- Product Dimensions: 45.7 x 12.7 x 27.9 cm ; 998 g
- Shipping Weight: 2.2 Kg
- Item model number: NT1AI1BUNDLE
- ASIN: B077Y5C6HZ
- Date first available at amazon.ae: September 20, 2019
- Customer reviews: 43 customer ratings
Rode NT1 Condenser Microphone & AI-1 One-Channel USB Audio Interface Pack
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- Features a sound signature reminiscent of the famous microphones of old while at the same time exhibiting extremely low noise; Ultra-low noise, self noise of only 4.5dB (A)
- Developed for detailed midrange response, coupled with silky smooth high frequencies, and warm, round, bass reproduction
- The removable all-metal pop filter provides an integrated solution for plosive protection that is easily washable and designed to last
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Packed with premium technology, RØDE’s all-new AI-1 single channel audio interface offers studio quality at an accessible price. Available as a complete kit with the legendary RØDE NT1 large diaphragm condenser microphone, accessories and cables, creativity is simply a click away. The AI-1 is the best quality-for-price single-channel interface available, bar none. It’s also incredibly easy to use, thanks to thoughtful design, Australian Made quality - it is the perfect companion to any of RØDE Microphones. The AI-1 allows zero-latency playback by enabling the direct monitoring feature and playback via headphones/speakers with the high quality discrete headphone amplifier. To ensure the AI-1 is truly versatile it features 48V Phantom Power and is class compliant - so no need to install any drivers.
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YouTube is the place I started, and it seemed my go to destination for mics and equipment, was a guy by the name of Mike Del Gaudio, who's channel is "Booth Junkie." Mike is a professional voice actor, and is incredibly knowledgeable, articulate, organized, and does incredible head to head comparisons of various condenser and dynamic mics, and tutorials on "Reaper," a gem of a DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) and a great value ($60 for individuals) with a large community supporting it. He also covers other related hardware, and should be a go to for all newbies, and those looking prior to new purchases. I can't thank him enough for educating me (through his YouTube channel), and making a difficult decision, far easier. First full disclosure, I don't Mike, never met or communicated with him ... but I will thank him soon.
However important it was to choose this NT1 microphone, and the lyre based world class shock mount it comes with in this package, I was still left needing a USB audio interface. Now this is where things started getting tricky. I had watched a lot of YouTube channels covering different audio interfaces (Audient, Audiobox, Scarlett), and most reviews were quite lacking, or superficial in nature. One of the strongest exceptions, and another excellent YouTube channel is "PodCastAge." He reinforces the pros of this interface, super clean preamps, build quality is great, zero latency headphone monitoring, virtually noiseless even at 100% gain, and even strong enough to drive power hungry dynamic mics such as the Shure SM7B. Unlike many others around this price point, it only has once combo jack (XLR/6.3mm) versus two, BUT, it can also record at 24bit and 96kHz, which is amazing. I'm confident you could spend three times as much on a USB interface, and not get equal quality, even if you pick up another combo input, but let's face it, even most home studio musicians rarely record more than one track at a time.
All said and done, this package price of $350 is a great buy, and enough so I splurged on the PSA1 swivel arm. As the mic alone is $250, but for $270 you get the rycote shock mount and pop filter (selling for $70), you save $50 right there. When you buy this whole kit for $350, you save another $60 by getting the AI-1 interface for $80 versus the standalone price of $140. I haven't even mentioned the high quality USB-C cable, the 5/8-3/8" included adapter, and the XLR cable, making this even a better value. And when you register these products at Rode.com, I believe they extend your warranty, and can download a light version of Ableton(?) DAW.
Now I will share that had an issue with an RF capacitor failure in the mic which cause feedback and made the mic unusable after a few days. I called Rode in California, I got right through to their product support team, and was given a short term fix bringing the mic back to working order without sending it in for repair. As well, because of the issue happening so quickly after I bought it, they sent me out a new kit to replace the one I had, and paid for the return shipping of my original purchase (through an Amazon partner). That's how CUSTOMER SERVICE is suppose to work! Kudos to Rode!
As so many reviews have a full disclosure statement, I'll state that I have in no way been compensated by any party listed in this review.
I had tried purchasing a Rode NT1 about a year back but kept getting no signal. I tried 3 different interfaces and 3 different xlr cables and I could never figure out which of the products was malfunctioning. I saw that Rode provided this kit with literally everything you need to get started and so I took it up. Everything was plug and play for me. I didn't need to install any drivers. Windows selected everything on its own and I had NO issues immediately launching a DAW for testing if everything was working. Although, I did check out the Rode website and have since updated the drivers for the AI-1 interface since then.
If you're starting up and looking for quality products, look no further. This gives you everything you need to get started. No more excuses or headaches about what equipment to get!
EDIT: I've been using this for around 2 months now and the audio has some weird glitch going on where the output to my headphones/earbuds will goes robotic for a few seconds whenever audio starts. Not sure what to do about it.
It's been a while since my last edit and to be honest, I don't even remember what I complained about. Regardless, everything has been fine and I've still been using this setup for years now. Sounds great and I've had 0 issues.
Just do one thing, ensure the Rode product is Sold and Shipped by Amazon! There are many counterfeit goods on the market and Rode will only honor warranty when bought from authorized resellers - fulfilled by Amazon is NOT the same as Sold by Amazon!
Its hard to identify where exactly in the signal chain things are going wrong. I ran to the store to pick a 10 ft Monster XLR cable, and that helped a little, as the one included was probably a bit damaged, and the new on was considerably shorter.
The 1/4 inch instrument input was almost usable, but still 5 times as noisy as my Apogee Jam.
OverallI think the most likely culprit is either a defect in the preamp itself, or a grounding issue; however the XLR cable was also inexcusably poorly made, even for a freebie. It has the Rode name on it after all.
For $350 I would have expected listenable recordings. This doesn't speak well to the quality control center at Rode.
I was quite excited for how clean and crisp this set up was supposed to be based on online demos and reviews. I will try one more unit, but this time probably from some place I can exchange it in person. If the next one is like this I think it will be safe to say this kit will not meet even my most basic standards for home recording. Very disappointed. :-(