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Old April 28th, 2010, 12:11 PM   #1
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Rode NT3 OR M3

I searched quite a lot but don't understand still really main difference between these mic's

Rode NT3 vs M3,they seems to be quiet same.I'm looking mic for indoor recordings,also to use with senn plugon transmitter,Rode seems to offer quiet lot for he's price.But what is Your suggestion??

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Old April 28th, 2010, 07:59 PM   #2
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Honestly, neither of those mics are too great, mostly because of weight. (when you've got a mic on the end of a boom, every gram counts and adds up quickly after you've been a boom op for a few hours)

What's your budget? And why are you looking to have a wireless boom? (cables always have a better signal plus are more reliable)
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Old April 29th, 2010, 01:07 AM   #3
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Raul,

Head on over to RØDE University and you can learn all about mics.

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PS. I own both the NTG-3 and the M3 and love 'em both.
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Old April 29th, 2010, 04:02 AM   #4
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The Rode NT3 and the NTG-3 are two very different mics.
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Old April 29th, 2010, 05:25 AM   #5
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I always like the sound of the NT3. It gives a nice rich & full sound, especially to voices. I attribute this to the larger diaphragm vs. the smaller diaphragm on the M3. They're nearly the same size, but I think you're getting more of a studio mic in the NT3.

I have an AT-4053 when I want a hyper mounted on a hand-held camera but I don't think the sound is as good as the NT3, again, I believe it has to do with the size of the diaphragm.

One other nice thing, the NT3 can run off phantom or battery, so it's flexible in many situations.
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Old April 29th, 2010, 08:39 AM   #6
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The NT3 has much lower self-noise and slightly more sensitivity, although both mics are only moderately sensitive. The M3 I think is more intended for general instrument/music/singing recording tasks where self-noise isn't as big an issue as when recording quieter dialog from boom mic distances.
In the US, the street price difference between the two is significant. The NT3 for $269 and the M3 for $149.

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Old April 29th, 2010, 02:04 PM   #7
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Rode nt3

Thnx for tips and suggestions! I guess with my budget ..rode nt3 the way to go!
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Old April 29th, 2010, 07:03 PM   #8
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The NT3 is a better mic for sure. It's a true condenser, where the M3 is an eletret condenser. The NT3 is a bright mic. I have used it for years and liked it, but now I'm into my AT4053b. That goes for 500.00, and has a nice rich low end.

Here are some NT3 tests (but not the M3)




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Honestly, neither of those mics are too great, mostly because of weight. (when you've got a mic on the end of a boom, every gram counts and adds up quickly after you've been a boom op for a few hours)

What's your budget? And why are you looking to have a wireless boom? (cables always have a better signal plus are more reliable)
Well, actually, he never mentioned a boom...and fwiw I think you'd like the NTG3.....my two cents /B. Vaughan
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