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Rode smartLav+ Lavalier Microphone for iPhone and Smartphones

by Rode
4.2 out of 5 stars 288 customer reviews
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smartLav+ Lavalier Mic
  • 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 Description

style: smartLav+ Lavalier Mic

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 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 RO

Product Details

style: smartLav+ Lavalier Mic
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 1 x 3 inches ; 1.4 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • 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: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (288 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #179 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 Amazon.com: June 25, 2014

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Style Name: smartLav Lavalier Mic Verified Purchase
Length: 1:57 Mins
(Disclaimer: I've reviewed more than fifty audio adapters for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch and compiled all my discoveries in an article on my website, Life is a Prayer--if you want to read more, search for it on Google :).

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.
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Style Name: smartLav Lavalier Mic
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I am impressed! Numerous online reviews suggested that the noise floor for this microphone was unacceptable for all but casual uses. I ordered it anyway to learn for myself because the price of more highly reviewed recorders and microphones was a deal-breaker. I admit, on first use in iOS devices I was disappointed by the hiss and noise. However, before returning the microphone I tried the Røde Rec application. That, and some persistence looking for good settings has paid off. This video shows you how to set up Røde Rec to get decent results.
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...
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I spent countless hours testing this mic using an iPhone 3GS, iPhone 5S, iPod Touch 5G, and two $100 handheld digital field recorders (H1 and DR-40). I also used a cheap $15 Radioshack lav mic and my Apple EarPods headset mic to compare the smartLav+ against. Furthermore, to make sure I had all bases covered, I downloaded 5 different HD audio recording apps from the iTunes app store in addition to the recommended (but not included) Rode HD audio recording app ($5.99).

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.
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I purchased two of these smartlav mics to do short product videos for my company. I use an iPhone 4s. This product works very well with my setup IF and ONLY IF used in conjunction with the MoviePro app ($2.99) on the App Store. I highly recommend MoviePro for its plethora of useful features and ease of use. Again, without it, the SmartLav is useless for video. The reason it is useless is that the signal strength (gain) delivered to the default video app in the iPhone is too hot and clips -- resulting in a buzzing, muffled mess of sound rather than clean beautiful sound. No amount of repositioning the SmartLav would attenuate the clipping. The only way to stop the clipping is to move the mic so far away from the subject's mouth that it defeats the purpose of a lav mic in the first place.

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!
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