FREE 2-Day Standard Ground Shipping (edit) Get Details

More Info About Free 2-Day Standard Ground Shipping

Close Window
Top Seller

Rode Microphones K2 Variable-Pattern Tube Microphone  

Item #: 
1274115056226
  • Write a Review

The R˜DE K2 Variable-Pattern Tube Mic delivers richly detailed tube sound with super-low 10dBA self-noise, huge 162dBA SPL, and a mega-wide dynamic range of 150dB. Totally variable polar pattern contr... Click To Read More About This Product

Price:
$6990.00
Add to Wish List

QUESTIONS?
Connect with an expert instantly.

Call us: 866-498-7882

 
PICK UP IN STORE Available in: 3-7 Days (estimated) Denver, CO (5.5  mi) Change Pick Up Store


,
SUN:11AM-7PM
MON-FRI:10AM-9PM
SAT:10AM-8PM
  • Pro Coverage Eligible
  • Free Shipping
  • International Shipping
Overview

The R˜DE K2 Variable-Pattern Tube Mic delivers richly detailed tube sound with super-low 10dBA self-noise, huge 162dBA SPL, and a mega-wide dynamic range of 150dB. Totally variable polar pattern control makes it flexible enough for just about any studio task. Coupled with R˜DE's high-output tube circuitry, the K2 brings out every nuance while handling the loudest sources from cranked-up stacks to screaming vocals. Includes plastic molded travel case, power supply with 30' cable, and SM2 shockmount.

It requires phantom power.

Features
  • Richly detailed tube sound
  • Super-low 10dBA self-noise
  • Huge 162dBA SPL
  • Mega-wide dynamic range of 150dB
Warranty
MANUFACTURER'S WARRANTY
One year warranty.


GUITAR CENTER'S PRO COVERAGE
Pro Coverage gives you added warranty protection for your new gear. Stepping in where the manufacturer's "normal wear and tear" coverage ends, our Pro Coverage program offers you upgraded coverage if your product ever fails Read More.

Pro Coverage includes
  • Accidental damage protection (new gear only)
  • Expedited repair
  • Free shipping (for returns or repairs)
  • 100% coverage for commercial use
  • Extended return period
  • Extended price protection
  • No lemon guarantee
  • Free transfer of coverage to a new owner
  • Repair costs covered for up to three years from date of purchase
  • Repair authorization-toll-free by phone or via the web
  • Customer Reviews
Loading....

Review Snapshot

by PowerReviews
Rode MicrophonesK2 Variable-Pattern Tube Microphone
 
4.7

(based on 26 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (24)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Good mic, but know the truth.

I know you guys just want simple and easy "this mic rules!", "beats mics costing three times as much" reviews. This is not a phony review....Read complete review

I know you guys just want simple and easy "this mic rules!", "beats mics costing three times as much" reviews. This is not a phony review. I've owned this mic for about four years now. I was concerned about the reviews currently about this mic. They seem VERY misguided and misinformed. This mic is NOTHING like a Neumann. For one thing this mic is a transformerless tube mic, which means they've designed it to sound like a FET mic on the top end and a tube mic on the bottom end. So if you're looking for a classic vintage tube mic sound, this actually isn't it. Its much more modern than you'd probably expect. No Neumann tube mic is transformerless for that very reason. Most people associate a tube mic as having a very mellow top end because of the harmonic distortion created by the tube, this mic does not have that. Its airy and can be somewhat sibilant depending on your source. Now having said all that here's what I can tell you about this mic. Its fantastic for when you need to beef something up a bit. It has a fairly exaggerated low end. So this isn't a favorite for acoustic guitars, but is definitely a top pic for say bass cabs, room sounds, baritone singers, smaller acoustic instruments that lack body, females singing in a lower register, etc, etc. You get the idea. So it certainly can handle many of the same tasks a traditional tube mic would. But its going to sound a little less "vibey" or "colorful". I've also had fantastic results for voice over work because the low end is so warm. If you're looking for an all around great mic that will give you good results on everything, I would suggest looking at an AKG C series mic, 414s will never sound "bad". But if you're trying to fill out your locker and need something that handles the aforementioned tasks exceptionally well, this is a solid mic thats built to the highest manufacturing standards possible. Rode's a made with Medical Grade machinery, it simply does not get better than that. Same type of manufacturing that Apple uses.

