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New Mod'd RODE NT1a - U87 Alternative
I just received my my modded rode nt1a . The mic sounds flaw ..
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MJE-384K "Roadster" - Capsule Pair for NT5
MJE-384K "Roadster" - Capsule Pair for NT5
$379.00
$329.00
New Mod'd RODE NT1a - U87 Alternative $679.00 $599.00

  • Re-voiced, very low noise (5 dBa) FET / transformerless circuit
  • New, upgraded single-layer headbasket increases openness and reduces coloration
  • New low diffraction capsule mount and base diffusor improve transient response and detail
  • MJE-K47 capsule provides classic "Neumann-esque" sound with sibilance-free top end
  • Plus heavy duty shock mount and pop filter


    Vocal Mic Test 1 "Amazing Grace" - U87 or upgraded NT1a?
    Vocal Mic Test 2 "Amazing Grace" - U87 or upgraded NT1a?

    Gold & Platinum-charting LA session vocalist Oren Waters tested the OktavaMod Rode NT1a mic mod as a potential U87 alternative. Single take, both mics up, recorded by Grammy-winning engineer Bill Pearson at an iconic Hollywood studio. NOTE: You may have to save first then open in a DAW to play.


    A full suite of capsule, headbasket and circuits mods
    transforms the stock NT1a into a U87 alternative.



    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 the congested-sounding headbasket.

    Stock RODE NT1a Headbasket
    Note very small open area at bottom 1/3 of front and back sides

    The combination of the stock NT1a 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 compelling vocal mic.

    This is Michael Joly writing, founder of OktavaMod. Click "buy now" to order a new, modified Rode NT1a "Complete Vocal Solution (with shock mount and pop filter). Mods include my MJE-K47 capsule, headbasket and circuit upgrades. With the cash you'll save with this U87 alternative vocal mic you can take your significant-other on a vacation get-away! Or click "contact me" below and send me your questions.

    Michael Joly Engineering NT1a Mod - An Affordable U87 Alternative

    The headbasket mod, MJE-K47 capsule and circuit mods work together as a system to provide a more balanced and natural frequency response without excessive HF rise or sibilance. Your vocal tracks will sound like you want them to - and not frying bacon ; )

    The new, modified RODE NT1 is boutique vocal mic featuring the MJE-K47 capsule that oozes classic mic voicing without excessive high end boost. Your digital recordings will be better as a result.

    Click "Add to Cart" to purchase a new, modified NT1a "Complete Vocal Solution" set. You mic will have been modified and tested against my vintage 70's U 87 in my shop and studio on Cape Cod. Once you order you'll get an immediate confirmation email. Questions? Just click "Contact Me" - And remember, your purchase is risk-free. best, Michael

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