Rode K2

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.

Legendary Sound!
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:
  • Large, gold-sputtered diaphragm
  • Omnidirectional, cardioid, figure-8, and all intermediate polar patterns
  • Continuously variable polar pattern control on dedicated power supply
  • Internal shock mounting for low ambient noise and vibration resistance
  • Wide dynamic range
  • Class A valve circuitry
  • Hand-selected and graded 6922 twin-triode valve
  • User-serviceable with field-replaceable tubes
  • High strength welded and heat-treated steel mesh head
  • Durable satin nickel finish
  • 162 dBA Max SPL
  • 10 dBA Self Noise
  • 150dB Dynamic Range
  • Includes dedicated low noise mic cable, RODE case, shock mount

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Tech Specs

Microphone Type Tube Condenser
Polar Pattern Cardioid, Omni, Figure-8
Diaphragm Size 1" (25.4mm)
Frequency Response 20Hz-20kHz
Max SPL 162dB
Output Impedance 200 ohms
Signal to Noise Ratio 81dB (A weighted)
Self Noise 10dB (A weighted)
Color Silver
Connector XLR
Weight 1.8 lbs.
Included Accessories Shock Mount, Carry Case
Manufacturer Part Number K2

Customer Reviews

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Rode K2 Mic

The Rode K2 large diaphragm condenser microphone is absolutely the best mic that I've ever used for recording vocals, acoustic guitar, violin, ukulele, and djembe. It's very warm and rich. I would have no hesitation in recommending this mic to anyone looking for a great, reasonably priced large diaphragm condenser mic for their studio.
Music background: Singer/Songwriter and Producer

Best Bang for Your Buck

As 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. 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.
Music background: Recording Engineer, Producer, Musician

Rode has gone and done it again

Just when I thought I'd heard it all from Rode, they went and threw me a curve. I had already owned the NT1-A, NT1-A and NT2000, but wanted something with a bit different character. The one element I insisted on was Rode's benchmark non existent self noise. The K2 did NOT dissapoint here. It went further. I finally had a chance to cut some vocal tracks with it a few weeks ago. The clarity coupled with the overall smoothness is something you can NOT describe with words.... you HAVE to hear it. Built like a Rolls Royce and with a superb power supply, it has it all (including that nice long power supply cord which should take you easily from control room to recording room). What a great product for an unreal low price. I truly feel this affords a NO compromise result...
Music background: Guitar for 42 years, Sophomore Engineer

My first mic -- and still the most used mic in my studio.

My first mic -- the Rode K2 -- is still the most used mic in my studio. I've yet to find something that won't sound good on this mic. Can handle very high SPL. This is one LDC that i'm not afraid to use on a guitar amp or a bass drum. I liked it so much that the following day, i got my second K2. Then again, i've always been a fan of Rode mics.
Music background: Session Keyboardist, Arranger, Producer

change a tube for it~2

I have the K2 over 8 monthes, I change many tubes for it, almost every style 6922 u can find in the world. Believe me, Change a Valvo (Made in Germany) Not Amperex made or Mullard made Valvo. Just change a Valvo for it , u will find the amazing, Particully for Female Vocal.
Music background: Producer, Mastering

Sweetwater Advice

Stuart Niven

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.

Mike Defraties

When I wanted to upgrade my personal studio with a great vocal mic, I decided to go with a Rode K2. It's been my go-to ever since. Paired with my Audient iD22, this mic delivers phenomenal clarity. It can easily punch through the loudest mixes, with only minimal processing. At the same time, it adds that classic tube warmth, so my vocals sound smooth and natural too.
See also: Condenser Mics, Rode, Rode Condenser Microphones