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Rode SVM Stereo Condenser Microphone

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  • Versatile X/Y configured, supercardioid stereo microphone well suited for all video applications
  • Captures true ambience of recording space with high level of rear rejection and low noise
  • Two-step high-pass filter (flat or 80 Hz), -10dB pad switch
  • Custom designed integral windshield; windscreen included
  • 9V battery powered
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Rode SVM Stereo Condenser Microphone

The RØDE Stereo VideoMic is a high-quality stereo microphone designed for use with camcorders, DSLR cameras and portable audio recorders. The Stereo VideoMic is an ideal microphone for capturing environmental and ambient sounds, as well as live music. Two high-resolution 1/2" condenser capsules are mounted in a fixed X/Y stereo array, providing a very natural stereo recording, while still offering a high level of rear rejection.

An in-built shock mounting system isolates the Stereo VideoMic capsule and electronics from its mount, providing isolation from external physical factors that may cause unwanted rumble and vibrations in the microphone. Its standard sized shoe mount also includes a 3/8" thread in the base for easy mounting on a boom pole or stand.

In addition to the microphone's native 40Hz-20kHz response a selectable high-pass filter at 80Hz is available, which will prevent low end noise such as air conditioners and traffic from being recorded. A -10dB level attenuation (or PAD), selectable from the rear face of the microphone, allows recording of loud sound sources, such as live music or motorsport.

  • Stereo X/Y condenser microphone
  • Broadcast sound quality
  • Two step high-pass filter - flat or 80 Hz
  • Rugged cast aluminum body
  • 9V battery operation
  • Custom designed integral windshield
  • Low noise circuitry
  • Low handling noise
  • Integral camera-shoe mount
  • Includes Dead Kitten windscreen

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 3 x 5 inches ; 1 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • ASIN: B000I5W7K8
  • Item model number: SVM
  • Batteries 1 9V batteries required.
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,831 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
  • Manufacturer’s warranty can be requested from customer service. Click here to make a request to customer service.
  • Date first available at October 2, 2001

Customer Reviews

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149 of 150 people found the following review helpful By J. Libertor on January 26, 2009
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I have a Canon HG10 High Definition camera that I use for recording my small kids and family events. The camera's built-in sound was just poor. With my default mic, the targets could barely be heard, and whenever the cameraman spoke the sound was overly pronounced. So I researched many mics over months and decided on this one.

The sound is superb, but you have to make sure you know what you are working with. Different mics are better for different situations. I am not an expert but here are the rules of thumb I have picked up.

*Super-Cartoid Stereo Mic*
The Rode Stereo mic is a "Super Cartoid Stereo Mic". It yields high-quality sound at a close range, less than 8 feet or closer is best . It emphasizes sound in front, and de-emphasizes sound from behind (i.e. the cameraman) It does not do well at long range.

*Shotgun mics*
Shotgun mics (i.e. Rode VideoMic directional Video Condenser w/microphone) on the other hand do well at isolating sound at long ranges. However, the sound will never be as good as a well-placed Supercartoid stereo mic. Those are good for school plays, football games, and such.

It also comes with a Dead-cat wind guard, and it works great! Even in very gusty wind no sound is made from the wind.

*Tips for good sound*
For absolutely super quality sound with ANY mic you must get really close! Just think of those boom mic guys who hold the mic right inches over the actors heads! You have several options.
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42 of 42 people found the following review helpful By R. Sutton VINE VOICE on April 18, 2009
Jeremy Libertor (another reviewer) said it all. I fully concur.

I'm using the microphone on a Canon 5D Mark II with great success. I highly recommend this unit if you want quality and have the $$$. Yes, there are less expensive units around but you get what you pay for. And the included 'dead-cat" does a nice job killing wind noises as well.

