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What I will bring you in this review
Since there isn’t much info on the NT2, I will outline the NT1 and compare/contrast towards the end. 🙂
- Ratings/Best Price
- Video Review
- Who this mic benefits?
- What you will need?
- Thoughts from Stu’s notepad
- Similarities & Differences
- Final Word
Now without further ado, let’s get rolling!
Rode NT1 (also comes in black)
- Amazon: 4.8/5 (Over 35 reviews) | Check eBay! | Check zZOUNDS!
- Sweetwater: 4.8/5 (Over 18 reviews)
- B&H Photo Video: 5/5 (limited reviews)
- Musicians Friend: 4.5/5 (limited reviews)
- Guitar Center: 5/5 (limited reviews)
- Microphone Type: Condenser
- Polar Pattern: Cardioid
- Diaphragm Size: 1″
- Frequency Response: 20Hz-20kHz
- Max SPL: 132dB. What is SPL?
- Self Noise: 4.5dB (A weighted)
- Color: Black, White
- Connector: XLR. What is XLR?
- Included Accessories: Shock Mount, Pop Screen
The Rode NT1 gets rave reviews pretty much everywhere. It’s solid as a barbell, with a flat and neutral response that still remains warm and inviting, like Grandma’s gingerbread cookies. 😛
It’s claim to fame is the 4.5dB of self noise, which makes it one of the worlds quietest microphones according to many.
- Flat, neutral response, while remaining crisp and punchy. Even sounding across the spectrum. Very natural.
- Comes with shock-mount and pop-filter, both of which are of a high quality.
- Exceptional build quality.
- The amazing Rode 10 year warranty.
- Responds well to EQ and Compression. Not a lot is needed either.
- Longevity. Built to last like Duralast. 😛
- Excellent mid-range.
- Low noise floor, meaning minimal extra sounds in the recording (ambient noise, room noise, etc.).
- No sibilance. What does Sibilant mean?
- The pop-filter according to many is sub-par. You will want to invest in a separate one.
Who this mic benefits?
I’ve seen it endorsed for:
- Miking instruments/amps, guitars.
- Acoustic Guitar.
- Female Mezzo vocals.
- Tenor male voices.
- Miking drums.
What you will need?
- 48v phantom power via audio interface.
- A good pop-filter
- A mic stand
- XLR cable(s).
This mic also may need a good preamp to shine. Preamp vs. Interface.
Some good options:
- Grace Design M1o1.
- DBX 286A.
Your audio interface options:
So to summarize:
There were some people who recommend a preamp + interface to improve the sound quality and reduce white noise. You could always try out just an interface and see how it sounds first.
Thoughts from Stu’s notepad
- Like all condenser microphones, this one will pick up quite a bit of background noise. Be prepared to employ some Acoustic Sound Treatment!
- The specs on this mic are very similar to the Nuemann U87.
An extremely quiet and versatile mic that is built to last. You will want to invest in a separate pop-filter for shizzle.
Similarities & Differences
- The capsules on both come from the Nuemann K67 design. What is a cardioid capsule? Both are center terminated and have the K67 back plate drilling pattern.
- The mics do well in similar applications.
- The NT2 modeled itself after the famous Nuemann U87, while the NT1 has a few different looks: A white mic, a black mic, a silver mic, and a similar appearance to the NT2 in silver as well.
- The NT2 is a dual diaphragm capsule since it supports both omni-directional and cardioid features. The NT1 only has a cardioid pattern.
- The Max SPL for the NT2 is a bit lower than the NT1.
- The self noise of the NT1 is significantly lower than the NT2. The NT1 is well known for being one of the quietest mics on the planet.
- The NT2 has both a -10dB pad and a Hi pass filter, unlike the NT1.
Rode NT2 information
This mic is basically ghost on the internet. There’s only a few articles about it, and it’s not sold on amazon or any other site.
- Microphone Type: Condenser
- Polar Pattern: Omni-directional, Cardioid
- Diaphragm: 1″
- Max SPL: 130dB
- Impedance: 40 Ohm
- Self Noise: 14dB (A weighted)
- Color: Silver
- Weight: 530g
- Pad: -10dB
- Filter: High Pass Filter
- Connector: XLR.
- Included Accessories: SM-1 Shock Mount, Spare elastics, European thread adapter, foam windscreen, padded aluminum flight case.
I would definitely go with the NT1, as it’s much more affordable, comes in a kit with everything you need, has really great reviews, and is super quiet to boot. The problem with the NT2 is that it’s just really hard to find! I didn’t even come across a place where you can purchase it. The NT2 does have some extra bells and whistles, but I’ve heard it’s retail price was around $800. Not 100% sure if this is accurate though.
Well that’s about it for today my friend! I hope you’ve enjoyed this article on the Rode NT1 vs. NT2.
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