X MICS THE SPOT
Aussie audio company Røde has just announced at IBC, its new flagship microphone for single-system, on-camera audio – the Stereo VideoMic X.
Røde tell us the new microphone was designed using a “no expense spared” approach and offers the “highest level of performance” of any stereo microphone from the company. Well, they would say that. However, we’ll reserve our judgement until we get our hands on it for review.
“The Stereo VideoMic X not only raises the bar for on-camera audio, it shatters it,” commented Damien Wilson, Røde’s Global Marketing & Sales Manager during the product launch at IBC. “When we started the “X” project we had the objective of creating the best of the best and I believe we’ve done just that. The SVMX is the ultimate tool for superlative audio capture in any environment.”
The microphone features an acoustically matched pair of externally-biased, true condenser capsules, housed in integrated Rycote Lyre multi-axis shock mounts. Its body is constructed from aluminium, while remaining lightweight (300gm/101Ž2oz) with a 3.5mm stereo output (via the included SC2 cable) and mini XLR, which can be used simultaneously and is powered by an internal 9V battery or by P48 phantom power standard.
The rear panel of the microphone features a range of adjustments, including a three-stage high pass filter (0/75/150Hz), a three-stage level control (-10/0/+20dB) and frequency boost which is designed to help pick out high frequency detail, and combat high-freq loss experienced when using a wind sock. The settings are accessed via press-button digital switching, (a first for a Røde mic) and will remain when the microphone is powered off.
As the mic has just been announced there’s no word as yet on price or when we can expect it to start shipping.
More info: www.rodemic.com.
Excerpts from Press Release