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Rode SVM Stereo Condenser Microphone

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Stereo VideoMic
  • 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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Product Description

style: Stereo VideoMic

The Stereo Video Microphone (SVM) lets you record from the cold-shoe mount on your camera in stereo. Drawing upon the cutting-edge technological developments within the Rode manufacturing facilities, RODE has created a new video microphone. This product, like the VideoMic (VM), now the world's biggest selling on camera shotgun microphone, is also destined to become an Industry standard and not only offers the same sound quality & performance as it's predecessor, but also meets the industry demand for stereo recording.

Product Information

style:Stereo VideoMic
Item Weight 1 pounds
Product Dimensions 10.8 x 3 x 5 inches
Shipping Weight 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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ASIN B000I5W7K8
Item model number SVM
Batteries 1 9V batteries required.
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3.8 out of 5 stars 100 customer reviews

3.8 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #32,442 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
#341 in Musical Instruments > Recording Equipment > Microphones > Condenser Microphones > Multipurpose
Date first available at Amazon.com October 2, 2001

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RØDE Stereo VideoMic RØDE Stereo VideoMic Pro RØDE Stereo VideoMic X
Which Stereo VideoMic Are You?
Ideal For: Camcorders, mid-range DSLR High-end DSLR, Full frame cameras High-end DSLR, Full frame cameras
Scenarios: Music, ambient audio, sporting events Music, ambient audio, sporting events Music, ambient audio, sporting events
Output: Stereo Stereo Stereo
Power: 9V battery 9V battery 9V Battery or 48V Phantom Power
Frequency Response: 40Hz - 20kHz 40Hz - 20kHz 40Hz - 20kHz
High Pass Filter: 80Hz 75Hz 0/75/150Hz
Level Switch: -10dB -10dB, +20dB -10dB, +20dB
Included Accessories: Dead Kitten artificial fur wind shield Integrated windshield SC2 TRS cable, pop shield, and wind shield

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By J. Libertor on January 26, 2009
Style Name: Stereo VideoMic
Length: 0:32 Mins
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.

*Bonus*
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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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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I had originally purchased a Rode Stereo VideoMic to use with my Canon Vixia HF G10 to capture live music concerts but even after numerous changes of the settings and levels (experimenting while filming the opening acts) the audio captured was distorted in every instance so I ended up sending it back for a refund after only filming 2 shows. I then took a chance by paying the slightly higher price for the StereoVideo Mic Pro model and I'm glad I did. I just listened to the results of what I recorded last night (a show with multiple heavy metal bands) using the Stereo VideoMic Pro and it sounds great with NO distortion (I used the -10db setting to record the actual show but experimented with the +20db setting during soundcheck and there was some pretty bad audio distortion upon playback so the possibility is still there but as long as you use the -10db or 0db settings you should be OK, at least that was my experience). So bottom line my opinion is that you should pay a few dollars more to buy the Stereo VideoMic Pro version over the Stereo VideoMic.
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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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