RØDE Proudly Announces the iXY Microphones for iPhone 5, 5s and 5c

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These RODE guys are enough to make me want to board a flight to Australia.


They’re innovative, they offer good value, they really seem to have the pulse of the market place – and they’ve got a pretty cool video for their newest mic, the iXY (the iXY seems like a pretty good idea, too).

Full disclosure: I have no personal relationship with the company, but I do own their NTG-2 shotgun and SmartLav mics.

I also own an iPhone 5, the Zoom H4n and the Sennheiser EW100 G2 kit.

As an indie filmmaker I’ve been looking for more ways to reduce my gear weight on location. This is the reason why I bought their SmartLav and SC6 (that and the fact that a 1954 Chevy engine block wreaks havoc on any wireless system, including my EW100 G2), and on the strength of that product, I’m keenly interested in the iXY.

There’s basically no way around it: the iXY represents an opportunity to leave the Zoom H4n at home. It feels like the industry is shifting underneath the feet of some really wonderful A-players (see “Will Canon Remain the Leader After it’s Next Camera?”) including Zoom.

We’ll have to review the iXY for a final verdict, but we are very curious!

RØDE IXY Microphone for iPhone 5, 5s and 5c

From RØDE Press:

Australian pro-audio manufacturer RØDE Microphones has today announced the iXY with Lightning connector for iPhone 5, 5s and 5c — the highly-anticipated update to RØDE’s stereo microphone for Apple iPhone devices,that allows high-quality recording at sample rates up to 24-bit/96kHz.

The original iXY was announced in early 2013 and was the world’s first microphone for iOS devices, able to record at such a high-quality resolution. This innovative approach saw the iXY awarded several product design awards, culminating with the prestigious International Red Dot Design Award, which recognizes products of the very highest quality by an expert panel of 37 judges from around the world.

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Equipped with the same broadcast audio performance as the original 30-pin microphone, the iXY with Lightning connector features a matched pair of ½ inch condenser capsules arranged in a stacked X-Y configuration, with on-board high-fidelity analogue to digital conversion. This ensures accurate, immersive and true to life stereo recordings.

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Interchangeable rubber mounting clamps are supplied to suit both iPhone 5/5s and 5c, which also provide shock mounting and help to minimise vibration transferring to the microphone capsules. A foam windshield for outdoor recordingandprotective storage pouch are also included.The RØDE Grip mount is optionally available for mounting the iXY and iPhone on a camera or microphone stand, and a“deadcat” windshield for high wind conditions will be available shortly.

“The original iXY was an industry leader in both design and function, so we’re thrilled to continue this success with the updated version for iPhone 5.”commented Damien Wilson, RØDE’s Global Sales and Marketing Director. “Being able to record at this quality with a device that sits in your pocket has been a game changer not only for audio professionals, but for enthusiasts alike.We saw this first-hand with so numerousentrants to our My RØDE Reel shortfilm competition choosing to use the iXY for their amazing short films”.

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Finally, RØDE’s field recording app for iOS devices, RØDE Rec also recently received an update to increase compatibility and stability on the iOS7 platform. RØDE Rec and RØDE Rec LE are available now in the App store for iPhone and iPad.

The RØDE iXY is shipping now. Visit www.ixymic.com for more information.

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 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

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