Rode NT2-A Large-diaphragm Multi-Pattern Condenser Microphone
There's no denying Rode's reputation in the microphone market, and the NT2-A is one of their more popular products, a versatile large capsule condenser microphone designed for studio use with multiple pickup patters, switchable high-pass filters and variable attenuation control. This allows the mic to work with different sound sources, including multiple instruments playing live at the same time.
At the core of the mic is the Australian designed Type HF1 dual diaphragm 1" capsule, which is voiced to mimic the character of classic microphones while having the reliability and clarity for todays' recording applications. And just to make the NT2 A Studio Solution a home run, RODE has included a shockmount, cable, dust cover, and tutorial DVD.
- Type: Condenser
- Polar Pattern: Omni, Cardioid & Figure 8
- Frequency Response: 20 to 20,000 Hz
- Impedance: 200 ohms
- Maximum SPL: 147 dB
- Attenuation Pad: 0dB, -5dB or -10dB
- Highpass filter: Flat, 80Hz or 40Hz
- Power Requirements: 48V phantom power
With its multiple pattern, attenuation and filter controls, many consider the Rode NT2-A to be the best bang per buck microphone in its price range. Many vocalists and producers who have worked with the mic found the quality exceeded their expectations, and they also commend Rode for making the mic very easy to use and setup. The mic's clarity and detail also got a lot of approving remarks from users, so much so that even experienced musicians and producers found themselves comparing it to more expensive premium models.
There were a few that cautioned about the mic's bulk and weight, noting that you need a counterweight to make sure it doesn't affect the balance of the mic stand. The bundled pop filter cost the mic a few missed stars from some users who stated that the quality of the included accessories are lacking.
If you're looking for a good vocal mic from a reputable brand that can handle other sound sources then you may want to check out the Rode NT2-A condenser mic.
We are also currently recommending this mic for recording guitar - you can read more about it in our guide to The Best Microphones for Recording Acoustic Guitar.