The Rode M2 builds on the success of Røde’s TEC Award-winning S1 microphone, the company’s first condenser aimed at performance applications.
Condenser microphones are not generally used in live applications because of their perceived fragility and susceptibility to feedback. And that’s where the M2 is very different from a condenser aimed at studio use. To protect the M2 from the rough treatment it’s likely to encounter on stage, the capsule is suspended within a shockmounting system built into the mic’s heavy-duty metal body. To prevent the microphone picking up signals that might cause feedback, the M2’s capsule has been engineered to provide a super-cardioid pickup pattern. This means the microphone will reject sound sources in front of and to the sides of the capsule, capturing only the sound from directly in front of it.
RODE M2 LIVE PERFORMANCE CONDENSER MICROPHONE SPECIFICATIONS
Power: P24/48V phantom power.
Acoustic Principle: Pressure gradient.
Directional Pattern: Super-Cardioid.
Frequency range: 35Hz – 20kHz.
Output impedance: 50 ohms.
Signal noise ratio: 71dB SPL (A – weighted per IEC651).
Equivalent noise: 23dBA SPL (A – weighted per IEC651).
Maximum SPL: 141dB (@1kHz, 1% THD into 1kohms load).
Maximum output voltage: +5.2dBu (@1kHz, 1% THD into 1kohms load).
Sensitivity: -44dB re 1 Volt/Pascal (6.3 mV @ 94 dB SPL) +/- 2 dB @ 1kHz.
Dimensions: 187mmH x 47mmW x 47mmD.
RODE M2 LIVE PERFORMANCE CONDENSER MICROPHONE FEATURES
Live condenser vocal microphone.
Feedback rejecting supercardioid pickup pattern.
Locking on/off switch.
Heavy-duty metal body.
Integrated shock mounting system to minimise handling noise.
High level of Radio Frequencies rejection.
Low handling noise.
Designed and manufactured in Australia.
Zip pouch and stand mount with 3/8-inch thread adapter included.
Reviews”The RØDE M2 offers a viable alternative to a dynamic vocal mic and produces a near studio-quality result for a surprisingly affordable price. Given its sensible price, robust build and high sound quality, it would be churlish of me not to give it the thumbs up in all departments.” – Performing Musician, November 2008
“This mic could be the ‘Swiss Army’ mic of your collection. We struggled to find where this mic is out of its depth. The M2 seems to have the strength and durability, plus excellent sound reproduction, that helps it fit the bill as a mic equally effective for studio and live performance.” – Pickup, November 2008
“In terms of dynamic range and capacity to deliver a robust monitor level before feedback, the M2 is an outstanding product. The quality of reproduction in the mains was comparable to that of a mic four times the price… I was able to get a big increase in level before feedback [in place of Beta58]… It featured less [bleed] than I would expect from a dynamic… Based on this test alone I’d purchase a handful of M2s for my mic kit.” – Canadian Musician