RØDE Ups the Ante with Their New smartLav+ Purpose-built Mic and iTunes App Turns iPhone into Pretty Nifty Audio Recorder

by Hugh Brownstone2 Comments

You gotta love those guys at RODE Microphones. They gave us the NTG-2, for many indie filmmakers — including yours truly — the go-to mic for pretty much everything except when the shot absolutely, positively can’t be boomed. But they didn’t stop there.

I recently acquired their smartLav mic because it’s such a smart idea on so many levels – and because there are times when neither a boomed mic NOR a wireless lav will cut it.

Like trying to shoot a guy in a ’54 Chevy pickup with completely unshielded engine (like we a month or so ago). It’s a wireless setup’s worst nightmare.

And now they’ve upped the ante with the smartLav+.

So what is it?

The smartLav+ is an upgraded version of the original, which itself is way cool: a wired lavalier microphone designed to work specifically with an iPhone that – with the RODE Rec app – serves as a digital audio recording device so small that you can simply slip it into the back pocket of your acting talent.

It is an intriguing and highly cost-effective solution to on-location and interview shoots.

Two very interesting add-ons: the SC3 adaptor which allows you to plug the mic directly into your digital SLR; and the SC6 (which I also have), which allows you to monitor the sound from your smartLav or smartLav+ on its way into your iPhone.

Check it out.

Announcing the New smartLav+ With Even Greater Performance

Australian pro-audio manufacturer RØDE Microphones has today announced the smartLav+, a broadcast-grade update to the popular smartLav lavalier microphone that connects to Apple and Android mobile devices.

The smartLav was first announced in early 2013 and quickly became one of RØDE’s most popular products, combining great value with the convenience of being able to connect to any available mobile device, including phones and tablets based on iOS or Android. Its omnidirectional capsule makes for versatile and user-friendly placement, without the need for expensive and complicated wireless systems.

Given the success of the microphone RØDE has decided to increase the audio quality even further with the new smartLav+, achieved by updating the microphone capsule to improve sensitivity and lower self-noise (27dBA). The smartLav+ also adds a Kevlar® reinforced cable to ensure that the user cannot stretch or snap the microphone under normal usage conditions.

A foam windshield and clip with integrated cable management is also supplied, along with a storage pouch that is small enough to slide into any camera bag or audio kit.

RØDE microphone's smartLav+

RØDE microphone's smartLav+

For iOS platforms RØDE offers the RØDE Rec field recording app, which allows the user to perform a complete range of professional recording functions including one-touch export to Dropbox and SoundCloud, making it the perfect accompaniment for the smartLav+. An updated release of RØDE Rec has just been added to the iTunes store, which provides a tweaked interface and even greater stability. A free version of the app, RØDE Rec LE, is also available for download.

Finally, RØDE’s recently released SC3 adaptor allows the TRRS jack of the smartLav+ to be adapted to suit standard TRS devices, such as a DSLR camera or personal recorder like the Zoom H1.

RØDE microphone's smartLav

RØDE microphone's smartLav

The smartlav+ replaces the smartLav, and is shipping now for US$79. Visit www.smartlav.com now to learn more and see the complete device compatibility list.

About RØDE microphones:
RØDE Microphones (www.rodemic.com) designs and manufactures high-quality microphones and related accessories for studio, live and location use. Its products are designed and primarily manufactured in Sydney, Australia and exported to over 100 countries globally.

(cover photo credit: snap from RØDE microphones Press)

Hugh Brownstone

Hugh Brownstone

Hugh is the founder of Three Blind Men and An Elephant Productions. He and the team write, direct, shoot, score, and edit web-centric films; conduct photo shoots; and write copy, white papers and blog posts. Hugh also writes screenplays (he recently optioned a TV pilot) and just published his first eBook (Apple's iPhone: The Next Video Revolution). If it's about telling stories, it's in their wheelhouse.

And always with the ambition of authenticity, humanity and wit.
Hugh Brownstone


  1. sleepinghouse Sorry, should have mentioned that there IS Android support.  You can see the list of supported devices here: http://www.smartlav.com

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