RØDE Updates On-Camera Stereo Mic
Don't kid yourself: you'll always need that back-up.
No matter what, you will always need an on-camera microphone. For run-and-gun situations, on-camera mics might be your only quality audio. With a team, it might only be a back-up; yes, dual-system sound is superior, but there is no reason not to have a Plan B, if only for PluralEyes-style syncing, running directly into the camera.
But a back-up is only useful if it’s useable. When you find yourself in the edit room saying, "Man, I can’t hear that very well— what did the on-camera microphone get?" you’re going to hope you had a solid solution hooked up as your on-camera mic.
With that in mind, the Australian company RØDE continues to work to improve its line of on-camera microphones, including today's update of the Stereo VideoMic Pro. Originally released in 2012 and designed for stereo audio recording while mounted in the hot shoe of a dSLR, the microphone has been a very popular competitor of the Sennheiser MKE line of on-camera mics.
Today’s updates add the Rycote Lyre suspension system to further isolate the microphone from noise created by the camera or the operator. There are also new condenser capsules, a new windscreen, and a kevlar-braided cable for connection to the camera body. The Rycote Lyre, constructed from a single piece of thermoplastic and designed for superior acoustic suspension that won’t sag or snap, will also be available as an upgrade for other shock mounts in the RØDE family.
- Rycote Lyre shock mount
- 1/2” condenser capsules
- Power and EQ controls on mic
- Two step high-pass filter (flat, 75Hz)
- Three position level control (-10db, 0, +20db)
- 100 hours of use via 9V alkaline battery
- Billeted metal 3/8” camera shoe mount
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