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Rode NT2A Anniversary Vocal Multi-Pattern Dual Condenser Microphone Package
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|Product Dimensions||2.17 x 2.17 x 8.23 inches; 1.9 Pounds|
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About this item
- Large 1 inch HF1 gold sputtered capsule
- Three position variable polar pattern: Omni, Cardioid & Figure 8; all controlled on the mic
- Three position variable high-pass filter: Flat, 40 Hz or 80 Hz
- Three position variable pad: 0dB, -5dB or -10dB
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- Large 1” HF1 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
RØDE NT2A Anniversary
Vocal Multi-Pattern Dual Condenser Microphone Package
The NT2-A is a professional large 1" capsule studio microphone incorporating three-position pick-up patterns, pad and high pass filter switches conveniently located on the mic body. The frequency and transient response of this transducer has been voiced to complement today's modern recording techniques, but keeps the smooth character of legendary microphones of the 50s and 60s. These features provide the flexibility and superlative audio characteristics that make the NT2-A incredibly versatile.
- Ultra low noise
- Internal capsule shock mounting
- Includes RØDE SM6 shock mount, pop filter and dust cover
About RØDE Microphones
RØDE Microphones are a uniquely Australian owned and operated audio company. Our home is in beautiful Sydney, just 20km west of Sydney's downtown area and right near the home of the Sydney 2000 Olympics.
Comprising three warehouses with a total footprint of over 110,000 square feet, the RØDE state-of-the-art plant has precision machinery and an international team of more than 250 people across highly skilled disciplines: electronics engineering, industrial design, technical engineering, robotics, audio and acoustics engineering, metal production, toolmaking, injection-mould technology, logistics, assembly, quality control, finance, marketing and sales.
As well as our main campus in Sydney, we have offices in Los Angeles, New York, London, Hong Kong, Shenzhen and Seoul. Our extensive distributor and 6000-strong storefront network ensures RØDE Microphones are sold in 117 countries – and growing – making RØDE a truly global company.
The R DE NT2-A is a professional large capsule (1") condenser microphone with variable pickup pattern, variable hi-pass filter and a variable pad. The R˜DE NT2-A Large-Capsule Studio Condenser Microphone is a professional, one-inch condenser microphone with variable pick-up patterns, high-pass filter, and pad. 3 - 3-position switches located on the mic body provide selection of figure 8, cardioid, or omni polar pick-up patterns; from a flat response to either 80Hz or 40Hz high-pass filter; and pad adjustments 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 '50s and '60s. Includes a soft pouch and clip. The R˜DE NT2-A represents an uncommon technical achievement. Many mics today look similar, with 1" capsules, a mesh head, and a cylindrical body. It is only when you look a little deeper and listen carefully that the major differences become apparent. If there weren't differences, we would all buy $50.00 mics, and be very happy! Many microphones in the same category sell for thousands of dollars. The difference is that the costlier mics are made with the best parts and precision engineered. While these mics are superb, their smaller production volume makes them expensive. They're hand assembled with parts bought in small quantities R˜DE has changed the industry by pioneering high quality volume production, investing in more design and tooling using the very finest components and capsules. R˜DE still offers the NT2-A at a price that would be impossible using older techniques and technologies. Designed and manufactured at R˜DE's new $10,000,000.00 facility in Sydney, the NT2-A incorporates the latest innovations in transducer design, coupled to R˜DE's surface mount electronic...
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If you don’t have loads of money, in my opinion, this is a safe bet. You can tweak the range even before you record... the less post EQ you use the better in my opinion.
It’s a good solid professional sounding mic... It sounds .... hmmm... yes professional is the word...
For reference I also have the NT1a and that is more trebly and sounds ... yes cheaper, looser.... It’s a good mic, but personally I think the NT2a is MORE than worth the extra cash.
Past this mic, you are talking a lot of money, and the difference between this and a well know brand I will not mention, does not equate to £3,700.... in my opinion.
It’s more or less an industry standard, the popular choice for home studios. A Safe bet.
Replace or refund ASAP.
1. As soon as I removed Amazon packaging - There were scratches in box n from other end it seems someone has already opened that box
2. It doesn't contain the other accessories which Rode generally provides to their customers
3. The cable also looks like of a lower quality
4. When I use it for normal 0-0-0 it worked however I can hear "khaarrr khaarrr" sound which comes while recording and it's output as well
5. I tried using it with other modes it gives me hell lot of "khaaarr khaarrr" sound (recording n it's output as well)
6. It's not giving me 8 shape too !!
7. Tried searching for other permutation n combinations.. it's still the same
8. Lastly I realise it's a faulty product or refurbished one.
I thought there might be some issues with my plugins or software or Presonus however when I tried the same permutation n combination it worked very fine with my old Rode n one AKG mic as well.
