Rode Microphones NT2-A Large-Capsule Studio Condenser Microphone (Original Non-Bundle Version)  

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The R˜DE NT2-A Large-Capsule Studio Condenser Microphone is a professional, one-inch condenser microphone with variable pick-up patterns, high-pass filter, and pad.

3 - 3-position switches located on the mic body provide selection of figure 8, cardioid, or omni polar pick-up patterns; from a flat response to either 80Hz or 40Hz high-pass filter; and pad adjustments of 0dB, -5dB, or -10dB attenuation.

The heart of the NT2-A is the Australian-designed and manufactured Type HF1 dual-diaphragm capsule. The frequency and transient response of this new 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 '50s and '60s. Includes a soft pouch and clip.

The R˜DE NT2-A represents an uncommon technical achievement. Many mics today look similar, with 1" capsules, a mesh head, and a cylindrical body. It is only when you look a little deeper and listen carefully that the major differences become apparent. If there weren't differences, we would all buy $50.00 mics, and be very happy! Many microphones in the same category sell for thousands of dollars. The difference is that the costlier mics are made with the best parts and precision engineered. While these mics are superb, their smaller production volume makes them expensive. They're hand assembled with parts bought in small quantities

R˜DE has changed the industry by pioneering high quality volume production, investing in more design and tooling using the very finest components and capsules. R˜DE still offers the NT2-A at a price that would be impossible using older techniques and technologies.

Designed and manufactured at R˜DE's new $10,000,000.00 facility in Sydney, the NT2-A incorporates the latest innovations in transducer design, coupled to R˜DE's surface mount electronics, offering pure signal quality and the lowest noise levels of any microphones with the same features. R˜DE is so proud of the NT2-A that they now offer a full 10-year parts And labor guarantee.

Requires phantom power.


  • Australian designed and manufactured HF1 1" edge terminated, gold sputtered, dual 5 um diaphragm capsule
  • 3-position variable polar pattern: Omni, Cardioid & Figure 8; all controlled on the mic
  • 3-position variable high-pass filter: Flat, 80Hz or 40Hz
  • 3-position variable pad: 0dB, -5dB, or -10dB
  • Ultra low noise, transformerless SMT circuitry
  • Wide dynamic range
  • High-strength heat-treated steel mesh head
  • Durable satin nickel finish
  • Internal capsule shockmounting
  • Supplied complete with soft pouch and clip

Contemporary technology meets classic sound and style in the NT2-A. Order today!


NT2-A Large-Capsule Studio Condenser Microphone (Original Non-Bundle Version) Specifications:

  • Acoustic principle: Externally polarized 25 mm (1 in.) dual diaphragm
    Directional pattern: Multi-pattern
    Frequency range: 20Hz-20,000Hz
    Output impedance: 200
    Signal /Noise ratio DIN/IEC 651: 87 dB (1 kHz rel 1 Paper IEC651, IEC268-15)
    Equivalent noise: 7 dBA SPL (per IEC651, IEC268-15)
    Maximum SPL: 147 dB (@1%THD into 1k) 157 dB (@1%THD into 1k) - pad at maximum
    Sensitivity at 1 kHz into 1k: -36 dB re 1 Volt/Pascal (16 mV @94 dB SPL) +/- 2 dB
    Maximum output voltage: +16 dBu (@1%THD into 1k)
    Dynamic range of the mic amplifier: DIN/IEC 651 140 dB (per IEC651, IEC268-15)
    Power (Supply voltage): 48 Volts (P48)
    Output Connection: 3 pin XLR, balanced output between pin 2 (+) and pin 3 (-). Pin 1 ground
    Weight approx.: 860 grm (4.23 oz)
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A winner regardless of brand or price


from Bahrain

The NT-2A presents with impeccable build quality though with a contemporary appearance. It replaces the NT2 with a completely revamped and stunning performance. The sound is clean with no flattery through use of electronics unlike the U87 which provides the so fluid and desirable though doctored signal. It might sound blasphemous to compare the NT-2A with the universally acclaimed U87, but it is essential to provide a comparative view with the much coveted and universally acclaimed U87 that is referred to as the gold standard. Having tried it on various sources, it would not be out of place to state that the NT-2A is a truly superlative dual-diaphragm solid state LDC. It provides a true reproduction of recorded sources without the aid of any substantial EQ'ing and is somewhat forgiving to plosives due to the use of the new K2 dual diaphragm capsule, but a pop-filter must be used nevertheless when recording loud and chesty vocals from less than 6 inches. Unlike many acclaimed LDC's, this one is equally pleasing to both female as well as male voices. Its sensitivity to all types of sound is phenomenal and offers a true reproduction of sources. The proximity effect on male vocals (cardioid mode) particularly is not that substantial (thanks again to the dual diaphragm)and hence provides an advantage in overcoming muddiness to a rather notable degree. In the bi-directional mode, this is even less of a problem and duets are very impressive. In the omni setting, the piano, strings and brass are very pleasing with a fine detail of overtones. Used in an ambient role-setting, it records room reflections without any undesirable noise. Its reproduction of lows as well as highs are pristine and the highs adds a very pleasing air to all sounds. It is particularly somewhat classic in its reproduction of the referred silkiness in recording the sax, piano and the baritone voice. There is no shrillness, and sibilance is not a limiting issue. Its overall reproduction of sonic sources is rather comparable to the Microtech M930 (no coloration like the U87). The downside (if I may use the expression) is that any serious recording must use the spider shockmount, which unfortunately does not come as standard. Its sensitivity picks up lows with a discernible reproduction even with the high-pass and pad when mounted on the provided clip. It is rather unfortunate that RODE has decided to ship this remarkable mic in a paper box without any foam or the spider shockmount as standard. For an additional sum of 100-150 $, providing the spidermount and safety packaging as standard would still make it a coveted possession. In recent times, I cannot recall any new solid state multi-pattern LDC mic (without constantly variable polar settings) that comes close to this one for reproduction of uncolored sonic sources regardless of brand or price. The NT-2A is by no means an entry-level LDC; in reality it far surpasses that. Most sincerely and highly recommended.

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