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Rode K2 Question

Discussion in 'Pro Audio Equipment' started by eddies880, Dec 20, 2004.

  1. eddies880

    eddies880 Guest

    Ive been in the Vocal Booth section asking questions about mics-------------this question is about the rode K2.
    I placed it here hoping to get a quicker response.
    From what Ive read,the K2 is a great mic for vocals-------------my question is-------does the mic sound "too tubey" at times,ot does it have a natural sound do it??
  2. miks

    miks Guest

    ive got one and its a great mic for vocals and accoustic guitar. Its not tubey for me when i run it through a seb pre. I guess the preamp also plays a factor in how the mic sounds.
  3. David French

    David French Well-Known Member

    Ah a true Aussie patriot! I have a similar all-Aussie vocal chain of NTK, VMP-2000e. Nice.
  4. boheme6

    boheme6 Guest

    it does not have an exaggerated 'tubey' sound at all.. it's very smooth.
  5. maintiger

    maintiger Well-Known Member

    I've been using it lately for vocals in omni mode- it just goes on forever.... the only drawback is that when a cruiser goes by with their subwoofers blasting omni mode picks it up and it ruins the take- still, doesn't happen that much so I can live with it, giving the results i get for vocals in omni :D
  6. you record your lead vox in omni with the k2 over cadiod?? why?
    i'll test it when i get to my studio but i've never recorded a lead using omni
  7. maintiger

    maintiger Well-Known Member

    I am working on a Cuban project and I found that the K2 in omni gives it a lotta 'air' If you are doing rock you probably should do cardioid to give it 'balls'- yet again, it would be worth a try to see what kind of sound you get in omni doing rock... experimenting sometimes gives you real cool unexpected results. I just did the omni thing for the heck of it and I liked what I got- it started by putting the mic halfway between omni and cardioid- I liked the sound I got there so the next step was to try it in omni and I liked it even better for the particular Cuban project i've been working on- :D


    Would people say the K2 is a "great bang for the buck" mic or (and) a mic that is capable of getting truly pro results? If asked how it competes with U99s and L47s etc would the answer be: "It contends well", or "It is of equal quality"?

    When I first heard the C1 I thought it was a great mic for the money. Then after hearing other higher end mics it started to sound thin and lacking depth in comparison. I'm not interested in a "it's good or even extremely good for the price" type of vocal mic. I'm looking for something that doesn't compromise its sound in exchange for a lower price.


  9. maintiger

    maintiger Well-Known Member

    in our sculture we can not get away from making comparisons where money is involved, as money is a yardstick that measures things that are 'good' or 'good for the money' I have not compared a K2 with a U99 or L47 so sorry I can not coment on that.
    I do have an RCA D77 and have access to U87's and I have chosen the K2 over those in a number of ocasions. It all comes down to the sound you want or need for the job at hand, and the K2 has a different sound than he other 2 mics, which by the way are the most wxpensive ones that I have access to at the present time.

    I also have a few other mics, nt1, 319's, gt55's. and I really don't use them much for what I use the K2, U87 or D77 the most: lead vocals. If I had a u99, which its a tube mic like the K2, perhaps I would like it better and use it instead- I don't know since I don't have one available. But I do go to the k2 at the present time a lot over the 87 and the 77.

    I agree with your comments on the c1 as it happened to me with the nt1 as well. I thought it was a 'good mic for the money' and by the way, it still is. It gets a tottally useable sound, especially when paired with good pres and Ad. But I won't go to it over the k2, 87 or 77. these mics are my current go to- so to partially answer your question the K2 produce for me results that are comparable, in my book, to what I get from the u87's and the D77 so I view it as a quality mic and not just 'good for the money' mic. As to if I would choose it over an u99 or not, I will answer that question when and if I get access to a 99. :p

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