The Rode NT2-A is a large diaphragm condenser microphone. Is it awesome? Oh yes:). Is it an incredible value, considering the price tag is well below the amount you’d pay for similar quality in other brands? Yup. That’s why it has been my primary vocal microphone for the past several years.
What’s so great about this microphone? Well for starters, it just sounds fantastic. I’ve been asked many times how I get that “rich and radio-friendly” sound on my voice. The Rode is how.
Another feature of this microphone is the switchable polar pattern. That means you get to choose what kind of “directionality” the mic has – one direction (cardioid), bi-directional (figure-8) or omnidirectional.
As you can see in the picture to the left, you can also switch whether you want the bass (low) frequencies reduced or not. This is called a “roll-off” switch.
As a “condenser” microphone (see our article “What Are The Different Types of Microphones?” for what that means), you need an interface unit to plug this into if you want to use it for your computer-based home recoding studio. There are lots to choose from. I use a Focusrite Scarlett 2i2. This type of interface is basically just a box that you plug into your computer via USB (or thunderbolt or firewire, etc.). Then you plug the microphone into the box.
As with many large diaphragm condenser mics, the Rode NT2-A is idea for vocals, acoustic guitar and really, as a general all-around microphone.
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