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    Rode NT1-A Microphone, Condenser

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    ********** 9.5 out of 10
    Quality:
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    The Wow Factor:
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    Ease of Use:
    ********** 9.6 out of 10
    Features:
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    User Reviews for Rode NT1-A Studio Condenser Microphone


    Overall:
    **********10 out of 10
    Features:
    **********6 out of 10
    Quality:
    **********9 out of 10
    Value:
    **********10 out of 10
    The Wow Factor:
    **********8 out of 10
    Sound:
    **********10 out of 10
    Ease of Use:
    **********10 out of 10
    Manufacturer Support:
    **********10 out of 10

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    By a customer from earthlink.net

    Submitted: 3/11/2006

    Style of Music: Folk Rock

    Experience: Singer/Songwriter

    "Best Recording Mic for the Price"

    This reviewer purchased this item from Same Day Music.

    Sound:
    Fantastic! This microphone delivers everything promised. It is the quietest microphone I have ever used, meaning there is no hiss, air sound or hum! The sound is exactly what your ear hears. So, if you arn't happy with the sound, just remember, garbage in; garbage out!
    Feature:
    Shock mount included, but no cable.
    Ease of Use:
    All I had to do was plug it in and WOW! The mic requires a preamp and phantom power which I don't have in the digital recorder I am using, so I patched it through a PA mixer that has phantom power. Because the mic reproduces sound exactly, you must take care to deaden the room where you record or you will pick up everything from birds chirping outside of your window to an ant crawling across the floor!
    Quality:
    It feels solid and withstood the shipping to my home, so it is likely fairly rugged. I have only had it for a few days, so only time will tell.
    Manufacturer Support:
    Haven't need support, so I can't give you a first-hand rating.
    Value:
    I researched a lot before making this purchase, and I don't think there is a better microphone out there for this price (for three times this price for that matter).
    The Wow Factor:
    Hey, it's a microphone! However, it does look good in my home studio!
    Overall:
    I have never recorded in a professional studio, so I'm not going to tell you that this mic is better than or as good as the thousand dollar mics. What I can tell you is that it is miles above any microphone I have used up to this point. It beats any small diaphram or coil mic in my collection (each of which I paid more for) including Electrovoice, Shure, and AKG's. Those are great mic's for live performing, but are no where near this quality for recording!
    Overall:
    **********10 out of 10
    Features:
    **********4 out of 10
    Quality:
    **********8 out of 10
    Value:
    **********10 out of 10
    The Wow Factor:
    **********10 out of 10
    Sound:
    **********10 out of 10
    Manufacturer Support:
    **********10 out of 10

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    Submitted: 6/5/2003

    "My best buy ever!"

    Sound:
    This product, I have to say, would suit anything. As a mic, it's probably the best quality I've ever used - you can adjust your style just by moving closer or further away from the mic. If used live, it will shriek at a moderate volume, though this may just be my equipment. It's best with a windshield, and what with the need for phantom powering, a good pre-amp is essential. The recordings you'll make with this mic have such clarity that style has to be added afterwards. It perfectly captures dynamics and every last tiny reverb in the room. Too sensitive for the stage - but in the studio, a phenomenal mic you'll be very, very happy with.
    Feature:
    For a single mic, the suspension clasp is useful but there's nothing else there. I wish it had come with a pre-amp, personally.
    Quality:
    There is a little bolt on the suspension clasp with lost its thread within two days. However, Rode immediately sent me a new set of non-wear ones. The mic appears delicate but there are no cosmetic blemishes.
    Manufacturer Support:
    Within two days of my notifying of a broken bolt on the clasp (a very minor problem) Rode had air-mailed me two new bolts and a complimentary screwdriver. Excellent!
    Value:
    Definitely - it was when I bought it, and it was more expensive then.
    The Wow Factor:
    This product makes you want to make music!
    Overall:
    I won't seek a mic from anyone else and when I buy another, it will be another Rode.
    Overall:
    **********10 out of 10
    Features:
    **********10 out of 10
    Quality:
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    Value:
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    The Wow Factor:
    **********10 out of 10
    Sound:
    **********10 out of 10
    Ease of Use:
    **********10 out of 10
    Manufacturer Support:
    **********10 out of 10

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    By a customer from hotmail.com

    Submitted: 7/25/2011

    Style of Music: new country, rock, dance

    Experience: live/studio drummer & live/studio engineer

    "Simpy the Best."

    This reviewer purchased this item from Same Day Music.

