Whether recording lectures, interviews, or voice overs, the RØDE iXY microphone delivers convenience and high quality stereo in one affordable package.
With mobile producers, space, weight and cost are always important considerations to every video production. Having the ability to re-task items that we already have in our toolkit can be a great way to get the job done while saving in these areas. Take the iPhone for example. Many producers already have one – rather than running out and buying a separate audio recording device, why not adapt it by adding a quality microphone and making it capable of capturing truly awesome audio?
Video Production Companion
Well that’s exactly what the audio wizards at RØDE Microphones have done. They’ve designed an X/Y style stereo microphone with Apple’s 30-pin connector so it will pair up easily with a number of iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices. The unit has a slick, attractive appearance and the build quality is very solid. One word of caution however, regarding the point of attachment: A good bump and both connector and microphone could soon part ways.
You may be thinking, “But the iPhone already has a built-in microphone.” True, but as with all built-ins there is plenty of room for improvement. Whereas the internal mic is only capable of monaural recording, the iXY utilizes a pair of half-inch cardioid condenser mic capsules, affixed in the distinctive X-Y arrangement to deliver clear, stereo quality. The results are fuller, bassier recordings with noticeably less ambient noise and overall better quality than can be achieved with the built-in microphone. The iXY even comes with a protective hard case and a foam windsock that does a really great job of blocking out wind noise.
Lots to Appreciate
To realize the fullest potential of the iXY, download the RØDE Rec or RØDE Rec LE app. The LE version is free and provides basic functionality. The full-meal-deal version features 24-bit/96kHz recording for greater audio detail, an equalizer, compression, volume normalization, gain adjustments, high/low-pass filter, live monitoring and more, including sharing via Dropbox, email and SoundCloud.
If you (or someone on your video production team) owns an Apple iDevice then consider the RØDE iXY stereo mic as an alternative to courtesy-of-your-camera audio on your next production outing.
Contributing Editor Mark Holder is a video producer and trainer.
Product/Company name & Pricing:
RØDE Microphones Intl.
107 Carnarvon Street
Silverwater, NSW 2128
iXY: $199; RØDE Rec LE app: FREE; RØDE Rec app: $6
Acoustic Principle: Pressure gradient
Address Type: End
Frequency Range: 20Hz-20kHz
Maximum SPL: 120dB SPL (@ 1kHz, 1% THD into 1K-ohm load)
Sensitivity: -42.0dB re 1 Volt/Pascal (8.52mV @ 94dB SPL) +/- 2dB @ 1kHz
Equivalent Noise Level (A-Weighted): 18dB-A
Power Options: N/A; powered by device
Compatibility: iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPad (third generation), iPad (1st,2nd, 3rd generation), iPad and iPod touch (4th generation, iOS 6+)
Weight: 1.41oz. (40g)
Dimensions (HxWxD): 46mm x 55mm x 40mm
- Excellent sound quality
- Very good construction
- Headphone monitoring
- Connector could be easily damaged