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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)
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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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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 1 x 3 inches ; 1.6 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • Shipping Advisory: This item must be shipped separately from other items in your order. Additional shipping charges will not apply.
  • ASIN: B00EO4A7L0
  • Item model number: SMARTLAVPLUS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #891 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: June 25, 2014

Product Description

Rode smartLav Plus Lavalier Microphone for iOS

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 Rode 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 minimize 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.

A foam pop shield is supplied to minimize 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 Rode’s Rode Rec app for Apple iOS devices. Rode 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.


Features
  • Professional Lavalier Mic with TRRS Jack
  • Compatible with iOS devices and select Android devices
  • Operates in conjunction with RODE Rec app
  • Discrete 4.5mm miniature microphone
  • Omni-directional condenser capsule
  • Removable water resistant pop filter
  • Including Lavalier mounting Clip and Pouch
  • Designed in Australia
  • Kevlar reinforced cable

Customer Reviews

The sound quality is great.
Nelson Rockwood
It picked up my voice very nicely, with no popping or interference in the playback.
Selena Brown
Perfect for iPhone recording and interviews.
Richard L. Martin

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Celeste Thoms on October 9, 2014
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There is a negative, but if I warn you about it now then it won't be a negative. Be very careful when placing the mic onto the clip. The wire that holds the mic is flemsy and will break. I broke it in the first 5 minutes I had it. A little super glue fixed it right up, but I'm not happy that it's that easy to break. The only other negative I can think of is that the chord is too short. It could be a little longer to connect to the talent and to have the phone far enough away that it's easy to monitor and be out of the shot.

Okay, now on to the positives. The app for the phone is $5.99 at the time of this post. The app is very simple to use. It has input, recording, editing, effects, and more settings to choose from for the recording. It's easy to record, playback and delete what you recorded. If you want to get more out of the mic you can use it for dictating documents on your phone, iPad, and computer, which I do all the time. I'm dictating this review with it right now.
The sound of the record is undescribable because I feel as though if I rave too much about the quality no one would believe me. For a mic, on the phone it is surprisingly clear, and it reduces noise around the talent. I tested what the recording is like without the mic and these is a lot of noise and buzzing in the recording. This mic does exactly what it's supposed to do and the recorder is cheap. If you are looking for a lav option but do not have the money to spend on an expensive set up, this is perfect. Now, if they can only figure out a way to use two mics, it would be perfect.

Update: I did buy another mic. I had to return it becuase the clasp didn't open. I also found that if your phone goes to sleep it will stop recording. Keep these in mind if you want to purchase. While I still like the mic and app. The mic still records amazing sound, but you have to be sure the phones stays on. Or simple use the mic with a different recorder.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Nelson Rockwood on September 11, 2014
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4 Stars because you have to pay $6 for the iOS App if you want full functionality. That came as a surprise - not in the description, so down one star from excellent.

With that said, the free app works well, despite reminders to pay for it.

The sound quality is great. If you're using the latest version of Premier CC, you can select your video track and your audio, right click, merge clips, select "audio" and BAM - perfectly sync'd. No more 3rd party solution needed. No big complicated DAT recorder needed. Just these and smartphones. NOT BAD.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By PhotoGuy72 on June 27, 2014
I have the original smartlav, but was excited to see the new model released since it had an upgraded capsule. The initialreason I purchased the original smartlav was simply due to $. It was cheap to just hook up the mic to my phone as opposed to bothering with wireless mic systems. It sounded great. The Smartlav+ fits my iphone perfectly and it definitely has improved sound recording. Well done Rode....well done.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By D K on September 12, 2014
I use this when recording videos on my iphone. So I'm *not* using the Rode recording app. It sounds better than the built in iphone audio. It sounds louder and fuller. It's not a ton better but is an improvement. I had to order the extension cable as the rode cable is too short. I wish rode included an extension cable. I feel the price is about $20 too high.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sean Matthew on August 9, 2014
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I have been looking for a mic to be able to start recording some interviews and review videos. This Rode SmartLav+ allowed me to easily record on the go right on my iPhone in a snap. I used the GarageBand app from Apple right on the phone but you could also use Rode's app. I chose to go with Garageband because it came with my phone and I already know how to use it, plus I believe the Rode app would have costed me a few more bucks, ew.

That said the mic quality is top notch, I could hear everything I needed to super clear and I was quite happy with everything it came with. I'd highly suggest checking out the Rode SmartLav+ mic!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jeff K on June 27, 2014
I pulled the trigger on the Smartlav Plus after owning the first version and just love this mic. It has fantastic frequency response and my recordings are crystal clear on both iPhone 5s and iPad. The signal to noise ratio is better then some of the other options I have tried in the past and I didn't break the bank. Thanks again Rode for making such a cool product. I also purchased the Invisilav mounting tabs because I didn't want the mic to be seen on camera and those are fantastic too, Rode Rocks!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By David R. Wojtonek on August 27, 2014
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It works great. So simple and straight forward. I use it weekly for our church announcements and interviews. For voices that are more powerful I turn the mic upside down - that cuts down on the hard hits to the mic and has worked every time for me. I record to my Samsung S4 an use RecForge Pro. Been thinking of getting the Rode app but have not tried that yet.
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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful By JFN south on August 5, 2014
I use an iPhone 5S. This has such amazing potential, however RODE needs to go back to the drawing board on this one. I am a pro filmmaker and understand that a sub $100 mic isn't going to give you the world however there are many issues that need to be worked out. The app has tons of problems recognizing the mic. The app crashes constantly, and won't play back or save files that are recorded longer than a few minutes. I called RODE and they talked me through a lengthy process of having to pull the audio files as raw files through to Audacity to make them play and save them. NG when you want to use this thing even for fun, let alone professionally. Look at the reviews on the app store for RODE Rec, the corollary app. C'mon RODE....I know you can make this work!
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