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Rode smartLav+ Lavalier Microphone for iPhone and Smartphones

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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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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 RDE 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 RDE's RDE Rec app for Apple iOS devices. RDE 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.

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style:smartLav+ Lavalier Mic
Item Weight 4 ounces
Product Dimensions 5 x 1 x 3 inches
Shipping Weight 1.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
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ASIN B00EO4A7L0
Item model number SMARTLAVPLUS
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4.2 out of 5 stars 194 customer reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #155 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
#3 in Musical Instruments > Live Sound & Stage > Microphones > Wireless Microphones & Systems > Wireless Lavalier Microphones
#91 in Musical Instruments > Recording Equipment
Date first available at Amazon.com June 25, 2014

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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 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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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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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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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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I bought this smartLav+ after losing my original smartLav that I purchased about a year prior to the date of this review. This replacement is of a higher quality than the one that I originally had so I am kind of glad I lost my other one :)

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.
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