Rode NT2-A Studio Solution Set

Largediaphragm Microphone Studio Solution SetSet consists of:

  • Rode NT2 A
  • DeLuxe shock mount SM6 with fabric pop filter
  • 6 m XLR cable
  • Dust cover bag

Tech. Specs of the microphone

  • Professional 1" largediaphragm microphone
  • Switchable characteristic (omnidirectional, figure-8, cardioid)
  • 3-way low cut filter (flat, 40Hz, 80 Hz) and 3-way pad switch (flat, -5 dB, -10dB)
  • Frequency range: 20 Hz - 20 kHz
  • Max. SPL: 147 dB
  • 48V Phantom power
  • Dimensions (H x W x D): 209 x 55 x 55 mm
  • Weight: 860 g
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Further information

Tube No
Switchable Polar Pattern Yes
Omnidirectional Yes
Cardioid Yes
Figure-8 Yes
Low Cut Yes
Pad Yes
shockmount included Yes
USB Microphone No

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Rode NT2-A Studio Solution Set

Paul3259, 27.09.2015
First a bit of background on me. I have a home studio set up using Cubase and a Yamaha N12 mixer and use the equipment for song writing and demos. My live recordings are done in a less than ideal environment normally standing next to the desk.
I looked at various reviews and did a fair bit of detective work before I bought this and it seemed to be a little bit better than the NT1A which I was also looking at, for only a little more money. I use this mainly for vocals and occasionally for acoustic guitar.
A while ago when I worked in a studio I borrowed a number of different mics, AKG 414, Neumann U87 and did some A/B testing on my voice to see which worked best. A Shure SM58 in this context was the equal of everything else and that is what I normally use, live and for recording.
My SM58 gets a little noisy when I drive it hard to get a decent vocal level and I was really looking for something to give me an equivalent sound but with less noise. Also something that I could use to record the acoustic guitar which would let me push the levels when recording.
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.
When purchased with the kit, the mic comes with a shock mount and pop shield which is great, plus a bag to cover it when you are not using it to keep the dust out, which is a nice touch. The rubber in the clamp on my shock mount does not hold very well and I get micro phone droop where it does not stay level. Would be nice if Rode could design this problem out, but considering the price, I'll live with it. When I get round to it I'm going to take it apart and put some gaffa tape or similar inside so it has more grip. Overall it's a lot easier than using a separate pop shield as the pop shield is at exactly the right height.
I haven't used the directional switching, or the pad switch but it's nice as a feature. I have used the high pass switch and this does what it says, to ensure that the mic doesn't pick up any low end stuff.
Overall, very pleased and I think its good value and will make my recordings better, and I would buy again.
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DmitriT, 12.05.2015
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).

I have studied almost every test and review of Rode NT2-A before buying it. In my opinion, this is a best choice for this price range, at least in 2015. I was thinking about buying AT 4040 but Rode NT2-A had several advantages:

1. Studio Solution Set had really useful gadgets (popfilter is solid and stylish)
2. The price of Rode NT2-A was significally lower
3. The sound of Rode NT2-A is similar to 900 EUR+ Neumann models, although high freqs slightly lie to achieve that. But that lie is not that obvious as in case of Rode NT1-A. AT4040 high freq. seem to sound "true", but the "lie" of Rode NT2-A makes the sound more "crystal". Anyway, both mics sound great and allow your recording to sound pro.
4. Rode NT2-A is switchable between omni, figure of eight and cardioid patterns
5. I like the view of Rode NT2-A, simply love it:)

The only disadvantage may be the sound of extremely high women's voice on records via Rode NT2-A. However EQ surely solves this little problem. So, it is a great choice, definitely recommend that. By the way, thank You Thomann for excellent service!
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