Rode NT1A vs. NT2A Recording Studio

Rode NT1A

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Rode NT1A vs. NT2A Recording StudioOctober 1, 2017

The NT1a is a basic bargain and the NT2a is a totally different product. The NT2a is crisp and very transparent. It also has a variable pattern , pad and roll off. Its a big step up from the 1a in my opinion. It does have its obvious limitations.
Have you ever wondered what the main differences are between the Rode NT1a vs. NT2A? Well look no further as I take an in depth look at these two microphones!

Before we get started, grab a snack, sit back and relax because..

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Specifications
Microphone Type: Small diaphragm condenser. Large diaphragm vs. Small diaphragm.
Polar Pattern:Cardioid
Diaphragm Size: 1 (25.4mm)
Frequency Response: 20Hz-20kHz
Max SPL: 137 dB.
Output Impedance: 100 Ohms
Self Noise: 5dB (A weighted)
Color: Beige/Gold
Connector: XLR.
Weight: 0.7 lbs.
Included Accessories: Shock Mount, Pop Filter, 20 Mic Cable, Dust Cover
Manufacturer Part Number: NT1-A

Rode NT2A

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Rode NT2AOctober 1, 2017

Specifications
Microphone Type: Condenser.
Polar Pattern: Cardioid
Diaphragm Size: 1 (25.4mm)
Frequency Response: 20Hz-20kHz
Max SPL: 147 dB
Low cut filter: 40Hz, 80Hz
Pads: -5dB, -10dB
Output Impedance: 200 Ohms
Self Noise: 7dB (A weighted)
Color:Silver/Gold
Connector: XLR.
Weight: 1.9 lbs.
Included Accessories: Shock Mount, Pop Filter, 20 Mic Cable, Dust Cover
Manufacturer Part Number: NT2-A Package

Advice

If you need a mic strictly for instruments, and would rather save some money, the NT1A is a good choice. It is really well regarded, but does have some flaws that had to be addressed.

If you want a mic that is extremely versatile, with a ton of added features, go with the NT2A. It has been hailed as quite a workhorse piece, is rock solid and durable to boot, and comes with that almost revolutionary 10 year warranty (purchased through Rode’s website).