The M3 MicTrak Stereo Shotgun Microphone and Recorder is a 4-channel, camera-mounted, combination shotgun microphone and recorder, with two internal shotgun mics that can switch between hyper-focused supercardioid (90°) or a wider bidirectional (180°) mode.
It inherits the same dual AD converter circuits from the pro F-Series recorders, so no gain adjustment are necessary. The M3 can capture quality audio in 48 kHz / 32-bit float. The M3 MicTrak’s built-in recording features certainly increase its versatility and there are also dedicated outputs for headphone monitoring or line-level signals.
- Bidirectional Stereo Shotgun Microphone
- For Reporting, Audio for Video, Film
- 2-Channel Stereo Recording
- 48 kHz / 32-Bit Floating Point Sampling
- No Gain Adjustment Needed
- Supercardioid or Figure-8 Polar Pattern
- 3.5mm Headphone Out and 3.5mm Line Out
- microSDHC/microSDXC Compatible
- AA Battery Power or USB-C Bus Power
The 4-channel internal system allows you to record in stereo while simultaneously monitoring the mid and side microphones to hear the differences, a useful feature for mixing an ideal stereo signal from a wide, bidirectional recording.
The M3 sports a 3.5mm headphone output for real-time monitoring and a 3.5mm stereo line out for sending your audio directly to an external recorder, such as a camera audio input or a secondary field recorder.
The M3 is fully compatible with microSD cards for onboard recording.
It can run on two AA batteries, USB-C bus power, or an optional Zoom AD-17 AC adapter (sold separately).
This looks like a really good product and the fact that it has in-built 32-bit recording is sure to make it appeal to a lot of content creators. ZOOM continues to come out with a wide array of impressive products.
Price & Availability
The Zoom M3 MicTrak Stereo Shotgun Microphone and Recorder is now available to pre-order for $199 USD and it should start shipping early in the new year.