Risk-Free, classic sound from your mic at 1/8th the cost of a U 87
Comprehensive Modification Suite Benefits:
- Re-voiced, very low noise (5 dBa) FET / transformerless circuit
- New, upgraded single-layer headbasket increases openness and reduces coloration
- Improved low diffraction capsule mount and new base diffusor improve transient response and detail
- New MJE-K47 capsule provides classic mid-focused "Neumann-esque" sound with sibilance-free top end
Gold & Platinum-charting vocalist Oren Waters testing OktavaMod NT1a U87 alternative.
Single take, both mics up, recorded by Grammy-winning engineer Bill Pearson at an iconic Hollywood studio. NOTE: You may have to "right click" / "save as" then open in a DAW to play.
Vocal mic test 1 "Amazing Grace" - U87 or Michael Joly Engineering Mod'd Rode NT1a?
Vocal mic test 2 "Amazing Grace" - U87 or Michael Joly Engineering Mod'd Rode NT1a?
Shoot out Score - After 2 years and over 57,000 views, the Michael Joly Engineering mod'd Rode NT1a leads Neumann U 87 - 53% to 47% (more people identify the Michael Joly Engineering NT1a as being the U 87).
Qustions? Michael Joly, Founder - OktavaMod
A full suite of SEVEN capsule, headbasket, acoustic and circuit mods
will transform your Rode NT1a into a U87 alternative vocal mic
The Rode NT1a mod - A Convincing U87 Alternative
Here's the backstory...
...While the RODE NT1a has one of the lowest self-noise figures of any LDC (5 dBA) there are two aspects of this mic (and the earlier NT1) that have always troubled me: the bright capsule voicing and a congested-sounding headbasket - two qualities impeding its use as a go-to vocal mic.
Stock RODE NT1a Headbasket
Note very small open area at bottom 1/3 of front and back sides
The combination of the capsule with its strong HF peak (not at all like the classic K47 capsule used in the U 47 and M 49 mics) and very closed headbasket creates a top end that is both sibilant and congested while the midrange lacks the power required of a world class vocal mic.
This is Michael Joly writing, founder of OktavaMod. Click "buy now" to have me mod your Rode NT1a or NT1 with my MJE-K47 capsule, headbasket, acoustical mods and circuit upgrades to hear vocal mic results you're looking for. With the cash you'll save with this U87 alternative you can take your significant-other on a vacation get-away! Or click "contact me" below and send me your questions.
OktavaMod'd Rode NT1a Mod - Affordable U87 Alternative Vocal Mic
The headbasket mod, MJE-K47 capsule, acoustical upgrades and circuit mods work together as a system to provide a more balanced and natural frequency response without excessive HF rise or sibilance. Your vocals will sound like you want them to - and not frying bacon ; )
The end result - your RODE NT1 or NT1a will be transformed into a boutique vocal mic featuring the MJE-K47 capsule that oozes classic mic voicing (a "beer budget" U87 alternative?) without excessive high end boost. Your digital recordings will be better as a result.
Click "Add to Cart" to purchase full mod suite for your Rode NT1a. The modifications are performed by me in my lab and tested against my vintage 70's U 87 in my studio on Cape Cod. Once you order you'll get an immediate confirmation email. By the close of the next business day you'll receive a personal email with your scheduled modification and return ship dates. Questions? Just click "Contact Me" - And remember - your purchase is risk-free. best, Michael
* Mods to Other Rode Models Now Available!
I haven't made dedicated product pages for all the Rode mods I do here in my shop. But the parts, labor and most importantly - results - are just about the same as what you've heard here. Just write and let me know what you've got and I'll help you place your order. best, Michael