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Rode NT1 vs. NT2 | OLD VS. NEW!

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Rode NT1 vs. NT2

Rode NT1 vs. NT2

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. 🙂

  1. Ratings/Price
  2. Specifications
  3. Summary
  4. Pros
  5. Cons
  6. Video Review
  7. Who this mic benefits?
  8. What you will need?
  9. Thoughts from Stu’s notepad
  10. Consensus/Conclusion
  11. Similarities & Differences
  12. Final Word

Now without further ado, let’s get rolling!

Rode NT1 (also comes in black)

Rode NT1

Rode NT1

Ratings/Price

Specifications

  • 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

Summary

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.

Pros

  • 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?

Cons

  • The pop-filter according to many is sub-par. You will want to invest in a separate one.

Video Review

Who this mic benefits?

I’ve seen it endorsed for:

  • Miking instruments/amps, guitars.
  • Vocals/Singing.
  • Rap/Hip-Hop.
  • Podcasting.
  • Acoustic Guitar.
  • Female Mezzo vocals.
  • Tenor male voices.
  • Miking drums.
  • Tutorials
  • Narration

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.

Consensus/Conclusion

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

Similarities

  • 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.

Differences

  • 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

Rode NT2

Rode NT2

Ratings/Price

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.

Specifications

  • 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.

Final Word

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 expensive.

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Well that’s about it for today my friend! I hope you’ve enjoyed this article on the Rode NT1 vs. NT2.

Questions? Comments? Requests? Did I miss the mark on something? Please let me know down below or Contact me!!

Which of these tickles your pickle? Are you thinking about searching out a good deal on the NT2? I would love to hear from you. Until next time..

All the best and God bless,

 

 

-Stu

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