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
Max SPL: 130dB
Impedance: 40 Ohm
Self Noise: 14dB (A weighted)
Filter: High Pass Filter
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 expensive.
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