Summary: Let's be clear. This is a very good mic, not just for the price but overall. If only for features, it would already be a great deal : Mute switch, Hi-Pass filter, 10 or 20dBs pad, obviously it runs off 48 volts phantom power, but will run from 24 volts up, and you can run it off a battery if necessary ( a battery gives you around 200 hours of operation which is pretty good ). But with all the features, the main question is how does it sound ? Well it sounds very nice !
Summary: I bought the mic a couple of months ago to record finger style guitar. Loved it right out of the chutes, but as these things go I decided to "upgrade", so I bought a Shure SM-81. Another great mic, but frankly after several days of A/B testing I prefer the Rode. It has a certain airy quality that makes the high notes sparkle, and my guitars simply sound more like my guitars over this mic. For the price, you can't beat it.
Summary: Same goes for me..... I bought one after reading the SOS review and liked it a lot.... for ac. guitar and also for performing on stage for my voice. So I bought another one.... great value and great sound. A lot of people seemed to be weird about some Rode mics but this is a real sleeper.
A hugely versatile microphone for many applications, but bulky and heavy.
8 May 2011
Summary: Over the last couple of years I've bought probably six of these, some new, mostly used via eBay, since they are hugely versatile mics. Most of my work is industrial video and audio, so it's more ENG oriented than music. Usually I'm feeding directly to a digital recorder (Marantz), a field mixer, or video camera. In a few cases I've used them for conferences and panel discussions.
Summary: great versatile tool of live, location, or studio! i have four of these now and look to buy more just for multiple use and backups on hand....SUPER product!!!....cant go wrong with sound quality or durability....undisputed mic....hands down!!!
Summary: I now own 6 of these. I tried one and was just blown away. I have honestly been really impressed with Rode mics altogether. ( I own 4 different models for different uses. These being the most versitile of them all). The M-3 is a Cardiod Condensor.... most condensor mics require phantom power which most newer mixing boards, live or recording have. But this one also has the option of using a standard alkaline battery if you find yourself in a situation without. GREAT IDEA.
Summary: We decided to go for the Rode M3 mic to use as an overhead for our kit, we chose it over the AKG c1000s mainly because of price, we have been very impressed with the sound and it is the best made mic I have used it is solid.