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

A Terrible Match!!

I don't get it. I've used other Rode microphones with great results, but not this one. First of all, it doesn't even sound like a tube mic. Having used the Rode NTK...Read complete review

I don't get it. I've used other Rode microphones with great results, but not this one. First of all, it doesn't even sound like a tube mic. Having used the Rode NTK on several occasions, I was hoping for something similar but with adjustable patterns. No such luck, the NTK and the K2 don't even sound related. There is no warmth at all. There's not much low end. The only thing I could hear were the upper mids. As a matter of fact, this is the worst vocal microphone I have ever sang through. In the microphone's defense, it sounded very good on acoustic guitars, but I have several less expensive mics that sound just a good. I had another singer test the mic out who had better results with a stylized 90's alternative type vocal. I'm more of traditional singer and it didn't work for me at all. In conclusion, if you're looking for a classic sounding tube mic with characteristics similar to recordings from the 60's and 70's, this isn't the one. Buy the Rode NTK instead.

Reviewed by 26 customers

Displaying reviews 1-10

Back to Top

Previous | Next »

 
5.0

Wooooo

By Mega

from Bronx

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Clear Sound

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Rode Microphones K2 Variable-Pattern Tube Microphone:

    Very intreating mic when you mod it. This thing sings

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Super mic for the price!

    By Gordy Gordon

    from Richmond VA

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Durable

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home Studio
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Rode Microphones K2 Variable-Pattern Tube Microphone:

      I recorded my CD Ten Tales To Be Told and YouTube single "He Will Come" with this mic, but I did use a $2000 preamp and DBX160a compressor and $1500 reverb...but clarity I thought was terrific. Currently recording Christmas single with it. Mike is as good as one's vocals because it will expose weaknesses as well as capture the great lines. And very durable. I've had it for 10 years running and I don't see any need for any Neumann etc at this point. This is my vocal and acoustic guitar mic of choice.

      (10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Good mic, but know the truth.

      By Todd McKernan

      from LA, CA

      Comments about Rode Microphones K2 Variable-Pattern Tube Microphone:

      I know you guys just want simple and easy "this mic rules!", "beats mics costing three times as much" reviews. This is not a phony review. I've owned this mic for about four years now. I was concerned about the reviews currently about this mic. They seem VERY misguided and misinformed. This mic is NOTHING like a Neumann. For one thing this mic is a transformerless tube mic, which means they've designed it to sound like a FET mic on the top end and a tube mic on the bottom end. So if you're looking for a classic vintage tube mic sound, this actually isn't it. Its much more modern than you'd probably expect. No Neumann tube mic is transformerless for that very reason. Most people associate a tube mic as having a very mellow top end because of the harmonic distortion created by the tube, this mic does not have that. Its airy and can be somewhat sibilant depending on your source. Now having said all that here's what I can tell you about this mic. Its fantastic for when you need to beef something up a bit. It has a fairly exaggerated low end. So this isn't a favorite for acoustic guitars, but is definitely a top pic for say bass cabs, room sounds, baritone singers, smaller acoustic instruments that lack body, females singing in a lower register, etc, etc. You get the idea. So it certainly can handle many of the same tasks a traditional tube mic would. But its going to sound a little less "vibey" or "colorful". I've also had fantastic results for voice over work because the low end is so warm. If you're looking for an all around great mic that will give you good results on everything, I would suggest looking at an AKG C series mic, 414s will never sound "bad". But if you're trying to fill out your locker and need something that handles the aforementioned tasks exceptionally well, this is a solid mic thats built to the highest manufacturing standards possible. Rode's a made with Medical Grade machinery, it simply does not get better than that. Same type of manufacturing that Apple uses.

      (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Outstanding Vocal Mic

      By K Bri

      from Florida

      Comments about Rode Microphones K2 Variable-Pattern Tube Microphone:

      Overall its a great "Studio Vocal Mic", brings out your voice, makes it stronger, smoother, richer, etc. Now keep in mind you must have a great sound card & preamp to hear/feel the mics full advantage. The mic alone has great Quality, but quality comes from the sound card the most. If you want the best sound try having these 3 things, (Digital PCI soundcard or better, Great Preamp, then the Rode K2). I own the RME PCI Sound Card, the quality is great overall. - K Bri

      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Love it!

