Rode NT2A Mods

Rode NT2-A

The Rode NT1-A and NT2-A made substantial changes to the original Jim Williams circuit designs. Both the new mics utilized surface-mount components, and high capsule polarization voltage. The result is that both microphones had excellent specifications for self-noise.

However, both models are plagued by the "Chinese Microphone Syndrome," namely the use of a peaky and bright capsule with a linear circuit. While both capsule and circuit are excellent by any objective measure, the combination yields a sonic profile that can be hyped and piercing on some sources.

If you find your NT2-A to be too bright for your most common recording applications, we would normally recommend one simple fix: replace the mic's original capsule with our RK-47. However, the RK-47 does not fit the Rode mounting post/saddle. You would have to retrofit our short mounting post into your NT2A, in order to install the capsule.

RK-12 capsule

Because that is more work than most DIY customers are willing to do, we have this alternative recommendation: replace the NT2-A capsule with our RK-12. It has a smoother top end, fuller lows, and a less-pronounced high-frequency presence peak than the Rode capsule. It will not give you a radical re-voicing, but should be more usable on more sources than the original. And it will screw easily onto the Rode saddle.

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