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The fifth evolution of the Rode NT1 Condenser Microphone comes with a handful of exciting updates, including a first-of-its-kind hybrid output that features both XLR and USB connections. From mixers and interfaces to directly recording to your computer, the NT1 is up for any connection. This mic is near silent, too, offering impeccable low self-noise at just 4dBA plus a super low noise Revolution Preamp for clear, hum-less recording. Additionally, the NT1’s onboard DSP features grant you total audio processing access with compression, gating, highpass filtering, and even more advanced APHEX processing controls. And to top it all off, the NT1 comes with an SM6 shockmount and pop filter combination, plus a couple of cables for a great value that gets you up and recording instantly. Music Experience studio pros recommend the NT1 5th Generation Condenser Microphone from Rode for ultra-clear studio recordings at a fantastic price.

Rode NT1 5th Gen Studio Condenser at a Glance:

  • Large-diaphragm cardioid condenser microphone
  • HF6 1-inch gold-sputtered condenser capsule
  • Smooth frequency response, high sensitivity and high SPL handling
  • Exceptionally low noise (4dBA) – the world’s quietest studio condenser microphone
  • Patent-pending Dual Connect output with both XLR and USB connectivity
  • World-first 32-bit float digital output
  • Ultra-high-resolution (up to 192kHz) analog-to-digital conversion
  • On-board DSP for advanced APHEX® audio processing
  • Studio-grade shock mount and pop filter, XLR and USB cables included
  • Available in black or silver with a rugged aluminium body and high-grade finishes
  • Designed and made in RØDE’s precision manufacturing facilities in Sydney, Australia

    Incomparably clear audio signal

    Rode knows how to build workhorse condenser mics right, and the legacy of the NT1 is a testament to their accumulated trust within the industry. The NT1 is the world’s quietest studio condenser mic, backed by a minuscule 4dbA of self-noise and a low-noise Revolution Preamp to ensure your signal stays as clear as possible, preserving what you want to hear and eliminating what you don’t. Its cardioid polar pattern and large diaphragm, 1-inch gold-sputtered condenser capsule delivers your audio tracks with studio-grade warmth and precision, thanks to the NT1’s extended frequency range. Its sensitive engineering handles high sound pressure levels with no problem and converts analog to digital signals with 192kHz of high-resolution strength and stunningly unclippable 32-bit float digital output. See what we mean by “workhorse”?

    Revolutionary hybrid XLR/USB output

    There are no limits to where and how you can connect the Rode NT1. Courtesy of a proprietary XLR/USB hybrid output design, the NT1 can handle conjunctive usage in various applications, including audio mixing hardware and recording interfaces. Want to record tracks directly to your computer? Switch to the USB-C connection, and your stunning NT1 signal quality is delivered effortlessly to your DAW. This cardioid condenser mic offers pro-level production for studios of all calibers without the limitations of the past inhibiting your studio space or creative capabilities.

    Bundled with the SM6 shockmount and pop screen

    Rode wasn't content to supply the NT1 with any ordinary shockmount. That's why they came up with the SM6 combination shockmount and pop screen. The entire frame of the SM6 is made from an engineering-grade polymer, which provides excellent stability without much added weight. That makes the NT1 incredibly easy to use with any ordinary microphone stand in your studio. A dual Lyre suspension system offers superior resistance to vibration with none of the drawbacks of conventional rubber-band shockmounts. The SM6's clamp is robust and easy to operate, and the pop filter offers excellent plosive protection.

    What RØDE Says...

    The NT1 5th Generation is a revolutionary studio condenser microphone that fuses the classic sound signature of the iconic NT1 with cutting-edge, next-generation technology. It features RØDE’s groundbreaking (patent-pending) Dual Connect output, offering both XLR and USB connectivity for incredible versatility, a world-first “unclippable” 32-bit float digital output, advanced digital signal processing, and more, all while delivering the same warm, silky character, extremely low noise, and high SPL handling that the NT1 is renowned for. The NT1 5th Generation is a true studio workhorse that excels on everything from vocals and speech, to guitar, piano, drums and percussion – the ultimate studio microphone.

    Our Iconic Original Studio Microphone, Reborn

    The NT1 5th Generation is the latest evolution of the iconic NT1. First introduced in 1991, the NT1 is the world’s most popular studio microphone, renowned for its warm, classic sound and incredible versatility. The NT1 5th Generation takes the much-loved and respected core of the NT1 and introduces state-of-the-art features while preserving the legendary sound quality that made the original the go-to microphone for countless creators. A perfect marriage of tradition and innovation.

