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No phantom power — no problem!
The RØDE M3 is an extremely versatile, low-noise wide-response, small diaphragm cardioid condenser than can save your bacon in a number of ways. For example, say you show up to record a gig and there's not enough phantom powered inputs left for miking an acoustic guitar or drum overheads. No sweat. Just an M3 or two, some 9-volt batteries, and you're good to go. Of course, if phantom power is not an issue and you're just looking for an affordable studio mic for acoustic guitars, drum overheads, or percussive instruments that can capture the transients and highs with excellent sound quality, the M3 has got you covered.
An end-address condenser microphone, the RØDE M3 features a heavy-duty metal body, category-leading low self-noise, three stage pad (O, -10db, -20db), a battery status LED and a high-pass filter.
The M3 microphone comes complete with windshield and stand mount, and can be powered via a 9V battery or 24-48V Phantom.
Feeling powerless? Order an M3 or two (mics are better in pairs) and you'll have the power to record quality sound anywhere!
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Comments about Rode Microphones M3 Multi-Powered Small Diaphragm Condenser Microphone:
Acquired the Rode M3 condenser for $1 through Rode's mic deal after purchasing a pair of Rode NT2-A mics from Musicians Friend. Didn't really need the battery feature, but it's nice to have in a pinch. Used it to record vocal, viola & acoustic guitar in the home studio, and was very pleased with the results. Clear, colorless sound with plenty of gain. Good cardioid pattern with excellent off-axis rejection. Compared it to Shure 57, Beta 58 & 87 and much prefer the M3 for sound quality & signal output. Seems to be sturdy and very well built. Adjustments are a little difficult to access, but at least they are there.With a pair of NT2-As around, will probably not use for vocals except for location recordings. Warning: when powering up phantom power, keep the mixer level/monitor output down as there is a hefty "thump." Compares well with mics costing much more. I'm fast becoming a Rode devotee. Now, if Musicians Friend will just run the Rode Classic II on the Stupid Deal of the Day...