UPDATE: May 1st - I used the Canon 5D Mark II and the Rode to video the Union Pacific's Steam Locomotive (844) when it visited hear. Theyre was a light breeze at the time. A steam locomotive, at times 4 feet away from the mic, is the acid test. Every sound, from quiet hisses of small steam escapes to full throated steam locomovive whistle blasts, were recorded perfectly with the Rode.

Later, down the track, the 844 passed by me at 60 or so MPH and I got broadcast quality locomotive sounds from about 1000 feet away and as it passed my location 8 feet from the camera/mic. Perfect sound again. I now highly recommend this microphone. No wind noises just great audio.

March 2012 - Still a great mic. Added the Rode Videomic Directional Video Condenser microphone for recording distand sounds. Also a great unit.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By R. Maurer on July 26, 2009
I've been using this Rode mic to make archival videos of concerts for the last 3 years and it is awesome. Clear, transparent and the next best thing to being there. Great sound at a reasonable price seems to be the Rode mission statement. I wish the camera man(me)was as good as the mic!
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Nick VINE VOICE on October 6, 2009
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I bought a Canon 5D Mark II with the understanding that at some point, I'd like to take amazing HD footage. Awesome footage is made or ruined with sound quality, and I looked at multiple reviews online and at sites [...] and others, and the Rode Stereo VideoMic got good reviews for a "starter" microphone.

Being a photography buff, I figured that this would be good enough for me to get started with. I'm amazed at the sound quality and range that I get with the microphone. With the onboard mic from the 5D, I'd sometimes catch myself breathing heavily (which sucks to have good footage ruined by that.) With the Rode mic, it's gone. The mic fits into the Canon's hotshoe and plugs in just fine. The Rode mic also includes the awesomely named Dead Kitten, to block wind noise (Canon's internal microphone is pretty good at picking it up.) I'm really surprised at how much it blocks. While shooting friends goofing off outdoors over the weekend, I got to shoot video with my point and shoot and the 5D + Rode rig. The point/shoot picked up more wind noise than my friends and the Rode mic didn't pick up any of the wind.

I haven't gotten a chance to do anything indepth, such as use Magic Lantern for the 5D Mark II so I can do things like manual gain control, look at on-screen audio and things of that nature. I bought this because I wanted a good stereo microphone without having aspirations of making the next big feature at Sundance. The fact that I can put the microphone on a boom pole and have it work well is just an added bonus (but then I'd have to bribe friends to hold it for me since I only have so many hands!)

I'm happy with it, and I generally dislike most electronics. That says a lot.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By WayneM on August 25, 2011
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In my business I use a lot of high end medium to large diaphram condenser mics. I have several R0DEs including the standard studio omnis and an NT-4 X-Y coincident. I also have Beyer's, AKGs and Studio Projects. For my Nikon D-7000 I decided to try the R0DE SVM, but being concerned about one reviewer's report of not fitting the D-7000 and the channels being reversed I directly contacted R0DE.

R0DE had NO reports of issues with fit on the D-7000 and NO reports on swapped channels. R0DE said that if anyone experienced either of these issues the mic would be considered defective and would be immediately replaced. So I ordered one and here are my results (and I doubt if yours would vary :-) :

1. The mic mount is a perfect fit for the hot shoe on my Nikon D-7000. Lots of adjustment room and a hefty yet easy to use mechanism to tighten it down. Note that there could be a fit issue if you had ANY camera fitted with one of the add-on hot shoe adapters, especially the cheap Chinese knockoffs.

2. The mount and the body of the case is cast metal, built like a miny tank. This added mass helps to isolate the mike capsule through the suspension system. It does add weight to the whole unit, but that is an added advantage in image stabilization. If you want "light" in all ways, just do your videos with one of the Flip units.

3. The channels are correct in terms of Left and Right when the R0DE is plugged directly into the Nikon D-7000 microphone plug and the files are opened in a properly configured video editing system (Sony Vegas 10 Pro in my case)

4. The overall "ruggedness" of the assembly is seriously professional.
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