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Rode smartLav+ Lavalier Microphone for iPhone and Smartphones
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- Acoustic Principle - Pressure Gradient
- Active Electronics - JFET
- Capsule - 0.10"
- Frequency Range - 20Hz - 20kHz (selected HPF @ 0)
|Consumer Alert: Most users do not need a license to operate this wireless microphone system. Nevertheless, operating this microphone system without a license is subject to certain restrictions: the system may not cause harmful interference; it must operate at a low power level (not in excess of 50 milliwatts); and it has no protection from interference received from any other device. Purchasers should also be aware that the FCC is currently evaluating use of wireless microphone systems, and these rules are subject to change. For more information, call the FCC at 1-888- CALL-FCC (TTY: 1-888-TELL-FCC) or visit the FCC’s wireless microphone website at http://www.fcc.gov/cgb/wirelessmicrophones.|
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style: smartLav+ Lavalier Mic
From the Manufacturer
- Acoustic Principle: Permanently Polarise
- Active Electronics: JFET
- Capsule: 0.10"
- Polar Pattern: Omnidirectional
- Address Type: End
- Frequency Range: 60Hz - 18kHz
- Output Impedance: 3Ω
- Maximum SPL: 110dB SPL (@ 1kHz, 1% THD into 1KΩ load)
- Maximum Output Level: 189.0mV
- Sensitivity: -35.0dB re 1 Volt/Pascal (17.80mV @ 94 dB SPL) +/- 2 dB @ 1kHz
- Equivalent Noise Level (A-weighted): 27dB-A
- Weight: 6.00gm
- Dimensions: 1180.00mmH x 4.50mmW x 4.50mmD
- Output: TRRS
- Warranty: 1 year
- Operates in conjunction with RØDE Rec app
Lavalier Microphone for Smartphones
The smartLav+ is a broadcast-grade wearable microphone designed for use in a wide range of film, television and broadcast scenarios, or wherever broadcast quality audio is required in a discreet, portable format without the complication and expense of additional wireless equipment. With the smartLav+ the user simply mounts the microphone on the talent, connects it to a smartphone or tablet headset jack and records via the RØDE Rec app for iOS, or any other audio app of their choice.
By employing a professional quality omni-directional condenser capsule the smartLav+ picks up sound equally from all around the microphone, allowing for versatility when mounting and ensuring a high degree of user-friendly operation. A foam pop shield is supplied to minimise wind noise and vocal plosives (hard ‘b’, ‘t’ and ‘p’ sounds), as well as a durable mounting clip with in-built cable management. Its Kevlar reinforced cable ensures that you never stretch or snap your microphone under normal usage conditions.
The smartLav+ is compatible with any audio app that accepts input from the headset connection, however it has been designed to pair perfectly with RØDE’s RØDE Rec app for Apple iOS devices. RØDE Rec turns the user’s iOS device into a fully-featured field recorder, with a wide range of equalisation presets to suit various recording situations, in addition to professional editing functions and the ability to publish to SoundCloud and Dropbox direct from the app.
- Broadcast quality, professional-grade Lavalier Mic with TRRS Jack
- High-quality omni-directional condenser capsule
- Discrete 4.5mm miniature microphone
- Compatible with iOS devices and select Android devices* (*visit smartlav website for full device compatability list)
- Kevlar reinforced cable
- Includes wind shield, durable mounting clip, and pouch
- Twelve month warranty
Top Customer Reviews
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For a long time, I've carried around an Audio-Technica ATR-3350 lavalier mic and a special adapter (TRS to TRRS) that allows the 3350 to be plugged into my iPhone, and this works pretty well, but doesn't give me the audio level I would like for a radio-quality audio recording, and it's slightly inconvenient, since I need to carry the 3350, the adapter, and some spare batteries.
The smartLav is pretty much exactly what I've been looking for since I first started recording videos and podcasts on the iPhone. It is well-built, matches the input impedance of the iPhone's headset jack (~600 ohms) well, and it fits in the pocket without requiring a little bag to hold any extra adapters/batteries.
** Sound Quality **
The sound is very good--as good as I get with any other mic through the headset jack. Listening to a recording with this mic and a Shure SM58 through a VeriCorder XLR adapter cable yields almost no discernible difference (from 6-8" from my mouth). It's much better than the built-in iPhone mic (which is only useful if you're within a couple inches of the iPhone... which is awkward if you're giving a speech and holding the iPhone right by your mouth!).
** Build Quality and Physical Characteristics **
The cable feels solid, as does the mic capsule and connector.Read more ›
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Update 11/2014: Using iOS 8.1 in my iPhone 5s, the current version of the Rode Rec app crashes when I select Settings -> Input. This bug doesn't occur in earlier iOS versions that run my dedicated recording appliances. Research required...
These are my findings all summed up:
The Rode smartLav+ has amazing build quality! Which is noteworthy but not surprising given the premium price. What is however surprising (and hugely disappointing) is that, after hours of testing, I found that the sound quality of the smartLav+ is at best only 10% better than the Apple EarPods' built in microphone. This Rode mic just does not live up to all the hype and it should realistically be priced at $20-$30...
Sidenote 1: In terms of audio quality (especially background noise filtering/suppression), the cheap and flimsy $15 Radioshack lav mic easily has the smartLav+ beat... no contest whatsoever. I could record 20 minutes of audio with the smartLav+, spend an hour or two in post-production fixing it, and it still wouldn't sound half as good as the raw recording done by a flimsy RadioShack mic..............
Sidenote 2: Rode recommends you use their super special audio recording app which is not included in the purchase of the smartLav+ and costs $5.99 in the App store... Don't! It makes no difference. It's no better than any one of the HD audio recording apps that I tested including a few free ones.
Sidenote 3: Knowing what I know now, I find it hard to believe that these 5 Star reviews are genuine... There is no way anyone who has actually used the smartLav+ could possibly think all that highly of it.
If you use the SmartLav with MoviePro, it is a wonderful combination. MoviePro allows you to adjust the mic gain and also has a visible signal strength meter to show when your levels are in the sweet spot. Before I found MoviePro, I benched my SmartLav for a MicW iShotgun boom mic. It worked very well and had levels that were compatible with the iPhone video app. But now with MoviePro, I am back to using the SmartLav because it sounds MUCH better than the boom mic.
I also tested the SmartLav with the default audio recording app in the iPhone. It works GREAT with that. The input levels for the audio recorder and video recorder are different and the SmartLav does not clip when using just the audio recorder.
One final note. Some reviewers have noted a "hiss" in their recordings. If you play back the recordings on your iPhone, sometimes there is a noticeable hissing noise, however, when you download it to your PC for editing, you'll notice that the hissing is gone. I believe the hiss is a result of the small iPhone speaker trying to play loudly. On regular computer speakers, there is no hiss at all -- at least for me.
Hope this helps!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Mic sounds good, I have the adapter to make a longer run to my camera.Published 7 days ago by Ryan Brenneman
I paired with my azden pro-xd cheap wireless kit and the sound is MUCH nicer! Its on the smaller side. Read morePublished 22 days ago by Adam
This microphone came highly recommended by a professional production company so I didn't hesitate to purchase it. Read morePublished 22 days ago by J.Devlin
Great product. I purchased similar lavalier mics before to use for my online video recordings and have always had issues with the sound or the product longevity. Read morePublished 29 days ago by NICK ZIZI