Rode NT2-A Studio Solution

Large-diaphragm Condenser Microphone with Shockmount, Cable, Dust Cover and Exclusive NT2-A Recording Techniques DVD with John Merchant
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The NT2-A is a professional large capsule (1") condenser studio microphone with variable pick-up pattern, variable highpass filter and variable pad. These features provide greater creative control and versatility. Three 3-position switches located on the mic body provide the freedom to step from Figure 8, Cardioid or Omni polar pick-up patterns; from a flat response to either 80Hz or 40Hz highpass filter and a Pad adjustment of 0dB, -5dB or -10dB attenuation. The heart of the NT2-A is the 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 microphones of the 50's and 60's. And just to make the NT2 A Studio Solution a home run, RODE is including a shockmount, cable, dust cover, and tutorial DVD! What an incredible deal!

Rode NT2-A Features:
  • The Australian designed and manufactured HF1 1" edge terminated, gold sputtered, dual 5 um diaphragm capsule.
  • 3-position variable polar pattern: Omni, Cardioid & Figure 8; all controlled on the mic.
  • 3-position variable highpass filter: Flat, 80Hz or 40Hz.
  • 3-position variable pad: 0dB, -5dB or -10dB.
  • Ultra low noise, transformerless SMT circuitry.
  • Wide dynamic range.
  • High strength heat-treated steel mesh head.
  • Durable satin nickel finish.
  • Internal capsule shock mounting.
  • Supplied complete with soft pouch and clip.
  • Designed and manufactured in Sydney, Australia.
  • SM6 Shockmount
  • XLR Cable
  • Microphone Dust Cover
  • Exclusive NT2-A Recording Techniques DVD w/John Merchant
  • Requires +48V phantom power

Additional Media

Studio Microphone Buying Guide

Tech Specs

Microphone Type Condenser
Polar Pattern Cardioid, Omni, Figure-8
Diaphragm Size 1" (25.4mm)
Frequency Response 20Hz-20kHz
Max SPL 147dB
Output Impedance 200 ohms
Self Noise 7dB (A weighted)
Low Cut Filter 40Hz, 80Hz
Pads -5dB, -10dB
Color Silver
Connector XLR
Weight 1.9 lbs.
Included Accessories Shock Mount, Pop Filter, 20' Mic Cable, Dust Cover
Manufacturer Part Number NT2-A Package

Customer Reviews

4.5/5
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5/5

Rode NT2-A

Absolutely satisfied!
Music background: Ac Gui
5/5

Great mic! (Thanks, Dan)

Okay, I don't have the experience that some of the other reviewers have. I wanted a better mic for recording vocals that would break the bank. Dan Van Amerongen recommended this one and another for the same price. The other was more of a "pure vocal mic". We wanted the versatility this offered for recording instruments. So far we have recorded vocals for several songs, and we LOVE the results. Great clarity, nice response, pure reproduction of our voices...what's not to like? I recommend this mic with no reservations.
Music background: Worship musician, occasional gigs
5/5

The next U87ai?

Okay, it doesn't sound exactly like a U87 but it's pretty darn nice for the money! It sounds really good on male vocals and it's very smooth sounding without being harsh. I can usually run this mic though a SSL Alpha Channel with no EQ and get the sound I'm looking for. It's a pretty flat responding mic with the only exception being maybe a small boost (maybe 1 db) at 5k. It may be a little dark and dull for some people if they are looking for a mic that colors the sound. If color is what you want this isn't the mic for you. If what your after is a mic that is true to recreating what it hears, low noise, and great build quality that's going to last, you need to get one of these. I must say this is quite possibly one of the most versatile mics that I've ever owned! The Shock Mount is actually made very well and is a great improvement over the plastic ones Rode has shipped with their mics in the past. As a added bonus, the Rode K2 will fit the shock mount as well! The pop filter works just fine and I rather like the idea of integrating it into the shock mount since it frees up space on the mic stand. All in all this is a great mic for someone that's just getting started into recording but is equally at home as a spare mic in a professional setting. We use one here in the studio for a lot of things along side some very high $$ mics. As I said, while this mic isn't a U87 it can and does hold it's own against the big dogs and that says something about Rode! Great product!
Music background: Audio Engineer in training
5/5

More than your money's worth

For the record, I am EXTREMELY picky when it comes to microphones. I am always trying to find the best mic for the job. Granted, this does not mean that the best mic for the task at hand is always the most EXPENSIVE mic. This brings me to the NT2-A. It is an incredibly warm and surprisingly natural sounding mic. It does not overly boost the presence like some mics, nor does it try to lie to you. It is a very accurate, rich, and balanced microphone. I have used in on vocals, as well as employed its figure-8 polar pattern to mid-side acoustic guitars. However I have used it, this mic has not let me down. Now, would I choose it over a U87, or a c414? Probably not! However, I would choose it over an AT4047 any day of the week. My 5-star rating is for this mic as it competes against others in the similar price range. For the cost, as well as its features and EQ response, it is a remarkable product.
Music background: Professional Producer, Recording and Mix Engineer, BS Degree in Music Production
5/5

Detail, beauty, and precision.

Presently I produce music for hobby, but I set myself a high standard of artistic quality and I expect to go for sale in the near future.Needing a microphone to record my own voice, $400 was the most I could spend.I was surprised (blown away) for how "real" and "pro studio" my voice sounded (without using any EQ or processing).With great enthusiasm I started recording everything in the house that could produce a musical noise.The acoustic spanish guitar was unbelievable (even tough I keep it as a family memory and I don't know how to play)The recording of some ethnic drum felt like it could reveal the fingerprints to the FBI in a TV series.The flute (I've been recording my flute for 25 years with evolving equipment) sounded like "al last I got it". There was very little or the unavoidable wind noise and so much beauty and detail in the sound.Assorted little bells and chimes had the highest high end sparkling with realistic precision and all their magic beauty.By the way, while I was doing those recordings there were birds singing outside and jet airplanes passing by... none of the unwanted sound ended up in the recordings thanks to properly pointing the cardioid pattern, I guess.The included instructional DVD was very helpful.Bottom line, I love it.
Music background: Composer, Producer, Keyboards, Voice, Flute.

Sweetwater Advice

Steve Ploense

When looking for a microphones for my project studio, I had two requirements: It needed to be both versatile and affordable. The Rode NT2-A exceeded both those qualifications! With three polar patterns, pads, and a high pass filter, I can record everything from voice to guitar cabinets to drum overheads. It's made in Australia, and the manufacturing is top-notch. It comes with a shockmount and pop filter which are also phenominal. In this price range, it's difficult to find a better value.
See also: Condenser Mics, Rode, Rode Condenser Microphones, Rode Condenser Microphones