Rode NT2-A Large-diaphragm Multi-Pattern Condenser Microphone


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Rode NT2A Large-diaphragm Multi-Pattern Condenser Microphone

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Our rating of 94/100 is based on analysis of 1300+ sources comprised of online reviews and discussions. Under the Pros and Cons headings below you'll find a condensed analysis of what those owners and users have been saying. Feel free to ask questions or add your thoughts in the comments section.

As of publication time, this was on our recommended list: The Best Condenser Mics.

The NT2-A is mic by Rode, a company well known in the recording community for impressive sound quality.

It has a large type HF1 dual 1" capsule condenser microphone that replicates the voicing of classic studio mics.

It also comes with a wide array of features built-in, including switchable pickup patterns, high-pass filters and variable attenuation control.

All of these make the NT2-A very versatile, working well with most vocal styles and instruments, and it even can be used to multiple sound sources live at the same time.

Finally, it comes bundled with essentials like a cable, shockmount and a dust cover.


  • 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


Users have mostly good things to say about this mic, describing it to be much more fuller sounding than their other vocal mics. Some go so far as comparing it with other, more expensive, vintage mics. Aside from the sound quality, the built-in filters and polar pattern switch earns it a spot on a lot of users' favorites.


Being a large capsule mic, this can be a bit bulky and heavy compared to others, so exercise caution and use mic stands that can support the weight. While many are happy with the extras included, there are a few who are not too happy with the quality of the pop filter to the point that they gave the NT2-A a slightly lower score.


With great classic sounding warmth, the Rode NT2-A is a favorite of engineers and singers alike. Just make sure your mic stand is able to support its weight. Need a good mic stand for the NT2-A? Check out our guide for The Best Mic Stands.

As of publication time, this was on our recommended list: The Best Condenser Mics.

Rode NT2-A frequency response chart

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