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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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- 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
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.
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.
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.
As a professional speaker I use this mic for two reasons:
1.) To record my speeches (I record every single presentation just in case I want to use it for creating videos or promotional pieces)
2.) To record audio that I use for making videos in small indoor spaces.
The quality is great. It adds a professional feel to all of my footage at the fraction of the cost of many other microphones that require wireless set-ups.
The one downfall is that when I have attempted to have a second person in a video with me for an interview, this mic also picks of up their voice. However, the other person's voice is at a lower level so it is not possible to utilize the footage without sounding unprofessional.
I think that if this were a "UNI-DIRECTIONAL" mic then that problem would be solved. Since it is "OMNI-DIRECTIONAL" it picks up too much ambient noise when more than one person is speaking.
So, I'll just have to invest in a boom mic for when I want to do interviews (unless I find 2 uni-directional smartLavs). I'm just not tech savvy enough (and I don't care enough) to figure out how to adjust the settings to make an omni-directional mic work for 1 on 1 interviews.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It worked for a couple of weeks and then stopped working, as if it 'shorted out' or something. I was using in an iPhone 6+. I have low expectations for $15 mics, but not $79 ones. Read morePublished 3 days ago by BrianPDX
A bad audio can turn a great video into a terrible video. Viewers can forgive your bad video but not your bad audio. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Shekar Reddy
It broke within a couple of weeks, I am very disappointed as it is not a cheap product. And I was storing it safely in its pouch when not in use. I cannot recommend this product.Published 22 days ago by Aine Bridget Carlisle
Excellent mic, but you need to get some software to untap its full potential. Stock, the SmartLav+ picks up a ton of background noise and the quality is not good. Read morePublished 26 days ago by Ron I
This thing WAS awesome, even with the rode rec app. I was recording interviews and the audio quality was perfect no humming, background noise, nothing...it worked great. Read morePublished 27 days ago by ORF
This is simply the best iPhone lav mic available. The build quality is exceptional. I've done comparisons with this mic verse other lav mics and other mic options in general. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Scott Skibell
Great mic for my iPhone. Perfect sound every time is use it for interviews, no manual adjustments needed.Published 1 month ago by ache_75