August 12, 2022

The Godox VDS-M3 XLR shotgun mic has a built-in battery for when you don’t have phantom power

Its a relatively thick shotgun mic, with a 22mm diameter. Its likewise 278mm long, making it just a little bit longer than the Deity S-Mic 2, although its slightly lighter, coming in at 183g (vs the S-Mic 2s 198g).

The Godox VDS-M3 XLR Shotgun Mic Has A Built-in Battery For When You Don’t Have Phantom Power

Its still a function that the large bulk of other microphones dont have at all. And as a routine super-cardioid condenser microphone, it looks about as excellent on paper as one would anticipate.

The Godox VDS-M3 XLR Shotgun Mic Has A Built-in Battery For When You Don’t Have Phantom Power

Sure, not as common a requirement on a shotgun mic like this, and the designated purpose for the battery is run and gun stuff where you may be low on battery power with your recorder and wish to take some of that load off by using the internal battery rather of drawing the recorders juice to power the microphone. USB digital audio connection would definitely be beneficial to podcasters, vloggers, banners, YouTubers, etc that frequently want to record such mics while sitting at their desks. Straight into the computer system digitally would make life much easier.

The Godox VDS-M3 XLR Shotgun Mic Has A Built-in Battery For When You Don’t Have Phantom Power

Explained by Godox as a “production class shotgun microphone”, they state its ideally suited to indie filmmaking, industrial production, broadcast and all the normal places you d expect to use a shotgun microphone. Weve likewise seen the very same strategy utilized with AA batteries in microphones like the Rode NTG2, Sennheiser K6/ME66 and Godoxs own VDX-M1. Its a 2,000 mAh battery that Godox claims will last up to 220 hours and the microphone will intelligently switch to it whenever it finds itself plugged into something that doesnt use phantom power.

The Godox VDS-M3 XLR Shotgun Mic Has A Built-in Battery For When You Don’t Have Phantom Power

On the microphones body are three buttons. One serves as both the power switch and a -10 dB pad, one is the 75Hz high-pass/low-cut filter which helps to decrease low-end rumbles like traffic, a/c hum, etc, and the 3rd is a high-frequency increase, which will make up for a few of the frequency loss when utilizing the microphone inside a blimp or deadcat.

The Godox VDS-M3 XLR Shotgun Mic Has A Built-in Battery For When You Don’t Have Phantom Power

If youre running phantom power from a USB audio interface, field recorder, mixer, and so on then its company as typical, but what the battery permits you to do is to plug the microphone into recorders and gadgets like cameras that dont provide phantom power. Sure, not as typical a requirement on a shotgun mic like this, and the designated function for the battery is run and gun stuff where you might be low on battery power with your recorder and desire to take some of that load off by using the internal battery rather of sucking the recorders juice to power the microphone.

The Godox VDS-M3 XLR Shotgun Mic Has A Built-in Battery For When You Don’t Have Phantom Power

Godox has actually been constructing up their microphone collection for a little while now with various different mics consisting of a dual cordless mini lav kit, and now they have actually included a brand-new phantom-powered XLR shotgun microphone to the lineup. Its the Godox VDS-M3 and appears like your normal super-cardioid shotgun microphone, with a longer disturbance tube than the Godox VDX-M1, except that this one includes an integrated battery.

The Godox VDS-M3 XLR Shotgun Mic Has A Built-in Battery For When You Don’t Have Phantom Power

I d be really interested to hear how it sounds compared to similarly priced shotgun mics from the rivals. With a suggested retail cost of $299, its definitely well within the budgets of numerous and its a cost location crowded by a lot longer recognized competition– The Rode NTG4+ is likewise $299, the Deity S-Mic 2 sits slightly greater at $329 (or $369 for the place set with the Rycote handgun grip and deadcat), and Sennheiser has the MKE 600 for around $350 (with a shock mount and dead cat). The Godox VDS-M3 is going to have to be really great to make any headway in this sector of the market.

The battery, as one would expect these days, charges up through a Type-C socket on the side of the microphone. Its not going to charge up by itself whenever it finds a signal with 48v phantom power. Youll still need to do it by hand yourself with that Type-C USB cable television. Its a little disappointing to me that were seeing yet another microphone with a Type-C socket on it that cant be used as a digital audio gadget straight with a computer or mobile gadget.

Another not distinct but uncommon function of this microphone is that it contains a built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery. Weve seen this before in the Rode NTG4+. Weve likewise seen the exact same technique utilized with AA batteries in microphones like the Rode NTG2, Sennheiser K6/ME66 and Godoxs own VDX-M1. Its a 2,000 mAh battery that Godox claims will last as much as 220 hours and the microphone will smartly switch to it whenever it finds itself plugged into something that doesnt offer phantom power.

Explained by Godox as a “production class shotgun microphone”, they state its preferably matched to indie filmmaking, commercial production, broadcast and all the usual places you d anticipate to utilize a shotgun microphone. Other than, this ones a little bit different as you dont need to use a phantom-powered recorder. It likewise includes an integrated battery for taping straight into devices like electronic cameras and even smartphones (with the ideal cables).

A word of caution, however, while powering the microphone off internal batteries will permit the microphone to produce a strong adequate signal that your cams pre-amps can hear it, its still generally not going to be as excellent quality as if you d supplied the microphone with appropriate 48v phantom power and taped it into something like a Zoom H8 or Tascam DR100.

Theres no word yet on precisely when the Godox VDS-M3 will appear however I expect itll be relatively quickly– although, this will undoubtedly vary in various areas worldwide. When it does become offered in the USA, though, itll come with a $299 price, which isnt that bad at all as shotgun microphones go, given the requirement that a number of them have actually reached today. Inside the box, youll get the microphone itself, with a foam windshield (which is more of a pop guard, youll still wish to purchase a fluffy one if youre going outdoors), a bracket clip to connect it to a stand or boom and a Type-C cable television to charge the internal battery.

If youre running phantom power from a USB audio interface, field recorder, mixer, and so on then its business as usual, however what the battery allows you to do is to plug the microphone into recorders and devices like video cameras that do not use phantom power. Instead, the microphone draws power from its internal battery, rather. If you want to step up your audio video game while tape-recording straight into your DSLR or mirrorless electronic camera, a really useful function.