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Rode NT1000 Test & Reviews

Do you need a condenser microphone to amplify, pick up or record voice? I'm back this time to introduce you to one of the best condenser microphones: the Rode NT1000. But in this article, I want to share with you my opinions as a studio recording enthusiast. So, how good is the Rode NT1000 rigid capsule condenser microphone?

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Rode NT1000 microphone overview

The Rode NT1000 is primarily a directional microphone with a cardioid mode. Its dynamic description suggests a microphone with a large diaphragm and a good response curve..

So, it is indeed a kind of microphone that you can use as studio or live recording equipment. But I recommend it more as a studio microphone than a live micro-USB.

Compared to other dynamic and condenser microphones from Rode, this one is no match for the rest. In fact, it is just as good as an external Rode NT USB or a Rode NT1 to pick up sound sources.

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Your NT1000 offers a highly functional audio interface able to condense all kinds of sound waves. It then transforms them into an electrical signal once it has properly recorded the vibrations emitted by these sources.

The NT1000 omnidirectional microphone uses the same capsule as the Rode NTK model. By the way, I have noticed several similarities between these two condenser microphones. So I’m not surprised that the type of noise transmitted is very similar. The capacitor, the recorder and the amplifier they use have the same characteristics.

In the end, you get a microphone level as good as that offered by an NTK USB microphone. In front of the microphones, the electrostatic vibrations picked up are much more pronounced to achieve a better sound quality from the speaker.

Un microphone directionnel à directivité cardioïde.
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Rode NT1000 building

Rode has gone well beyond its limits in building the NT1000 studio condenser microphone. In general, the stand microphone follows the typical style of Rode condenser microphones. At this point, it takes on an industrial design with metal parts, but places more emphasis on cutting edge details.

Shock-proof, the whole of its external surfaces keeps a rigid and resistant aspect. You get a rustic ambient microphone that mixes and picks up sounds with durable capsules.

Rode NT1000


The NT1000 studio microphone has nickel-plated and satin-finished surfaces. Apparently, its finishes, threads and basket grids look good. Also, its metal mesh retains a slightly silver-gold look under the reflection of light.

Combined with your usual acoustic instruments, the Rode NT1000 will easily adapt to their style. Buying a microphone of this type is like buying a quality vocal pickup that is true to the original sound.

You are more the type to appreciate black dynamic microphone models? Well, this wireless lavalier microphone is also available in this color. So enjoy the clean look of its Black Edition version and its unaltered sound pressure.

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Professional microphones with Rode’s Dot signature

Focus on the circuit board of the wireless microphone. I can’t help but appreciate its build quality, its improved output level and its versatility. The Rode NT1000 microphone has all the makings of professional home studio recording equipment.

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A last element that I do not forget to specify, it welcomes a famous signature Dot typical of Rode microphones. Indeed, all the voice recording devices of the brand have this symbol.

This is a gooseneck metal dot on the top. And to top it all off, your vocal instrument comes from Australia, guaranteeing a high quality sound transformer without percussion.

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A 1” condenser capsule microphone

While some condenser microphones may be so in name only, the Rode NT1000 is one in design. Your Rode vocal microphone has a highly functional electrostatic condenser.

This converter records the bandwidth via a magnet bias and then converts it into an electrical signal. The picked up vibrations without pop filter are free of handling noise. This means that you get the best possible sound pressure.

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The transducer and attenuator of the microphone consist of a gold vaporized diaphragm. This static ribbon diaphragm is not directly connected to the internal elements of the professional ribbon microphone. The high and low frequency voltage is picked up at the edges of the magnetic directional microphone.

All in all, I enjoy a 1 inch condenser capsule without electret.

You must still use a mixing console to operate it properly. The NT1000 condenser microphone requires an external phantom power supply to provide sufficient electrical power.

The phantom power supply will be used to power the dynamics of the sound card and to amplify the dynamics of its moving coil. This phantom power supply by USB cable must reach 48 volts, otherwise the sound diagram will be of poor quality.

