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Review: Rode M2 Live Condenser Microphone

Can this hand-held condenser microphone make your vocals shine on stage?

Item: Rode M2 Live Condenser Microphone
Price: US $179 UK £65
Mic Rating:

At A Glance: Rode’s M2 is a handheld condenser microphone intended for use by singers on stage. It has a super-cardioid polar pattern to enable good rejection of off-axis sounds and features a locking on/off switch. It comes with carry pouch and stand mount and, like most live condenser mics, it requires 48V phantom power.

High Notes: This mic has a tight pickup pattern that gives it good resistance to feedback on stage for a condenser mic. It has a robust build-quality that gives you the impression that the microphone will last for years of use and, just to make sure, it comes with a 10 year warranty. When compared to similarly priced dynamic microphones it offers improved clarity and detail on live vocals. Also, handling noise is pretty minimal due to its internal shock-mount and it has reasonable resistance to plosives.

Low Notes: The mic sometimes need a little EQ to sound optimal – especially as it can make vocals sound a bit bass heavy when you sing close against the grill. Although the gain before feedback is good for a condenser mic, it is still not as good as some dynamic models; thus it is perhaps not an ideal choice for singers working in particularly loud genres.

A VoiceCouncil Reviewer Says: Rode’s M2 offers fantastic value for singers looking for their first live condenser microphone. It probably would not be a first choice for recording studio vocals; however, it would be fine for a demo if you are looking to buy a mic that you can use both live and in your home studio. Many top name live condenser mics can cost two to four times the price of the M2 and with that in mind the microphone is definitely worth checking out.

For alternatives you may want to look at the AKG C5, Shure Beta 87A, Sennheiser E865 and the Neumann KMS 105.

Manufacturer’s Website: http://www.rode.com.au

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  • Harnit

    Can you also use the M2 for studio recording?

  • Chris

    Yes, you could use it for studio recording – it would most likely yield better results than a lot of live dynamic mics, however it would not perform quite as well as something like a Rode NT2, for example, which is better optimised for the studio and not for the stage.

  • Anders Barfod

    extremely low price for a live condender… Might have to try it out,, the old sm58 is pretty bad for my baritone voice..