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 … RODE K2 Variable Pattern Tube Mic. Model: # K-2. Then undo the metal sleeve that forms the main body of the mic (hold the mic by the grill end and unscrew). I’ve presented some comparisons here to give you an idea of the difference. Different tubes will impart a different sonic character to the mic so the ultimate test is to use your ears! The RØDE K2 Tube microphone is nothing short of amazing. 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. In this post I’ll describe the simple tube change and give some audio examples. Nor would I do that with any microphone or other gear "sound unheard.". It is my first tube condencer and I love it, but I was wondering what tube would be a good upgrade for this mic. Firstly, they are not cheap! I want to try out a few different types of tubes to replace the standard 6922 tube inside my Rode K2. I just bought a new mullard replacement tube for the Rode K2. Replace the plastic retaining clip over the top of the tube and tighten the screws. 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. Thanks . The tube can now be pulled carefully from its socket, a slight amount of wiggling (of the tube, not you) may help! Topic: swapping tube on Rode k2 to improve sound, any advice? Before I changed a few parts including the tube type, I tried different 6DJ8 tubes. Add to Wish List Add to Wish List SKU: # 189624. Thanks Share Quote. I myself have been using the K2 for about 6 months now & have completely fallen in love with it. I tried Russian 6DJ8s, then JAN 6922s. 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. Carefully insert your new tube into the socket, it only fits in one orientation, make sure it is fully engaged. ( Log Out /  Re: swapping tube on Rode k2 to improve sound, any advice. Is this correct? anyone? I paid approx £125 for one from NOS Tube Store , their service was great and the tube was as described. In the next post I’ll go over the capsule change. It could very well be the very best mix of quality and value in the highly competitive mic market today. Great advice. In-Store Pick Up in Store. This particular one is a sought-after Telefunken made in West Germany in the 1950’s. A Rode K2 valve microphone ( I got mine second hand off EBay for £300 which is a fair price). I recently purchased both the RODE NTK & K2 mics (both tube). ( Log Out /  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). Gear Maniac . 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. 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. Using a Phillips screwdriver, loosen both these screws and fully undo 1 of them to flip the plastic clip up and out of the way. Need some help, what the heck is a reissued tube? 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. The same night, I opened the case of this Rode K2 and got rid of the Russian Electro-Harmonix 6922EH and replaced it with a Siemens JAN 6922. on Mar 01, 2017 March 1, 2017. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. The case is a bit tacky but you can’t have it all. Music producer, recording , mix and mastering engineer. I also find it more pleasant to listen to than with the stock tube, but it may not suit every application. Ship from Store. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. It should then slide off to reveal the tube and circuitry of the mic as shown in the picture. Replacement tubes for Rode NTK & Rode K2. Change ), Next: Tracking Vocal Groups Without Headphones, https://wijproductions.files.wordpress.com/2017/02/rode-k2-stock-m-vox.wav, https://wijproductions.files.wordpress.com/2017/02/rode-k2-nos-telefunken-m-vox.wav, https://wijproductions.files.wordpress.com/2017/02/rode-k2-stock-f-vox.wav, https://wijproductions.files.wordpress.com/2017/02/rode-k2-nos-telefunken-f-vox.wav, https://wijproductions.files.wordpress.com/2017/02/rode-k2-stock-dbl-bass.wav, https://wijproductions.files.wordpress.com/2017/02/rode-k2-nos-telefunken-dbl-bass.wav. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Tube upgrade for Rode K2 Sign in to disable this ad I recently bought a Rode K2 on ebay. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. I am very happy with this tube condenser microphone now. ( Log Out /  These are decent mics and are very useable straight out the box. Not much difference in any of the 6DJ8 type tubes I tried: Stock was a China tube in mine. My Recordings/Credits My Studio. This is very easy and I would recommend you try this first and see if you like the way it sounds. by Wij Productions. 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. Can anyone give me some suggestions? Sweetwater. Lives for gear . Recording, mixing, mastering and production for labels and independent artists. So ive been on ebay for a while looking at different tubes. Rode hand selects the tubes for the K2 for specification and sound quality. 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. From opera to punk rock and everything in between, the Rode K2 is literally in a class by itself! Modifying the Rode K2 mic Part 1: Tube Change. 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. Do I need to replace this tube with the same type (i.e. 05-21-2007 #2. kidvybes. Online Add to Cart. I learned a lot about the vintage tube market whilst researching these. 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. I replaced the stock chinese 6N11 tube in my Rode K2 with a 1970s Mullard E88CC/6922 a few days ago. I have a K2. Firstly, undo the metal retainer ring at the base of the mic and remove it. For greater warmth, I add … In the next post I’ll describe changing the capsule and post some examples of the difference that makes. 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). swapping tube on Rode k2 to improve sound, any advice? ( Log Out /  14th March 2011 #2. prologicmusic ️. Share Quote. Your Price: $ 999.00 CDN Write a Review. i read a bunch of reviews/forums etc and the k2 seems to be a good choice for the price. There is a BIG improvement in the sound of both mics. 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. Re: Rode K2: replacement tube « Reply #2 on: June 25, 2007, 03:19:08 am » If you simply type "Rode" into the subject line of the search page (scroll down to Klaus Heyne's Mic Lab to limit the search) there are about nine pages full of hits, plenty of these are on tube selection. 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. “ ” Joel Gragg. 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! In this post I’ll describe the simple tube change and give some audio examples. 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.