RØDE Microphones has done a great job this year producing products that allow independent filmmakers and videographers to capture high end audio in a convenient way. With the Rodelink Filmmaker Kit, filmmakers were given a Lav option that saved you time on your set ups and money when purchasing a audio recorder. That convenience and ease of use is paramount for shooters who are so often, one man shows.
They continue this legacy providing broadcast pros in releasing the i-XLR, which allows XLR connectivity directly to your iPhone or iPad. Much like the RØDE Smartlav, this new i-XLR allows you to connect an XLR cable or Shotgun mic directly in. Then it sends the signal out to your iPhone or iPad. From there you can monitor levels and actively record.
The RØDE Audio Recording app has been improved with the addition of new EQ presets that allow you to capture audio more consistently and safely in different environments, as well as supporting industry standards. The best part about all of this (to me) is that this system can be carried with you virtually ANYWHERE because it’s so small.
I’m not a broadcast shooter, and I certainly don’t capture audio all that often, but the size of this rig opens up possibilities that were, before now, unavailable. If you just always have this in your rig bag, you’ll always be prepared to capture high quality audio. It’s like when I bought my a7S, it’s size was crazy convenient. You could throw it into a bag, and it’s there to capture video in any situation. Perhaps this is the same for Audio?
Newsshooter at IBC 2015: Rode iXLR
At IBC in Amsterdam, RØDE has announced the i-XLR, a digital XLR interface for Apple iOS devices. The i-XLR is used to connect professional XLR microphones to an iPhone or iPad to record audio in the field. It allows reporters, correspondents and audio professionals to quickly and easily capture interview dialogue to a smartphone or tablet.
The i-XLR features an intuitive record button that enables the user to start recording without accessing their mobile device, and an LED indicates the recording status in apps that support this feature. A headphone jack with variable level is conveniently located on the body to allow the operator to monitor their audio during interviews, and for dynamic microphones the i-XLR features a +20dB level boost, giving these microphones a high level of clean gain.
(cover photo credit: snap from Newsshooter.com)