NT-2 Multi-Pattern Condenser Microphone



The Rode NT2 is a large-diaphragm FET condenser that could be switched from Cardioid to Omni pickup patterns. It is a multipattern version of the NT1, the two microphones share a circuit design. Both were designed by Jim Williams of Audio Upgrades.
According to Jim Williams, both circuits use high-quality components, including Hitachi transistors, a JFET from Siliconix, Roderstein metal-film resistors and Wima polypropylene film caps. Every component on the circuit board is handpicked, as Williams describes them, the NT1 and NT2 were pre-modded.
The specs for the mic changed over its lifetime, for example, the self-noise ranged from <14dBA to 17dBA. Max SPL ranged from 130 dB to 135 dB (or 145 with the pad). Whether these changes were due to circuitry improvements or test methodology changes is unknown.
Rode NT2 capsule is from Saturn Sound. The capsule in the NT2 appear to be derivatives of the Neumann K67, both are center-terminated, and the photos we`ve seen reveal the characteristic K67 backplate drilling pattern. The NT2 version is a dual-diaphragm capsule, to enable the mic`s omnidirectional pattern.
A switch on the mic body enables either a high-pass filter, or a -10dB pad, or neither.
The NT2 body is made of nickel-plated brass. Shock mount not included.