    Game-changing Connectivity

    Featuring RØDE’s groundbreaking, patent-pending Dual Connect output, the NT1 5th Generation can either be connected to an audio interface or mixer via XLR or directly to a computer via USB for studio-grade, plug-and-play recording. Unprecedented flexibility for any studio setup.

    Classic Sound on the Cutting-edge

    The NT1 5th Generation delivers the same warm, silky character, extremely low noise, and high SPL handling capability that the original is revered for, with improved circuitry for even lower self-noise – an astonishingly low 4dBA, making it the world’s quietest studio condenser microphone. When using the XLR output, it delivers the rich, classic studio condenser sound you know and love from the NT1. When using the digital output, you get this same sound plus a slew of cutting-edge features to further enhance your audio for recording pro studio sound directly into your computer.

    The Digital Studio of the Future

    The NT1 5th Generation features a professional-grade audio interface built into the microphone, which is perfectly optimised to preserve its pristine audio fidelity and also offers a range of highly innovative features for enhanced sound, including our ultra-low-noise, high-gain Revolution Preamp™, high-resolution (192kHz) A/D conversion and advanced digital signal processing. This is so much more than just a studio condenser microphone, it's an all-in-one digital recording solution.

    The “Unclippable” Microphone 

    The NT1 5th Generation features a world-first 32-bit float digital output – a revolutionary recording format that allows you to record everything from a whisper to a scream, the softest guitar to the loudest drummer without having to worry about setting your gain – simply adjust your audio after recording and all the dynamics of your performance will be maintained, with zero risk of clipping or distortion. Gamechanger.

    Versatility Like No Other 

    With its smooth frequency response, extremely low noise, high SPL handling, flexible connectivity options and powerful digital capabilities, the NT1 5th Generation offers versatility like no other studio mic. It excels in any recording application, from vocals and speech to guitars, drums to piano, and can fit into any workflow, from a solo bedroom recording setup to a professional studio.

    Craft Your Sound

    Craft your sound with advanced APHEX® audio processing, driven by the NT1 5th Generation’s powerful on-board DSP. Add compression, a high-pass filter, noise gate, and the legendary APHEX® Aural Exciter™ and Big Bottom™ to your audio with ease using the free RØDE Connect and RØDE Central companion apps. Dial in the perfect sound with the touch of a button using the intuitive VoxLab™ editor or fine-tune each processor using the advanced editor.

    Premium Components, Built to Last

    Made from premium components, the NT1 5th Generation is built to the highest standard in RØDE’s state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities in Sydney, Australia. The HF6 capsule is precision manufactured to sub-micron tolerances to ensure the utmost consistency in tonality and frequency response and is internally shock-mounted for minimising external vibrations. The body is machined from rugged aluminium and is available in black or silver, with high-grade finishes that are extremely resistant to scuffs and scratches, ensuring the NT1 5th Generation is ready to take on the rigours of recording day in, day out.

    Everything You Need to Start Recording

    The NT1 5th Generation comes with everything you need to start recording in the box, including XLR and USB cables, and a studio-grade shock mount and pop filter for minimising unwanted artifacts in your recording caused by plosives, knocks and bumps.

    Unlock More Creative Potential with the RØDE App Suite

    The NT1 5th Generation is compatible with a range of free RØDE apps, including the RØDE Central companion app, RØDE Connect podcasting app and UNIFY streaming app, all of which allow you to configure settings, access the advanced DSP, update firmware and more.

    RØDE Central

    RØDE Central is an easy-to-use companion app for your NT1 5th Generation, giving you access to its advanced APHEX® processing and effects, input gain control and firmware updates. After configuring your microphone in RØDE Central, these settings persist in order to be used with your DAW or other audio software.

    RØDE Connect

    RØDE Connect is a simple and powerful software solution for podcasting with the NT1 5th Generation. Along with offering access to the microphone’s advanced DSP and firmware updates, this software lets you connect up to four RØDE USB microphones to a single computer and features an intuitive interface for mixing and recording your podcast.


    UNIFY is the ultimate virtual mixing software for streaming with your NT1 5th Generation. Route your audio sources into one intuitive mixer, find your perfect sound with professional processing, create completely independent mixes and record it all as multichannel audio for editing in post-production or simply output direct to OBS to stream it live.