Rode M3 Microphone

Small-diaphragm Permanently Polarized Cardioid Condenser Microphone with Pad
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Another cost-effective winner from RODE!

Stylish and modern, the M3 represents RODE's outstanding microphone technology and their continuation of bang-for-the-buck thinking. Built for studio, stage, and location work, the M3 is made from only the finest components, and delivers the sonic results demanded by engineers and musicians alike - and at a price that makes the M3 attainable by anyone. A permanently polarized condenser microphone, the M3 can be powered via its internal battery or by external phantom power. Its low self-noise, high fidelity performance, and value pricing make the M3 hard to beat.

RODE M3 Condenser Microphone at a Glance:
  • Great for both studio and location work
  • Permanently polarized condenser design with ultra-low noise
  • Sturdy and versatile for your toughest gigs!
Great for both studio and location work

Stylish and modern, the M3 is a studio and location workhorse. With both 48V phantom and internal 9V battery operation, this RODE is at home anywhere.

Permanently polarized condenser design with ultra-low noise

The versatile M3 can be handheld or stand mounted microphone depending on your needs. It incorporates a true permanently polarized condenser (cardioid polar response) transducer with an ultra-low noise electronic circuit that has a high immunity to R.F. interference. An end address condenser microphone, the M3 features a heavy-duty metal body, category leading low self-noise, three stage pad(0, 10dB, 20dB), a battery status LED, and a highpass filter.

Sturdy and versatile for your toughest gigs!

The RODE M3 incorporates a rugged welded and heat-treated mesh head and all metal body. An internal capsule shock mounting system keeps handling noise down. The M3 also comes complete with windshield and a stand mount.

RODE M3 Condenser Microphone Features:
  • Acoustic principle: Permanently polarized condenser
  • Directional pattern: Cardioid
  • Frequency range: 40Hz-20kHz
  • Output impedance: 200 ohms
  • Signal noise ratio: 73dB SPL (per IEC651)
  • Equivalent noise: 21dbA SPL (a - weighted per IEC651)
  • Maximum SPL: 142dB (@ 1kHz, 1% THD into 1kohm load)
  • Sensitivity: -40dB+/-3dB re 1V/Pa @ 1kHz (6.3mV/Pa @ 94db SPL)
  • Dynamic range din iec 651: 121dB (per IEC651)
  • Battery life: >200 hours
  • Output connection: 3 pin XLR
  • Complete with windshield and a stand mount
  • Powered by battery or +48V phantom power
The RODE M3 Condenser Microphone fits into almost any studio situation!

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Tech Specs

Microphone Type Condenser
Polar Pattern Cardioid
Diaphragm Size 0.5" (12.5mm)
Frequency Response 40Hz-20kHz
Max SPL 142dB
Output Impedance 200 ohms
Signal to Noise Ratio 73dB
Self Noise 21dB
Low Cut Filter 80Hz
Pads -10dB, -20dB
Connector XLR
Weight 0.86 lbs.
Included Accessories Mic Clip, Windscreen, Microphone Pouch
Manufacturer Part Number M3

Customer Reviews

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Swiss-army knife MIC

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. The M3 Reminds me of a cross-over vehicle; good on the highway and able to hold its own off-road as well. Because it does both well, there will be some compromises. On the highway it might not be the most quiet, and off-road it might not be able to manage the biggest bumps. So it goes- we have the Rode . 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 a lower sensitivity like a dynamic and a natural bass roll off for noisier environments. The Bass roll-off is fairly steep up to around 200 Hz. Has a 3-way switch--Off , On, and High pass filter to extend bass roll off even more ..great for outside noisy environments and when one encounters wind noise. The M3 can be used with phantom power; or without if you not supplied (just pop in a 9v battery which will power the mic. If you leave it the mic can still connect it to phantom power..the battery will automatically not be used. Rode claims battery will last 200 hours). Construction seems tank-like. How does it sound? to my ears very'good'..not hyped, natural, with a slight 'crispness' in the top end akin MXL mics, but unlike MXL not cheap sounding in any way.The M3 Sounds much more expensive than its price would suggest (I agree with the Sound on Sound review) I would recommend this for mic vocal, acoustic instruments(especially guitars), snare drums, overheads...interviews and spoken word dialogue as well, and recordings made outdoors. Because of its natural bass roll-off vocals and acoustic guitars would be my first choices. Downsides: it is really heavy for its size, and really long, so not suitable for every placement situation... the M3 is much more susceptible to wind noise than a dynamic or if outdoors, the provided foam windscreen is a must, and engaging high-pas filter often a necessity. 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 mic to elegantly go from a recording studio to an interview to an recording an outdoor 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 truly is a bargain.
Music background: Enginer.producer/musician

Great Quality! Great Price!

I use this mic for my choir, percussion set and even lead vocals, and sounds amazing. the quality is just nice and rich as well as the build of the actual microphone, nice and sturdy!
Music background: Musician/Director

The Rode M3 condenser microphone

I bought one of these recently after wanting a good microphone for accoustic guitar project in my studio. The local guitar expert guys state this is the one to have. I purchased it and found out it was a excellent mic for guitar and vocals, but learned to put a preamp in front of it, and it went from excellent to WOW ( blown away)
Music background: Recording Hobbyist


Really like this mic. Exactly what I wanted. Picks up acoustic instruments nicely and does voice too. Great low cost mic. I would get anothet
Music background: West virginia

Very warm sounding

I brought this mic a week ago. I put the 9v battery inside and connected it to my equipment. I was pleasantly suprised how this mic delievered. It has the plus of a high pass filter and a -10db pad. When close miked it sounds warm and full, it actually sounds more expensive then it is . Vary pleased with it . I will be using this regularly. I also have the Rode Nt3 which I am also pleased with.
Music background: Singer/songwriter
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