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M3
Versatile End-Address Condenser Microphone
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Amber Rubarth - "In the Creases"

Amber Rubarth - "You'll Love this Song"

Joey Ryan - "California"

Joey Ryan - "Good Love"

RØDE M3 Microphone @ Studio 301, Sydney

RØDE University - Recording Drums with the RØDE M3

RØDE University - Recording Guitars with the RØDE M3

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  • Heavy duty metal body
  • Internal capsule shock mount
  • High level of RF rejection
  • On-mic selectable high pass filter @ 80Hz-12dB/Oct (-10 and -20dB PAD)
  • Heat-treated high-strength mesh head
  • Battery status indicator
  • 9V Battery Power, 24 or 48V Phantom Power
  • Includes wind shield, mic clip and zip pouch
  • 10 year extended warranty when you register your microphone

The RØDE M3 is a highly versatile end-address condenser microphone, designed to be completely at home in the studio, on stage or on location. It is equally suitable as an instrument microphone for guitars, drums and percussion or even vocals.

Featuring a heavy duty metal body and internally shock mounted 1/2" condenser capsule mounted for end-address, the M3 can be powered either via P48 phantom power, or an internal 9V battery.

A -10dB and -20dB level attenuator (pad), selectable from inside the battery compartment, allows recording of loud sound sources, such as a guitar amplifier or snare drum. A high-pass filter selectable on the microphone power switch introduces a filter at 80Hz to reduce low frequency sounds and handling noise.

The RØDE M3 microphone is designed and made in Australia, and covered by RØDE Microphones' industry leading 10 year warranty.

M3 Specifications
M3 Specifications
Acoustic PrinciplePressure Gradient
Active ElectronicsJFET impedance converter with bipolar output buffer
Capsule0.50"
Address TypeEnd
Frequency Range40Hz - 20kHz(selected HPF @80Hz)
Output Impedance200Ω
Maximum SPL142dB SPL (@ 1kHz, 1% THD into 1KΩ load)
Maximum Output Level9.2mV
Sensitivity-40.0dB re 1 Volt/Pascal (6.30mV @ 94 dB SPL) +/- 2 dB @ 1kHz
Equivalent Noise Level (A-weighted)21dB-A
Weight 390.00gm
Dimensions225.00mmH x 33.00mmW x 33.00mmD
Warranty 1 year with free extension to 10 years following registration here
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M3 Reviews
M3 Reviews

The M3 is hard to fault. It's versatile, projects an open midrange tone... and comes shipped as a total package that's competitively priced.

Andy Stewart
Audio Technology

A well engineered microphone that is capable of handling just about anything, with a remarkable degree of competence for the price.

Hugh Robjohns
Sound on Sound

The RØDE M3 offers respectable performance for studio recording, live applications and recording direct to a computer

Huw Price
Music Tech Magazine

I am not in the habit of contacting manufactures about their products but having just purchased my first RØDE microphone I feel compelled to give you my feedback.
I am absolutely blown away by the quality, value and design of this mic and if the quick test I just did on acoustic guitar is anything to go by the sound is equally as good.
For the money nothing else on the market compares and the more established competition like AKG and Audio Technica should be running scared at the sight of your product.
I am now sure that other planned microphone purchases for my small studio will be proudly RØDE products notably the stereo NT4 and the NT1-A and probably a NT55 matched pair!
All this and from an Aussie company makes me proud to be Australian so thanks and keep up the good work!

Ros Conran

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)

Steve B, USA

I bought 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. Very pleased with it. I will be using this regularly.

David, UK

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. If you need a multi purposes mic for recording or live use, you cant go past the M3 in my opinion. Amazing value.

James, USA

I used a pair of these mics for recording a Beach Wedding. With the mics lowcut filter enabled, they worked extremely well to minimize the background high wind and surf noise while still picking up the minister, groom, and brides voices. I am extremely happy with the results I got.

AFUMCBill, USA
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M3 Support
FAQs
  • How can I connect my mono microphone XLR output to a stereo TRS socket?+
    • To connect the XLR microphone output to a TRS stereo input (3.5mm socket) you will need to buy or make a XLR to stereo TRS cable, to make the cable please follow the instructions in the picture below. This cable will allow connection between the microphone and a camcorder or DSLR camera.

      XLR to TRS wiring

      This cable will allow you to connect your microphone output to a stereo TRS input and receive the audio signal on both the input channels. 

      Please Note: Should the microphone require phantom power to operate, this will not be available from a TRS socket.

  • What 9V battery does RØDE recommend?+
    • We recommend an Alkaline or Lithium battery for the best possible battery life. All RØDE specifcations have been carried out using this type of battery. If you use a slightly lower power battery, the mic will work but may not meet our published specifcation.

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