up whether that $3000 mic is six times better than this one. Proving such would be difficult. In a saturated market, it really comes down to the money you have available and brand preference. In sound quality, there's not much difference between any of them.
The only negatives (and these are just for balance in the discussion): it's a little heavy, but that's probably due to the casing; the "dot" on the front could be a little more visible (many people have reported singing into the back of it until they realised).
This is a real workhorse and will hold its own among any mic selection in your studio.

14th August 2016

Rode NT1000 by judahjacobs

  • Sound Quality 5 out of 5
  • Ease of use 5 out of 5
  • Features 4 out of 5
  • Bang for buck 4 out of 5
  • Overall: 4.5
Rode NT1000

Done a recording with the rode nt1000,recording came out great also used the blue robbie preamp check the recording to hear the quality. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hrd1wtHY-ME

7th October 2016

Rode NT1000 by PRad

  • Sound Quality 3 out of 5
  • Ease of use 5 out of 5
  • Features 3 out of 5
  • Bang for buck 5 out of 5
  • Overall: 4
Rode NT1000

This mic is excellent value for the money.

SOUND QUALITY: As this was the first LDC I bought, I have used this mic in nearly every capacity you can think of.

It consistently strikes me as very frank mic. It feels fast, with a hyped and unsmooth top end. I have never identified its self-noise as an issue - it seems extremely quiet.

However it either works very well on a source, or not at all. I've come to appreciate this aspect of it, you can tell within seconds of hearing it on a source if it will work or not - there is no middle ground.

I'm most happy with it where I want honest acoustic takes - It is one of my go to mics for acoustic guitar (where it really shines), banjo, some piano, percussion, etc.

For vocals it is hit or miss - I've had great male vocals thru it which seemed especially present and clear, and also had situations on male vocals where I can't stand the way it sounds. I have never found a female vocalist where it's been my final choice. In my experience it seems to work best on rich, smooth, gentle male vocals which you want to sound very personal.

EASE OF USE: Plug it in, turn on phantom. Doesn't really get easier.

FEATURES: It has none - so I gave it a three. (1s and 2s belong to items with useless or hurtful features). I like it's simplicity.

BANG FOR BUCK: Well worth the price for the build quality - it feels like it will last forever.

It's not a workhorse, but where it works it works very well.

I've bought and sold a fair amount of gear - But I will never sell my NT1000.

2nd September 2020

Rode NT1000 by geoffrobb

  • Sound Quality 5 out of 5
  • Ease of use 5 out of 5
  • Features 5 out of 5
  • Bang for buck 5 out of 5
  • Overall: 5
Rode NT1000

I recently recorded an album of solo instrumental guitar music called The Music of Trees. It was during Covid and was the 1st time I had had to record myself at home and was on a limited budget after buying a few other bits. I had a pair of Rode NT5s and wanted a large diaphragm mic to add to the set up and borrowed an NT1000 from a friend.

I had loads of great feedback about the sound of the album and ideally wanted to buy a Neumann TLM 103 for my future home recordings but it is still out of my budget right now. But then I thought, I know I can get a great sound with these 3 Rode mics so I will go with what I know worked for me and save myself £600 as the NT1000 is currently £300.

Have a listen here: https://geoffrobb.bandcamp.com/album/the-music-of-trees

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