Is the Rode M5 mic good for vocals?


When using microphones for recording vocals, the primary goal is to reproduce the voice as accurately as possible. Three main characteristics to focus on are: transparency, detail, and projection. The rode m5 mic has these qualities, making it ideal for vocal use.

M5 Condenser Microphone overview

The Rode M-5 microphone is quiet, has low noise and good sound performance. It is often used as a choir microphone but has many other uses. The mic has a very small diaphragm, but the sound is powerful and impressive. Since the microphone is cardioid, the microphone cannot sense sound coming from behind, which is helpful for eliminating background noise. The microphones are built from metal backed with Rode ceramic, giving them an attractive, but practical look. The mic has a windshield mounted on it, and stands mounted for mounting the mic on an R5 mount. It’s impossible to find a better microphone for the same cost. It’s cheap and impressive in its class.

Why are they sold as a matched pair?

Matched pairs are just two of the same microphones that come together. They work well for recording because they can pick up sound sources at a very similar level. This means that the recording will have less headroom and better balance than it would with other types of mic sets such as stereo or multi-pattern sets.

The rode m5 mic pair perform as if they were one. This means that each microphone handle the same frequencies and sound pressures equally. It also helps with noise cancellation since both microphones can hear what’s happening in their own capsule and cancel out any ambient sounds.

The microphones in this matched pair have been chosen with an emphasis on maintaining a difference of no more than 1dB sensitivity between them.

Recording acoustic instruments

The rode M5 is an ideal microphone if you want to record acoustic instruments. The Rode m5 condenser microphones have exceptional audio reproduction, providing detail and presence to the music. This powerful quality makes it a great mic for acoustic guitars and other instruments in home studios. You might be interested in my post on micing a cajon – read more here.

Sound quality

It is ideally suited for the acoustic guitar or another musical instrument. It gives an excellent detailed sound with no extensive EQing. It is also great for singing too. This is especially good for male voices in the range of tenors. M5 also works well as a choir mic.

Frequency response

The rode mic has a wide frequency response of 20 Hz to 20 kHz. This means that it can recognize the slightest variations of the range, but it does not care about the bigger changes in the low-frequency area.

Stand mounts

Depending on what you are using these mics for, there are a few different types of stand mounts available for them. If you want the mics relatively close together, Rode produce a mount called the Stereobar, with up to 20cm adjustable separation for the mics. Alternatively, you can use two standard mic stands if you need wider separation.

small diaphragm condenser microphone

But how is the rode m5 mic for singing?

The rode m5 microphone gives clear, detailed, and powerful sound. The two mics together are great microphone for recording vocals. Furthermore, it has low self-noise which makes it good to use in loud environments where there are other instruments or sounds. The rode mic can separate these sounds well, while still clearly marking the voice itself! It is used widely as a choir microphone, but performs well as mics for a solo singer too. Rode as a company has a good reputation for quality, so you really can’t go too wrong with a Rode mic.

Frank Edwards

Frank Edwards is the founder and owner of churchsoundtips.com and has over 10 years experience running sound in his local church.

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