The NT1-A has been the point of reference and comparison in the recording industry. The NT1-A is everything you need to get professional sound, whether in a home studio or a recording booth. It has a cardioid polar pattern and offers a wide dynamic sound range hence suitable for a variety of voices. It also has a large 1″ capsule with a gold-plated diaphragm giving the mic a bit of character. With its exceptionally smooth frequency response, ultra-low self-noise and tight cardioid polar pattern, NT1 is the go-to microphone for a wide range of vocalists. Offering the sought-after sound of classic studio microphones while exhibiting extremely low noise, it’s ideal for everything from pop, rock and hip-hop to podcasting and voice-over applications.
However, you cannot use the XLR and the USB together, nor can you use the 32-bit float mode together with the DSP effects. According to RØDE, with over six million units sold (certainly they mean all versions of the NT1), the NT1 is the world’s most popular studio microphone and boasts a legacy that few can match. Since its release more than 30 years ago, the microphone has gone through multiple transformations, including the NT1-A and innovative fourth generation NT1, both of which are used by countless creators today. I will clarify that the “unclippable” part is true as long as the sound source doesn’t surpass the NT1 5th generation’s maximum SPL (sound pressure level) of 142 dB, which is indeed quite loud.
How to Connect Your VideoMic NTG to iOS Devices, Including iPhones and iPads
This handy little device is super easy to use and is compatible with almost any mobile device via its universal USB output. It features two inputs for connecting two microphones (more on this shortly) and a headphone output for monitoring your audio. It is also compatible with our apps, RØDE Capture, RØDE Reporter and RØDE Central, which give you full control over your microphones and more.
The simple notion of recording with more than one microphone to a smartphone has been historically fraught with complex connectivity issues and the need for multiple adaptors, cables and splitters to even get started. There are several microphones in the RØDE range that are designed to plug directly into smartphones this way.
It’s highly recommended that you have a pair of headphones like the NTH-100 handy when recording. If you’re using an iPad Pro, which has a USB-C input, you will need to use the RØDE SC16 USB-C to USB-C cable. Rooms with lots of reflective surfaces, such as hardwood floors, concrete walls, or high ceilings, will introduce reverb or echo into your audio, which will make your video call hard to listen to on the other end. Gone are the days being tied down to grayscale monotony—though the classic black NT1 is always a classy choice. A first for any NT1 mic release, the Signature Series is available in multiple colorways to suit your aesthetic, including black, blue, green, purple, pink and red. Now you can add some creative pizzaz to what meets the eye—and, of course, the ear.
While speaking into the microphone at a natural level (not whispering or yelling), adjust your gain up or down until your level is hovering around the area with two green bars on the level meter. A crucial factor to consider is the importance of monitoring your audio while recording. The last thing you want is to do is make a lengthy video or podcast, only to realise afterward that your levels were too high or too low, or that your microphone wasn’t recording at all.
They also allow you to monitor your audio via the 3.5mm output on the back of the microphone, which is a simple but hugely important feature (more on this below). Despite that innovation, I was very surprised to see (and have RØDE confirm for me) that the NT1 5th Generation does not have any headphone output at all.
They both have a polar pickup pattern hence pick the sound from a single direction. While most mics have a polar pattern that varies slightly with frequency, these two are no different.
The RØDE NT1-A is a dynamic Studio microphone that requires a phantom power of 48 volts. This is by far one of the quietest mics at this price range and has been compared to the Neumann.
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