News: RØDE iXY Microphone iPhone 5 Series

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Every year there are a whole host of conventions where companies showcase their new up and coming technology and equipment. It goes without saying that each year the technology is getting smaller in size, and that also comes without a reduction of quality.

At one point in time to shoot in RAW one would require the use of a RED camera or something similar; a camera that requires at least 10-15 minutes set up. Now you can shoot in RAW on a camera that can fit into your pocket and can be set up within seconds.

But what about audio? The ability to capture good audio on the fly has become increasingly easier. Yesterday, BBC World News posted a video of a journalist covering the Germany Football team arriving home, and the journalist was using what can only be described as a pair of earphones to interview fans (seriously, watch the video). However, the sound isn’t all that great, I can understand the practical use if you are in that environment and you need to be agile, but what about when you’re not in that environment and you’re looking for great sound with the smallest possible setup?

This is how:

The RØDE iXY. It is a studio quality microphone for iOS devices. It’s able to record at such a high-quality resolution. The innovative approach of iXY saw that it was awarded several product design awards, culminating with the prestigious International Red Dot Design Award, which recognizes products of the very highest quality by an expert panel of 37 judges from around the world. ixyl-guitar-IMG_8318

Although the iXY isn’t a new product, this week RØDE Microphones released the iXY for the iPhone 5 series. It is Equipped with the same broadcast audio performance as the original 30-pin microphone, the iXY with Lightning connector features a matched pair of ½ inch condenser capsules arranged in a stacked X-Y configuration, with on-board high-fidelity analogue to digital conversion. This ensures accurate, immersive and true to life stereo recordings.

The original iXY was an industry leader in both design and function, so we’re thrilled to continue this success with the updated version for iPhone 5.”commented Damien Wilson, RØDE’s Global Sales and Marketing Director. “Being able to record at this quality with a device that sits in your pocket has been a game changer not only for audio professionals, but for enthusiasts alike. We saw this first-hand with so numerous entrants to our My RØDE Reel short film competition choosing to use the iXY for their amazing short films

Interchangeable rubber mounting clamps are supplied to suit both iPhone 5/5s and 5c, which also provide shock mounting and help to minimise vibration transferring to the microphone capsules. A foam windshield for outdoor recording and protective storage pouch are also included. The RØDEGrip mount is optionally available for mounting the iXY and iPhone on a camera or microphone stand, and a “deadcat” windshield for high wind conditions will be available shortly.


Finally, RØDE’s field recording app for iOS devices, RØDE Rec also recently received an update to increase compatibility and stability on the iOS 7 platform. RØDE Rec and RØDE Rec LE are available now in the App store for iPhone and iPad.

The RØDE iXY is shipping now. Visit for more information.



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