“An ideal first mic for anyone configuring a home studio”: Rode NT1 Signature Series review

Super-affordable, low noise, and it can handle whatever firepower your amp is going to throw at it – the NT1 Signature Series is one magic mic

Rode NT1 Signature Series
(Image: © Rode)

Guitar World Verdict

The Rode NT1 Signature Series outperforms its price range (which is even better value now than it was during the ’90s) with its super-quiet low noise specs, high SPL handling capabilities and crisp, airy sonic personality perfect for modern vocal performances.


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    Even better value than it was 33 years ago.

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    Incredibly quiet (4dB) noise.

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    Can mic very loud amps and volume spikes without distorting.

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    Package includes shock mount, pop filter and XLR cable.


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    The frequency boost at 10kHz gives the mic a distinct sonic personality that some users may not prefer.

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The Rode NT1 microphone – introduced way back in 1991 – played as important a role in the home studio revolution as affordable digital recording technology did.

The NT1 was the first pro-quality large diaphragm condenser mic to sell for less than $200, and it provided very impressive specs and sound quality that significantly leveled the playing field for musicians making demos and low-budget commercial projects at home.

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Chris Gill

Chris is the co-author of Eruption - Conversations with Eddie Van Halen. He is a 40-year music industry veteran who started at Boardwalk Entertainment (Joan Jett, Night Ranger) and Roland US before becoming a guitar journalist in 1991. He has interviewed more than 600 artists, written more than 1,400 product reviews and contributed to Jeff Beck’s Beck 01: Hot Rods and Rock & Roll and Eric Clapton’s Six String Stories.