Rode NT2000

Large-diaphragm, Fully Configurable Dual Capsule Condenser Microphone
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$599.00
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Rode NT2000
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Silky Smooth - Totally Variable!

Rode's NT2000 boasts fully variable control - a totally variable polar pattern, a totally variable highpass filter, and a totally variable pad, all located on the mic's body! In this way, Rode has given you the ability to totally customize your sound from take to take, singer to singer, session to session with just one NT2000! If you've been looking for the one microphone from which to build your collection, you've found it in the NT2000!

Rode NT2000 at a glance:
  • HF1 dual diaphragm capsule for legendary sound that works every time
  • Transparent electronics
  • Totally variable polar pattern, filter & pad
  • Requires +48V phantom power
The Sound of Legends!

The heart of the NT2000 is Rode's Australian designed and manufactured TYPE HF1 dual diaphragm capsule. The frequency and transient response of this new transducer has been voiced to complement today's modern recording techniques, and yet still evoke the silky smooth character of the legendary mics of the 50s and 60s.

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Additional Media

Studio Microphone Buying Guide
Rode NT2000 Review
Rode NT2000 Review

Tech Specs

Microphone Type Condenser
Polar Pattern Cardioid, Omni, Figure-8
Diaphragm Size 1" (25.4mm)
Frequency Response 20Hz-20kHz
Max SPL 147dB (157dB w/10dB Pad)
Output Impedance 200 ohms
Signal to Noise Ratio 87dB (A weighted)
Self Noise 7dB (A weighted)
Low Cut Filter 20Hz, 150Hz (-3dB/octave)
Pads -10dB
Color Silver
Connector XLR
Weight 1.83 lbs.
Included Accessories Shock Mount, Carry Case
Manufacturer Part Number NT2000

Customer Reviews

4.5/5
Based on 9 reviews
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5/5

Perfect Mike for your Imperfect Studio

I am a self-taught home studio VO engineer and have never recorded with super-high end gear. Our basement acoustics are challenging, but we have a "booth area" with sE Electronics Reflexion Filter PRO Portable Vocal Booth contained within clearsound partitions as booth walls and some hanging acoustic foam. This mike is really quiet and highly responsive running through an Audient 22, which means your room imperfections WILL show up. The response curve is excellent for VO work, maybe a touch warm in the alto range. The real key is the tuneability. With a little work, you can get a polar pattern and bass roll off that knocks out alot of unhappy resonance from a non-pro sound booth. The beautiful high-end gear probably is better, but I think you are talking about small margins of additional quality (essential for a pro studio) for alot more money, relevant mostly in perfect acoustic environments.
Music background: Learning sound engineering the hard way.
5/5

Great Mic, Great Company

This Mic can do it all. The pads are fantastic and very helpful. Rode warranty is honorable!!! I had an issue 9 years after I but the mic...and they replaced the part no questions ask...Great company, Great Mic
Music background: Music Producer/Engineer/Emcee
5/5

It Broke

It broke. So why did I give it 5 stars? Because Rode Mics went out of their way to make it right. Before I get into that saga, I will say out right it is a beautiful sounding mic. It has a slight emphasis of the lows and highs and a slight de-emphasis of the mid-range, but I tend to prefer that. I like knowing that I am getting the full spectrum of sound, and then If I choose to run it through the EQ to roll of the lows and highs a little, I can get the exact balance I'm looking for. It's particularly nice knowing that the highs are there should i want them. Now, what truly made my happy with my purchase. I had been using this mic for 3 or 4 years when I realized that I wasn't getting the high frequency clarity that I should be. I did a couple test recordings, compared them to a couple recordings from when I first bought the mic and found that there was a very significant drop in high band frequency response. I went to my paperwork to track down warranty information and was disappointed to find that it only mentioned a one year limited warranty. I decided to contact Rode anyway even though I felt like it was a long shot that they would be willing to help me. I explained my situation, and made it clear that I hadn't mistreated the mic, and in fact that I hardly every even moved it once I got it on my mic stand. A Rode representative got back to me and told me that if I registered the mic on their website I could get access to a ten year warranty that I believe they instituted after I had bought my mic. They wanted the original date of purchase (which I of course could not remember anymore) and the proof of purchase (which I had sense thrown away or lost) to register the mic, but accepted that I could not provide them. There are plenty of electronics companies that would have happily used these as excuses to void the warranty, it you could argue that it wouldn't have been unreasonable, but Rode didn't. They sent me an RA# and address for a service department and had me send it out. Two weeks later I got word that they could not fix my mic and were instead sending me a replacement, brand new and sealed in its box. To me, that is a big deal. Maybe this is the norm in microphones or studio equipment in general, but have dealt with other electronics companies enough to know that this level of customer service is not the norm for everybody. I have since tried to find out if this is a common problem with Rodes, and have found absolutely zero reference to this problem online, so it seems very unlikely that this is a design flaw. The reality is that all electronics will have some non-zero failure rate. It doesn't matter if it's Neumann, MXL, Shure, or Rode, a certain percentage of their units will fail, and I just happened to draw the short straw. What matters is what the manufacturer does about the failures, and Rode's approach was exemplary. I would highly recommend this mic, just make sure you keep your receipt or packing slip, as it will make things easier if something should happen to go wrong.
Music background: Hobbyist
5/5

Very beautiful sound!

