Rode Com­plete Stu­dio Kit

Get on the right track with this stu­dio-in-a-box

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Record­ing your gui­tar doesn’t have to be dif­fi­cult, how­ever, for some it is still con­fus­ing. The ar­ray of mics, ca­bles, soft­ware, boxes and but­tons is a nec­es­sary learn­ing curve for new­com­ers to achiev­ing what you re­ally want to do: get your ideas recorded.

Rode’s Com­plete Stu­dio Kit takes the stress out of this by pro­vid­ing an all-in-one so­lu­tion straight out of the box. The kit con­sists of an old favourite in the shape of the Rode NT-1A con­denser mic, the new­ly­launched AI-1 - the first in­ter­face from mi­cro­phone veter­ans, Rode - a sus­pen­sion mount, vo­cal pop shield and even a copy of Able­ton’s Live Lite record­ing soft­ware.

The NT-1A should be no stranger to bud­get-record­ing en­thu­si­asts - since its in­tro­duc­tion it has re­mained one of the ‘qui­etest’ (low noise) large di­aphragm con­denser mics on the mar­ket, and as such pro­vides a bril­liantly clear, trans­par­ent and noise-free way of cap­tur­ing your acous­tic or vo­cals, and is ro­bust enough to po­si­tion in front of your cab too (at sen­si­ble lev­els). The AI-1 in­ter­face takes a util­i­tar­ian ap­proach: a com­bi­na­tion mic preamp (with phantom power to power the mic)/in­stru­ment level in­put socket means you can record one source at once, mean­while, the back of the unit is home to a USB port, plus a pair of out­puts for con­nect­ing mon­i­tors.

Over­all, this rep­re­sents an ex­tremely solid en­try-point to the world of record­ing: you might out­grow the in­ter­face, but for many it fea­tures ex­actly what’s needed and no more. Plus the NT1-A will re­main a de­cent go-to mic in­def­i­nitely.

Stuart Wil­liams

An ex­tremely solid en­try-point to the world of record­ing

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