RØDE iXY with an iPhone and the RØDE app

iPhone + microphone = RØDE iXY – the solution to your off camera microphone opportunities

by planetMitch12 Comments

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!

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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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  1. Interesting device, but we use a Rode H4n and Tascam not for the onboard mics but for the XLR inputs so that we can use the right mic for the right situation. Very rarely do we use those onboard mics. Though we don’t do much news type stuff.

    Maybe Rode can come up with an XLR adapter for iphone and android.

  2. I think this sounds like a great option for capturing audio if necessary but who can afford to tie up their phone on an all day shoot. Also, what happens with an incoming call? Does the record function override the call or does your recording get interrupted?
    It’s a great idea but I would not personally use this as my primary recording device.

  3. Not sure why you’d have to pay additionally for the app… Should be included with the mic purchase. B&H has his listed at $199. For that, I would look at the Zoom H4n or Tascam DR-40 instead.

  4. Looks great but ill just use my Zoom. I can change batteries on it, and plug in a wireless lav via the xlr. Can’t do that here. Bummer

  5. It looks to be a pretty cool device, but in my opinion, it’s over-priced. I definitely wouldn’t need this for recording reference sound on my DSLR, and I would just have a sound recording device for my master audio, such as the Tascam, Zoom, Roland, etc. One question I have with the iPhone and this device is what happens if you get a phone call? It better defeat that or good-bye audio take. What if you’re a busy guy, like Mitch, who gets hundreds of phone calls an hour, would you want this recording your audio? Probably not.

  6. New to the scene of DSLR videography (and photography) but what mount is that for the iPhone on the hot shoe?

  7. Eh… cool but underwhelming.

    Like above, my H1 works great. I don’t see any reason to get this when an H1 is half the price. Plus…

    1. Expandable memory (micro SD)
    2. Won’t get interrupted by phone calls
    3. You can still make calls on your phone while using it
    4. Takes standard AA battery
    5. Build in tripod mount

    If there was a huge noticeable difference in sound quality, then I’d get it, but I don’t see any problems with the H1. Also…

    1. It doesn’t work on iPhone 5… so it will be obsolete at some point.
    2. What apps/drivers does it work with? When will software compatibility become a problem?

    I’ll stick with my H1(s)

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