Monthly Archives: March 2011

RØDE EXTENDS MICON™ COMPATIBILITY

RØDE Microphones is happy to announce the release of three new MiCon™ connectors to add additional compatibility with its line of compact wearable microphones that include the RØDE Lavalier, HS-1 headset and the innovative RØDE PinMic™.

The MiCon-6 adaptor provides connectivity with selected AKG systems including the PT40, PT60, PT61, PT80, PT81, PT400, PT2000 and PT4000. The MiCon-7 adaptor provides connectivity with selected Lectrosonics systems including the SM, UMa and LMa Series, as well as the UM450. The MiCon-8 adaptor provides connectivty for the Sony UWP series of wireless transmitters.

Released in late 2010, the original five MiCon™ adaptors allow for connectivity with both 3.5mm stereo and XLR as well as selected wireless systems from manufacturers including Shure, Sennheiser and Audio Technica. For a full list of compatibility and to find the right MiCon™ for your needs, simply visit www.rodemic.com/micon.

RØDE has also announced an additional PinMic™ with longer pins to allow for use with heavier clothing and fabric. Both PinMics offer a unique and innovative take on the traditional lapel microphone. While lapel microphones are the industry standard for close-miking presenters and talent, depending on the application their presence on a collar or lapel can be distracting or entirely undesirable. The PinMic™ features a detachable capsule head that mounts onto three pins on the microphone backplate, providing a discreet alternative that can be located almost anywhere on a wide range of clothing and fabrics.

The RØDE Lavalier, HS-1 (black/pink), PinMic™, entire suite of MiCon™ adaptors, cables are shipping now and will be available shortly from all authorised RØDE retailers.



RØDE VIDEOMIC Pro Review

For quite a while now, we’ve been using the original VideoMic and have sung its praises to whomever may be listening. It transformed the sound recording capabilities of our Canon DSLRs, turning them into well-rounded workhorses. So it was with open arms (and minds) that we welcomed the news that RØDE had released a ‘pro’ version.

A couple of weeks ago we were sent a VideoMic Pro (VMP) to demo and we’ve been putting it through its paces in some real-world scenarios which would test it to the extreme, curious to see how it compares with its older sibling, and it’s fair to say that we haven’t been disappointed!

The most obvious change from the original VideoMic is the change in scale. The VideoMic was a beast which sat upon an elasticised cradle of near-gothic proportions in order to provide necessary cushioning to limit noise created by camera movement. Add to this the stature of the shotgun and it was quite imposing (and sometimes difficult to manage in cramped situations).

The VMP addressed this head-on and is a fraction of the size whilst retaining all of the presence.

RØDE have managed to reduce the footprint, whilst incorporating a significant increase in the quality of the mic and its electronics. The overall reduction in size and the newly designed anti-shock cradle conspire to make the new unit somewhat less likely to take someone’s eye out.

Regarding its technical performance, the new mic is simply outstanding. Noise (which was almost non-existent in the VideoMic) is further reduced and the sound dynamics are, well they’re of broadcast quality. This step-up in quality can be heard in these clips below.

Interview recorded with original VideoMic

Similar interview, this time recorded on the VMP

The whole unit feels more robust, its features are more readily accessible and the new cable is a lot easier to live with than the original curly-lead since it fits more snugly around the camera en-route to the ext. microphone input.

Like its predecessor, the VMP sits on a ‘cold shoe’ flash mount for ease of attaching to a DSLR camera body. Drilled inside this fitting is a screw-thread so the VMP can be attached to a RØDE boompole for off-camera use, when you need to really fine-tine the sound control (we’ll try to review one of these in use at a later date).

A very welcome addition to this product offering comes when purchasers of the VMP register for RØDE’s 10 year extended warranty in the form of a free ‘Deadcat’ windjammer.

The only drawback we’ve noticed is that the elastics which make up the anti-shock cradle are somewhat more prone to dislodging when bringing the VMP out of the kit bag. This wasn’t an issue on the VideoMic and whilst it’s certainly no reason to mark the VMP’s review score down, it’s worth pointing out. After all, we had to find something negative to say!

Rating
Ease of use: 5/5
Build quality: 5/5
Functionality: 5/5
Sex appeal: 5/5
Value for money: 5/5

The original VideoMic is a good deal cheaper and is a fantastic mic for general use, therefore it may be more appealing to the ‘enthusiast’ market but if you’re serious about your sound quality, it’s well worth stepping-up to the VMP.

Overall rating:

5/5 – Highly recommended.



RØDE University lands on iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch!

RØDE Microphones is extremely excited to announce the release of its RØDE University audio education course for the Apple iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. This free app includes all the video content from both the musical and broadcast syllabus from RØDE’s award winning website, rodeuniversity.com.

First launched in 2008, RØDE University guides viewers through the basics of recording audio via short, entertaining videos, followed by multiple choice questions to reinforce the key points of the lesson.

The instrument recording course covers various ways to record a typical band including vocals, drums, guitars and bass. Across the 28 video segments users will learn key audio fundamentals, as well as discover a range of ways to mic instruments and vocals, with the pros and cons of each technique explained and discussed. Filmed in the world renowned Studio 301 and featuring rock band “Hell City Glamours” this course will definitely rock your pocket!

Veteran sound designer and best-selling author Ric Viers takes the helm in the broadcast recording course, guiding viewers through a wide range of topics including location recording, ENG, voice-over and ADR, podcasting, DLSR on-camera miking, foley and sound effect recording.

After installing the app, users can browse the available courses and individual videos and download those that they are interested in to their Apple device. A one-touch trash function makes it easy to manage the videos stored on your iPhone and iPad.

Users also have the opportunity to share segments that they find particularly insightful or entertaining via Facebook, Twitter or email.

“The iPhone and iPad are perfect platforms for RØDE University.” commented Damien Wilson, Global Marketing Director for RØDE Microphones “From the very beginning we designed RØDE Uni to fit in with the lifestyle of our users by ensuring all the content was to-the-point and entertaining. Now the added convenience of being able to watch anywhere at any time, even without a data connection makes it really easy and simple to get your audio knowledge up-to-speed while on the train, waiting for a bus, or between classes”.

The RØDE University app is available as a free download now through the App Store, or can be downloaded by visiting www.rodeuniversity.com/iphone
Visit RØDE University online at www.rodeuniversity.com