      By Drake-ChXVb

      from Los Angeles

      Comments about Rode Microphones K2 Variable-Pattern Tube Microphone:

      Bought this mic 3 yrs ago and have been using it for my current project. Took it into my producer's studio and insisted on using it, along with the UA 6176 that I brought in. He has now fallen in love with the combo...to the point that he refuses to give them up!!! But I've told him from the beginning, that these were not available for 'time in the studio' trade. That's how good the combo is!

      (8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      The Rode K2 variable pattern valve Mic

      By Craig DuBuc

      from Las Vegas, Nevada

      Comments about Rode Microphones K2 Variable-Pattern Tube Microphone:

      The Rode K2 was everything I thought it would be. The variable pattern feature works quite well in defining spatial resonance. The valve action is seamless and completely natural in it's reproduction. For a small project studio it is the perfect all around mic for vocals, solo or duet,acoustic guitar and vocals, or picking up an entire jam session.

       
      5.0

      Great Mic

      By Anonymous

      from Undisclosed

      Comments about Rode Microphones K2 Variable-Pattern Tube Microphone:

      I've owned this mic for two years now and it is wonderful. You do have to follow your chain with good equipment for great results, have some recording know-how and what you feed your mic has to have quality in order to hear quality at the end. If that sounds like something you can do then this is a mic for you. Yes it will enhance your recordings. This is a quality piece of gear. Buy it and enjoy.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Love this mic

      By KonstantSol

      from LA

      Comments about Rode Microphones K2 Variable-Pattern Tube Microphone:

      First of all...you need to have a really good preamp to make any mic sound good. I have a UA 6176 pre/compressor...and wow! Together with my K2...my music went from obvious home studio to...hey that sounds pro! Great for vocals and acoustic instruments! Pay the extra couple of hundred dollars to upgrade to this mic...sounds as good as some $2,000 mics.

       
      5.0

      Incredible Bang For Your Buck

      By Davey Roberts

      from Wisconsin

      Comments about Rode Microphones K2 Variable-Pattern Tube Microphone:

      I absolutely love this microphone. I actually bought two of them, I liked it so much. It's warm, but absolutely neutral (no hyped-HF like you see in the Pac-Rim mics of today- but if that's what you want, you will find the K2 "nasally" and "gritty" as a previous reviewer has said). A good comparison would be that this is to the Asian LDCs what the NT5 is to say... a KM184. It seems a little darker, but in reality, it's the other mic that has the HF rise. I've used this mic for everything from overheads to amps. It doesn't fare as well as an overhead as a KM184 or NT5 does, but it works well for lower-volume, more room-heavy kit sounds (in a mix between cardioid and omni). It does well with ambiance for kits, though. On amps, it makes for a great mic, and I've done some experimenting (with great success) with two amps facing each other, with this mic in Bi-directional. It's perfect for amps, set 3-6 feet back. It handles plosives well, and with a huge dynamic range / SPL, it does well for just about anything. This mic is a true workhorse, and I use it as a starting point / reference for just about everything. The plastic shockmount and carry case leave something to be desired (They work perfectly, but plastic is kind of unsightly), but I'd much rather have an excellent product with some mediocre accessories than a Neumann look-alike in a wooden box. I'm thinking about making my own boxes to put these mics in. On paper, it's a real contender amongst all LDCs, and it sounds great too, especially if you're looking for a 'natural' sound. To top it all off, it's built like a truck.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      So good I'm buying a second one

      By T.M.M.-rkzWV

      from Pasadena, California

      Comments about Rode Microphones K2 Variable-Pattern Tube Microphone:

      I got this mic about 8 or 9 months ago, and from the first recording I did with it I knew it was one of the best mics I've ever heard. Ever now and then I get the chance to record in very nice studios, and when I do I am adamant about using this mic for all male vocals, acoustic guitars, and drum overhead. A lot of engineers think I'm crazy at first, but I tell them to grab their best mic and put them back to back and see which one sounds best... its mine. I really wanna venture into the world of stereo mic'ing with good large diaphragms so I'm getting another one. I will have this mic for the rest of my life, and I'll leave it in my will for a grandson or something.

      Displaying reviews 1-10

      Back to Top

      Previous | Next »

      You are changing the Ship-To country.

      Our product catalog varies by country due to manufacturer restrictions. If you change the Ship-To country, some or all of the items in your cart may not ship to the new destination.