Rode SmartLav+ Microphone
With the smartLav+, the user simply mounts the microphone on the talent, connects it to a smartphone or tablet headset jack and records via the RØDE Rec app for iOS, or any other audio app of their choice. By employing a professional quality omni-directional condenser capsule the smartLav+ picks up sound equally from all around the microphone, allowing for versatility when mounting and ensuring a high degree of user-friendly operation.
The Tiny Little Lav Mic That Could – Rode SmartLav+
As mentioned in other posts, and in the gear listing for the Tascam DR-40, sound can make your break your film. So you’re going to want to record the best sound that you can. You could spend thousands of dollars on audio equipment, but if you need a cheap solution, the Rode smartLav+ is a great option. This is a small lavalier mic that you can plug into your smart phone, then use a voice recording app. This allows you to record quality sound without having to hide cables travelling to your camera.
This means you can get a mic very close to your subject and they don’t have to be attached to the camera. The subject could be far away and you’ll be able to record decent quality audio. It has a standard 3.5mm audio jack (which does mean the smartphone you use will need a 3.5mm headphone jack, not a thunderbolt port). You can also use it in conjunction with a small adaptor so that you can plug it into a normal wireless mic pack so you can record your audio straight into camera. This set up might be good for documentary purposes, or something like public pranks or hidden camera stuff.
Whatever you use it for, the Rode smartLav+ is a great starting option for a film kit, and can be used in a wide variety of filmmaking projects.
Further Product Information
- Broadcast quality, professional-grade Lavalier Mic with TRRS Jack
- High-quality omni-directional condenser capsule
- Discrete 4.5mm miniature microphone
- Compatible with iOS devices and select Android devices*
- Kevlar® reinforced cable
- Includes wind shield and durable mounting clip
- Twelve month warranty
With the smartLav+, the user simply mounts the microphone on the talent then connects it to a smartphone or tablet headset jack. Then the user can record via the RØDE Rec app for iOS, or any other audio app of their choice. By employing a professional quality omni-directional condenser capsule the smartLav+ picks up sound equally from all around the microphone. This allows for versatility when mounting and ensuring a high degree of user-friendly operation.
A foam pop shield is supplied to minimise wind noise and vocal plosives, as well as a durable mounting clip. Its Kevlar® reinforced cable ensures that you never stretch or snap your microphone under normal usage conditions.
The smartLav+ is compatible with any audio app that accepts input from the headset connection. However the mic has been designed to pair perfectly with RØDE’s Rec app for Apple iOS devices. RØDE Rec turns the user’s iOS device into a fully-featured field recorder, with a wide range of equalisation presets to suit various recording situations. In addition, it contains professional editing functions and the ability to publish to SoundCloud and Dropbox direct from the app.