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: 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.
Excerpt: A great microphone. The forward only sound field had made this my mic of choice when I do not want ambient sound on interviews. At this price point this IS the mic of choice. It is self powered so it does not put a load on the video camera battery.
Pros: Clear Sound, Compact, Durable, Easy To Use, Versatile
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.
Excerpt: I have owned many mics over the years including the AKG C1000 which is the only other contendor in this category. I can honestly say the M3 now sets the standard for mics such as this. Low noise, great sound and cool features such as a high pass filter and battery status LED. The fact that you can use it on phantom power or battery for location work makes this an unbeatable deal.
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!!!