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The RØDE K2 is a premium valve condenser microphone featuring dual 1” gold sputtered diaphragms. Infinitely variable control of the polar pattern from omnidirectional through cardioid and bidirectional/figure-8 provides the freedom and flexibility to excel in any recording situation.
High-performance specifications (including a maximum SPL of 162dB) are combined with the character and subtleties of the legendary mics of the 1950s to provide a microphone that not only provides world-class vocals but is perfectly at home recording a wide range of instruments both up-close or in a wider ‘room’ capacity.
The RØDE K2 microphone is designed and made in Australia, and covered by RØDE Microphones' industry leading 10 year warranty.
|Acoustic Principle||Pressure Gradient|
|Active Electronics||Valve/tube impedance converter with bipolar output buffer|
|Frequency Range||20Hz - 20kHz|
|Maximum SPL||162dB SPL (@ 1kHz, 1% THD into 1KΩ load)|
|Maximum Output Level||30.0mV|
|Sensitivity||-36.0dB re 1 Volt/Pascal (16.00mV @ 94 dB SPL) +/- 2 dB @ 1kHz|
|Equivalent Noise Level (A-weighted)||10dB-A|
|Dimensions||208.00mmH x 55.00mmW x 55.00mmD|
|Warranty||1 year with free extension to 10 years following registration here|
As a vocal mic, the K2 sounds very classy indeed, and it has been deliberately engineered to be reminiscent of classic studio mics. It is, however, rather quieter than some of these tube classics, and probably a lot cheaper to service given that the tubes used in the Rode mics don't belong to an endangered species.
Anyone in the market for a large-diaphragm multi-pattern mic should audition the K2.
The K2’s specs are impressive and the continuously variable pattern control is no gimmick – it’s a winner.
The K2’s sound is extremely smooth, lacking any hint of harshness – it’s a great sounding microphone.
And the $64,000 question: how does the K2 stack up against the C12/U47 yardsticks? Well, after a number of weeks with this mic, in my opinion, RØDE can hold its head high in such lofty company.
The K2 is a perfect all-rounder for studios large and small with Tube technology that you would expect from a unit ten times its price.
Since I started using the RØDE K2 my U-87s have been gathering dust
I was quite impressed and would gladly put this in the running with many other great vocal mics in my collection.
As you can tell, I like this microphone very much.
The danger is that you’ll read this review, note the price, and assume that the mic can’t be that good. Do me a favor: Put the price aside and give this mic a listen. I think you’ll be extremely impressed. I sure was...
I have owned and used just about every RØDE microphone for one reason - they work in critical environments and make engineering easier! A pair of K2s were my main overhead microphones in a busy studio that I managed where time was critical. The K2s always allowed my drum sound a warmth and clarity despite the not-so-perfect room. They are so versatile and can wear the many hats that are needed in any studio environment, whether it be a home studio or a commercial facility where bang for buck is important. You will always be happy that you invested in a RØDE microphone because it will work for you.
The RØDE K2 Tube microphone is nothing short of amazing. It could very well be the very best mix of quality and value in the highly competitive mic market today.
I myself have been using the K2 for about 6 months now & have completely fallen in love with it. I love the clarity it brings to the vocals as well as the depth it posses & can make any person with headphones on hear all of their flaws which proves it possess 100 percent clarity. I have found that any type of vocals I record with the K2 have always come out clear even when doing vocal parts such as whispers or soft spoken parts. You can always rely on this model to shine through no matter if you're recording vocals for Hip Hop, Pop music or R&B music, we even used it for one or two rock projects & still the K2 passed the test for outstanding quality & tone no matter what kind of voice is being recorded. Bottom line is the K2 is my only choice no matter who or what style music I'm recording.
I did an exhaustive comparison and listened to AKG, Neumann and other commercially available studio microphones. The comparison was fascinating to say the least.
In terms of outstanding performance and excellent value for money the K2 from RØDE was the standout for me and that's what I bought. If there was a better bang for my buck, I couldn't find it.
Being Australian made and coming with a 10 year warranty were also major influencers.
The build quality is excellent. These are some of the finest tube mics being made.
I have owned K2 for almost one year and used it mainly for vocal. The high SPL handling is really impressive comparing to other mic I have ever had, nevertheless the variable polar pattern and full package including the large shock mount.
Used this mic on my old Gibson tube amp. Sounded warm and gorgeous
As a small project studio owner, I was searching for the one microphone that I could use on the most sources. After weeks of research, I decided to purchase the K2. Wow. I was not dissapointed at all. If you are looking for an accurate mic, look no futher. The multipattern feature alone is worth the price of admission. Great on vocals, especially hip-hop, and great on acoutic guitar. Put it in Omni mode and throw it over a drum kit. Grab another figure 8 mic, and use the Blumlein technique. This mic is SO versatile, I would reccomend it to anyone looking for a mic that can do more.
Having now used the K2 in a variety of situations for over a year, I can safely say that I have never used such a dependable, excellent sounding microphone in anything near this price range. You owe it to yourself to really listen to this beauty. What I like most about it is the absolute predictability of its sonic character and response. After a 15 minute warm up, it is rock solid for as long as you can stand to record it. The smoothness of the frequency response is a MAJOR plus for an engineer, requiring only simple, non-obtrusive EQ to obtain spectacular results! The low noise, high SPL handling, and balanced sensitivity are a joy to work with in almost every way.
