Submitted May 10, 2006
"Silky, Smooth, Warm & Upfront"
A superb mic and probably the finest sounding mic in its class and 10 times more. It beats the Soundelus U195 anyday of week for vocals, its much better than AT series mics, much better than any SE mic i have tried, and it holds its own weight with much more expensive mics from Europe.
This multi pattern condenser sounds very silky indeed. I just sold my AT4047 to fun this mic, and with the savings i bought a Focusrite Voicemaster Pro mic pre. This is one killer sounding mic on male vocals. Its smooth and very flattering, almost like a tube mic. I love apply gentle +1/-1db cuts and boosts of Eq (on the Voicemaster) to shape the sound just the way i want it. Its very responsive to effects and thats what shines about this mic. I'm using it to record male vocals for smooth RnB vocals. I love the Voicemaster with this mic, as i can go through the various stages of processors to get a very polished sound on vocals. Compared to my old AT4047 (a very underated mic), this mic blows it away for smoothness and overall sound quality. This mic is also quieter, and feels much more solid.
I think its safe to say that this mic is Rodes version of Neumanns U87. It costs 10 times less, and performs just as good, if not better. I an busy mix it would be difficult to pick the best mic, but in solo the NT2A sounds much more flattering without any eq or other effects. The multi patterns are brilliant and just like the u87 you can switch from one to the other without any cheap artifacts like chinese mics with multipatterns.
Ease of Use
Its pretty much a plug and play mic, although i wish it came with the shockmount that the K2 comes with. I use the clip instead, which does the job.
The build quality of this mic is superlative. Its solid, and free from any housing noise. The mic is well engineered inside with zero clutter (think Apple G5), and it feels heavy and looks impressive. The gold plated XLR is a bonus as well as solid polar pattern switches. Overall i love this mic to bits. I paid a very low price and may just pick up another or get a K2 tube mic instead, or another brand like the Neumann TLM 103 for a different flavour.
Worth every cent, this mic is worth 5-10 times its asking price, no kiddin. Its much better than the old NT2, infact its a different mic all together. The top end is much smoother and not ragged like so many other mics.
I have use Rode support in the US, and they are fairly good. I was told that Rode mics now come with 10 Years of warranty.
The Wow Factor
The look of this mic is very slick, its not big and bulky like all the far east mic, but its a heavy mic - you need a good mic stand. It looks and feels solid, and should last for decades if kept well.
US RnB like Joe, Mario, Usher, etc.
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