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I am about to buy a 003 and some new microphones and was considering the RØDE NT1a but soon realised that i had enough cash for the nt2a. My question is because the nt2a has different pads and polar pattern settings etc will it be just as good as a mic in the same price range thats focussed on a specific polar pattern etc.. I will be using the mic for vocals, mainly for me but also for other people as well as acoustic guitars.

if i've missed something out which i'm sure i have just ask me and i'll try and answer it as best as i can. btw my price range is about $800(aus)

any help would be great


sheet Tue, 05/15/2007 - 04:09
Have you heard a Rode mic? They are all very different. Some good, some not so good, but all usually bright and bitey on the top end. There are maybe two or three exceptions.

Buy your mics from a dealer that will let you return it if you do not like it. You will have to see if it works for your voice.

I understand that you are in Australia and this may be your cheapest choice, due to conversion/taxes etc on imports.

Pro Audio Guest Tue, 05/15/2007 - 06:23
No i havent so what i might do is hire it out for the day, i'm relatively new to recording as you can probably tell but i was also wondering what other mikes are in that price range to test out. The NT2a is about $700(aus) i was also thinking the NTK which is about $945(aus) if that gives you some indication of the difference in prices. But as you said they will sound different so i will have to test them out.

thanks for the response

zemlin Tue, 05/15/2007 - 09:49
I have a pair of NT2000s - same basic design as the 2A - same capsule. Nice mic. No bite. The only sample I have online is from a live recording, but when a mic records harmonica without sounding harsh, I think that's a good sign.

This sample has been posted here before, but it was addressing a different question. The NT2000 was on vox/harp ... oops ... no harp on this track.

Boswell Wed, 05/16/2007 - 03:01
I think the NT2-A is an excellent mic for the money. It is wonderfully quiet, and can be set to work on a wide range of tasks. I have a pair of them, and exploit their pattern flexibility to be used X-Y, M-S or A-B. M-S Blumlein (both mics fig-8) is particularly impressive, and is one of my favourite configurations for acoustic guitar.

When using the NT2-A in cardioid, you have to be a little careful what sound sources you have off-axis, as that's where the "edge" in the sound can creep in. Also, for vocals, make sure you use a good pop shield.

For all-round performance and flexibility, I think the NT2-A has few equals up to twice its price.