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Rode smartLav+ Lavalier Condenser Microphone for Smartphones

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Rode smartLav+ Lavalier Condenser Microphone for Smartphones

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Product Highlights

  • Clip-On Mic for iPhone and Android
  • Improved Sensitivity & Signal-to-Noise
  • Quality Recording to Your Smartphone
  • Use with Rode Rec App for Apple iOS
  • Works with Many Other Recording Apps
  • Omnidirectional Polar Pattern
  • Mic Clip With Cable Management Included
  • Kevlar-Reinforced Cable
  • Foam Pop Shield Included
  • Small Pouch Included
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The Rode smartLav+ is a lavalier microphone for your Apple or Android mobile device that is designed to deliver high-quality audio recording. The smartLav+ clips on to your shirt or lapel, and the sensitive, omnidirectional condenser capsule captures the sound equally from all sides of the microphone. This design lends to effective, hands-free recording of speeches, interviews, dictations and more.

The smartLav+ is equipped with a Kevlar-reinforced cable that has been strain tested up to 10kg to help ensure reliable performance. It uses a grey-sleeved TRRS connector to connect into your smartphone or tablet's headphone input and it works with most audio recording apps.

The smartLav+ also features improved sensitivity and higher signal-to-noise ratio over the original smartLav. The package comes with mic clip with cable management, a foam pop shield and a small carry pouch.

Compatible with iPhone 5S, iPhone 5, iPhone 5C, iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPad Air, iPad (3rd generation), iPad 2, iPad mini, iPod touch (4th and 5th generation) & many Android devices. A full list of compatible devices can be found here.

Works with any audio app that records from the headset input
Record, EQ, edit and publish your audio with Rode Rec App for Apple iOS (not included)
Foam pop shield softens vocal plosives and wind noise
Mic clip with cable management included for neatly securing microphone to clothing
Small pouch included for storage and transport
Combine with SC3 adaptor to use with TRS devices
Combine with SC6 dual TRRS input adaptor to use two smartLav+ with one smartphone
UPC: 698813004058
Acoustic Principle Pressure gradient
Active Electronics JFET
Capsule 0.10" (2.54 mm)
Polar Pattern Omnidirectional
Address Type End
Frequency Range 60 Hz ~ 18 kHz
Output Impedance 3k Ω Typical
Signal to Noise Ratio 67 dB
Maximum SPL 110 dB SPL (@ 1 kHz, 1% THD into 1 KΩ load)
Maximum Output Level 189.0 dBu (@ 1 kHz, 1% THD into 1 KΩ load)
Sensitivity -35 dB (17.8 mV @94 dB SPL)
Equivalent Noise Level 27 dB-A
Connector TRRS
Maximum Output 189 mV
Dynamic Range 83 dB typical
Dimensions 46.5 x 0.18 x 0.18" (1180 x 4.5 x 4.5 mm), mic and cable
Weight 0.211 oz (6.00 g)
Packaging Info
Package Weight 0.1 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 5.354 x 3.307 x 0.787"
Rode smartLav+ Lavalier Condenser Microphone for Smartphones
  • Foam Pop Shield
  • Mic Clip
  • Small Pouch
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    RodesmartLav+ Lavalier Condenser Microphone for Smartphones
     
    4.4

    (based on 55 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (35)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (13)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    90%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (7)
    • Sound quality (4)
    • Good audio (3)
    • Small (3)

    Cons

    No Cons

    Best Uses

    • Interviews (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (42)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Good for Quiet Environment

    Good sound quality using Voice Recorder for IOS. The product's build quality is excellent. It comes with a very useful loop in the cord to isolate vibrations. However, it doesn't do well in...Read complete review

    Good sound quality using Voice Recorder for IOS. The product's build quality is excellent. It comes with a very useful loop in the cord to isolate vibrations. However, it doesn't do well in a noisy environment. With the microphone clipped to a garment about 7" from the speaker's mouth, it picks up a lot of ambient noise. The intended use was on the deck of a moving ferry. The ferry's engines were almost loud enough to ruin the recording. Applying EQ to the audio helped, but dried out the speaker's voice.
    Wind noise was not a problem. The ferry's motion generated a moderate breeze, which did not interfere with recording voice.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Don't buy this mic

