NT1 5th Generation
Studio Condenser Microphone
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.
- Large-diaphragm cardioid condenser microphone
- HF6 1-inch true 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
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.
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.
To find out how to record in 32-bit float in your DAW, check out these step-by-step walkthrough guides.
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 a studio-grade shock mount and pop filter for minimising unwanted sounds in your recording caused by plosives, knocks and bumps, a premium XLR cable with Neutrik® connectors and Canare cabling, and a high-quality USB-C cable.
Unlock More Creative Potential with the RØDE App Suite
Custom ASIO Driver for Windows
To get the most out of your NT1 5th Generation when using it with a Windows computer, download its custom ASIO driver. This allows you to record in 32-bit float, control the input gain, change the buffer size, and record with up to eight individual NT1 5th Generation microphones via USB simultaneously.
NT1 5th Generation User Guide
Discover everything you need to know about using your NT1 5th Generation studio condenser microphone in this comprehensive user guide, including how to record with both the analog and digital connections, using the 32-bit float output, advanced DSP and more.
First of all, ensure that both the NT1 5th Generation and audio software you are using are set to 32-bit float mode (note: some DAWs do not support 32-bit float recording – check out the user guide [link] for step-by-step walkthroughs). Even in 32-bit float mode, you can still hear clipping while monitoring if the audio is too loud. Simply turn the mic input gain down and the clipping should disappear. Of course, in 32-bit float mode, you can still record this clipped audio and adjust after recording to remove the clipping.
If you are recording a very loud sound, it is possible you have exceeded the maximum SPL rating of the NT1 5th Generation. Like all microphones, the NT1 5th Generation has a maximum SPL (sound pressure level) which, when exceeded, can result in a small amount of distortion or clipping. The NT1 5th Gen has a max SPL of 142dB, which is very high and will only be exceeded by recording an extremely loud sound source or recording very close to the capsule.