Cardioid Condenser Microphone
The NT1000 is a fixed-cardioid, large-diaphragm FET condenser, described by some as the solid-state version of the NTK tube mic.
The 1'' capsule, known as the HF2, is an edge-terminated, true condenser (externally-biased) design. It is shockmounted within the headbasket. The same capsule can be found in the NTK.
The mic’s amplifier circuit is built using surface-mount components. The output circuitry is transformerless.
Built of a heavy-duty cast metal satin nickel body, the NT1000 incorporates a high-strength, heat-treated mesh head, and comes supplied in a zip pouch with a stand mount.
To me, the NT1000 sounds like a hybrid of the NTK and the original NT1, both of which I had available to make direct comparisons. It alludes to the smoothness of the NTK and is noticeably smoother sounding than the NT1 (which in itself is an unbelievably good-sounding mic for the money), but it doesn’t have the same warm intimacy of the more expensive NTK. This is to be expected given that the NTK is a tube mic, but exploiting the proximity effect by working closer to the mic helps warm the sound up a little more, as does using a sympathetic compressor.
…I was interested in comparing the RØDE NT1000, which seems to me to be based upon the U87, directly to an 87. I was recently able to do so, and was surprised by the results. There is a similar basic sound spectrum, but the NT1000 is a bit brighter… The NT1000 seems to have a boost of about 1 db at 6k, and a wider boost of about 1.5db centered at 12k. This makes the use of eq in the mix a far less likely incident than with an 87, and especially is beneficial in the analogue world, and on distant subjects. The mids and lows seem about the same balance, and the quality of the 1000 is pretty close. Given the price differential, even when compared to a good used 87, the 1000 seems an excellent value.
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The mic was released in 2001.
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(16 mV/Pa; 20 - 20,000 Hz)
| Diaphragm diameter: 26mm
||100 Ohms (Low)||Max SPL: 140 dB
Self-noise: 6.0 dB(A)
|682g (24.06oz)||209mm (8.23'')||54mm (2.13'')||
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