Rode Stereo VideoMic X

Rode Stereo VideoMic X

Rode Stereo VideoMic X

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Product Highlights

  • Suitable as On-Camera Microphone
  • Cardioid Polar Pattern
  • 40 Hz to 20 kHz Frequency Response
  • 9V or Phantom Power
  • Balanced XLR Output
  • Level Adjustment
  • High Frequency Boost
  • Includes Pop Shield and Wind Shield
  • Built-In Shock Mount
  • Lightweight Aluminum Construction
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Rode SVMX overview

  • 1Description

For capturing audio the Stereo VideoMic X by RODE Microphones offers professional quality. It can be used as an on-camera mic in various environments, for applications such as interviews, weddings, sports and nature shoots, and more. It features a matched pair of 1/2" condenser capsules configured in a stacked X-Y configuration with cardioid polar patterns, a 40 Hz to 20 kHz frequency response, and 9V battery or 48V phantom power. It is built with a balanced mini XLR (TA3F) output connector, and an unbalanced 1/8" output stereo mini jack plug. The Stereo VideoMic X can deliver professional-grade audio and gets the job done when capturing audio in various environments.

The VideoMic features digital switching on the rear that allows the user to control level adjustment, high-pass filter, and high-frequency boost to increase intelligibility of dialogue. The enclosure is constructed of a lightweight aluminum, and, inside the enclosure, the capsules are supported by the Rycote Lyre shock-mounting system, providing isolation from vibration as well as knocks and bumps. In addition, a pop shield and wind shield is included.

Acoustically matched true condenser capsules
Rycote Lyre onboard shock mounting to isolate from knocks and bumps
Balanced professional XLR outputs, and unbalanced 1/8" stereo mini-jack outputs are provided
Rugged metal construction insures durability
Three step high-pass filter (0, 75 Hz, 150 Hz)
Three position level control (-10dB, 0dB, +20dB)
High frequency boost (+6dB)
LED power on/low battery indicator
10 Year Warranty* 1
UPC: 698813004096
In the Box
Rode Stereo VideoMic X
  • SC2 1/8" (3.5 mm) TRS Patch Cable for iPhone
  • Pop Shield
  • Wind Shield
  • Limited 10-Year Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description

    Rode SVMX specs

    Acoustic Principle Pressure Gradient
    Polar Pattern Cardioid
    Frequency Rate: 40 Hz to 20 kHz
    Frequency Range High Pass Filter: 0, 75, 150 Hz
    Level Variable: -10, 0, +20 dB
    Output Impedance 200 Ω
    Signal to Noise Ratio 82 dBA SPL (as per IEC 651)
    Equivalent Noise 12 dBA SPL (as per IEC 651)
    Maximum SPL 143 dB SPL
    Sensitivity -32 dB re 1V/Pa (25 mV @ 94 dB SPL) ± 2 dB @ 1kHz
    Dynamic Range 131 dB SPL
    Power Requirements 9 V alkaline battery or P48 (via miniXLR)
    Output Connection Unbalanced: 1/8" (3.5 mm) stereo mini jack plug (dual mono), tip = left channel, ring = right channel
    Balanced: Mini XLR (TA3F style connector) pin 1 (ground), pin 2 (+), pin 3 (-)
    Battery Life 30 hours
    Dimensions (L x W x H) 4.6 x 4.0 x 3.9" (118 x 102 x 100 mm)
    Weight 11 oz (300 g)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 3.1 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 9.2 x 9.0 x 5.3"

