"Been recording for 10 years proffesionally - one of the finest, truest solid states I've ever hears."
Beautiful low and middle end - sounds a clear, rich and resonant as anything. As it uses FET technology, it's very faithful to the sound source. Stunning on vocals, especially male voices. The highs, however, can be a little harsh but nothing a little EQ-ing/High pass can't fix. On guitar/bass amps, it sounds a little 'hollow' - an Sm57 or Rode NT3 would sound much more faithful. But the NT1000 could be possibly the finest, and clearest and most uncoloured mic available for the price - it sounds as good (if not better) than Audio Technica and even, dare I say, Neumann mics costing much much more. While it's not warm or particularly airey, it still sends chills down my spine - a puchase no one would regret.
Comes with a thread adapter, stand mount and a leather bag. No pattern shift option on the mic. But for this price who cares?! In the end, I promiss you, it won't matter at all!
Fwoah! Man this mic is assembled well. It's robust, has a solid metal body and you barely notice shocks to it. I dropped it a couple of times on a carpetted, but still hard, floor and its always worked perfectly afterwards. I've had this mic for a while and it's never ever failed me. On the road, I'd just make sure you keep it dry.
If you register it, Rode will always be there. I've personally never HAD to contact Rode, but friends have and Rode always helped.
I've played with some Neumann and Audio Technica mics that didn't sound as good as this. This is worth every damn penny - especially if you're looking for a solid vocal work-horse mic. It's never failed me and I've used it on every style of vocals ranging from soft, whispery Jazz to Screamo and Thrash Metal. It always sound great.
The Wow Factor:
The sex appeal is all in the sound. Rode have a winner on their hands.
Overall, this product wins hand down. While in many cases, I opt to use a nice tube mic (Neumann, Studio Project, Rode K2) on vocals, I find that when I track with the NT1000, the sound just has the extra presence and gleam that I'm looking for. Sure, it won't replace the $3000 Neumann and Audio Technicas, but it works hand-in-hand with them and challenges their value (plus it's, like, one tenth of their price!). It's crystal clear, excellent rounded lows and mids and worth twice what you pay.