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SupercardioidRØDE M2

Supercardioid Condenser Microphone

Rode’s M2 is a condenser vocal mic intended for handheld or stage use.

The condenser capsule is shockmounted to reduce handling noise. It produces a supercardioid pickup pattern to help eliminate off-axis sound and reduce feedback.

An on/off switch on the mic’s body can be locked in the “on” position.

The M2 includes a mic clip (Rode p/n RM1) and a “zip pouch” (p/n ZP1).

Performing Musician, 2008

Used in its main context as a live vocal mic, the M2 comes across as less coloured and more honest than most dynamic vocal mics, as the industry standard dynamic models tend to have a fairly strong presence peak to help them cut through. The high end is more open and there’s plenty of detail, so unless you really need a heavy presence boost it should get most voices across nicely, and, as with all cardioid mics, you get a bass lift when you lean into them. Its 10kHz bump is quite subtle, where it helps with overall clarity, but doesn’t make the vocals sound honky or aggressive. By the same token, the tight supercardioid pattern combined with the flatter-than-typical frequency response allows a little more level before feedback becomes a problem, and you can work right up to the mic without any significant popping problems. Handling noise is reassuringly low, and as long as your mixer can supply phantom power, the M2 will give great results in most live sound environments.

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The mic was released in 2008.


Frequency Response - SupercardioidClick Graph to Compare!
M2 Supercardioid Frequency Response Chart
Pickup Patterns Pads & Filters
Supercardioid (6.3 mV/Pa; 35 - 20,000 Hz)
Capsule Dimensions Impedance SPL/Noise
Diameter n/a
50 Ohms (Low) Max SPL: 141 dB
Self-noise: 23.0 dB(A)
Weight Length Max Diameter Interface(s)
308g (10.86oz) 187mm (7.36'') 47mm (1.85'')
  • 3-pin XLR male (1)
Power Specifications
  • Requires phantom power
  • Phantom voltage: 24-48v

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