All user reviews for the RODE M3

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Average Score:4.5( 4.5/5 based on 8 reviews )
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moosers's review

The Rode M3 is a small diaphragm condenser microphone that is suited for a variety of purposes. It can be used in the studio like any mic, but also is great for bringing on the go for location recording and whatever else you might want to use it for. I'd say it's best suited for location recording for a few reasons. First off, it can run off of a 9 volt battery instead of using phantom power and has an indicator to show when it's running low. It also has a high pass filter at 80 Hz, a three setting pad (flat, -10 or -20 db), a cardioid pick up pattern, and the ability to pick up frequencies in the range of 40 Hz to 20 kHz.


The Rode M3 is a great all purpose microphone as it's flexible and sounds good almost anywhere you use it. While I've only used the mic inside of the recording studio, to me it seems best suited for recording on the go. I was definitely surprised to see the low price tag on the M3 considering all that it's good for. It definitely has a clear sound quality, picking up a lot in larger areas without almost any noise. In the studio I've tried the M3 for recording vocals and acoustic guitar at the same time, using it mostly as a mono room microphone. This is the only use that I've personally tried it for since a client brought the mic in to the studio I work at and wanted to use it for this purpose. I thought it sounded pretty good for this application as you got a nice and full picture of the performance even though it wasn't right up on any one thing. I still think it's best for recording on the go because of it's feature and the fact that a lot of condenser microphones will do a good job as a mono room. It's worth checking out for those looking for a single microphone on the cheap for their home studio or location recording.

azertyvince's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

This is a condenser microphone.

Frequency curve is super straight, except for a bump to 12kHz.


I find it pretty good on my voice compared to other microphones (Rode NT2000, Behringer B2-PRO).
I bought a pair: I take my voice in stereo, and it's pretty good.

I've also used as drum overheads (he is work).

To test a voice, for the price it's worth it.
The most expensive microphones do not necessarily give the best results (especially on a voice can be surprises).
Le Joss11/13/2012

Le Joss's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" electret microphone strong enough for the stage"

it is a microphone electret, cardioid, which can be used in the studio for a little while, especially on stage for singing.


I've had a year and a half, replacing conventional SM 58. The sound is much more faithful no psychics "quack quack", almost no color, quite directive to recover only the singer's voice.
Actually seems indestructible.
Sensitivity makes it more sensitive to feedback: attention to the position of returns. And sensitive to plosives in the studio I put a pop screen, on stage, careful not to sing too close to the microphone (yet it is often pleasant).
I am very happy, I would do the purchase, especially since the price has dropped.
Jack Shnor06/02/2012

Jack Shnor's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" good or bad everything is nothing?"

sound recording, voice (female) possibilities very extensive and very precise. is rather taken for sound.


since January 2012, I made one or two concerts a month.
the micro défau Dynamics is the 48v power supply required, in the little tavern, bar ... a power juice can, and phantom power can fuck a M. .. considerable. by micro fat may be a standalone one 9v battery or phantom power at choice
is moin expensive than a sm58 and beta 57 and it is much better qualitée, really!
Son De Rue12/10/2011

Son De Rue's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" tip top"

good for the SPECIFICATIONS rfrer first use the constructor ... 15 days ago, on amplifier guitar east of rockn'roll blues jazz style, its perfect ... really good, the SM57 is at once remained in the fly for once, and finished without regret for them elecctriques scratch.


Benefits of use and a dja conquered .... instead of a DI or a rotten sm57 report quality excellent price for a frankly can not fau moind of 80 hsiter!

ScahR's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Static condenser microphone powered by the mixer in 48v or 9v battery.


I bought two M3 a month ago on Thomann price of 76 € each, to use the atmosphere of my acoustic drums (overhead pair used in stereo).

From the first tests, I was immediately captivated by the sound reproducing these microphones. Without any EQ settings, I can already have a sound very similar to what I was looking, soft, smooth without being flat and dynamic. The sound of my cymbals is just beautiful, both Charleston, my ride or crash / china.

Also small detail that is important, the clamps are strong and hold fast the microphones, they do not move (it is even more difficult to stay in).

For me, the quality / price ratio is perfect, they are the best pickups I had in my hands. I would do without hesitation that choice, I think even a third order me to take over the sound of my snare drum.

tono's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" at that price, no risk!"

Axial condenser microphone capsule 1 / 2 inch.
powered by 9V battery or 48V.
cut down (-12dB/oct @ 80Hz), attenuator 2 positions (-10,-20dB)
Solid construction, good finish that inspires confidence. Perhaps a bit heavy for a mic stand anemic ...


Thomann bought € 77. I took two at that price. I have already 2 NT3 for 6 years I've tried about everything and anything and that I fully comply. Attention, even if they have an obvious physical resemblance, the M3 and NT3 are very different. The NT3 is a capsule 3 / 4 inch, and no attenuator or cutting down.
I took them as micro extra to do anything for the stage and studio, I've just tested quickly, and I am very satisfied so far ... Sound beautiful grain price, he should excel in vocal microphone for the stage. The top spectrum is present without being aggressive, I'll test it in overhead and an acoustic guitar, and I will repost later.

I think it's a case at this price ... And more, it looks very solid ... good news for the scene!

fgrillet's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Cardioid microphone with internal 9 volt battery (or phantom power) comes in a briefcase with his pliers and dedicates a windscreen.

A unique 3-position switch allows you to:

- Pos. 1: cut off the supply internal / external transfer mode phantom
- Pos. 2: conventional operation
- Pos. 3: fontionnement cut filter with 80 Hz

no basis for any srigraphie connatre position switch. This is complt LED that is activated by a few seconds the startup and remains lit when the battery is use. In the body of the indoor micro, another switch can attnuer signal -10 to -20 db.


I just got it. The appearance is plutt massive, much more imposing than condenser microphones for overheads I utiliss prcdemment. The advantage of its battery power allows me to connect a system that and get a Samson Airline wireless condenser microphone. This works well trs. The sound is pretty sweet, at least, far less aggressive than I used prcdemment Tbone EM800. To be confirmed over time.

Excellent qualitprix but we must immediately forget the suitcase is provided with a quality more than mdiocre. It must be stuck between two micro lvres hard plastic and some products made in China are much better packaged.
For cons, the clamp is useful even if it ncessite a little grip to accommodate the microphone. A windscreen is provided. It is standard!

I think in order to use a second OH to couple a battery.