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Mods for the NT2-A

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    Michael Joly’s mod for the Rode NT2/NT2-A LDCs replaces the stock tight-weave headbasket with his signature single-layer open headbasket. Further, the Rode capsule is replaced by the MJE-K47, a Neumann K47-style single-backplate capsule whose naturally flatter frequency response provides a sonic contrast to the brighter, more peaky response of most imported mic capsules. Internal wiring is upgraded, as are critical front-end capacitors.

OmnidirectionalCardioidBidirectionalRØDE NT2-A

Multi-Pattern Condenser Microphone

The NT2-A is a multipattern FET condenser. It represents a significant upgrade from its predecessor, RØDE’s NT2; it offers a 3rd pickup pattern, onboard pad and filters, and a nicer capsule.

NT2-A circuitThe “HF1” capsule was designed and manufactured in Australia. It is a dual-diaphragm, 25mm edge-terminated design with gold-sputtered 5-micron membranes. (The same capsule is used in the K2 tube condenser.)

RØDE

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 50’s and 60’s.

The NT2-A offers three pickup patterns, switched from the front of the microphone body: Omni, Figure 8, and Cardioid. A second 3-way switch enables a high-pass filter: flat, 80Hz, or 40Hz. A third 3-way switch engages the pad: 0dB, -5dB, -10dB.

The mic’s circuit was engineered to eliminate switch noise; the pattern, pad, and filter switches cause brief drops in output level, but no sudden pops or transients.

The NT2-A comes in a soft pouch with an M2 stand mount.

Resolution Magazine

The first test for the mic was a straightforward comparison against two ubiquitous studio microphones, a U87 and a C414, on male and female vocals. The first impression is that Rode hasn’t produced a ‘me too’ microphone — its tone is very distinctive. On male vocals it has a slight graveliness to the low mids that isn’t unpleasant, giving a slight ‘raunch’ to the sound rather than the more mellow results of the U87. There is also a hint of sharpness on the high frequencies that is quite revealing of overly sibilant vocals and breath sounds — again it sounds a little brighter than the U87 but not quite as open as the 414 in these ranges. Having said that, it never sounds particularly ‘hyped’ like some other budget large diaphragm contenders.

The RØDE NT2-A is also known as: NT2A, NT2.

Specifications

Frequency Response - OmnidirectionalClick Graph to Compare!
NT2-A Omnidirectional Frequency Response Chart
Frequency Response - CardioidClick Graph to Compare!
NT2-A Cardioid Frequency Response Chart
Pickup Patterns Pads & Filters
Omnidirectional (16 mV/Pa; 20 - 20,000 Hz)
Cardioid (16 mV/Pa; 20 - 20,000 Hz)
Bidirectional (16 mV/Pa; 20 - 20,000 Hz)
  • Pad: -5dB (Via Switch)
  • Pad: -10dB (Via Switch)
  • Filter: 40 Hz HPF (Via Switch)
  • Filter: 80 Hz HPF (Via Switch)
Capsule Dimensions Impedance SPL/Noise
Diaphragm diameter: 26mm
Diaphragm gauge: 5 microns
200 Ohms (Low) Max SPL: 147 dB
Self-noise: 7.0 dB(A)
Weight Length Max Diameter Interface(s)
860g (30.34oz) 209mm (8.23'') 55mm (2.17'')
  • 3-pin XLR male (1)
Power Specifications
  • Requires phantom power
  • Phantom voltage: 48v

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