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Rode smartLav+ Lavalier Microphone for iPhone and Smartphones

by Rode
109 customer reviews
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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 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


Product Details

  • 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.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • 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 (109 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #262 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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Customer Reviews

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18 of 19 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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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By inTheMix on April 29, 2015
I spent hours testing this mic using an iPhone 3GS, iPhone 5S, iPod Touch 5G, and a two separate $100 handheld digital field recorder (H1 and DR-40). I also bought a cheap $15 Radioshack lav mic just to have a point of reference. In addition, to make sure I had all bases covered and all variations/factors would be taken into consideration, I downloaded the top 5 HD recording apps from the iTunes app store.

Here are my findings all summed up:

The Rode smartLav+ has fantastic build quality, Not surprising and really to be expected at this price. But after hours of testing I came to the conclusion that the sound quality of the Rode mic is (at best) only 10% better than the Apple EarPods headset microphone that comes free with the 5s. This Rode mic does not live up to it's hype and certainly not up to it's price point. I'd say the smartLav+ is worth $20-$30 tops and only because of it's build quality. In the end I returned the smartLav+ and put the money I got back ($80) towards the cost of a digital field recorder ($100).

Sidenote 1: In terms of sound quality, the cheap Radioshack lav mic EASILY blows this thing out of the water.
Sidenote 2: Rode recommends that you use their super special audio recording app which is $5.99 and has to be purchased separately. Don't. It's no better than any 1 of the 4 free HD audio/voice recorders in the app store that I tested.
Sidenote 3: There is no way that these 5 Star reviews are genuine... there is no way anyone could possibly think all that highly of this mic.
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20 of 22 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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Ali on November 28, 2014
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I really wish this microphone was not as noisy but unfortunately it is. The Giant Squid microphone is cheaper and less noisy! Unfortunately, to hook to an iPhone, the Giant Squid will require an adaptor. This is good enough for most use.. but if you really want high quality sound this microphone might end up being a little noisy for your average audiophile. So, this is good enough for most applications, but it can't be called great due to being noisier than expected.
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15 of 18 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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12 of 14 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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