    I'm hesitant to give this 1 star, because for about 4 months I used this mic in my iPhone 6 (w/ Rode app) with little problems. Sometimes there were problems, but I...Read complete review

    I'm hesitant to give this 1 star, because for about 4 months I used this mic in my iPhone 6 (w/ Rode app) with little problems. Sometimes there were problems, but I chaulked it up to the cost of buying cheap gear. But lately the mic is simply unusable for me. You obviously can't monitor audio once you've mic'ed up you subject, and they are now holding your phone in their hand or pocket. You just hope for the best and hope that it keeps recording smoothly. Recently, I found out after a shoot that all 5 recording sessions were jacked up. They all stopped recording at random points, and the slightest movement of the input area (where the mic connects to phone) will totally jack up the audio. That's why professional lav systems have locks in place, to prevent such things from happening. Also, even with my phone in airplane mode, the recordings would stop as soon as the phone would go into sleep mode (when the screen goes dark). For the first for months it recorded fine long after the phone went into sleep mode, not it just triggers the app to stop recording. Also, I had issues inside the app where when I would press RECORD, Siri would pop up. Obviously a bug in the app but with no recent updates avail in the app store it makes the Rode app useless. It's only $ (with the app) but I'd use it on some gear that will last you some time. Luckily on all my jacked up recordings I had secondary audio, but it was still incredibly frustrating.

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    5.0

    Easy to Use

    By cttwin

    from west hartford, ct

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about Rode smartLav+ Lavalier Condenser Microphone for Smartphones:

    We bought this to record an interview with a client who wanted us capture his mother's memories clearly.

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    5.0

    Must have in the bag.

    By Froude

    from California

    Comments about Rode smartLav+ Lavalier Condenser Microphone for Smartphones:

    The app is easy to use, the microphone is well built and it records nice clean audio.

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    5.0

    Great tool for any Photographer!

    By Pastor Chris

    from Prescott, AZ

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • easy to use
    • Good audio quality
    • Inexpensive

    Cons

    • Requires A Few More Steps
    • Watch For Clothing Noise

    Best Uses

    • Daisy Chain For Interview
    • Good For Long Shots

    Comments about Rode smartLav+ Lavalier Condenser Microphone for Smartphones:

    I'm using the mic with my iPhone and the app and so far it is working fantastic. Using the old trick of a hand clap to sync up the camera audio track and the audio recorded on the iPhone has made this a HUGE improvement in my videos. They even give a few pointers on how to cut down clothing noise.

    I've had it for a week now and it's been working without fail. Hoping it will last for a while, and the construction seems to indicate it will.

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    4.0

    Excellent tool for high school media arts students

    By mediateacher

    from Portland, OR

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about Rode smartLav+ Lavalier Condenser Microphone for Smartphones:

    I teach a media arts program in a public high school. When choosing equipment I need to select 'bomb proof' products that hold up to a lot of use. This external microphone is performing very well.
    Ease of use = 5 stars. Plug and play.
    Convenience = 4 stars. It works with any smart phone. Only draw back is the chord should be longer. I purchased the extension chords (20ft) with them, but it's overkill. A slightly longer chord on this one would suffice.
    Effective capture of sound = 5 stars. While it does not purport to be a directional microphone, the sound captured is very high quality and specific.

    Great value for money.

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    5.0

    Works well with mobile devices.

    By Onerobb

    from Tiltonsville, Ohio

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about Rode smartLav+ Lavalier Condenser Microphone for Smartphones:

    It works well with mobile devices but does not work with my zoom h6 even with the little adaptor. With the adaptor it does work with my Sony digital recorder.

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    4.0

    Awesome product for the money (cheap clip)

    By Chris

    from New Jersey

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • cheap
    • Clear
    • Small Size

    Cons

    • Cheap clip
    • No Android support

    Best Uses

    • Documentary Audio
    • Short Distance From Speak

    Comments about Rode smartLav+ Lavalier Condenser Microphone for Smartphones:

    As a student filmmaker, I bought this lavalier mainly for documentary filming and wedding videography. The microphone is pretty small and works with all phones via the headphone jack. Awesome quality for the price, very clear. I've noticed it only picks up audio from roughly 1-3 feet away with the standard settings. Also in editing software it can be boosted without distortion or noise.

