The Rode NT1 has been a staple in studios worldwide, known for its pristine sound and noise reduction capabilities. But, with its sleek, cylindrical design, it’s easy to miss which side you should be speaking into.

Let’s clear up the confusion.

Quick Answer: The Rode NT1 is a side-address microphone. You should speak into the microphone with the gold dot facing you.

The Side-Address Design: What It Means for You

Unlike end-address mics that capture sound from the top, the Rode NT1 captures sound from the side. This is where the term “side-address” comes from. It’s designed for you to speak, sing, or play an instrument into the side of the microphone.

The Telltale Gold Dot

Of course, there are two sides on the Rode NT1. Look for the gold dot. This isn’t just a design choice; it’s your guiding beacon. The gold dot on the body of the NT1 marks the front of the microphone. This is where the magic happens, and by magic, I mean the cardioid pickup pattern that captures sound.