Rode is a microphone brand based in Australia, which, over the last three decades has found a way into it’s position as one of the top microphone manufacturers in the world.
Finding their initial success in video audio and camera microphones, Rode quickly expanded to become a force to be reckoned with in the studio and broadcasting space. Naturally, this experience and expertise could only lead to one place from there… the stage.
Rode have two primary offerings in the realm of handheld, live performance vocal microphones, the M1, and M2. These have become omnipresent on stages the world over, and sit firmly in the ranks of the best. Alongside these is the M3, which is positioned as a versatile condenser microphone, optimized for group vocals in a live setting. And they do it all at their signature affordable price point, and always carrying their industry-leading warranties.
We’re going to take a quick look at the Rode M1, M2, and M3 to help you see why they’re some of the best buys out there.
Live Performance Dynamic Microphone
Built like an absolute tank, the M1’s ergonomically designed all-metal body is engineered for maximum comfort when used as a handheld microphone.
The M1 makes use of a high-power neodymium capsule, featuring a warm response that is incredibly defined for a dynamic microphone.
A frequency response of 75Hz – 18kHz, is backed up by an input sensitivty of -56.0dB re 1 Volt/Pascal, placing it well clear of many of it’s competitors, while keeping this response in check with a tightly controlled cardioid polar pattern.
The warranty carried by the M1 shows nothing short of absolute faith in a product, with Rode offering an industry leading lifetime warranty.
Give the Rode M1 a listen...
Live Performance Condenser Microphone
Bringing the clarity and presence of condenser microphones to the stage is something few manufacturers manage, and even fewer do well. Rode is certainly the exception to that rule with the M2.
The M2 features a tailored-for-stage super-cardioid polar pattern and an internally shock mounted 1/2″ condenser capsule, providing a high quality alternative to dynamic microphones for live performance.
With a mind-blowing 35Hz – 20kHz frequency response paired with an input sensitivity of -44.0dB re 1 Volt/Pascal, the Rode M2 is designed for vocalists who require immense definition and control.
Give the Rode M2 a listen...
Versatile End-Address Condenser Microphone
Positioned slightly differently to the other mics in this range, the Rode M3 is not optimized for handheld performance, but rather for crystal clear precision in a variety of on-stage settings, with an emphasis on choir/group vocals. The M3 boasts a frequency response of 40Hz – 20kHz (selected HPF @80Hz) with a stellar sensitivity of -40.0dB re 1 Volt/Pascal.