iOS stereo mic, lavalier and field recording app from Røde
Røde Microphones has released three new products for iOS devices in the shape of the ‘low-price, professional-grade’ smartLav lapel microphone, the Røde REC field recording app, and the iXY, a stereo microphone that company founder Peter Freedman has declared more exciting than ‘any other product in Røde’s 20 year history’.
The iXY stereo mic is intended for iPhone and iPad with a 30-pin connector that allows recording at sampling rates up to 24-bit/96kHz. It comprises a matched pair of cardioid condenser capsules, fixed in a 90-degree ‘near-coincident’ alignment, plus an included foam windshield for outdoor recordings as well as a zip pocket.
Coinciding with the arrival of iXY is Røde REC, an app designed to turn an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch into a ‘fully featured field recorder’.
The app – available for purchase from the Apple App Store – offers control of the iXY’s continuously adjustable input levels for recording in loud and quiet environments, as well as a high pass filter to cut out low-frequency rumbling. Other features include multiple sampling rates up to 96kHz, equalisation effects such as compressor/expander and parametric EQ, non-linear editing, photo tagging, and one-touch publishing to SoundCloud, Dropbox, email, FTP and iTunes. A free version with a limited feature set is also available, named Røde REC LE.
Meanwhile the smartLav lapel microphone has been designed to connect directly to the headset jack of an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. It is equipped with an omnidirectional condenser capsule and has been developed for use in broadcast, film and television applications working alongside the Røde REC app. A mounting clip is also included alongside a foam pop shield to minimise wind-noise and plosives.
In other news, Røde Microphones and Rycote have partnered in a strategic alliance. Under the terms of the new agreement, Røde will deploy Rycote’s Lyre suspension element across a wide range of microphones and accessories, on both an external and internal level. The first product to benefit is the Røde VideoMic on-camera microphone.
The Lyre is a non-elasticated suspension structure composed of a hard-wearing thermoplastic. It is described by Røde as ‘markedly more effective at acoustically decoupling microphones from unwanted vibrations, handling and cable-borne noise than elasticated suspensions’. Lyre also remains effective at a broad range of temperatures.