    Rode SVMX reviews

    Stereo VideoMic X is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 21.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing If you work on small productions and have to fill multiple audio roles, this is a huge addition to your sound kit. Being able to set it up on the camera, tell the video guy how to turn it on (and maybe adjust levels a little) is quick, and the mic will work flawlessly from there. We used it on a week long trip to Vancouver Island in November, and it stood up to the (sopping) wet conditions without a hiccup. It was even mistakenly placed too close to the fire and had no damage apart from slightly singing my fuzzy cover :( The audio quality on this mic is top-notch. It's not a Schoeps matched pair, but it sounds brilliant on everything from music to dialogue to production sounds like foley and sfx. Plug it into a nice preamp and it even works for ambiances. This thing is a durable workhorse (the all metal construction makes it a bit heavy, but feels nice) that provides clear audio for many of the situations I've faced.
    Date published: 2015-11-17
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stellar Performer! I saw the promos for this and listened to the samples on the RDE website before buying. I was a bit nervous as this is an expensive mic but my fears were put to rest the first time I used this. The results were stunning. This is a SERIOUS piece of kit. Very solid with a decent amount of mass. Not too heavy but enough to let you know it can take a bit of use. Only downside and not worth knocking off any points is that it only comes with a 1/8 stereo cable and no mini-xlr to xlr cables. Had to buy a set of those after the fact.
    Date published: 2015-02-13
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from impressed This mic has nice stereo sound giving you a nice immersive feeling. It's best used if you have another mic pointed to the talent or a lavalier. It lacks a bit of directivity as it has an X pattern. The mic is prone to humidity humm (even more than Schoeps). Even if it's a bit heavier than other camera mic, it's still ok to use it on a small A7s or a BMPCC.
    Date published: 2015-03-27
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from WOW!! That's all I'm gonna say! I've used this a couple times to do live recordings of rock band.... no issues!!They sound levels this band plays at are very high and it handles doing solid recording w/o issue...You can do all the reading on speeds and feeds for this mic but bottom line it works great!This was recorded live via 3.5mm directly into d800... basic EQ settings in FCPx and... well... take a listen...colorfuldreams4u @ vents/The-NOW-/Finn-McGuires-Irish-Pub-Dec/i-9Vt6z3Z/AMy brother got this for me! Thanks BRO!
    Date published: 2016-01-04
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent. Worth the money. This is the most immersive stereo microphone you can get for the money. The sound is incredibly clear and three-dimensional. The noise is also very low and there is a +20dB setting to work with low preamp cameras. The perfect on-board camera mic.
    Date published: 2014-12-17
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Worth every penny! I'd give it 6 stars! I used the SVM-X to record the ambient sound at a club where I was shooting video last night I mounted it on my Sony PXW-Z150 camcorder and shot footage from 50ft away from the stage. The audio was exactly what I heard at the venue. I've been in the business for 30+ years and I've never had a mic give me such clear, honest audio.
    Date published: 2017-06-04
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from SVMX is Great! This microphone serves two purposes for me. First is for recording acoustic guitar. I pair this with the Tascam DR-70 via the mini XLR cables. Sound is excellent! The microphone captures the guitar's harmonics well and picks up the room's natural ambiance. There is no appreciable noise/hiss when using this setup. A really nice option is to use the included 3.5mm cable and connect it to the input of the camera, while at the same time, connecting the mic to the DR70 with the XLR cables. This way there is quality backup audio recorded instead of relying on the internal camera microphone. My other purpose for purchasing the SVMX is for nature videography. I recorded a western meadowlark singing from my vehicle. When I played the video back on my computer and listened to it with headphones, it sounded like the bird was inside my truck with me! Very impressive. The included windscreen is quite effective in 10-15mph winds. I haven't had a chance to record in conditions worse than that (as of yet.) Since this microphone is still new to me, I cannot comment on battery life, durability, etc... It does look sturdy and very well built though. I am able to run the mic with phantom power through the Tascam unit, so I will only rely on batteries in run and gun situations. Thanks for reading
    Date published: 2015-04-29
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Huge audio upgrade I purchased to use with my GH4 and my wedding projects sound terrific! This mic is a jack of all trades, live music or music over a DJ system comes in clear and it doesn't mud up the lower frequencies like shotgun mics I've used previously. It's lightweight and does a good job at isolating noise from camera movement/handling. Overall the best upgrade I've made to my system in years.
    Date published: 2015-08-12
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