Rode iXY for Lightning Unboxing and initial recording test.

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The last unboxing/test/review for today is the Rode iXY Stereo microphone for Apple Lightning devices.

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I bought the original iXY for the Apple 30pin dock connector and I have used it several times with the optional Rode SmartGrip to mount it on top of my DSLR while recording in the field.

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The fact that both iXY devices can record at 96000Hz is pretty damn impressive. (That’s double CD quality to the man on the street)

Anyway here is the Unboxing Video and the sound clip recorded using the iXY with my iPhone 5S and the RodeRec App

For more information on either version of the iXY visit the Rode Micro Site

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Rode Smartlav (original) Versus New Rode Smartlav+ Recording booth comparison

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When Rode microphones originally announced the SmartLav in early 2013 I posted a blog about it as I was really excited and I believed it could be a huge step in the evolution of “budget” mobile journalism. During a mojo course in Budapest myself and John Inge Johansen from NRK tested it with FilMicPro but we discovered the main issue is the absence of audio gain in the App. (I subsequently discovered that MoviePro had added in App audio gain)

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A number of weeks ago Rode announced an update called the SmartLav+ and certainly everything I’ve read suggests the audio fidelity is definitely higher in the the new capsule so today I took the SmartLav+ and the original smartly into one of our soundproof audio booths to do a side by side test. I recorded the test using glass and on the iPhone 5s I used Voice Record pro for the audio recording.

So here are the recordings:

Certainly my initial impression is that the SmartLav+ has substantially less hiss but it also sounds like it has also lost some of the richness in the bass.

I’m no audio expert – so I will defer to the judgement of some of my esteemed colleagues from radio who may comment. You can hopefully decide for yourself.

Its worth noting that FilMicPro will have audio gain as a feature in the upcoming Version 4 release.

For more information on the SmartLav+ visit the dedicated Rode micro site:

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