Object of Desire: Røde iXY

October 15, 2014

By Greg Scoblete

Your iPhone may not be your first choice for a high-quality ambient audio recorder, but the folks at Røde are hoping you’ll give it another look—after you’ve attached its updated iXY stereo microphone. The mic sports a matched pair of 1/2-inch condenser capsules in a stacked X-Y configuration for capturing stereo sound at sample rates of up to 24-bit/96 kHz with built-in high-fidelity analog-to-digital conversion. The update natively supports the Apple Lightning connector for newer iPads and iPhones; the 30-pin dock connector version supports older models (iPad 2, iPhone 4/s). You can also connect your newly mic’d iPhone to your DSLR via the headphone output and record sound directly into the camera (though it will need to be synced with the video in post-production). The $5.99 Røde Rec app supports live audio monitoring and editing, including waveform looping, non-linear cutting, copying, pasting and cropping, and the ability to output the final sound in a variety of file formats such as the Apple Lossless Audio Codec and FLAC. The iXY ships with rubber iPhone mounting clamps so the mics don’t pick up vibrations from the phone. The “deadcat” windshield and camera clip accessories for field recordings are sold separately.
PRICE: $299