RØDE's SC15 cable adds iOS compatibility to the VideoMic NTG.
When RØDE released the VideoMic NTG, it gave creators and filmmakers a versatile microphone solution that could be used for just about anything.
Need it as an on-camera mic? No problem. What about as a desktop solution for voiceovers, podcasts, or livestreaming? Check.
It paired easily with DSLRs, mirrorless cameras, and smartphones, and could even be mounted to a boom or pistol grip. On top of that, the 3.5mm jack doubled as a headphone output to allow you to monitor the audio while using the USB output. So yeah, it did a lot.
The one thing it didn't have in its arsenal was full compatibility with iOS devices through USB. Until today.
According to RØDE, the VideoMic NTG is now MFi-certified, unlocking compatibility with Lightning-equipped iOS devices. That includes iPhone, iPad, and iPod. What this means is that instead of needing to use a device that has a 3.5mm output, you can now use the USB-C port found on the newer iPhone and iPads.
In order to unlock the feature, RØDE says you will need the newly released SC15 cable and the latest firmware update. With the SC15 plugged into the microphone and smartphone, it will give you the ability to do the following:
- Headphone monitoring with complete volume control using the variable output knob
- Two-way audio transmission for making video calls
- Access to the safety channel, which creates a second output at -20dB in case the main channel distorts
- High-quality 24-bit/48kHz digital audio conversion
Pretty cool, huh?
The SC15 cable is designed specifically for Apple devices, and at 300mm long, it has plenty of leeway for shock mounts or cages.
The SC15 will sell for around $20 USD.