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Rode Microphones NT2-A Studio Condenser Microphone Bundle  

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The NT2-A carries on the tradition forged by the now legendary R˜DE NT2 with a professional large capsule (1") studio microphone incorporating three-position pick-up patterns, PAD and high-pass filter... Click To Read More About This Product

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Overview

The NT2-A carries on the tradition forged by the now legendary R˜DE NT2 with a professional large capsule (1") studio microphone incorporating three-position pick-up patterns, PAD and high-pass filter switches conveniently located on the mic body.

At the heart of the NT2-A is the Australian-designed and manufactured HF1 dual diaphragm capsule. The frequency and transient response of this 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 50s and 60s. These features provide the flexibility and superlative audio characteristics that make the NT2-A one of the most versatile condenser mics available.

This Bundle version also includes the SM6 shockmount with detachable pop filter - a high-quality suspension shockmount. It provides isolation from external physical factors that may cause unwanted rumble and vibrations in the microphone. It also includes a removable pop shield with two axis of adjustment and a telescopic arm for ultimate application versatility, 6m of XLR cable, and a dust cover.

Features
  • Large 1" gold sputtered capsule
  • On-body control of polar pattern, HPF and PAD
  • Three-position variable polar pattern - Omni, Cardioid or Figure 8
  • Three-position variable High-Pass Filter - Flat, 40Hz or 80Hz
  • Three-position PAD - 0dB, -5dB or -10dB
  • Ultra low noise, transformerless surface mount circuitry
  • Wide, dynamic range
  • Internal capsule shockmounting
  • Made in Australia
  • Full 1-year warranty
  • Includes SM6 shockmount with detachable pop filter, 6m of XLR cable, and a dust cover
Specifications
  • NT2-A Condenser Microphone
    Acoustic Principle: Pressure Gradient
    Active Electronics: JFET impedance converter with bipolar output buffer
    Capsule: 1.00"
    Polar Pattern: cardioid, Omni, figure 8
    Address Type: Side
    Frequency Range: 20Hz - 20kHz
    Output Impedance: 200Î Maximum SPL147dB SPL (@ 1kHz, 1% THD into 1KÎ load)
    Maximum Output Level: 16.0dBu (@ 1kHz, 1% THD into 1KÎ load)
    Sensitivity-36.0dB re 1 Volt/Pascal (16.00mV @ 94dB SPL) +/- 2 dB @ 1kHz Power Options: +48V phantom power required from mixer or interface; +24V phantom power required from mixer or interface
    Weight: 860.00gm
    Dimensions: 209.00mmH x 55.00mm W x 55.00mm D
    Output: XLR

    SM6
    Weight: 682.00gm
    Dimensions (HxWxD): 210mm x 133mm x 210mm
Warranty
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One year warranty.


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Rode MicrophonesNT2-A Studio Condenser Microphone Bundle
 
4.8

(based on 11 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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80%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (5)
  • Versatile (5)
  • Durable (4)
  • Easy to use (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Amateur recording (4)
  • Home studio (4)
  • Professional recording (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

It's Good

Buy it. Put it in your mic locker. You'll use it.
The selectable patterns, bass roll off response settings, and choice of pads make this mic very versatile. Becuase of its...Read complete review

Buy it. Put it in your mic locker. You'll use it.
The selectable patterns, bass roll off response settings, and choice of pads make this mic very versatile. Becuase of its flexibility, it has turned into a real workhorse in my studio.
I've used it live, I've used it in the recording studio, I've used it for podcasts and interviews. It's a fantastic mic, and it has held up extremely well. It's one of the first mics I ever bought and I love it. Like many condensers, it does tend to emphasise the high end. I've compared it to my AKG C414 and my Neumann TLM 103, and it does have a boosted response in the high end compared to those. That said, it's not like it sounds bad at all. I'm very happy to have this microphone next to those two and I feel that the quality of sound is definitely comparable. Like any microphone, it has its own response and as a good engineer, you should learn to pick the microphone that will give you the end result that YOU want.
For the price, it's one of the best mics out there. It holds its own compared to other microphones, the build quality is good, and the results are pleasing. I've used it for a huge variety of music, sometimes more successfully than others, but I've never put it up and been unhappy with the results.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Not for Vocals

I purchased this mic mainly for recording vocals in my studio. It does an okay job with acoustic guitar and for talking projects on tracks, however when using it for singing, it isn't...Read complete review

I purchased this mic mainly for recording vocals in my studio. It does an okay job with acoustic guitar and for talking projects on tracks, however when using it for singing, it isn't that great. It has a tinny overtone to it that you can't EQ out, or compress and it's very evident. Makes the vocals sound cheap. I wouldn't recommend this mic if you're going to use it for vocals. You will need a tube condenser mic. I'm selling this and going for the tube mic for fullness and richness.

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5.0

Yes

By Mihail Grumeza

from Campbell, CA

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Durable
  • Easy To Use
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Rode Microphones NT2-A Studio Condenser Microphone Bundle:

    I use it for everything from vocals and guitar to using it in mid side recording as the side mic due to its figure 8 pattern that inst too common and comes on much more expensive mics. For the quality and price this is a must. I got it 5 years ago and still use it today.

