Exciting New RØDE VideoMic Pro Gains Rycote Lyre Suspension, New Mic Capsule

by Karin Gottschalk1 Comment

Sydney-based, globally-exporting microphone manufacturer RØDE has announced that their most popular professional video on-camera microphone, the RØDE VideoMic Pro, has received a major update.

The biggest improvement to the mic relied upon by thousands of video enthusiasts and pros the world over? Rycote’s Lyre anti-shock, anti-noise suspension system.

The Lyre replaces the rubber band suspension in the earlier version of the VideoMic Pro. And that’s not all — the RØDE VMP has also received an entirely new microphone capsule to improve recording quality, reduce noise and gain a wider dynamic range.

The new RØDE VideoMic Pro joins its monaural siblings the VideoMic and VideoMic GO in gaining Rycote’s durable, innovative Lyre suspension system. RØDE’s flagship stereo video microphone, the Stereo VideoMc X, also has Lyre suspension built-in. The previous version’s rubber bands tended to slip off, especially during tense moments that couldn't easily be repeated.

Professional microphones are required to endure plenty of unintended abuse and last for years to help amortize their purchase cost. The Rycote Lyre suspension that RØDE claims is virtually indestructible will help extend the life of the new VideoMic Pro for many years to come.

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The 2015 RØDE VideoMic Pro!

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Karin's ‘most exciting' part

Editor note: these are similar Rycote mounts that Karin already loves (didn't want you to think these are the exact mounts on the new 2015 RØDE VideoMic Pro)

The addition of Rycote's Lyre anti-shock suspension system is the most exciting part of the new version of RØDE's VideoMic Pro for me. I became a fan of the Rycote Lyre system after recently purchasing these two Rycote gadgets, one for my Zoom H4n and the other for the RØDE NGT4+ shotgun microphone. Before that, mic handling noise had been a constant problem.

The addition of Rycote's Lyre anti-shock suspension system is the most exciting part of the new version of RØDE's VideoMic Pro for me. I became a fan of the Rycote Lyre system after recently purchasing these two Rycote gadgets, one for my Zoom H4n and the other for the RØDE NGT4+ shotgun microphone. Before that, mic handling noise had been a constant problem.

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RØDE VideoMic Pro Gets Upgrade with Rycote Onboard

Via RØDE Press:

Tuesday May 19th, 2015, Sydney Australia – Pro-audio brand RØDE Microphones is announcing an upgrade to its number one selling microphone worldwide, the VideoMic Pro.

Originally released in 2010, the VideoMic Pro quickly became an industry standard on-camera shotgun microphone for professionals and enthusiasts alike. With its small form factor, superior audio quality and industry first +20db level boost, it was the perfect companion for DSLR cameras as they became the go-to device for high definition video capture.

Determined to raise the bar again in 2015, RØDE’s all new VideoMic Pro will feature the acclaimed Rycote Lyre suspension system, along with an upgraded microphone capsule, improving both the physical characteristics and audio performance of the microphone.

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RØDE press release, continued

Already implemented on the VideoMic and VideoMic GO, the Rycote Lyre suspension system is widely regarded as the best microphone shockmounting solution available. Featuring a suspension structure composed of a hard-wearing thermoplastic, it is far more effective at minimising unwanted vibrations, handling and cable-borne noise than traditional elastic suspensions. Virtually indestructible, the Rycote Lyre will never sag, snap, wear out or require rethreading to maintain its effectiveness.

Completing the upgrade is an all-new microphone capsule, giving the 2015 VideoMic Pro even higher sensitivity and lower self-noise, ensuring crystal clear audio capture over a wider dynamic range.

“The VideoMic Pro was a revelation for DSLR users the world over, making broadcast quality audio accessible to everyone at an affordable price” comments Damien Wilson, RØDE’s Global Sales and Marketing Director. “Now we’re taking it to another level. With the Rycote Lyre upgrade, and an upgraded capsule, it’s now even better value for such an amazing broadcast quality product.”

The VideoMic Pro featuring Rycote Lyre suspension is shipping to authorised RØDE dealers now. For more information please visit www.rode.com/microphones/videomicpro.

About RØDE microphones:
RØDE Microphones (www.rode.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.

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(cover photo credit: snap from RØDE Press)


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