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RØDE Microphones launches smartLav lavalier mic for iPhone

February 9, 2013

RØDE Microphones launches SmartLav lavalier mic for iPhone

The SmartLav may is in fact a new professional-grade lapel microphone developed for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Designed for use by film, television and broadcast professionals, RØDE’s discreet condenser mic is claimed capable of capturing 360˚ of premium quality sound.

Media broadcasting and audio recording can be a very expensive hobby or profession. Needing the right tools to conduct interviews or record audio sessions can become taxing and costly if you don’t know where to get the right tools. Well, RØDE recently announced that they have a cost-effective recording mic available right now for iPhone handsets.

The 0.47 x 0.17 x 0.17-inch (12 x 4.5 x 4.5-mm), 0.21-oz (6-g) SmartLav features a 0.1-inch (2.54-mm) omnidirectional condenser capsule, JFET active electronics and comes supplied with a foam pop shield to reduce wind noise and vocal plosives (such as hard B, T and P sounds). It has a reported frequency range of between 20 Hz and 20 kHz and sensitivity of -32.0dB re 1-volt/Pascal (25.50mV at 94 dB SPL) ±2 dB at 1 kHz.

A user would attach the SmartLav microphone to the clothing of the person to be recorded using the included mounting clip, plug the 3.5-mm jack into the audio port of the chosen Apple device and start recording. smartLav is powered by the iOS device.

Though the lavalier microphone is also compatible with any iOS audio recording app capable of accepting input from the headset connection, as you might expect, RØDE recommends using the RØDE Rec or RØDE Rec LE apps. RØDE Rec includes a range of EQ presets to suit different recording situations, pro-level editing functionality, and is capable of publishing to online services like SoundCloud and Dropbox from within the app itself.

RØDE Microphones launches smartLav lavalier mic for iPhone starts shipping worldwide February, 2013 for a suggested retail price of US$60.

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  1. Such a cool way to capture sound. Chip Dizard just put up a sound sample outdoors sound pretty good for $60! I’ll be using one to back-up wireless on talent, and maybe even send the file in for transcription before we even get to the edit.

    • RØDE’s iPhone App is amazing for recording with any iPhone compatible microphone; we use it all the time to record conference calls when using a speaker-phone, and Conference Room conferences… in addition to the traditional New Media, Field interviews….

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