    Sound:
    Simply put, this mic records exactly what it hears... your voice, your guitar, any natural reverb or echo in the room, all of the noises in the room, any noise happening outside... basically everything... if what you record with this mic sounds bad, it was a bad sound to begin with or you are doing something wrong with your other gear, it has nothing to do with this mic...
    Feature:
    i rated this mics features as the best because it only has one feature: truely great sound capturing ability. a studio mic doesn't need anything else, and neither do you if you are a home studio guy. why pay for features you don't need and will never use..? this mic records whatever you put in it, that's all a mic should do.
    Ease of Use:
    Simple, plug it in and hit the record button. There are two things that you will need to do for this mic to shine. First, get a good preamp for it, preferably a tube pre with a compressor and maybe an eq. The ART Model 215 Pro Channel is a decent unit for very short money that will help this mic capture everything without clipping your source signal. Second, experiment with mic placement when recording differnt things. You will be surprised at the different sounds you will get.
    Quality:
    This mic is light weight, but rugged. I have had zero issues with it or the shockmounts that came with the mics. I bought a second one because sometimes i like to double mic accoustic guitars and i use them both as overhead mics when i record drums. The gold dot fell off of one of my mics, but a drop of super glue fixed that. You gotta have the gold dot on your mic..! LOL..!
    Manufacturer Support:
    Haven't needed any, and that is the best case scenario...
    Value:
    You will not own a better mic than this without spending thousands of dollars. My buddy has a pro-tools hd setup in his studio with a $4000 studio mic running through a $3400 preamp. That system sounds better than my $200 NT1-A running through my $153 ART Pro Channel Model 215 into my Presonus Firebox into my laptop. If you have all the money, i reccomend his setup, if not, buy this mic, you won't regret it.
    The Wow Factor:
    This mic is sharp looking to be sure, but most importantly it is functional. If you are buying a mic because it looks good, find another hobby, music recording is not for you. If you want a mic that acurately records what is being sung or played, you want this mic.
    Overall:
    This mic is the best, period. It is EVERYTHING that Rode says it is. It is simple. It only does one thing, but it does that one thing exceptionally well. If you really need a better mic, you will need to spend thousands of dollars instead of 200. I have recorded using a mic that cost $1000 on my recording setup and it did not sound as good as either of my NT1-A mics. If i need a third mic for my little home studio, i will buy a third one of these.
    Overall:
    **********9 out of 10
    Features:
    **********8 out of 10
    Quality:
    **********10 out of 10
    Value:
    **********10 out of 10
    Sound:
    **********9 out of 10
    Ease of Use:
    **********9 out of 10

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    By a customer from frii.com

    Submitted: 4/3/2009

    Style of Music: Rock, singer-songwrier

    Experience: Professional musician, project studio owner/engineer

    Rode NT1-A Studio Condenser Microphone Customer Review

    This reviewer purchased this item from Same Day Music.

    Sound:
    I bought this mic for my tiny project studio and I have been using it for a couple years now. For the money it is a very high quality and accurate mic. My band was recording a demo at another small studio and we had a Rode NT1-A and a Neuman mic(I don't recall the model number). In the course of the afternoon we kept coming back to the NT1-A repeatedly for lead and background vocals. We finally ended up abandoning the Neuman alltogether and using the Rode for the rest of the day! I have found it not to be particularly good for recording my high end Martin acoustic. The sound is too "boxy" and not crisp enough. I will try a small diaphragm condenser. I wish Rode made a $200.00 small diaphragm studio mic!! A request to Rode engineers...please!
    Feature:
    This is a very basic mic with no roll off switches or other bling. I think Rode spent the money on making it sound good.
    Ease of Use:
    It requires phantom power so plug it in, run it through your pre-amp(I use the Presonus Firepod) and get out of it what you put into it. No problems thus far with the provided shock mount as described by other users.
    Quality:
    The NT1-A is very well made as a studio mic. I wouldn't even attempt to use it as a stage mic, although our lead singer wanted to get one for stage use...he was very happy with it. I store it in the box when not in use and keep it covered when it is out on the stand and "on break".
    Manufacturer Support:
    Have not needed customer support to this point.
    Value:
    For the ballpark of $200.00 you simply can't beat the value of this mic. An industry standard for the small studio.
    The Wow Factor:
    This is a very simple, straightforward mic...no sexy LED's or switches and is therefore very appealing in its simplicity.
    Overall:
    This mic is indispensable for the small studio. If you have the dough spring for the expensive "German engineering" but keep one or two of the NT1-A's in your studio; you will not be disappointed.
    Overall:
    **********9 out of 10
    Features:
    **********9 out of 10
    Quality:
    **********9 out of 10
    Value:
    **********9 out of 10
    The Wow Factor:
    **********9 out of 10
    Ease of Use:
    **********9 out of 10

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    By a customer from yahoo.com

    Submitted: 4/29/2007

    Style of Music: Rock/Alternative

    Experience: Looong time hobbyist/ "Active musician"

    "Exceptional quality versus price."

    This reviewer purchased this item from Same Day Music.

    Sound:
    Do not equate light weight with cheap. I can find no other reason for reviewers who have said this is a "cheap" mic. The light weight of this mic does not in any way reflect on the quality of its construction, it is very rugged. This is an accurate mic. It hears exactly what you put into it. If you can't record it accurately with this, give up on your dreams of getting it right on a Neumann (or any other ridiculously high priced mic for that matter). This, like any other mic requires careful placement to bring out its full potential. 5-10 inches away from the neck (right where it meets the body) will produce a huge range of tone variations for nearly any acoustic guitar. All of the clicks and scrapes from the pick which are difficult to reproduce can be caught with this mic. Put pretty much ANY pop filter in front of this thing and let singers sceam at it all day long, it does fine. I would not loan mine to you or anyone else no matter how much you cry so get your own. To those in Australia who produce this fine product, GOOD ON YA MATE! I'll get another as soon as I can afford to.
    Feature:
    It came with a mic, a mount, and a carrying case (zippered bag) to put it in, what else would you expect? a studio to record in?
    Ease of Use:
    Plug it in and record. Like I already said, placement is everything.
    Quality:
    Have'nt used it on the road but, didn't buy it for the road. Rode has advertised this as a "STUDIO" mic. Your fault if it doesn't work well outside studio.
    Manufacturer Support:
    Never needed to contact them
    Value:
    Already addressed that, next step up is Neumann or other ridiculously over priced mic.
    The Wow Factor:
    The GOLD dot on mine is much sexier than the red dot on current model.
    Overall:
    Bought this after many hours of listening to other pleased muscicians. This was not a "spur of the moment" decision. Glad I did my homework.
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