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

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92 out of 100. Incorporating 650+ ratings and reviews.

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$399
Rode NT2A 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.

Specifications:

  • 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

Pros

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.

Cons

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.

Overall

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.

Another Rode NT2-A Meta Review by Alexander Briones for use Recording Acoustic Guitar

The RØDE NT2A is among the most versatile mics in the market, and as such is considered as the best bang per buck recording mic by many. If you've been watching YouTube covers, chances are you have already seen this mic a number of times. It sports a 3-position variable polar pattern, allowing you to instantly switch between Omni, Cardioid & Figure 8 - making this mic ideal for both single acoustic guitar tracking and for multiple instrument recording. It also comes with a 3-position variable highpass filter switch that gives you either flat, 80Hz or 40Hz. Finally, there's a 3-position variable pad that increases the mic's max SPL to 147dB which is quite impressive for a condenser mic.

Reviewers are impressed with its transparency, and versatility, and it still is among the most recommended microphones in the sub $500 price range. Even experts reported that the NT2A tops others of the same price point when it comes to low noise operation (with its 7dB self noise) and sound quality (with its 20Hz-20kHz frequency response). There are some concerns over the mic's weight at 1.9lbs, with some users recommending sturdy mic stands to ensure stable positioning in front of your guitar. Other than that, this is a great all-around microphone that works really well with acoustics.