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RØDE NT2-A Versatile Large-diaphragm Condenser Microphone with Switchable Polar Pattern, Pad and High-pass Filter for Vocal and Instrument Recording

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I'd always thought of the Australians as being proudly original — so why have they styled this mic after Neumann's U87? I know there are only so many shapes you can make a mic, but to copy somebody else's cosmetics so blatantly is almost like shouting out loud that you're producing a cheap copy. However, having taken the mic apart, I have to say that it's very nicely put together, and the satin chrome casework is quite solid; the whole thing weighs 530 grammes. Being a condenser microphone, the NT2-A requires 48v to power the internal capacitor. It functions on the pressure gradient acoustic principle (meaning both sides of the diaphragm are exposed) allowing for multiple polar patterns to be utilized.

The NT2A replaces the original NT2, which was the very last mic Rode had built in China. Apparently this was a difficult decision, as the NT2 was still selling very well. It seems that Rode wanted to sever the last ties with Chinese manufacturing so that they could put Made In Australia on their mics and distance themselves from the other 'Made In China' brands. So, onto the review. The NT2A does exactly what I wanted. My vocals sound great with this mic. I’m guessing that it boosts a little to give some presence and so it’s not dead flat, but it’s a very musical sound. It’s also very very quiet and does not introduce any noise into the recording. I can really crank the gain and record at a distance from the mic and there is no hiss at all which makes it very easy to use. MY aim in buying this was to get something that I would not need to upgrade, and I think I have succeeded. I don’t think I’m going to need to change this unless I win the lottery and equipment envy gets the better of me. Cardioid provides you with a tight-focused sound. This is brilliant for when you're working in a busy environment, minimising the risk of unwanted noise and ambiences. Figure 8 is a great option for when you're recording multiple voices, capturing audio from the front and rear only. Omnidirectional mode provides a wholly natural sound, capturing every nuance of the space you're recording in. This is also brilliant for reducing proximity effect when close-mic'ing a source.

Rode NT2-A Studio Solution Pack Overview

Evidently, the NT2-A is presented as a refinement upon RØDE’s long line of condenser microphones. It’s 1” diaphragm being a hallmark of the company, but how does it vary from previous models?

Where the NT2-A beats the SM7B is in its self-noise. Being a dynamic microphone, requires much more gain to achieve a signal like that of the NT2-A, meaning there must a careful consideration of preamps or gain boosters. To read more on condensers vs dynamics see our head-to-head. Preamp Combos I also cut slightly at 500Hz as my tests were conducted facing a noisy window, therefore I recorded close to the mic to maximize signal level and minimize noise by using less gain. This left me with a bit too much warmth in the mids due to the frequency response peak.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 50's and 60's. These features provide the flexibility and superlative audio characteristics that make the NT2-A one of the most versatile condenser mics available. Specifications Collection and delivery costs are included for the first 2 years in the event of an item becoming faulty You should get an instant answer on whether your application has been successful, though in some rare cases Klarna or V12 may need to look at the application in more detail. I bought Rode NT2-A Studio Solution Set for my home studio, and totally surprised with the quality and variability of the ways that I can use this microphone. I use it in conjunction with Ableton Live + Focusrite Scarlett 6i6. I can record from 1 to 4 or even 6 vocalists in one time due to three variable positioning polar pattern. Also i easily can record acoustic guitars, percussions like shakers etc. and even a piano. The Rode NT2-A is a prime example of Rode mics going bigger and better, and not just in price. When compared with popular offerings like the Rode NT1-A, the Rode NT 2 A has increased versatility with its three polar patterns (cardioid, figure-of-eight, and omnidirectional), allowing you to use it in more recording situations. It also comes with a three-position variable high-pass filter (Flat, 40Hz, or 80Hz), as well as a three-position pad (0dB, -5dB, -10dB).

Being a studio-grade condenser microphone, the NT2-A is ideal for podcasting in terms of vocal clarity. Another bonus to using this microphone in a podcast scenario is the high pass filter options. By rolling off the lows at 40 or 80Hz, you can eliminate the sound of footsteps, cars, and any other unwanted domestic noises when recording in an untreated room. For customers in outlying areas of the country, the price of the Extended Warranty may be marginally higher, due to the potential for higher collection and redelivery transport costs.

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This is a great one for both vocals and guitar. It is very sensitive (like all high quality large d. mics) so there is a certain need of room acoustic treatment, unless you already own a studio. There is another way though, I have used EQ Acoustics Classic Wedge 30 to absorb reflections in my self made vocal booth (its similar to closet with open doors). A switch on the mic body enabled either a high-pass filter, or a -10dB pad, or neither. The HPF is reportedly noisy, due to the way it is implemented. However, the Gear4music extended warranty scheme provides an enhanced service, and is designed to offer a higher level of protection than many 'free' warranties offered by some retailers and manufacturers.

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