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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-...Click To Read More About This Product

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A multi-pattern dual 1" condenser microphone.

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

One of the most versatile condensers around!

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
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Rode MicrophonesNT2-A Studio Condenser Microphone Bundle
 
4.3

(based on 6 reviews)

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Pros

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

Cons

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(8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

It's Good

By Engineer

from Washington DC

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

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.

(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Rode for the Road

By Snowmann002

from Houston, TX

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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.

 
3.0

To keep or not to keep

By Gandy

from Gloucester, Va

About Me Professional Musician

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Pros

  • Bundle package
  • Easy To Use
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

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

      I did a good bit of research prior to getting this Mic., as I wanted to upgrade from my AT 2035 to what I thought would be a better sounding condenser mic. I'm not sure what all the rave is about; I did a side by side recording session with my AT 2035 on both vocals and acoustic guitar and the sound was near identical. The only difference was the mids on the Rode nt2-a are slightly flatter than on the AT 2035 on vocals, but barely noticeable. On the acoustic recordings, I found no difference sound wise. The AT was also slightly hotter than the Rode, which was surprising. I do need a second microphone for stereo recording and like the Omni/figure 8 options on the Rode, but am wondering if the extra couple hundred bones is worth it and am considering returning the Rode and getting a second AT 2035. For what it's worth, I record through a focusrite scarlette 214 into Ableton Live for my DAW.

       
      5.0

      Great mic

      By Prospect Bluegrass Band

      from El Dorado, Kansas

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Durable
      • Easy To Use
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Events
        • Home Studio
        • Performances

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

        Excellent microphone

         
        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!

          (0 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          Not for Vocals

          By Randy

          from Beaufort SC

          About Me Professional Musician

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          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.

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