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9 polar patternsRØDE Classic II

Multi-Pattern Tube Condenser Microphone

The Classic II is a 9-pattern tube mic featuring a 25mm large-diaphragm capsule feeding a vintage twin triode (New old stock) GE JAN-6072 valve and custom Jensen output transformer.

The capsule was a new design, introduced in the Classic II. It is an edge-terminated design measuring 25mm in diameter. (Presumably, the diaphragm measures 25mm, and the capsule measures 32-34mm.)

RØDE Classic II caseMachined from solid Brass, the body is hand-polished, glass bead-blasted and coated in satin nickel. Also included is a double-shielded oxygen-free 30' copper cable with heavy-duty plugs and sockets, power supply, a suspension shock mount, stand mount, thread adapter and sturdy aluminium flight case.


the frequency response is nominally 20Hz to 20kHz (within ±3dB) with a smooth presence lift centred at around 12kHz. The presence rise is most strongly defined in omni mode, but because of the high centre frequency of the boost and the gentle nature of the curve, the sound has an open, airy quality rather than a harsh presence.

Terry Manning

The Classic II and K2 tube (valve) models had true “tube warmth,” yet lower noise than I was used to with my older tube faves.

The RØDE Classic II is also known as: Classic II, classic-ll.

The mic was released in 1999.


Frequency Response - OmnidirectionalClick Graph to Compare!
Classic II Omnidirectional Frequency Response Chart
Frequency Response - CardioidClick Graph to Compare!
Classic II Cardioid Frequency Response Chart
Pickup Patterns Pads & Filters
Omnidirectional (14 mV/Pa; 20 - 20,000 Hz)
Cardioid (14 mV/Pa; 20 - 20,000 Hz)
Bidirectional (14 mV/Pa; 20 - 20,000 Hz)
  • Pad: -10dB (Via Switch)
  • Pad: -20dB (Via Switch)
  • Filter: HPF: -15dB/octave @ 100Hz (Via Switch)
  • Filter: HPF: -21dB/octave @ 100Hz (Via Switch)
Capsule Dimensions Impedance SPL/Noise
Diaphragm diameter: 25mm
Diaphragm gauge: 5 microns
200 Ohms (Low) Max SPL: 131 dB
Self-noise: 18.0 dB(A)
Weight Length Max Diameter Interface(s)
1440g (50.79oz) 201mm (7.91'') 65mm (2.56'')
  • 3-pin XLR male (1)
Power Specifications
  • Includes tube power supply

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