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Condenser Microphone

  • Polar pattern: cardioid
  • Ideal for recording strings, choir and acoustic guitars
  • Frequency range: 40 - 20,000 Hz
  • 130 dB SPL
  • 21 dBA Inherent noise
  • Output impedance: 200 Ohm
  • 48V Phantom power or battery power (9 V battery)
  • Robust metal housing
  • Elastic mounted 1/2" capsule
  • Switchable high pass filter
  • Switchable preattenuation (-10 dB/ -20 dB)
  • Length: 225 mm
  • Diameter: 33 mm
  • Weight: 360 g
  • Incl. wind shield and clamp

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Versatile and sturdy mic for studio and live applications

13.09.2016

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In general Rode mics offer great value for money and are always of reasonable sound and build quality. The M3 model is very affordable, I have two that I use regularly in the studio and for live sound. Versatile and sturdy, they can even be used for vocals and they come with a switchable low cut filter and two pad settings. I'd recommend these mics to anyone looking for a usable and versatile unit on a budget. I think they are based on the AKG C1000, they certainly look similiar in size and shape. They also come with clips, windshields and a leather style pouch. Bargain!

Affordable quality SDC microphone by Rode

Stephen137, 25.09.2013

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This is the second M3 I've purchased - so that in itself gives a hint as to how satisfied I've been with this mic.

As with other Rode products the M3 is VERY solidly built and feels like a substantial piece of kit. It comes nicely packaged with a leatherette pouch and a very good quality mic clip, a well as a basic foam windshield. The M3 also comes with Rode's impressive warranty.

At this price point, the M3 has some impressive and very useful features - pad switch, a bass roll-off filter, and the option to power it by battery - very handy if no phantom power is available. This could make it a good option for field recording or news-gathering/interviewing applications.

In use I've found this to be an extremely versatile mic - my first test involved an interview-style recording of a presentation my girlfriend was preparing for her job. She was quite taken aback on hearing her voice played back - it was very cleanly recorded, very intelligble and with nice full lows and good midrange clarity. This was done through Motu preamps - so not exactly boutique quality pre's but nonetheless the M3 delivered excellent sound.

I've used it on a variety of sources since - it handled percussion very adequately (bongo drums) and I've used it for single mic'ing of a glockenspiel with respectable results. I've also used a stereo pair during studio rehearsals to capture a trio of backing vocalists, with excellent results.

I can't really fault this product - at the asking price it represents excellent value for money and personally I would favour these over a well-known industry standard dynamic mic for sheer flexiblility. The only slight negative I can think of is that these are fairly large microphones so may not suit every situation. for me this is not a problem, but I can imagine situations where a less bulky mic might be more appropriate.

I would highly recommend this microphone to anyone looking for a flexible workhorse SDC on a tight budget, and I can see myself investing in a few more of them in future.

Excellent value for money

06.04.2016

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Sound:In short,it sounds wonderful.Frequency response is flat,while the mic is capturing all the little nuances of your instrument or voice.Allthoug small diaphragm condensers are especially good with guitars,I found out that this mic excels at vocals.It gives my voice a warm timbre without changing the core characteristics of the sound.As all condensers,m3 is prone to the proximity effect (though not as much as most other mics).Placement is also important,as it is with every directional mic.Roll-off switch helps a lot especially if closemicing the sound source.

Built quality:As most rode products,this mic is built like a tank.It has fallen to the ground quite a few times,without any consequences.The clamp that is provided with the mic seems unbreakable.

Overall:An absolutely wonderful mic for its money.Not much mire to add really.

great

Paul738, 23.08.2016

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Great mic at a great price. The sound is great as usual with Rode stuff cant beat it

Great mics!

Pauli_Echo, 26.11.2013

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I had a gig where i needed to mic a choir, so after doing some research I bought this mics. What to say, I wasn't disappointed. They are not the best mics for the job (let's be honest - they are not expensive either), but they do the work excellent. The sound was very good and warm. I was very satisfied.
After that, I used it on guitar cabinets, recordings,...
Once i had an opening of a festival and i used this mics for speach (people don't know how to stand in front of a mic, so the sm58 wasn't good for the job) and it was great help!
The sound that you get from the them is excellent (for the price you pay), you won't be disappointed even if you use them for some recordings of acoustic guitar and voice.
I have 4 of them, and they are now a must have in every live gig i do.
I would definitely recommend this mics, they are great all-around mics!
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