The Rode NT1 (Includes NT1 Mic and SMR Shock Mount) is a studio quality condenser microphone, designed for highly detailed sound reproduction. It features a cardioid polar pattern, meaning that it will pick up sound from directly in front of the microphone and reject sound from the rear of the mic. This pickup pattern allows for recording of the desired sound source while reducing the sound of other instruments or sound sources.
The Rode NT1 is not only ideal for recording music, but is a fantastic microphone for podcasting and voiceovers, as well as sound design. The extremely low inherent noise of the NT1 also makes it perfect for recording very quiet sound sources.