Rode Microphones K2 Variable-Pattern Tube Microphone

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Super-quiet and very versatile!

The RØDE K2 Variable-Pattern Tube Mic delivers richly detailed tube sound with super-low 10dBA self-noise, huge 162dBA SPL, and a mega-wide dynamic range of 150dB. Totally variable polar pattern control makes it flexible enough for just about any studio task. Coupled with RØDE's high-output tube circuitry, the K2 brings out every nuance while handling the loudest sources from cranked-up stacks to screaming vocals. Includes plastic molded travel case, power supply with 30' cable, and SM2 shockmount.

It requires phantom power.

  • Richly detailed tube sound
  • Super-low 10dBA self-noise
  • Huge 162dBA SPL
  • Mega-wide dynamic range of 150dB
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Incredible Bang For Your Buck

By Davey Roberts

from Wisconsin

Comments about Rode Microphones K2 Variable-Pattern Tube Microphone:

I absolutely love this microphone. I actually bought two of them, I liked it so much. It's warm, but absolutely neutral (no hyped-HF like you see in the Pac-Rim mics of today- but if that's what you want, you will find the K2 "nasally" and "gritty" as a previous reviewer has said). A good comparison would be that this is to the Asian LDCs what the NT5 is to say... a KM184. It seems a little darker, but in reality, it's the other mic that has the HF rise. I've used this mic for everything from overheads to amps. It doesn't fare as well as an overhead as a KM184 or NT5 does, but it works well for lower-volume, more room-heavy kit sounds (in a mix between cardioid and omni). It does well with ambiance for kits, though. On amps, it makes for a great mic, and I've done some experimenting (with great success) with two amps facing each other, with this mic in Bi-directional. It's perfect for amps, set 3-6 feet back. It handles plosives well, and with a huge dynamic range / SPL, it does well for just about anything. This mic is a true workhorse, and I use it as a starting point / reference for just about everything. The plastic shockmount and carry case leave something to be desired (They work perfectly, but plastic is kind of unsightly), but I'd much rather have an excellent product with some mediocre accessories than a Neumann look-alike in a wooden box. I'm thinking about making my own boxes to put these mics in. On paper, it's a real contender amongst all LDCs, and it sounds great too, especially if you're looking for a 'natural' sound. To top it all off, it's built like a truck.

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Sounds gritty and fuzzy

By Steve Cross

from New Zealand

Comments about Rode Microphones K2 Variable-Pattern Tube Microphone:

Rode has had the historical reputation for making bright microphones. The K2 and others containing their HF1 capsule are an attempt to redefine their sound. Rode has definitely tamed the HF response of this mic, but they've replaced it with what I can only describe as a gritty, fuzzy top end. I wondered if this unpleasant characteristic was specific to my particular mic. I answered my own question when I got the opportunity to listen to another K2 in a friends studio. Interestingly, my fellow K2 owner also mentioned that he too found the overall tone of the K2 unpleasant. We auditioned the mic in cardioid mode with several mic preamps from a Millenia all the way down to his Allen & Heath console pre's. The K2 also had a tendancy to make vocalists sound a little nasal. These same singers did not exhibit that problem through the other two mics we had on hand (AT4050 and SP C1). It seems that this mic does have it's fans, but it's not a mic I intend to keep.

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By rich-er6ok

from europe

Comments about Rode Microphones K2 Variable-Pattern Tube Microphone:

These microphones are just amazing! I used them to record orchestra, piano and organ, set on a large omnidirectional pair (around 50 centimeters between them) and the result was incredible. You just need to take time to place them at the best place. Don't hesitate!

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Excellent Microphone

By ComposeAl

from Los Angeles, CA

Comments about Rode Microphones K2 Variable-Pattern Tube Microphone:

Now my favorite microphone for vocals and flute. This microphone is quiet, invisible and colorless and yet still warm. It is still very detailed but with no harsh edges anywhere in the audio spectrum. The quality for any amount of money is unbelievable. I can't say enough good about this mic. I can hardly wait to use it again.

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Excellent Quality...Excellent Sound

By msr74

from NY

Comments about Rode Microphones K2 Variable-Pattern Tube Microphone:

The sound quality is excellent. The build quality is superb. This mic sounds like a cross between an AKG C12 and a Neumann U67. EXCELLENT!! Try it for yourself to see. Rode has built a better mousetrap. It's well worth more than its price.

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By Guntis

from Riga, Latvia

Comments about Rode Microphones K2 Variable-Pattern Tube Microphone:

I just purchased Rode K2. All I can say is wow! I've never heard anything better than this. Actually I have a feeling that that mic hears more than my ears. Sound is neutral, no coloration, at least for me. This is all I can dream about.

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