I recommend you record some different sources with the stock tube before you proceed, so you can compare afterwards and understand for yourself how the mics character has changed. I replaced the stock chinese 6N11 tube in my Rode K2 with a 1970s Mullard E88CC/6922 a few days ago. This is very easy and I would recommend you try this first and see if you like the way it sounds. There are many other fine vintage tube options but I didn’t have the time and money to experiment, and this tube was highly recommended by a lot of people. Tubes ~ $45.00 each from The Tube Depot mentioned above. 6922 aka ECC88) or can I use different types as well? All clips were recorded via the preamps on my UA Apollo interface, I’ve endeavoured to maintain the same conditions and distances between mic and source for each comparison, but there may be small variations. Thanks . For greater warmth, I add … From opera to punk rock and everything in between, the Rode K2 is literally in a class by itself! Replacement tubes for Rode NTK & Rode K2. ( Log Out / Music producer, recording , mix and mastering engineer. i read a bunch of reviews/forums etc and the k2 seems to be a good choice for the price. So ive been on ebay for a while looking at different tubes. Online Add to Cart. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. Model: # K-2. Believe it or not, now this Rode K2 outperforms my AKG C414 XL2 and is as good as my Neumann TLM 107 that is three times as much as the rode K2. The RØDE K2 Tube microphone is nothing short of amazing. Your Price: $ 999.00 CDN Write a Review. ( Log Out / The case is a bit tacky but you can’t have it all. I originally intended to replace both tube and capsule on this mic, but after experimenting and comparing I ended retaining the original capsule but with a replacement tube. Is this correct? Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. I would assume that the replacement tube should have a gain factor similar to the default tube. I tried Russian 6DJ8s, then JAN 6922s. Share Quote. 05-21-2007 #2. kidvybes. by Wij Productions. In the next post I’ll describe changing the capsule and post some examples of the difference that makes. Wanted to know if the same tube will work in the NKT is well. Before I changed a few parts including the tube type, I tried different 6DJ8 tubes. Different tubes will impart a different sonic character to the mic so the ultimate test is to use your ears! ( Log Out / My Recordings/Credits My Studio. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. 14th March 2011 #3. ray_subsonic. Replace the plastic retaining clip over the top of the tube and tighten the screws. Not much difference in any of the 6DJ8 type tubes I tried: Stock was a China tube in mine. “ ” Joel Gragg. You have to be careful as there are a lot of rip-offs out there, people trying to pass off newer tubes as vintage ones but fortunately there is a wealth of info out there to help as well as several reputable dealers that get recommended by many different people. Hi there, i'm planning to buy a rode k2 pretty soon, i need a good tube vocal mic for a good price and i think whatever you buy for that price you probably need to swap the tube to improve sound quality. I’ve presented some comparisons here to give you an idea of the difference. Modifying the Rode K2 mic Part 1: Tube Change. Lives for gear . Nor would I do that with any microphone or other gear "sound unheard.". anyone? RODE K2 Variable Pattern Tube Mic. I have a K2. The tube is secured in position by a plastic clip which sits on top of the tube (pointy end) and the clip is held in place by 2 screws. ( Log Out / Tube upgrade for Rode K2 Sign in to disable this ad I recently bought a Rode K2 on ebay. Thank you so much for your reply compasspnt. Then undo the metal sleeve that forms the main body of the mic (hold the mic by the grill end and unscrew). I myself have been using the K2 for about 6 months now & have completely fallen in love with it. New Reissue Mullard 12AX7 ECC83 Pre Amp Vacuum Tubes $14 30 Each | eBay ^^^^^reissued^^^^^ Some are really expensive 1969 Mullard M8137 CV4004 ECC83 12AX7A Tests Box Plate Free World Shipping | eBay ^^^^^High Price^^^^^ Some … A NOS (New Old Stock) Telefunken E88CC (6922) valve or equivalent. Departments > Pro Audio & Recording > Microphones > Recording Microphones > Microphones - Large Diaphragm Condensor > RODE > K2 Variable Pattern Tube Mic. Firstly, male voice (don’t worry, I’m not singing). I just bought a new mullard replacement tube for the Rode K2. I installed a Golden Lion in one and the Telefunken in the other. Firstly, undo the metal retainer ring at the base of the mic and remove it. To my ears the NOS Telefunken tube makes the mic more mid-focused, the low frequencies are still clear, warm and big, the highs are a little less bright and sharp but the mid presence makes the mic cut through the mix more. Thanks Share Quote. I am very happy with this tube condenser microphone now. Gear Maniac . Judge for yourself and decide if this mod is worth the money, for me it’s a yes, but I will qualify it by saying I have other flavours of mic tonality in my locker, this adds something different, and it does it rather well. I learned a lot about the vintage tube market whilst researching these. If you want to know more and have time to burn, just check out the forums. Re: swapping tube on Rode k2 to improve sound, any advice. Add to Wish List Add to Wish List SKU: # 189624. In-Store Pick Up in Store. It should then slide off to reveal the tube and circuitry of the mic as shown in the picture. I recently purchased both the RODE NTK & K2 mics (both tube). Whilst I agree that the K2 is a good sounding, currently-manufactured microphone, I wouldn't just naturally expect that a new valve (tube) will definitely make it sound better. Hi there, i'm planning to buy a rode k2 pretty soon, i need a good tube vocal mic for a good price and i think whatever you buy for that price you probably need to swap the tube to improve sound quality. I paid approx £125 for one from NOS Tube Store , their service was great and the tube was as described. Rode hand selects the tubes for the K2 for specification and sound quality. swapping tube on Rode k2 to improve sound, any advice? Sweetwater. If you are willing to spend more than 1/5th of the mic's value on a "better" tube, something seems wrong with the whole approach. 14th March 2011 #2. prologicmusic ️. In this post I’ll describe the simple tube change and give some audio examples. Great advice. The tube can now be pulled carefully from its socket, a slight amount of wiggling (of the tube, not you) may help! I also find it more pleasant to listen to than with the stock tube, but it may not suit every application. Recording, mixing, mastering and production for labels and independent artists. I want to try out a few different types of tubes to replace the standard 6922 tube inside my Rode K2. They are multi-pattern, very well made with a good quality power supply, cable and shockmount (unlike the Chinese valve mics often used for mods such as the Apex 460). A Rode K2 valve microphone ( I got mine second hand off EBay for £300 which is a fair price). To be clear, the capsule upgrade made the mic sound different, rather than better, and based on what I already had in my mic locker I chose to return to the original capsule.This highlighted the importance of following your ears rather than what you read on the internet!