Ok, ok when I frist got this mic i was not too crazy about it. This mic sounds ok on any accoustic instrument I put it on in the studio. But when it's time for vocals this NT2000 is a beast! It's out of the ordinary straight forword plain dry sound you get out of most mics like the TLM 103 before you master the track. The NT2000 has this agresive full body sound to it like it's a tube mic but no tube! LOL Just pure clean solid state warmth! I've been recording with mic for about over 2 years now, and I can safely say that this mic does have a very versitile sound and many many charictoristic textures you can't out of this mic depending on what pre-amp you plug this into. You can get smooth silky, warm and fuzzy, warm & clean, fully balanced body and sizzling highs... This mic is basicaly ear candy big time! I don't understand why this mic did not receive a Grammy award yet it has the exact same frequency reponce as the Rode NT-2A, this was a more improved version of the NT-2A that happen to win a Grammy award! Oh and when you record up to 24-bit 192kz audio from this mic you won't believe the amount of high quality and detailed sound you get like as if it was some $6,000 AKG or NEUMANN mic! This mic is truly a blessing, in other words the NT2000 was a great buy!
Music background: Recording Engineer, Music Producer, Drummer, Student
5/5

Very beautiful sound!

Ok, ok when I fist got this mic i was not too crazy about it. This mic sounds ok on any accoustic instrument I put it on in the studio. But when it's time for vocals this NT2000 is a beast! It's out of the ordinary straight forword plain dry sound you get out of most mics like the TLM 103 before you master the track. The NT2000 has this agresive full body sound to it like it's a tube mic but no tube! LOL Just pure clean solid state warmth! I've been recording with mic for about over 2 years now, and I can safely say that this mic does have a very versitile sound and many many charictoristic textures you can't out of this mic depending on what pre-amp you plug this into. You can get smooth silky, warm and fuzzy, warm & clean, fully balanced body and sizzling highs... This mic is basicaly ear candy big time! I don't understand why this mic did not receive a Grammy award yet it has the exact same frequency reponce as the Rode NT-2A, this was a more improved version of the NT-2A that happen to win a Grammy award! Oh and when you record up to 24-bit 192kz audio from this mic you won't believe the amount of high quality and detailed sound you get like as if it was some $6,000 AKG or NEUMANN mic! This mic is truly a blessing, in other words the NT2000 was a great buy!
Music background: Recording Engineer, Music Producer, Drummer, Student

Sweetwater Advice

Jeff Barnett

I'll admit that when I first heard about the NT2000, the inclusion of those extra knobs seemed a little bit "gimmicky" to me. It wasn't until I tried one out in the studio that I realized how practical they really are! In particular, the ability to tailor your own polar pattern is very useful when trying to balance the amount of direct vs. reflected sound you want, or to minimize (or maximize) proximity effect. This has become my favorite mic under $1,000!

Mark Maxwell

The NT2000 has been one of the go-to microphones in my home studio for years. As a saxophonist, I have truly appreciated it's silky tone and transparent quality. And, as one who occasionally records vocals and guitars and in a variety of different environments, I very much appreciate its versatility and tonal potential. For example, when I'm recording blues sax, setting the pad at about -5dB backs the signal off just enough so that I can really blow out without distorting the input signal. On the other hand, certain styles - like soft jazz ballads - demand a more sensitive and up-close micing technique; I set the pad at 0dB and the NT2000 picks up every nuance and whisper. And, when I'm going for a smooth jazz sound, setting the low frequency rolloff at 150Hz provides a sound that's a little thinner and more penetrating - just what I'm looking for. For vocals the NT2000 is has a delightful sense of high-end presence without being thin or harsh - very open and detailed. The same is true with acoustic guitar - very clean, bright and full. And having the variable low frequency rolloff is SO handy; dial it up to rolloff at 150Hz and any rumble or bottom end nonsense is gone. Besides the clarity and transparency of the microphone, my other favorite feature is the sweepable polar pattern. No matter what room I'm in, or what instrument I'm recording, there's a polar pattern that accentuates the style and ambiance of the sound I'm going for. Whether its a tight cardioid sound or a roomier, natural-reverb omni sound, this mic helps me find that "just right" vibe. The NT2000 is an amazing value. Reasonably priced, it's a great sounding large diaphragm condenser microphone that offers a good number of great options for finding a large variety of sounds and colors. I recommend it!
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Rob Boyd

I found the NT2000 to be an extremely versatile microphone. I was curious about the variable polar pattern option found on this mic. I wanted to really test the capabilities of that option so I set the mic up in an extremely reflective vocal room to do some vocal tests. The variable sweep was amazing in its ability to tune natural reverb into your recordings. Sweeping the settings between omni and cardiod gave me lots of options in finding the right amount of natural reverb. That option alone makes this mic worth the price. It sounds rich and detailed on vocals but also worked extremely well on acoustic guitar. I only regret not having a large enough space to try it as a room mic on drums. At this price point it would be hard for me to recommend a more versatile "go to" microphone.
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See also: Condenser Mics, Rode, Rode Condenser Microphones, Rode Condenser Microphones