Le NT1000 de Rode présente une légère atténuation du champ magnétique.
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Rode NT1000, a cardioid pattern microphone

The sound recording that a USB microphone is measured from its polar pattern. In the case of the Rode NT1000 vocal microphone, I note the presence of a cardioid acoustic directivity. This analog characteristic of the device results in a better sound quality.

Your studio recording microphone projects sounds that are more or less faithful to the characteristics of the sound source. With a Rode microphone, you will always notice that little touch of originality in your voice.

This detail apparently comes from the directivity of the stereo microphone. Whether bidirectional or directional, the frequency response pattern seems sharper and closer to the original.

Rode NT1000


The frequencies picked up and returned by the microphone converter and switch remain stable. The graphs produced are spread over impedance ranges from 0.5 KHZ to 4 kHz. The high frequencies are therefore more perceptible than the bass frequencies, no matter what angle the microphone input is at in relation to the sound wave.

In omnidirectional picking up, the Rode NT1000 has a slight attenuation of the magnetic field. In fact, the pressure levels are reduced by 100 Hz. This is understandable given the distance between the radio microphone and your acoustic guitar.

You also get a better proximity effect and background noise reduction. By the way, this is why I highly recommend this handheld microphone to podcasters, voice-over artists, gamers…

It is also perfect for beginners in the recording studio who often record with acoustic instruments.

Rode NT1000 produit un meilleur effet de proximité
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Low noise microphone based on a transistor circuit

The Rode NT1000 podcast microphone uses a transistor circuit to convert vibrations into perceptible sound. This conversion is accomplished by means of a JFET cable and special connectors.

Once the connector is plugged in, the microphone sensitivity is activated. You can see this by plugging in your headphones.

The NT1000 Rode starts at a value of 15 Mv/Pa and emits delicate noises of 6 dB. In this context, I became more and more interested in its dynamic range. The data sheets that Rode proposes concerning this model specify a maximum range of 134 dB, a limit that remains acceptable.

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As for the sound pressure level, it is estimated at 140 dB for 0.5% distortion. Thus, handling noises are reduced as much as possible to leave room for better static rendering in studios.

Focus on the frequency response, it ranges from 20 Hz to 20 kHz. This range considers all kinds of sound sources, including the lowest voices. Every vibration in the vicinity of the microphone is perceptible, regardless of the distance to the preamp.

By getting behind the microphone, you hear more natural, authentic and technically flawless sounds.

Package de Rode NT1000
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By the way, you can also consult our complete test guide and review of the AKG P420 microphone. Discover all you need to know about this condenser microphone in this guide.

The Rode NT1000 microphone compared to the NTK and NT1 microphones ?

How good is the Rode NT1000 microphone compared to the Rode NT USB model, NTK and NT1 ? In my opinion, the pro microphone sounds as smooth as the NTK dynamic microphone. It also maintains a smooth bandwidth picking up aspect, just like the Rode NT1 microphone.

Nevertheless, the proximity effect it offers is slightly inferior to that of the NTK. For me, the NTK remains one of the best tube microphones on the market.

Rode NT1000


Technical features of the Rode NT1000

  • Type :condenser microphone
  • Brand: Rode
  • Directivity: cardioid
  • Max SPL : 140 dB
  • Output level: 13 mV
  • Noise level: 6 dB
  • Capsule: 1 inch
  • Output impedance : 100 ohms
  • Frequency response: 20 Hz – 20 kHz
  • Phantom power supply: 48 volts
  • Weight: 682 g
  • Dimensions: 209 x 54 x 54 mm
Our Global Review

Global Sound Quality

4,0 /5

Quality / Price ratio

4,8 /5

Overall Score

4,5 /5

Rode NT1000 microphone review

The Rode NT1000 condenser microphone is an excellent home studio microphone. It allows you to record and amplify voices from a variety of sound sources with a maximum SPL of 140 dB. In addition, Rode offers a warranty of up to 10 years on this professional condenser microphone. 

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