     
    5.0

    great mic

    By LINDA

    from undisclosed

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about Rode Microphones NT2-A Studio Condenser Microphone Bundle:

    great mic

     
    5.0

    Excellent

    By TonyFaz

    from Albuquerque

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Rode Microphones NT2-A Studio Condenser Microphone Bundle:

      Excellent mic, great customer service from Rode all

       
      5.0

      Great Sounding Mic! Flexible Patterns

      By Marcus

      from Oregon

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Durable
      • Easy To Use
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Rode Microphones NT2-A Studio Condenser Microphone Bundle:

        The first one I ordered had a problem with an internal connection which caused static. GC replaced it with another without any hassle and the new one is perfect.

         
        5.0

        Huge Step Up

        By Daniel ML

        from Grand Rapids, MI

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Affordable
        • Clear Sound
        • Durable
        • Easy To Use
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio

          Comments about Rode Microphones NT2-A Studio Condenser Microphone Bundle:

          Since I'm always on a super tight budget I was looking for a nice step up from recording music all through an SM57. I did a lot of research and landed on the R0de NT-2A for versatility, durability, sound quality and affordability.

          This mic has really streamlined my workflow for recording music. I've used it on mandolin, 12-string guitar, penny whistle and vocals. It has stunning clarity and needs no eq to produce a vibrant in-person sound.

          The bass roll-off is perfect for high instruments like the mandolin and vocals are clear and present.

          The only drawback I've found so far is that it is slightly humidity sensitive - so when it was 90 degrees and 98% humidity the other week, I got lots of noise from the mic. The next day when temp & humidity had dropped, we were right on track!

          I love this mic and am looking forward to years of working with it!

          (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          I love this mic so much, I bought 2nd one.

          By Christian Francis

          from San Diego, CA

          Comments about Rode Microphones NT2-A Studio Condenser Microphone Bundle:

          Years ago when I first started pursuing the home recording thing, I knew I wanted a "studio mic". The Rode NT2a fit the bill perfectly having lots of versatility with the polar patterns, pads, and High Pass Filters. So here it is 5 or 6 years and several thousand dollars in toys later, and the NT2a is still my favorite "go to" microphone. I like this mic so much I actually just picked up a second one. At this point I have used this for vocals and guitars, and I can't wait to try the pair of them out as drum overheads! If you are looking for "that one mic" to start off your studio right, the Rode NT2a deserves a spot on your short list, if not on your mic stand. =) Enjoy, -Chris-

          (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Get it.

          By BRANDON DEBALSI

          from Birmingham, AL

          Comments about Rode Microphones NT2-A Studio Condenser Microphone Bundle:

          I have had this mic for a few years now and have yet to get a bad recording out of it. It's versatile, it's reliable and it sounds as good as mics that cost 5 times as much. I would not hesitate to get another one.

          (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Worth this price

          By Zuofang Wang

          from Minnesota

          Comments about Rode Microphones NT2-A Studio Condenser Microphone Bundle:

          I was amazed by its sound when I tried it in the local guitar store. It restored my voice crystal clear and crisp. I love it for this reasonable price. Also bought a three year warranty so no need to worry my Rode NT2A anymore :D All I need now is a better extra sound card.

          (0 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          Not for Vocals

          By RandallM

          from St. Louis, MO

          About Me Professional Musician

          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Durable
          • Versatile

          Cons

          • Poor Sound Quality
          • Poor With Vocals

          Best Uses

          • Recording Acoustic Guitar
          • Speaking Tracks

          Comments about Rode Microphones NT2-A Studio Condenser Microphone Bundle:

          I purchased this mic mainly for recording vocals in my studio. It does an okay job with acoustic guitar and for talking projects on tracks, however when using it for singing, it isn't that great. It has a tinny overtone to it that you can't EQ out, or compress and it's very evident. Makes the vocals sound cheap. I wouldn't recommend this mic if you're going to use it for vocals. You will need a tube condenser mic. I'm selling this and going for the tube mic for fullness and richness.

          (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Rode for the Road

          By Snowmann002

          from Houston

          Comments about Rode Microphones NT2-A Studio Condenser Microphone Bundle:

          If you've got $3500 to spend on a mic, then you're going to buy a Neuman U-87. If you don't have that kinda bread, get the NT2-A right here. You will likely not hear the difference. Then spring for a good pre-amp, AD converter, DAW, etc., etc. Finally a plug: I've been buying from Musician's Friend since they went into the online-business, and I can't say enough good about them. After hundreds of purchases, still no complaints. Great customer service.
          Selectable patterns, selectable pad, and high-pass selections give you very useful features not typical in this price range. The figure-8 pattern works well in a mid-side setup for large groups/choirs (so buy 2 from Musician's Friend). My mic locker has dozens of good condensers & dynamic mics, but the Rode has become my go-to favorite. If just sounds better than the rest.
          While intended originally for home studio duty, have taken it out for location recordings with no problems, and superb results. When matched with a really good pre-amp, this beauty shines. Even when used with the low-cost interface & mixer pres, the results are impressive for vocals & acoustic instruments. I use mine in the home studio with a Focusrite ISA One pre, and the results are professional without spending megabucks.
          While you can buy Chinese-made mics for less that perform almost as well, this Australian-built mic sounded so good I bought another from Musician's Friend shortly after they sent me my first NT2-A. You do pay a little more for the selectable features, but they have their place and permit you to use these mics in just about any mic placement situation you're likely to need. Mine didn't come with the accessories now offered, so the value is even better now.

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