    I find it annoying they have not developed the Rode Rec app for android devices. Also certain options are unavailable if the app has not been purchased for $5.99 USD. Also, the clip for the microphone is poorly designed and broke within one use.

    Overall. great product for the price. Recommended for apple users over android. For professional use a more expensive microphone may be a more appropriate option.

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    5.0

    Quality Lavalier

    By Jeff

    from Los Angeles

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Sound quality
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Rode smartLav+ Lavalier Condenser Microphone for Smartphones:

        This Lavelier does a good job in recording voices. I am using it with my smartphone and have good quality sound. I will recommend.

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        3.0

        OK microphone. Works well with iPod Touch

        By LMSavannah

        from Charleston, SC

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

          Cons

          • Short cable

          Best Uses

          • Interviews

          Comments about Rode smartLav+ Lavalier Condenser Microphone for Smartphones:

          Sound is OK, but I would say not as good as the Audio-Technica 3350. Free software is worth to useless. There is a paid copy, but I have not tested it yet.

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          5.0

          Nice microphone

          By gc_photo

          from greenwich, ct

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Interviews

              Comments about Rode smartLav+ Lavalier Condenser Microphone for Smartphones:

              I use this with my zoom h1n via the Rode TRRS to TRS adapter.

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              5.0

              Works great in the outdoors!

              By MLE

              from La Crosse, WI

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Outside
              • Settings

              Cons

              • Upgrade App Display

              Best Uses

                Comments about Rode smartLav+ Lavalier Condenser Microphone for Smartphones:

                I found that this mic works great outside. It picked up some birds chirping, but the voice came through very clear. In the settings, I am still trying to figure out how to adjust the mic gain and digital boost to get louder levels without distortion. The app in nice for this sort of setting. The app upgrade pops up a lot, I found that rather annoying when trying to set it up, but perhaps the purchase of the upgrade will help me get the the right levels.

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                5.0

                AMAZING product

                By Courtney Bentley

                from Bangkok, TH

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy to use
                • Great price

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Periscope
                  • Tutorials
                  • Youtube videos

                  Comments about Rode smartLav+ Lavalier Condenser Microphone for Smartphones:

                  I needed an inexpensive microphone to record a project for school and wam bam this is it!

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                  5.0

                  Awesome Mic!!!

                  By Trevor Hager

                  from Virginia

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Clear
                  • High Quality
                  • Reliable
                  • Well made

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Audio recording
                    • Video

                    Comments about Rode smartLav+ Lavalier Condenser Microphone for Smartphones:

                    You cannot beat this Microphone for the price! The convenience of using my iPhone to record is absolutely amazing! Download the app and save your files STRAIGHT to dropbox! It's fast, convenient, clear, and amazing. I love this microphone. It's such a great idea and I use it all the time!

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                    5.0

                    Excellent and about that most liked negative review.

                    By Joel Sch

                    from london

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Build
                    • price
                    • Versatility

                    Cons

                    • A Right Angle 35 Trrs
                    • Would Be Great

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Rode smartLav+ Lavalier Condenser Microphone for Smartphones:

                      EXCELLENT! First a note on the most "Liked" 1 Star negative review, everything this person complains about in his 5 jacked recordings are simply his fault, firstly your phone shouldn't be set to "sleep" it should be on "OFF" NEVER so it doesn't go to sleep, not Rodes fault. Second if the connection is coming out then either you have a bad connection on your iPhone or you should be taping a little strain relief loop on to the back of your phone and a little tape so it doesn't come out if accidentally tugged. Also with the Rode SC3 adapter you could plug this low noise Rode Smartlav+ marvel directly into a portable recorder instead of your phone for your talent to put in their back pocket. It's a great mic and sounds on a par with the Sennheiser ME2 and you don't have to go wireless.

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                      5.0

                      Easy to use

                      By John Ricard

                      from NYC

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy to use

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Facetime Video

                        Comments about Rode smartLav+ Lavalier Condenser Microphone for Smartphones:

                        Very simple to operate. Just plug in the mic and record using the iPhone voice memos app. Works great.

