A great studio microphone that’s a big step up from home recording entry level. It packs just enough features and build-quality to justify its price.
- It captures crystal clear sounds
- Large 1 inch HF1 gold sputtered dual diaphragm capsule
- 3 position variable high-pass filter: Flat, 40 Hz or 80 Hz
- 3 position variable pad: 0dB, -5dB or -10dB
- 3 position variable polar pattern: Omni, Cardioid and Figure 8
This is the Rode NT2A Anniversary Vocal Condenser Microphone Package Edition, a microphone that has been successfully used in recording studios for some time now. If I had to sum all of its features into one sentence, I would probably go for “It won’t let you down“. You should know that this home studio microphone is a big step up from an entry level mic and it is the perfect choice if you want to upgrade from an entry-level mic like AT2020 or Yeti USB.
Rode NT2A features a large 1-inch HF1 gold sputtered dual diaphragm capsule. If you are looking for exceptional audio quality combined with ultra low noise then this is the mic you should get. According to many recording engineers that used this microphone, Rode NT2A was designed to capture a wide smooth frequency balance and to elevate the quality of your recordings.
Before getting into all its features, you should hear how this mic records in real life and what you should expect from it:
Rode NT2A microphone features 3 three position variable polar pattern:
Omnidirectional mode – if this mode is enabled, the microphone will pick up sounds from every direction. No matter the position of the subject.
Cardioid mode – this option is perfect if you want to add body to the voice. It can be used in voice overs and podcasts and it was designed to capture the sounds from the front of the microphone. It should be your first option if you record vocals for a song.
Figure 8 – this mode is also called bidirectional mode. If it is selected, the microphone will record sounds from the front and from the back. It is suited for various scenarios, including two person podcasts and group recordings.
High Pass Filters
Do you want to remove unwanted low frequencies? You are lucky! Rode NT2a features a variable high pass filter that has three options to choose from: flat, 40 Hz and 80 Hz. If you are recording vocals, you don’t really want your mic to capture frequencies under 80 Hz. This option is really helpful in this regard. Let your ear be the judge of the perfect filter to use on your recordings!
On the control pads, you will also find a pad that allows you to switch from 0dB, -5dB and -10dB. An option like this can become useful if you are recording loud sources like electronic guitars or drums. This way, you will capture the sounds perfectly without any type of distortion.
The frequency range is between 20 Hz and 20 kHz. This mic features an output impedance of 200 ohms and maximum SPL of 147 dB. The signal to noise radio is 87 dB. The mic weights 860 grams and it measures 209 x 55 x 55mm. The construction is solid and the box contains a high quality XLR cable, shock mount and pop filter.
Remember that this mic requires Phantom Power and it produces better results when it is connected to a preamp. You should also get a mic stand.
Depending on the model, you can extend your warranty from one year to 10 years on Rode’s official website.