RØDE, the company behind some of the most popular microphones in the industry have had a busy couple of days at IBC in Amsterdam. The company has announced six new products: two compact microphones, a new RØDELink kit geared for news journalists, a digital XLR adapter for Apple iOS devices (iPhone, iPad) and 2 boom-poles, one of which is robust, light weight, designed for use by a one man crew.
Here’s a short intro-
RØDE Video Micro
Building on the RØDE Video Mic and the Video Mic Pro, RØDE have introduced the Video Micro. The microphone unit measures 80mm in length and is a small, lightweight on camera mic for use on compact cameras, especially smaller DSLR’s and mirrorless cameras such as the Panasonic GH4 and Sony A7 series.
It is a directional microphone that reduces peripheral sounds and focuses on the audio in front of the camera. Its pickup pattern provides a more natural sound when recording.
Here’s a video that discusses the features and specs-
And an example of the audio quality-
RØDE Video Mic Me
The VideoMic Me is a high-quality directional microphone designed for use with the Apple iPhone and iPad. The mic features a 3.5mm TRRS (“EP” connector jack) and adjustable mount. It is compatible with a wide range of Apple devices and can even accommodate some protective phone cases.
More importantly, the mic also features a headphone jack on the rear, to allow for monitoring audio directly while recording or listening while playing back without having to remove the microphone.
Here’s a promo video-
and a video detailing the specs-
Both the microphones come supplied with a windshield and feature bodies made from quality aluminium.
Both the microphones will arrive in India by the end of October-early November, there is no word on exact Indian prices yet, but said to be around Rupees 5,000/-
The i-XLR is a compact unit that lets you connect and record professional XLR microphones to a smart phone.
The unit features an record button that enables the user to start recording without accessing their mobile device, and an LED indicates the recording status in apps that support this feature.
To accompany the unit RØDE has also previewed an updated version of its RØDE Rec app that supports remote record functionality with the new interface, as well as an innovative set of EQ presets. The app also has a handy feature called “safety track” that will record the audio at a lower level than what is set, to avoid any distortion and clipping.
It also has a headphone jack with a variable level is located on the body of the unit to allow the user to monitor their audio while in uses
Also, is you are using a dynamic microphone the i-XLR allows you to use a built in +20dB level boost, giving the mic a high level of clean gain.
An intro video-
Some features and specs-
The unit will arrive by end of the year, both Indian and international prices are yet to be announced.
RØDELink News Shooter Kit
RØDE has optimised the already hugely popular RØDELink wireless system, that came out earlier this year for use by journalists. The new Newsshooter kit, features include a camera-mount receiver, XLR adaptor, TX-XLR wireless XLR transmitter and receiver and , one-touch sync for easy pairing.
The unit uses 2.4GHz digital communication thus it allows for robust use and secure transmission of audio at ranges up to 100m in outdoor usage.
The Newsshooter transmitter easily connects to handheld microphones as well as shotgun microphones for wireless boompole use. It also enables easy monitoring with a 3.5mm headphone output. Another nice feature is the ability to attach a lapel microphone directly to the transmitter via a 3.5mm input if need be.
RØDE also plans to make each of the RØDELink devices available separately, so customers can mix that with other pieces of gear that they already own.
The unit will also deliver P48 phantom power to microphones if necessary and the unit can be powered in 3 different ways- via AA batteries, via Sony style NP series batteries and via 5 volts micro USB (rechargeable powerbank) if necessary. The unit should arrive by end of the year/ early next year in India, prices are not known yet.
Features and specs-
Boompole Pro an Micro Boompole
Using a shotgun microphone on long metal boompole for long hours can be difficult and tiring. Rode have come up with a new and convenient design for those who have to work is such conditions for long. The boompole pro weighs only 535 grams. The unit is still robust as it is made of carbon fibre and features a twist lock mechanism for easy accessibility. The pole has a reach of 2.8 feet to 10 feet.
Have a closer look at the demo video –
The boompole micro is optimised for use with smaller, lightweight microphones and is perfect for DSLR video and single shooters that often have to record audio and video together such as in corporate interviews, web news, blogging and small documentary crews. The Micro Boompole Pro is as compact and lightweight as a boompole gets. It has a modular design that allows it to be broken down into three separate sections, and it is made from carbon fiber rods keep it lightweight. It reaches a maximum length of 7’2″
Check out the demo video below-
Pricing and availability of the boompoles is not yet know, both Indian and international.
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