Rode NT2-A by JordansVoice
Over a year ago I was in the market to upgrade from a $100 entry level microphone to a mid-to-higher grade microphone. After many hours, OK maybe days, of research I went with the Rode NT2-A microphone and couldn’t be happier.
The Rode NT2-A is a large diaphragm condenser microphone and features 3 pickup patterns – cardioid, omnidirectional, and figure 8. It offers a convenient high-pass filter switch for 40hz or 80hz. A Pad adjustment switch is also included. The microphone is made in Australia with an average retail price of $400 USD.
After holding this microphone in your hands you’ll quickly realize its build quality. It has weight and feels extremely solid and durable. It’s also very pleasing to the eye with a silver colored satin finish. A very sleek and professional looking microphone indeed.
I needed a microphone that was versatile enough to handle the many textures and ranges of my voice. Depending on the copy and direction I may read a script in a deep, soft, soothing voice. Then I may read a different script in a higher pitched, energetic, edgy voice. This microphone has been able to handle everything I’ve thrown at it.
A short description of how this microphone sounds is smooth, silky, warm, and present. It really enhances the low frequencies and body of my voice without making it sound muddy or smeary. It adds that extra “punch” to your voice that will make it stand out. Having the high-pass filter switch set to 80hz is also a convenient way of preventing muddiness.
Capturing the textures and nuances of any voice style is where this microphone really shines. Some other similarly microphones may capture these details but end up sounding extremely harsh or bright.
This microphone has been used on a good portion of my voice over work the past year. I’ve received many positive comments on the audio quality of my recordings. I can proudly say that the Rode NT2-A is a primary contributor to that excellent sound quality.
The quality, features, and versatility this microphone offers for the price is truly valuable. I’d recommend this microphone to anyone.