RØDE Updates Venerable NT1 Microphone with New Digital Features


Few RØDE products are as iconic or well known as the NT1 large-diaphragm condenser microphone, and now RØDE is proud to introduce its latest update to that popular line of large-diaphragm mics, the NT1 5th Generation. Available in black or silver varieties, this next-generation NT1 microphone combines the celebrated performance of the classic with new USB functionality for a versatile, dual analog/digital workhorse that will make it a go-to mic in any home studio, podcasting setup, or pro-streaming system.

RØDE NT1 5th Generation
RØDE NT1 5th Generation

Featuring an analog XLR connector and a digital USB-C connector, the RØDE NT1 5th Generation represents another major leap forward for this highly regarded microphone. The dual-connection options offer a new level of flexibility, allowing users without an audio interface to plug directly into the computer for recording, podcasting, and streaming duties, courtesy of the onboard 32-bit floating point A to D converter. Of course, if you have an audio interface, podcasting station, or favorite microphone preamp, no problem—just connect the mic's XLR output to your analog equipment and you're good to go.

Behind the protective mesh grille lies RØDE's gold-sputtered HF6 capsule, a 1" cardioid condenser capsule that delivers detailed midrange response with smooth highs and warm bass. The classic cardioid polar pattern ensures that audio capture is focused on your voice during your streams, rejecting unwanted room noises to the rear and sides such as keyboard tapping or computer fans. The transducer itself is suspended and internally shock mounted via Rycote's industry-leading Lyre system, minimizing external vibrations at the capsule level. The capsule is then married to the ultra-low noise electronics, resulting in an incredibly quiet microphone with only 4 dBA of self-noise.

This new version of the mic also features powerful internal DSP, which allows users to apply advanced APHEX audio processing via RØDE's free podcasting and streaming software, RØDE Connect. This includes a high-pass filter for cutting out low-end rumble, a noise gate for eliminating background noise, a compressor for delivering punchy and balanced sound, and the legendary Aural Exciter and Big Bottom effects for rich, broadcast voice tone.

To ensure you get outstanding audio quality from the USB connection, RØDE has equipped the NT1 5th Generation with the Revolution preamp, which provides plenty of ultra-low noise gain to feed the A/D converter. Combined with the high sensitivity, high SPL handling, and massive headroom of the 32-bit floating point converters in this microphone, you can get as loud and rowdy as you want during your digital streams, podcasts, or content creation sessions without any fear of clipping, distortion, or noise.

Of course, RØDE doesn't stop there, and offers a plethora of accessories to let you tackle any task right out of the box. The NT1 5th Generation is supplied with the SM6 external suspension shockmount, which isolates your microphone from any physical factors that may cause unwanted rumbling or vibration. The included removable pop shield protects your capture from pesky plosives and sports two axes of adjustment, as well as a telescopic arm for great versatility. Finally, the mic comes with a balanced XLR microphone cable and a USB-C cable for connecting to your preferred destination, be it analog or digital.

Are you ready to try out the latest and greatest that RØDE has to offer and improve the quality of your productions? Let us know in the Comments section, below. If you have questions, please call us, chat with us online, or stop by the B&H New York SuperStore.