I thought of checking again :- however it's still the same.
This product is - either already used one / faulty / refurbished one !!
STOP CHEATING YOUR CUSTOMERS :- You need to understand one thing clearly :- Only Professionals n serious buyers will go for such Products.
You guys are bringing down such a nice name (Rode) brand. And I fail to understand how come Amazon would allow such things happening on their platform !!
Dear seller, I am giving you two options :-
1. You folks please replace this product or
2. Refund my money.
Post this will surely update other (Rode users) whatever I hear from seller.
And will also update my new comments about - it's performance.
Having previously owned Rode's slightly cheaper fixed cardioid NT1A microphone, I was expecting the NT2A to exhibit a similar sonic characteristic... i.e. sibilant, overly bright and difficult to use in an untreated room, but with the added convenience of 3 selectable pickup patterns.
Well I can tell you the NT1A and NT2A are different animals, and irrespective of the added features the NT2A is a much better microphone.
Used in cardioid mode as a vocal mike, it is much more natural sounding than the NT1A and does not exhibit any of the sane excess sibilance or 'hyped' top end.
I put it up against my more expensive Shure KSM32 (a £500+ single pattern microphone) and it did not disgrace itself. In fact it sounded better in some circumstances.
With it's selectable pickup patterns, great sound quality, and bundled cable and shock mount for £209 all in (at the time I purchased it), The Rode NT2A studio pack is really great value.
If I'd discovered this model earlier, I probably would've saved a small fortune by not buying much more expensive models from other manufacturers.
Any downsides? Not really. However a word of advice to novice recording artists... if you need to maximise subject isolation in an untreated room, you might be better off with a good dynamic model (e.g. Shure's excellent SM7B) as they tend to pick up less of the room.... just be aware that if you go that route you'll need a pre-amp with at least 60db of clean gain. The NT2A does well off more modest pre amps.
Now nowhere does anyone review these mics head to head... and therefore I did rather get my knickers in a twist as to which was the right one. Sometimes I had to make do with reviews that compared different models (Rode NT1A with SE2200a, and so on) and some commentators would say Rode was harsher on deep voices (like my own) and the SE was warmer.
In the end I went for the Rode... why? Well delivery times came into it, the AT and SE mics were not available next day... the accessories that they came with the Rode seemed better quality and safety in a proven product, the 10 year warranty. For every reviewer praising it with a "but..." there were others there that simply praised it. Also I realised that I had never seen or heard anyone on Youtube who sounded terrible with the Rode, even as they were declaring it was not as flattering or warm as the others.
So it came. The box I received was a little beaten, the mic had marks on it (that rubbed off), the Mic bottom was not screwed on properly and I was concerned that I had received a reconditioned unit (I have not, at least it seems new and was sealed). But once I had unboxed the thing and cleaned it, it is impressive, heavy, well built. I have recorded a little on it and first impressions are good, easy to use, you get good results.
Still 4*, so why? Well... someone said in the other reviews that they paid £209 2 years ago. Now a lot has happened economically in 2 years... prices have gone up. But if I had paid £209 it would be 5*.... but I paid £239 and although a lot is bundled with the Mic, you quickly realise that you will need more. Would if have killed Rode to include a ZP1 padded leather storage case (£12 from Amazon) instead of the fabric "dust" bag? Or a windshield (£15)? Both these items are provided on cheaper Rode products (the M3 Condensor Mic and NT3 and the NTG2. Still more the Mic is a beast, in terms of weight, so I have also gone for the Rode DP1 desk stand (£18)... furthermore the mic stand I have (Amazon Basics) topples with this rig on so add a sand bag, maybe some kind of padded storage/carry case. The last two I would not expect Rode to provide, but are added for a note to any potential buyer.
Now my £240 starters kit is up to £285... with more to come. Looked at it that way the NT2, compared to competitors, looks expensive - although it would be worth noting that the competitors Mic might not have provided some of these items (windshield, sturdier case and desk stand) it is worth noting that they are cheaper and therefore when the extras are added on they do not approach the £300 mark.
Still the decision has been made and in terms of build quality and performance so far (which is limited) I am impressed. Just wish Rode would consider bundling more for a modest price increase or simply dropping the price a little to make the other bits a pieces more affordable.
TL:DR - Everything about the mic (build, performance) is cool, however you will need to buy extra bits and pieces, if you are starting out, which will add a significant amount to the RRP.