Rode K2Item ID: K2Tube
Large Diaphragm Vacuum Tube Condenser Microphone
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K2 - The New Sound In Tube Microphones!RODE's K2 represents an excellent value in a tube microphone, combining incredibly low noise, low distortion and high SPL with the type of fantastic lush sound you'd expect from a high-end tube microphone.
Amazingly Quiet & Versatile!
The ultimate in pure rich tube sound and performance, the Rode K2 also delivers super low self noise (10 dBA), high max SPL (162 dBA), and mega wide dynamic range (150 dB). Rode's K2 features totally variable polar pattern control for an unbeatable combination of flexibility and power. The Rode K2's legendary sound quality inspires those magic takes in even the most demanding recording applications.
RODE carefully constructed the K2 to deliver the sound and character of the prized transducers of the 50 and 60s. They've succeeded, thanks to the K2's HF1 capsule, a true 1" condenser built along the exact lines of the older transducers, but with the reliability of modern technology! Rode hand selects the tubes for the K2 for specification and sound quality. From opera to punk rock and everything in between, the Rode K2 is literally in a class by itself!
Rode K2 Tube Condenser Microphone Features at a Glance:
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Cheryll, Lott, TX
Reviewsbased on 33 reviews
Easily the best value in a tube mic. PERIOD!
by Shad from Tacoma, WAFor a value priced tube mic this thing is really incredible. We now have two of these that we use for everything from drum overheads to saxophone. vocals, choirs, acoustic guitars, metal guitars ...yo... read more [+]u get the idea.
October 1, 2012
Music Background: 25 year audio pro, national touring engineer, commercial studio owner, sound company owner
Like others have said, the variable polar patterns are such a HUUUGE benefit. I have no idea why other mic manufacturers do this. You can simply dial in how much of the room you want to hear by not clicking on a preset setting, but gradually moving from one polar pattern to another. This simple feature makes this mic well worth its price. It sounds incredible for the money and will take a ton of SPL. If you let the mic warm up really well it turns super silky and just makes everything not just "tubey", but super "mellow tubey", if that makes any sense.
Our mic locker has about 60 mics in it and for the money, this thing simply cannot be touched for value. Some or our mics cost 5 times what this thing costs but there is no way they have brought us 5 times the value of the Rode K2. Huge band for the buck.
I only wish it had a HPF. That would really just make it perfect but that is nit picking.
If you are considering any mic under $1000, save up your money and buy this mic close [-]
Great Amp Mic
by Tom Castonzo from Chicago, ILUsed this mic on my old Gibson tube amp. Sounded warm and gorgeous
March 16, 2011
Music Background: Professional guitarist
Simply Awesome...if you replace the tube.
by KD from texasOkay when I first bought this mic I wasn't completely blown away. It was dark with an edge that I really didn't like. I can see how some people may think the K2 is overrated, but it isn't bad by any... read more [+] means (e.g. stock).
March 15, 2011
Music Background: composer, singer.
Now what you need to do to make this mic really shine is to change the tubes. Look into NOS (i.e. New Old Stock) tubes particularly the Mullard ECC88 (Holland). Perhaps there is something better, but that is the one that I got and it works wonderfully. The mic overall is much improved and the annoying peak is gone.
The mic is built like a tank and it will be my "go to" microphone until I can afford a Brauner VMX haha. close [-]
Best Bang for Your Buck
by Matt Chitter from PAAs a small project studio owner, I was searching for the one microphone that I could use on the most sources. After weeks of research, I decided to purchase the K2. Wow. I was not dissapointed at all.... read more [+] If you are looking for an accurate mic, look no futher. The multipattern feature alone is worth the price of admission. Great on vocals, especially hip-hop, and great on acoutic guitar. Put it in Omni mode and throw it over a drum kit. Grab another figure 8 mic, and use the Blumlein technique. This mic is SO versatile, I would reccomend it to anyone looking for a mic that can do more. close [-]
September 14, 2008
Music Background: Recording Engineer, Producer, Musician
I have owned and used just about every Rode microphone for one reason - they work in critical environments and make engineering easier! A pair of K2s were my main overhead microphones in a busy studio that I managed where time was critical. The K2s always allowed my drum sound a warmth and clarity despite the not-so-perfect room. They are so versatile and can wear the many hats that are needed in any studio environment, whether it be a home studio or a commercial facility where bang for buck is important. You will always be happy that you invested in a Rode microphone because it will work for you.
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