I've yet to find something that won't sound good on this mic. Can handle very high SPL. This is one LDC that i'm not afraid to use on a guitar amp or a bass drum. I liked it so much that the following day, i got my second K2.
Just when I thought I'd heard it all from RØDE, they went and threw me a curve. I had already owned the NT1-A, NT1-A and NT2000, but wanted something with a bit different character. The one element I insisted on was Rode's benchmark non existent self noise. The K2 did NOT dissapoint here. It went further. I finally had a chance to cut some vocal tracks with it a few weeks ago. The clarity coupled with the overall smoothness is something you can NOT describe with words.... you HAVE to hear it. Built like a Rolls Royce and with a superb power supply, it has it all (including that nice long power supply cord which should take you easily from control room to recording room). What a great product for an unreal low price. I truly feel this affords a NO compromise result...
I compare this mic with reference to u87 as standard. If YOU need a rich,creamy vocal that can be compete with modern commercial quality, this is the mic. A quality preamp will do alot for this mic, i match it with a avalon 737, pull up the a few db on 20k for abit of air, and i can say honestly, nothing within even twice the price can beat.
Don't even look at the price....is unreal compared to the quality it gives.
It is recommended to have this done by your nearest authorized RØDE service centre, however if you wish to do this yourself you must be very careful not to injure yourself. Ensure the microphone is not powered, and that you are grounded before touching any circuitry.
No, whilst these power supplies do not require phantom power, they are built to cope with being fed phantom power and this will not damage the equipment. It is however advised that where possible, to turn off phantom power when not in use.
The cable between the K2 microphone and the K2 power supply uses a standard 7 pin XLR connection. Whilst not widely available, many good professional audio shop should be able to get hold of the parts to make one for you. The cable is pin to pin.
Please be aware that you should only use good quality cable and connectors for connection between the PSU and the mic. Replacement cables are available from RØDE through our chain of distributors, RØDE can only supply the cable in a standard 10m length.
The tubes we use in our microphones have been selected to give our customers the best performance possible with our designs. Low noise, sound quality and of course long life are taken into consideration with every design and subsequent tube selection.
The tubes are purchased in bulk from various manufacturers which we then subject every tube to a series of tests that start with a 'burn in' period that will result in those tubes that do not meet our high tolerances being rejected. We test for noise, microphonics and output.
These tubes have a very long working life and in many cases we have found RØDE tube microphones that have been used for over 10 years that still meet full specifications.
RØDE Tube Mics,Tube (graded and selected for low noise)
That depends on the tube. It could be a low-quality old tube!
Do some research on the tube sites and you will start to get an idea of what is good and what is just 'smoke and mirrors'. There is quite a lot of mythology surrounding tubes with wild claims being made. The reality is that tube technology was at its peak in the 50&60's and so it stands to reason that the manufacturers of that time did have some mature technology, and so produced high-quality, high-tolerance devices.
When transistors started to take over, the demand for premium and high specification tubes started to decline to the point where none of the high end producers in the US, Germany or UK were viable and so their production ceased. Tubes continued to be made in Russia and other 'soviet block' countries, and of course China - in many instances these were for military applications. These factories have been at the forefront of the current tube supply, but it must be remembered that other than the audio industry, there is no need for tubes today and that is why the brands such as Telefunken, GE, Sylvania, Mullard etc are not in the game anymore.
How will you know what to buy? There are many web sites and vendors for NOS tubes and they supply lots of information. If you have the time, start reading and you will begin to see a pattern where certain old brands and styles keep being mentioned. That is a good guide.
The prices are rising because of rarity, but modern production for certain tubes such as the ones we currently use in our microphones is certainly equal to anything from the past. It comes down to knowing how to select and test, and of course grading them accordingly. It is fun to experiment, so go ahead, but please ensure you don't use tubes not designed for the circuit, or the results will not only disappoint, but you could also damage your microphone.
This is a complex question, which depends on many factors. The tubes we use are of very high quality and have been selected to be the optimum choice for our designs. There are many NOS (new old stock) tubes on the market that in some cases can change the tonal, noise and distortion characteristics of your microphone.
While you may be happy with the result, you may also be disappointed and find the tube that came with the microphone sounds better. To find out, you will need to experiment and that can be expensive but of course the choice is yours if you wish to experiment.
We choose our tube type carefully to allow us to have enough stock to manufacture in the quantites required to satisfy our customers whilst keeping the mic characteristics constant and to ensure support for the product for many years to come.
All tubes are microphonic to a certain degree. That means if you tap them when in circuit you will hear that sound in your signal. Some are much worse than others, and can cause problems when they are modulated by vibration, or in extreme cases even by the sound you are recording!
How do you get a low-microphonic tube? Order one with that specification. It will have been tested, with many rejected from a batch. On average RØDE fail 20% of all tubes, this ensures that the ones we do use will be low-noise and low-microphonic.
RØDE Valve mics are sold complete with a power supply and connecting power cable. The power supplies can be repaired or replaced under warranty if faulty, but are not available for individual purchase.
For repairs in your country please contact your local distributor using our technical support page.
All available replacement tubes can be purchased by contacting your nearest authorised service agent / distributor, using our WHERE TO BUY tab at the top of this page.
Unfortunatly RØDE can only supply replacment cables in a standard 10m length. However these cables can be modified by any competent audio service technician.
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