Let’s talk about sticker shock. Today RØDE Microphones announced the release of the smartLav Lavalier Microphone that connects directly to the headset jack of Apple iOS devices. Compatible with the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, smartLav delivers premium quality audio capture in a compact and accessible form factor. The smartLav is mounted onto the talent, connected to an iOS device’s headset jack and records via the RØDE Rec or RØDE Rec LE apps.
The smartLav has a high quality omni-directional condenser capsule that captures sound in 360º, it comes with foam pop shield to minimise wind noise and vocal plosives (hard ‘b’, ‘t’ and ‘p’ sounds), as well as a durable mounting clip with in-built cable management. The smartLav has been designed to pair perfectly with the RØDE Rec app for Apple iOS devices, and is also compatible with any iOS audio app that accepts input from the headset connection. RØDE Rec turns the user’s iOS device into a fully-featured field recorder, with a wide range of equalisation pre-sets to suit various recording situations, in addition to professional editing functions and the ability to publish to SoundCloud and Dropbox directly from the app.
Okay, so obviously we all want to know one thing at this point, how much? Typically, RØDE gear comes at a pretty penny, but one thing is for sure, you know you’re going to get all the bang for your buck. With the introduction of the smartLav Microphone today, this leaves me wondering about their also newly released RØDE iXY Stereo Microphone (also for iOS devices and compatible with the RØDE Rec or RØDE Rec LE apps. Would you guys be willing to buy this at the over the smartLav and why? If you are not yet familiar with the RØDE iXY, you can see a video interview I did with them on it at CES 2013 (click here).
The smartLav is set to ship to authorized RØDE retailers worldwide this month, at a suggested retail price of US $60- yep, that’s it. For more information please visit www.smartlav.com.audio, field recorder, field recorder app, iOS microphone, ixy, lavalier, lavalier mic, microphone, record audio into your iPhone, RØDE, smartLav