Rode M3 Versatile End-Address Condenser Microphone

Rode M3 Versatile End-Address Condenser Microphone

Rode M3 Versatile End-Address Condenser Microphone

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  • Heavy-Duty Metal Body
  • Internal Capsule Shockmount
  • High Level of RF Rejection
  • On-Mic Selectable High-Pass Filter
  • Heat-Treated High-Strength Mesh Head
  • 9V Battery, 24V or 48V Phantom Power
  • Battery Status Indicator
  • Includes Windshield and Mic Clip
  • Zip Pouch
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Rode M3 overview

  • 1Description

The M3 Versatile End-Address Condenser Microphone from Rode is designed to be completely at home in the studio, on stage, or on location. It features a heavy-duty metal body and an internally shockmounted 1.3" condenser capsule. The mic can be powered with 24V or 48V phantom power or an internal 9V battery.

The microphone's -10 dB and -20 dB level attenuator pad is selectable from inside the battery compartment and allows you to record loud sources like a snare drum or guitar amplifier. A selectable high-pass filter is built into the microphone power switch that introduces a filter at 80 Hz and helps reduce low-frequency sounds and handling noise. The Rode M3 includes a windshield, a mic clip, and a zip pouch.

Battery or Phantom-Powered Condenser
The Rode M3 microphone can be powered by 24 to 48V phantom power or an internal 9V alkaline battery.
Cardioid Polar Pattern
The microphone's cardioid polar pattern reduces off-axis noise and maximizes gain.
-10 dB and -20 dB Pad Switch
A three-position pad switch maximizes headroom up to -10 dB and -20 dB.
High-Pass Filter
A high-pass filter switch eliminates noise and hum at the lower frequency range.
UPC: 698813001033
In the Box
Rode M3 Versatile End-Address Condenser Microphone
  • Stand Mount for NT3, 4, and Other Condenser Microphones
  • WSM3 Windscreen
  • ZP1 Zip Pouch
  • Limited 10-Year Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description

    Rode M3 specs

    Analog Performance
    Sound Field Mono
    Operating Principle Pressure Gradient
    Transducer Condenser
    Diaphragm 1.3" / 33.02 mm
    Polar Pattern Cardioid
    Frequency Range 40 Hz to 20 kHz
    Equivalent Noise Level 21 dB A-Weighted
    Maximum SPL 142 dB SPL Peak
    Pad -10 dB
    -20 dB
    THD 1%
    Impedance 200 Ohms
    Sensitivity -40 dB
    Low-Cut Filter @ 80 Hz
    Output Connectors 1 x 3-Pin XLR
    Operating Voltage 24 to 48 V

    can also be powered by 9 V battery

    Length 8.86" / 225 mm
    Diameter 1.30" / 33 mm
    Weight 0.86 lb / 390 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 1.65 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 10.9 x 5.2 x 3.0"

    Rode M3 reviews

    M3 Versatile End-Address Condenser Microphone is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 10.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent quality at a very good price I used a pair of these mics for recording a Beach Wedding. With the mics lowcut filter enabled, they worked extremely well to minimize the background high wind and surf noise while still picking up the minister, groom, and brides voices. I am extremely happy with the results I got. The only caveat I might mention was the need to remove the small washer inside the M3 mic so the XLR cable mic connector could insert into the mic fully and lock on.
    Date published: 2010-04-20
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from M3 is an amazing mic I have owned many mics over the years including the AKG C1000 which is the only other contendor in this category. I can honestly say the M3 now sets the standard for mics such as this. Low noise, great sound and cool features such as a high pass filter and battery status LED. The fact that you can use it on phantom power or battery for location work makes this an unbeatable deal. If you need a multi purposes mic for recording or live use, you cant go past the M3 in my opinion. Amazing value.
    Date published: 2010-09-03
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Work Horse! This mic is a great all-around, general purpose mic and is my go-to for field recording. I've just purchased a second one because my first (purchased in 2009) stopped working after it fell into the Gulf of Mexico earlier this year (2015). It works great shoe-mounted on an ENG camera which is how I've used it primarily. Lately I've been pistol gripping it for audio only interviews. I usually put a dead-kitten on it. Shot a documentary with it in West, Texas where the winds are fierce and the dead-kitten cut the wind-noise to near nil. Not a good mic for a boom pole. It's very heavy. Love the pickup pattern of this thing. It has a broad, but still very clear sweet spot so you don't have to be so surgically precise when pointing it at someone like you do with shotguns.
    Date published: 2015-08-20
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Mic A great microphone. The forward only sound field had made this my mic of choice when I do not want ambient sound on interviews. At this price point this IS the mic of choice. It is self powered so it does not put a load on the video camera battery.
    Date published: 2011-09-25
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful Swiss army knife. I have used many microphones throughout the years. It's important to know this for what it is. It's an all around mic, but a very good one at that.Kind of like an olympic triathlete. It Is very, very good at many things, but not great ant any one thing. Reminds me of a vehicle that is good on the highway able to hold its own off-road as well. Because it does both well, there will be compromises. On the highway it might not be the most quiet, and off road might not be able to manage the biggest bumps. So it goes- we have the Rode M3. A combination of condenser and dynamic characteristics...has the frequency response of a condenser (40-20k) and smooth highs (just a tad bright but in NO way hyped), with lower sensitivity like a dynamic and a natural bass roll off for noisier environments. Has a natural Bass rolloff that is fairly steep to around 200 hz. Has a 3-way switch--Off position, On, and High pass filter to extend bass roll off even more great for noisy environments outside and wind noise. Can be used with phantom power ; or without it if you don't have it(just pop in a 9v battery which will power the mic. If you leave it in you can still connect it to phantom power..the battery will not be used). Rode claims battery will last 200 hours). Construction seems tank-like, and quality is truly beyond its price. How does it sound? to my ears very very'good'..not hyped, natural, with a slight 'crispness' in the top end like some MXL mics, but not cheap in any way.The M3 Sound much more expensive than the price would suggest (I agree with the Sound on Sound review) I would recommend this for vocal, acoustic guitars, snare drums, overheads...interviews and spoken word as well, and recording outdoors. Because of its natural roll-off vocals and acoustic guitars would be my choice. Downsides are: it is heavy, and really long, so not suitable for every situation... is much more susceptible to wind noise than a dynamic or if using outdoors, the foam windscreen is a must, and engaging high-pas filter often necessary. If you need one mic that can do a lot, this is it.Can it replace an LDC? YES... SDC? yes.. Dynamic? yes, in certain situations. For a a mic to elegantly go from studio to recording an interview to an recording event says a lot. Should this be your only mic? No, but it would be difficult to outgrow, as I'm sure you'll always find a use for it. I HIGHLY recommend it.It it truly a bargain.
    Date published: 2015-08-10
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Rhode M3 mic I bought two of these and, so far, they meet my expectations. Sensitive, apparently fairly robust and free from phantom power challenges. Pete
    Date published: 2012-01-17
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great mic! This is my second M3. I use it to mike loud speakers at wedding receptions. And it's been great!
    Date published: 2013-12-05
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just an excellent Mic, Just really clear. Zero self noise and perfect for normal video recording Well worth the $150
    Date published: 2018-09-28
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