All user reviews for the RODE K2

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Average Score:4.5( 4.5/5 based on 12 reviews )
 5 reviews42 %
 6 reviews50 %
Value For Money : Excellent
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JimboSpins's review"A do it all microphone"

The Rode K2 is a Large Diaphragm vacuum tube condenser microphone with a very low self noise and a good wide dynamic range. The K2 has a very classic sound to it once you start changing the tubes you will see how much better this microphone can get than what it already is. The Rode K2 is very good for vocals and a few different instruments. I have heard it on acoustic guitar and on piano and it sounds great with both of those instruments. The K2 is built very tough and can take some abuse without it causing any problems. One of the things that I disliked about the Rode K2 is some times the mids and low mids get a little over powering. You might not notice it at first but when you go to do your final touches on the mix you will hear how bad it can get. I had to do some pulling back on those lower mid frequencies and boost some high end frequencies from time to time. This could just be on my voice , I am not sure because I have not recorded anyone else with this microphone to compare too.


This microphone cost 700 dollars and can compete with microphones in the 1000 dollar range easily. I have been using this microphone since 2010 and stop using it in 2011 due to getting some near gear for my home studio. It has an shock mount built in that has great vibration resistance. The K2 has a good finish on it and doesn’t scratch easy and it will look great in your studio. I have used many of Rode’s microphones and the K2 is one of the better ones they make, it is priced fairly and competitively. It will last you a long time if you take care of it. It doesn’t matter what kind of music you make or even what instrument you are playing and recording, the Rode K2 will take care of it.

roadwarrior's review"Rode K2"

Musician for 43 years (guitar) and a recording engineer since 1988. I write and produce faith based music now. I love jazz, folk/pop and acoustic music of most kinds.

Purchased at Sweetwater for $650 as my primary vocal mic for recording

Built like a Rolls Royce Sweet upper register with no harshness. Great mids and superb low end with great dynamic range. Absolutely noise free with unreal low noise floor. Nearly every mic on the market has a minimum of at least 14db or more of self noise. This one is a mere 10db and you can't hear it unless perhaps you had a very poor preamp. It has nice heft and a great molded carry case with the separate control which allows for all polar patterns via a nice knob. This is seamless as well....not notched. Warm up is quick and you're up and running in minutes. The tube is easily replaceable. Rode hand picks and pre burns in each tube so you can't go wrong. They obviously care about the output of this model.

Sometimes I want a little more bite in the mids, but for that I choose one of their other solid state mics.

Solid as a rock with the finest components used. All quiet surface mount boards with tight fit and no rattles. Excellent damping on the capsule as well. All connections are of course gold plated.

I don't feel one can get a better mic under $2000. Against some of the venerable Neumann's it holds up just fine. In fact until you really start to get up above the $4000 mark you really can't realize much better than this.

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dar-dar's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" a good mic"

Static Mic lamp, three directional


I've had 10 months in my home studio.

I tested a number of models ranging from Chinese mic 200 euros until neumann U87. By changing the lamp Tesla advocated by rroland (thank you to him), we arrive at a class its really slipping into the mix without a lot of tweaking the mix. I pass in a single Goldmike.

I tested it on my voice and that of a singer I work with and also on my acoustic guitars.

The microphone is true, with a nice relief. 3 directional enable wider use and exploration of decision to make.

Given the result, I find it really fair price. In any case an excellent value for money. I additionally, a microphone that surprised me the Oktava MK-105 in very good voice and excellent on acoustic guitars.

Delenda's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

making sound / voice acoustic instruments


3 years
no points of comparison in this price range.

+ Nice look / sound nice and finally ... for female voices (bass with us in relation to female standard), the tendency to eat by its lower midrange. So actually an impasto effect ... But we have realized that a sound from the part not influence bad, on the other hand the physical "approach" micro changed much sound (what a discovery .. ). Caught with k2, and if we play with the directivity and that shifts the attack (via / distance) we really get sounds nice.
Similarly by having left connected by chance (yes I am a burne ..) I made some really beautiful acoustic recordings (guitars).
Value for money: good
Yes I would do this choice, in line microphone that can do everything correctly. Basically for us, a singer / singer = 1 microphone. I mean there a voice, if you want to make it special, to "find" the microphone, and in this sense full of surprises are possible (positive in terms of budget). (ElectroVoice for serious female voice example). remains the K2 is a good mic, polyvalent.Je will also change the lamp for TESLA, to hear what happens.