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                        (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        2.0

                        Compared to other mics I used this was below expectations

                        By GT

                        from Hong Kong

                        Verified Buyer

                        Comments about Rode smartLav+ Lavalier Condenser Microphone for Smartphones:

                        Does not do a good job of recording full depth of voice. Better mics around.

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                        2.0

                        You get what you pay for...

                        By old fart

                        from Hoboken, NJ

                        Comments about Rode smartLav+ Lavalier Condenser Microphone for Smartphones:

                        Love the company though I can't stress this enough, if your going to purchase a lavalier for recording dialogue of any kind and typically Lav's are used for interviews and broadcast news, etc., spend your money on a better microphone, such as the "Rode Lavalier Microphone" B&H # ROLAV MFR # LAVALIER. You always get what you pay for, the smartLav+"s noise levels are intolerable and that's what you get for $[$], so spend the $[$]for an excellent Lav from the same company.Or if you want to go the distance, give the RodeLink Wireless Filmmaker Kit for $[$], though I haven't tested it yet, though bet it's closer to their $[$]Lav.

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                        4.0

                        Great budget lav for indie filmmakers

                        By Brettonridge

                        from Chicago, IL

                        Verified Buyer

                        Comments about Rode smartLav+ Lavalier Condenser Microphone for Smartphones:

                        Works well with my smartphone. I also bought an adapter so I can use it with my external recorder.

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                        5.0

                        Easy and Convenient

                        By ShelleyO

                        from Bowling Green, KY

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Convenient
                        • Easy

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Weddings

                          Comments about Rode smartLav+ Lavalier Condenser Microphone for Smartphones:

                          I'm a really big fan of this product. I produce wedding videos and this is what I use to mic up the groom during the vows. It's super convenient to have the whole system confined to my phone. It's easy for the groom to hide the phone in his jacket pocket, and it's easy for me to simply upload the audio to DropBox to retrieve later on my computer.

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                          5.0

                          SmartLav+

                          By Villegas Photography

                          from San Diego, CA

                          Verified Buyer

                          Comments about Rode smartLav+ Lavalier Condenser Microphone for Smartphones:

                          I purchased the Lav to use with a H1 zoom, and it works perfectly aside from the fact that I needed to buy the RODE SC3 to get it to work together. The Audio it picks up is just what I needed without having to spend too much.

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                          4.0

                          Great mic

                          By THEtodd446

                          from Poplar Bluff, MO

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Ease of Use
                          • Low Cost

                          Cons

                          • Low End Lacking

                          Best Uses

                          • Informal Interviews
                          • Social Media Posts

                          Comments about Rode smartLav+ Lavalier Condenser Microphone for Smartphones:

                          I have been looking for an inexpensive mic to use for quick video posts to Facebook, blog, and other social media. This mic preforms very well and has good sound quality. I do find it a bit lacking on lower end but that can be somewhat compensated for by closer location. Seems to have good isolation to background noise but I usually record in quieter places.

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                          Cables

                          Extend your mic's reach cable with an Extension Cable.

                          Rode - SC1 TRRS Extension Cable For SmartLav Microphone - 20'
                          • You Pay: $25.00
                           

                          Adapters

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                          Adapters allow more interconnectivity options.

                          Rode - SC6 Dual TRRS Input and Headphone Output for Smartphones
                          • You Pay: $19.95
                           
                          Rode - SC3 3.5mm TRRS to TRS Adaptor for smartLav
                          • You Pay: $15.00
                           

                          Wind Protection

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                          Windscreens are often lost or worn out over time. Make sure to get extra Windscreens.

                          Rode - WS-LAV Pop Filter for Lavalier Microphones
                          • You Pay: $11.99
                           

                          Microphone Clips

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                          Microphone Clips are often lost or broken out over time. Make sure to get extra Microphone Clips.

                          Rode - LAV-CLIP Clip Mount for Rode Lavaliers (Pack of 3)
                          • You Pay: $24.99
                           

                          Mounting

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                          Mount your mic with the appropriate hardware.

                          Rode - invisiLav Discreet Lavalier Mounting System (3-Pack)
                          • You Pay: $18.00
                           

                          Cases & Protection

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                          Carry, store and protect all your equipment in a bag or case.

                          Point Source Audio - CO-PCH Protective Microphone Carry Case
                          • You Pay: $22.95
                           
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