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Rode Microphones NT2-A Review – Definition Of Versatility

4.8 out of 5 stars

Australian mic brand Rode’s NT2 was something of a legend in the higher-end condenser mic market, although it was sadly discontinued in the early part of the 21st century. But fear not! The multi-pattern NT2-A is its spiritual successor, with an astounding range of features. Let’s take a closer look to see if it can stand up to its predecessor.



From a distance, the NT2-A doesn’t look too unique. It features a relatively standard chassis with a somewhat small grille with a side-address layout. With a sturdy all-metal body, the NT2-A is finished in a light champagne – again pretty standard, but quite attractive. Most importantly, this mic is built like a tank. Crafted in Rode’s facility in Australia, it is more than capable of withstanding daily abuse in even the busiest studios.

While a simple mic in design, it’s only when you take a closer look at the panel on the side of the NT2-A that you notice the details. Compared to many other popular mics in this price range, this model is swamped with switches, which offer a good hint as to the features the NT2-A brings to the table.



It’s the hardware that makes the Rode NT2-A the microphone that it is. The capsule itself is a large 1” gold-sputtered unit, with very well-designed circuitry and an internal shock mount for an ultra-low noise performance. Quite standard at this price range, but very solid.

Looking at the panel we have mentioned, this is where the real versatility arrives. We find a trio of three-position switches. Firstly, we find a switch to change between three polar patterns (cardioid, omnidirectional and figure-8), as well as a high-pass filter that switches between a flat setting, 40Hz mode and 80Hz mode. Finally, the attenuation switch offers a -5dB and -10dB pad as well as the zero attenuation position.

Specs-wise, the listed frequency response range is 20Hz to 20kHz, with a high 147dB max SPL. In addition, this mic comes with a good-quality external shock mount, a mic cable, pop filter and dust cover.


Core performance is as solid as it gets, although the focus with the NT2-A is still on versatility. Because of this it is excellent for a wide range of applications, both vocal and instrumental. Vocals are smooth and warm, with good transparency – no matter what kind of vocal profile you are recording, it works well.

Thanks to its array of switches, pads and filters – and that hefty max SPL – you can use the NT2-A to comfortably record pretty much any instrument, from acoustic guitar to drumkits to full orchestras. As we have mentioned, the self-noise is very low and should pose no problems in delivering a clean recording.


With so many features, the Rode NT2-A is the Swiss army knife of large-diaphragm condenser microphones under $500. It sounds great whatever you are recording and the myriad of switches make it an incredibly handy addition to any studio or live scenario.

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