Massimino's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Micro good enough!"

Micro lamp (6922) with three directional patterns for voice and instruments. Comes in a bag with food, and suspension cables 7 pin XLR.


I use it for 1 month and I vien to change the lamp, electo harmonix 6922 (poor quality because the sound is dry and rough) and after changing the lamp to a Tesla E88CC micro changes completely! A more accurate, more musical and warm, pretty low medium and treble well crafted not "ssss" or "ffff", a more forward in the mix.

I had micro low end starting MXL v67g, behringer, prodipe, I am the above. Miss her strangely can rapeler that of a TLM193.

What I like least is c: the lamp of origin ... I almost resell the microphone but no question of the sale. It has its place in a park largely micro c is on. But beware c is the mix that makes the difference behind like all Mic ...

If I had the choice again I would certainly do it again but I prefer to test several other mics for comparison

HomestudisteRap's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Not bad"

Micro Lamp
Miking mixed


I used 2 months. Before that I had tested or microphones such as Neumann TLM 103 and U87, the prodipe stc 3d, behringer b2 pro, Rode NT2, AKG Perception 220, m-audio sputnik and so it rode k2.

This mic is not bad, far from it.
That said if you are looking only for a microphone jacks voice (which was my case) I think there are better (in this price range I think the "Oktava mk-105" in "neumann tlm 102", to "mk4 Senheiser" in "AUDIO TECHNICA AT4033", etc ...)

Anyway, that's why I sold it and I saved to buy a Neumann TLM 193 (very very good mic that I recommend to everyone)

The value for money is good.

With experience I will not go that choice, but again this microphone is good, it is an excellent choice for those who want a fairly versatile microphone.

rollandh's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Versatile"

Used for the vocals, guitar amps, bass, bass drum (ext).
Micro lamp, I changed the lamp for a tesla 1968.
High quality workmanship. Multiple directivity. Book competitions which suitcase.


For 3 years I have I am more happy with this microphone. The lamp Tesla compares the original, gives a smooth and finer grain on the mic. So the field is really wide uses.

It's really a very very good mic indeed. Like any electrostatic he needs a good sound if taken screaming hello.
It has the character But after changing the lamp is just beautiful.

on the other hand relamping enlve warranty of 10 years. Personally I really had no choice because I needed a versatile, and can not afford to buy other microphones the era of this template.

I highly recommend it.


rafi75000's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

I sell the microphone RODE K2 NEW in its Mellette ever used for recording, I bought th July, I sell 350 new euros.
for those who are interested contact me at 0626214263 or mail:

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oze974's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Tube Microphone


I used the past month and I find nikel ... before I worked with nt1a and 2 and I were as happy with the brand j I wanted to try a top model ....
value for money I think is excellent
J beucoup I hesitated before purchasing but if I had I would do it again without hesitation!
I recommend it to anyone looking for a good microphone for voice (n I is not trying with instruments) I do hip hop and frankly ... there s more bcp is true but more expensive .......

Jiem_971's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Tube microphone multidirectional spécialment I use for voice.

excellent packaging, already a very good point: Original bag, nice suspension (solid +) which is good, beautiful micro (neat, beautiful design).
we feel that Rode has treated its product, it is not shit!


I use the microwave for a week: I have one thing to say ... BEAUTIFUL! in every sense of the word!

It has an accuracy in the midrange and treble without neglecting the low frequencies, the sound is warm as it should be no loud or aggressive.

I did some vocal takes with it brings out the voices in a good tone (it may be a little flattering, but I love me!). bcp people said it sounded rather "fat", I find this mic to know the voices well forward, + even need to mix the voice for hours, the mic itself is already half Taff!
I was really impressed with the robust and reliable hand, I understand why he received the award for best studio microphone in 2004 ...

the price / quality ratio is unbeatable! in this price (600 € and dust) can not get any better (maybe the SE Electronics Z 5600 A). This strongly reminds me micro TB1 MK2 Studio Projects in terms of sound reproduction (which I have not tested if it lonten ...), but still rode + accurate + end!

I highly recommend it for all styles of music where the voice needs to be put forward (hip hop, reggae, dancehall, rock etc ...), you will not regret it ...

this choice I would do 1000 times if I could, it's frankly my best investment for a microphone to date (I have another one between sE Electronics Z 3300 A and an Apex 460)