Our good friends over at RØDE have put together an amazing little package – using your iPhone, a new iPhone app, and an attached mic, you now have the ideal solution for your off camera microphone needs. It looks like many people’s need for a zoom h4n or other external field recorder just went out the window! Well, you folks with android phones will still need one I guess… sorry!

This looks to be an incredible option for HDSLR users – and we’re going to get our hands on one ASAP! I’ve used a fostex device with my older iPhone to record some videos and audio with my iPhone, but it didn’t have any of the incredible software this new RØDE iXY does! Scroll down to the “demo video” to see so many different uses for this! Not to mention this hidden feature in the PR: “geo and photo tagging” I’ve got to find out more about that.

RØDE iXY mic with mount
RØDE iXY mic with mount

The first question that popped into my head was “I use microSD cards with the Zoom, how am I going to get the sound files off the iPhone?” Well, RØDE thought of that too – they have a connection option for “one touch publishing to SoundCloud, Dropbox, email, FTP and iTunes” – so I’m saved! I have dropbox (and you should too!) so that’ll be so easy to get the audio files to my FCPX editor.

The unfortunate part for some of us is this isn’t yet available for iPhone 5 users since it is so new. RØDE told me “we have an upgrade offer for iXY owners to purchase the iPhone 5 model (when available) for $99 direct” so if you decide to buy the iPhone 4 version of the iXY, there will be an upgrade path! At least I can use it on my iPad for now.


RØDE iXY with an iPhone and the RØDE app
RØDE iXY with an iPhone and the RØDE REC app

The RØDE iXY press release

Tuesday January 8th, Las Vegas, USA – Australian-based audio company RØDE Microphones has announced the iXY, a stereo microphone for iPhone and iPad with 30- pin connector that allows high quality recording at sampling rates up to 24-bit/96kHz, the only microphone on the market to do so. Appearing at the International CES (Consumer Electronics Show) in Las Vegas for the first time, the company has unveiled the innovative device to an expected audience of over 150,000 visitors.

At the heart of the iXY is a matched pair of 1⁄2” cardioid condenser capsules, fixed in a perfect 90 degree ‘near-coincident’ alignment resulting in immersive and true-to-life stereo recordings, captured in incredibly high detail. The iXY uses its own high-fidelity analogue to digital conversion ensuring all recordings are rich, smooth and accurate.

The iXY’s small form factor and incredibly detailed performance makes it the perfect microphone for recording live music, meetings, lectures, reporting, dictation and sound design, and also is ideal for use on-camera as a dual-system recorder for DSLR.

A foam windshield is provided for outdoor recordings, as well as a rugged zip pocket to ensure the mic is always around when you need it.

RØDE iXY with wind muff and case
RØDE iXY with wind muff and case

“I’m more excited about iXY than any other product in RØDE’s twenty year history,”
commented Peter Freedman, RØDE’s Founder and President. “The audio quality of the iXY is breathtaking and really affirms RØDE’s commitment to providing the very best audio products available at a price that’s accessible to the general public.”

Released in conjunction with the iXY is RØDE Rec, an app for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch designed to be the ultimate companion to RØDE’s new microphone. When used together the iXY and RØDE Rec transform an iOS device into a fully featured field recorder.

RØDE Rec allows for complete control of the iXY’s continuously adjustable input levels for recording in loud and quiet environments, as well as the high pass filter to cut out low frequency rumbling such as air conditioning or outdoor traffic noises.

The RØDE Rec App is available for purchase from the App Store on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch or at www.itunes.com/ appstore. The app provides a full suite of features including multiple sampling rates up to 96kHz, equalization effects (compressor/expander, high-pass filter, low pass filter, parametric EQ), non-linear editing, geo and photo tagging, and one touch publishing to SoundCloud, Dropbox, email, FTP and iTunes. RØDE has also announced a feature-limited free version of the app, simply titled RØDE Rec LE.
The RØDE iXY is shipping this month. Visit www.ixymic.com for more information or visit the iXY booth at CES January 8 – 11, 2013 booth #50001.

Demo Video!

more photos

RØDE iXY with packaging
RØDE iXY with packaging
Multiple RØDE mics!
Multiple RØDE mics!

What do you think?

Sound off in the comments! Tell me I’m crazy for getting excited about this! One less device to carry around (no more zoom h4n).

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