RODE NT1-GEN5B Studio XLR and USB Microphone

NT1-GEN5B is a hybrid studio condenser microphone that fuses the classic sound signature of the iconic NT1 with cutting-edge, next-generation technology. NT1 5th Gen features a world-first hybrid XLR/USB output that allows it to be connected to a mixer or interface, or to a computer for direct recording.

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RODE NT1-GEN5B Studio XLR and USB Microphone

The RODE NT1-GEN5B fuses the classic sound signature of the legendary RØDE NT1 with cutting-edge, next-generation technology. Above all, it has RØDE’s groundbreaking Dual Connect output, offering both XLR and USB connectivity. Perfect for connecting to an audio interface, mixer or console, and other audio equipment. Otherwise, go directly to a computer for plug-and-play recording.

NT1-GEN5B Revolution Preamp

NT1-GEN5B features a professional-grade audio interface built in. Also, it uses RØDE’s ultra-low-noise, high-gain Revolution Preamp™, high-resolution (up to 192kHz) A/D conversion. Plus, it has advanced digital signal processing for recording pristine, studio-quality audio. It also features a 32-bit float digital output. It is ideal for recording everything from a whisper to the loudest drummer with no chance of clipping.

Additionally, the NT1 has a warm silky character, extended frequency response, extremely low self-noise, and high SPL handling. This makes the NT1 5th Generation the ultimate studio microphone for a wide variety of recording applications.

Our Iconic Original Studio Microphone, Reborn

The NT1-GEN5B is the latest evolution of the iconic NT1. First introduced in 1991, the NT1 is the world’s most popular studio microphone. Specifically, it has a warm, classic sound and is incredibly versatile.

The NT1-GEN5B takes the much-loved and respected core of the NT1 and introduces state-of-the-art features. Furthermore, it preserves the legendary sound quality that made the original the go-to microphone for countless creators. A perfect marriage of tradition and innovation.

Game-changing Connectivity

The NT1-GEN5 features RØDE’s groundbreaking, patent-pending Dual Connect output. Also, the NT1-GEN5B can connect to an audio interface or mixer via XLR or directly to a computer via USB. Therefore, you get unprecedented flexibility for any studio setup.

Classic Sound on the Cutting-edge

The NT1-GEN5B delivers a warm, silky character with extremely low noise. Also, it has a high SPL handling capability with improved circuitry for even lower self-noise. In fact, it has an astonishingly low self-noise of 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-GEN5B 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.

NT1-GEN5B – the “Unclippable” Microphone

The RODE NT1-GEN5B 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.

Versatility Like No OtherRode Mic

With its smooth frequency response, extremely low noise, high SPL handling, flexible connectivity options and powerful digital capabilities, the NT1-GEN5B offers versatility like no other studio mic. Moreover, 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-GEN5B’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.

Afterwards, 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

The NT1-GEN5B is built to the highest standard in RØDE’s state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities in Sydney, Australia. The HF6 capsule goes to sub-micron tolerances that ensure the utmost consistency in tonality and frequency response. It has an internal shock-mount for minimising external vibrations.

The body is available in black or silver, with rugged aluminium and high-grade finishes that are extremely resistant to scuffs and scratches. Ensuring the NT1-GEN5B is ready to take on the rigours of recording day in, day out.

Everything You Need to Start Recording

The NT1-GEN5B 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.

RODE NT1-GEN5B Box Contains:

  • NT1 5th Gen (Silver/Black)
  • SM6 shock mount with pop filter
  • 6m XLR Cable (Black/Red)
  • SC29 3m USB-C to USB-C Cable
  • HF6 large-diaphragm (1-inch) gold-sputtered capsule, precision engineered to sub-micron tolerances
  • Smooth frequency response, high sensitivity and high SPL handling for incredible performance in a wide range of studio applications
  • Exceptionally low noise (4dBA) – the world’s quietest studio condenser microphone
  • Patent-pending Dual Connect output with both XLR and USB-C connectivity for use with audio interfaces, mixers and consoles, or direct plug-and-play recording with a computer
  • 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, including a compressor, noise gate, two-step high-pass filter, and legendary Aural Exciter™ and Big Bottom™ effects
  • 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 – highly resistant to scuffs and scratches
  • Designed and made in RØDE’s precision manufacturing facilities in Sydney, Australia

Acoustic & Electrical Specifications

Acoustic Principle: Pressure gradient
Active Electronics: JFET impedance converter with bipolar output buffer
Capsule: 1.00”
Polar Pattern: Cardioid
Address Type: Side
Frequency Range: 20Hz – 20kHz
Output Impedance: 100Ω
Maximum SPL: 142 dB SPL
Equivalent Noise (A-Weighted): 4dBA
Sensitivity: -32 dB re 1 Volt/Pascal (25 mV @ 94 dB SPL) +/- 2 dB @ 1 kHz
Analogue Power Requirements: Via XLR: P48
Analogue Output Connection: 3-pin XLR

Digital Specifications

Digital Power Requirements: Via USB: 5V
Digital Output Connection: USB-C
Bit Depth: 24-bit / 32-bit floating point
Sampling Rate (kHz): 48 / 96 / 192
Processing: APHEX digital signal processing (only available at 48kHz sample rate)
Minimum OS Requirements: Windows 10 Mac OS 10.15

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