The clever addition of a USB-C port broadens the appeal of the fifth-generation Rode NT1, but it is still pro-level — and requires tweaks or additional hardware for the best
The clever addition of a USB-C port broadens the appeal of the fifth-generation Rode NT1, but it is still pro-level — and requires tweaks or additional hardware for the best results.
The latest edition of the celebrated Rode NT1 finally adds digital output — in a clever but slightly awkward way — while preserving everything recording studios and artists love about it. For those unfamiliar, it's a conventional studio side-address cardioid polar pattern microphone, with a high-quality capsule, the traditional three-prong XLR connection — and now, USB-C.The NT1 was Rode's first microphone in 1992, and the fact that it's only on its fifth version in 31 years should speak to its quality and popularity. Unlike USB microphones aimed more at home-studio or podcasting/streaming use, previous versions of the NT1 required a preamp and mixer to adjust things like gain and tone.

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