Rode M3 Condenser Pencil Microphone

Model: M3

SKU: 997333 Product ID: 844155


  • Versatile end address condenser microphone
  • Heavy duty metal body
  • 9V Battery power, 24 or 48V phantom power
  • Selectable high pass filter & 2 position PAD
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    The Rode M3 is a highly versatile end-address condenser microphone, designed to be completely at home in the studio, on stage or on location. It is equally suitable as an instrument microphone for guitars, drums and percussion or even vocals.
    Featuring a heavy duty metal body and internally shock mounted 1/2" condenser capsule mounted for end-address, the M3 can be powered either via 48V phantom power, or an internal 9V battery.
    A -10dB and -20dB level attenuator (pad), selectable from inside the battery compartment, allows recording of loud sound sources, such as a guitar amplifier or snare drum. A high-pass filter selectable on the microphone power switch introduces a filter at 80Hz to reduce low frequency sounds and handling noise.

    Key Features

    - Heavy duty metal body
    - Internal capsule shock mount
    - High level of RF rejection
    - On-mic selectable high pass filter @ 80Hz-12dB/Oct (-10 and -20dB PAD)
    - Heat-treated high-strength mesh head
    - Battery status indicator
    - 9V Battery Power, 24 or 48V Phantom Power
    - Includes wind shield, mic clip and zip pouch
    - 10 year extended warranty when you register your microphone


    Acoustic Principle: Pressure Gradient
    Active Electronics: JFET impedance converter with bipolar output buffer
    Capsule: 0.50"
    Address Type: End
    Frequency Range: 40Hz - 20kHz(selected HPF @80Hz)
    Output Impedance: 200Ω
    Maximum SPL: 142dB SPL (@ 1kHz, 1% THD into 1KΩ load)
    Maximum Output Level: 9.2mV
    Sensitivity: -40.0dB re 1 Volt/Pascal (6.30mV @ 94 dB SPL) +/- 2 dB @ 1kHz
    Equivalent Noise Level (A-weighted): 21dB-A
    Weight: 390g
    Dimensions (W x D)mm: 225 x 33


    DJ / Pro audio device - Condenser microphones

    Manufacturer's warranty - 1 Year


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Bang for Buck The difficulty with doing your own sound at a gig is that you’re pressed for time and almost invariably the mixing desk is on stage behind the front of house speakers. Equalising instrument and vocal microphones is probably the most time consuming part. Our own major problems were overcoming muddy vocals and a lack of gain from a fiddle and viola combo using overhead microphones. Previously we’d used dynamics for the viola and vocals and electret for fiddle. Throwing caution to the wind we employed three Rode m3 condenser microphones, two for the strings and one for vocals. With virtually no eq-ing for the strings, except for a little off the lower end of the viola, and the microphones set 15 to 20cm from the instruments, both came through clear and sweet. About 15cm from the microphone for the vocals captured the full range of the baritone voice. The end result was instruments supporting the voice and the lyrics coming through clear and warm.
Date published: 2017-01-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Exceptional value Great condensor mic full sound and excellent for slightly noisy environments. A larger diaphram condensor mic like the Rode NT1A is extremely sensitive picking up small background noise easily. Compare the NT1A with this M3 and you'll see what I mean.In the gaps of you speaking the NT1A will register small background sounds whereas the M3 flatlines. More gain is required for the M3 however. The M3 kind of mimics a dynamic mic with how close you need to get to the mic. Most home studios have backround noise issues so its a very practical mic in the real world. The NT1A gives a bit of a fuller richer sound mind you. Horses for courses, but this is a great real world mic at exceptional value. Rode mics are fantastic with a 10 year warranty. Unbelievable.
Date published: 2018-02-04
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