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Microphone Review: Rode NT1 4th Generation - A Trustworthy Companion

Updated: Jan 19



Hey there, fellow Voice Over artists and audiobook narrators! Today, I want to share my experience with a microphone that has been my faithful partner throughout my career: the Rode NT1 4th Generation. Over the years, this mic has proven its worth and consistently delivered great results for my Voice Over and audiobook projects. So, let's dive in!

Features

The Rode NT1 4th Generation comes packed with a range of impressive features. From its solid build quality to its sleek design, this microphone exudes professionalism. It's a reliable tool that not only looks great but also feels super durable.

Performance

When it comes to performance, the NT1 4th Gen truly shines. It captures the subtleties and nuances of your voice with remarkable precision. Whether you're narrating an audiobook or voicing a character, this mic consistently delivers clear and professional-grade recordings that will captivate your audience.


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Self-Noise

One standout feature of the Rode NT1 4th Generation is its ultralow self-noise rating of only 4.5dB. This means it excels at capturing your voice without adding any unwanted background noise. However, keep in mind that it's sensitive to other sounds in your recording space. So, if you're working in less than ideal conditions (like a small closet with poor acoustic treatment), you may notice a slightly "boxy" sound or an increased pickup of room reflections. As long as you have a well-treated space, it will sound like a dream! If you are working in a less-than-ideal space I really recommend looking at the MKE 600, review - HERE

Frequency Response



The frequency response of the NT1 4th Gen is super flat, with a little bump right at the top end, capturing sound with accuracy. This makes it an excellent choice for individuals with high sibilance in their voice (whereas I have heard the NT1-A, can sound a little shrill by comparison). However, depending on your unique vocal characteristics, you may need to apply a touch of EQ to find your desired sonic sweet spot. I have used it many times with zero EQ and clients have loved it!

Price

In terms of price, the Rode NT1 4th Generation falls within a reasonable range. While it may not be the most budget-friendly option on the market, its performance and durability make it a worthy investment, and it is a lot cheaper than many of the pro-level mics! With this microphone, you'll be equipped with a reliable tool that enhances your recordings without breaking the bank.

Conclusion

Having used the Rode NT1 4th Generation for many years in my career, I can confidently say that it is a great microphone overall. Its performance and reliability have consistently impressed me. However, it's worth noting that in less-than-ideal recording spaces, you may encounter some "boxy" sound or excessive room reflections, so as always, Treat. Your. Space. Well. If your space is less than ideal as mentioned you might want to check out the MKE 600 from Sennheiser, review - HERE

Lastly, I should mention that there is now a 5th generation model available, featuring USB and XLR connectivity and a cheaper Signature Series with just the XLR. While I haven't personally tested these yet, I have heard that the Frequency Response is a little different with a touch of a boost on the top end, Rode's reputation for quality gives me confidence though that they are worth exploring!

Rating - 4/5

In summary, the Rode NT1 4th Generation is a trustworthy companion for Voice Over and audiobook narration. Its impressive performance, combined with its durable construction, makes it an excellent choice for professionals in the industry. Just be mindful of your recording environment to ensure optimal results. With this microphone by your side, you'll be well-equipped to deliver captivating and high-quality audio content. I would definitely recommend buying this mic!



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