Rode VideoMic Pro with Rycote Lyre Shockmount

Rode VideoMic Pro with Rycote Lyre Shockmount

Rode VideoMic Pro with Rycote Lyre Shockmount

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  • Broadcast Quality Condenser Microphone
  • Rycote Lyre Shockmount
  • 40 Hz to 20 kHz Frequency Response
  • Lightweight
  • Lower Noise and Higher Sensitivity
  • 9V Battery Powered
  • 1/8" Mini-Jack Output
  • Two-Step High Pass Filter
  • Three-Position Level Control
  • Includes Camera Shoe Mount
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The VideoMic Pro with Rycote Lyre Shockmount from Rode is a supercardioid condenser shotgun microphone that terminates in a 1/8" stereo mini-jack (dual mono), includes an integrated shockmount, and an integrated foam windscreen. It can be used to capture audio for camcorders, DSLR, and portable recorders as a source of primary and reference audio.

The VideoMic Pro has been upgraded from earlier models with a 1/2" condenser capsule that provides broadcast-quality audio. Its 1/8" stereo mini-jack connector (outputting the mono signal to both left and right channels) delivers low self-noise of just 14 dB. A supercardioid polar pattern ensures that surrounding audio is minimized, and your recording is focused on the subject in front of the camera.

In addition, the Rycote Lyre-based shockmount is built from a single piece of hard-wearing thermoplastic. It separates the VideoMic Pro capsule and electronics from its mount, providing isolation from external physical factors that may cause unwanted rumble and vibrations in the microphone. This suspension will never wear out, sag or snap.

Easily accessible on the rear face of the microphone are the power, the filter, the level controls and a selectable high-pass filter at 80 Hz. The filter will prevent low-end noise such as air conditioners and traffic from being recorded. Furthermore, the -10 dB (or pad) is suitable when recording loud sound sources such as live music, motorsports, or interviews, where the subject is very close to the camera. There is a +20 dB level boost designed for use with DSLR cameras, so the user can reduce the camera's preamp level, effectively reducing the amount of noise generated by the camera's audio circuitry.

The Rode VideoMic Pro uses a standard sized shoe-mount for on-camera use and features a 3/8" thread in the base of the mount for easy boom-pole mounting. The VideoMic Pro is battery powered and provides over 70-hours recording from a single 9V battery.

9V battery powered with over 70 hours use (alkaline)
Camera shoe mount with 3/8" thread for easy boom-pole mounting
Compact form factor is only 6.7" length
Limited 10-year warranty with online registration
UPC: 698813004195
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Rode VideoMic Pro with Rycote Lyre Shockmount
  • Limited 10-Year Warranty with Online Registration
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    Rode VideoMic Pro Specs

    Acoustic Principle Line Gradient Condenser
    Directional Pattern Supercardioid
    Frequency Response 40 Hz - 20 kHz (selectable HPF @80 Hz)
    Sensitivity -32 dB re 1 V/Pa (20 mV @ 94 dB SPL) ± 2 dB @ 1 kHz
    Output Impedance 200 Ohms
    Equivalent Noise 14 dB
    Maximum Output +6.9 dBu (@ 1% THD into 1 kOhms)
    Dynamic Range 120 dB (as per IEC 651)
    Maximum SPL 134 dB (@ 1 kHz, 1% THD into 1 kOhms load)
    Signal-to-Noise Ratio 80 dB
    Battery Type 1 x 9 V alkaline battery (current 7.8 mA)
    Level Control Three-position (-10 dB, 0, +20 dB)
    High Pass Filter Two-step (flat, 80 Hz)
    Output Connectors 1 x 1/8" (3.5 mm) stereo mini-jack (dual mono)
    Low Frequency Roll-Off 80 Hz High Pass Filter
    Dimensions (HxWxL) 2.95 x 3.93 x 6.69" (75 x 100 x 170 mm)
    Weight 3 oz (85g)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 0.55 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 8.425 x 5.118 x 2.992"

    Rode VideoMic Pro Reviews

    VideoMic Pro with Rycote Lyre Shockmount is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 112.
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Does not improve sound on my 5D MK2. iPod touch is better! I'm a fan of Rde and have a few of their mics but I guess I'm alone in my feelings about this VideoMic Pro. I needed something to improve the sound entering my Canon 5D Mark II. I decided on the Rde video mic, which gets good reviews. I ran a bunch of tests, using every configuration on the Mic and I just wasn't impressed - I even had a digital specialist eq it in Adobe Premiere and still I was disappointed. When I did the tests I also recorded sound with an iPod touch. The sound from the iPod touch was amazing compared to the Rde! The Rde sound was hollow, tinny and hissy. This mic doesn't cut it for the price. I'm returning and continuing my search.
    Date published: 2016-11-07
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good performance but questionable build quality I bought this mic to replace my original VideoMic Pro that was getting beat up as the result of years work. The new mic works just as good as the original. To my knowledge, RODE is the only manufacturer who offers decent mics with +20 dB gain booster. This is a crucial feature to keep the camera's noisy preamp out of the picture. I wish other manufacturers offered this feature so that we will have more to choose from. On the other hand, I was disappointed that RODE had not addressed the problems that many users of the original griped about: the battery compartment door and the barrel construction. The battery door is so hard to operate. It's just a poor design. The barrel is so flimsy that it looks it will break very easily. Anyone who sees the mic with the windscreen removed will agree with this notion. I give this new mic 4 stars for the performance and 2 stars for the build quality.
    Date published: 2015-08-25
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from A must for nats and scratch tracks Though on-camera is typically a terrible place for a mic, the application has its place. If you're shooting on DSLR, Canon Cinema, or even a small camcorder, this is a must-have for nats recording, and for clear scratch audio to sync with dual-system audio. Rycote's lyre design is one of the best isolation mounts available. R?DE's mic design offers a gain boost for use with weaker in-camera preamps, helping to minimize the noise floor. The mic itself has a good sound quality. While it isn't flat or uncolored, it's well above average and provides quality, usable nats for b-roll. I keep this mic atop my EOS-80D at all times.
    Date published: 2017-08-24
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Switch malfunctions This mic was very poorly designed. It requires a 9 volt battery but there is no indicator to show the battery power level. So you never know when to replace the battery. I bought a rechargeable 9 volt battery just to make sure I had a fresh battery for each show. I filmed 9 live shows with it from Sept. 4th 2018 to Oct 3rd 2018. 6 of the nine shows it sounded perfectly. 3 of the nine shows the Off/On/HPF switch started malfunctioning and the sound was muffled. I think the battery was heating up the switch and causing the switch to malfunction. I returned the mic and am waiting for the exchanged mic to arrive. I certainly hope the new one works properly. This mic has a 10 year warranty.
    Date published: 2018-10-14
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good quality sound, LOTS of ambient noise and hiss I tried everything to reduce ambient noise and hiss (+20db, disabling on-camera AGC... etc) but this mic just captures everything. I was using the Rode SmartLav+ before and was expecting better sound with this. I have a 28mm lens so I'm very close to the camera and talking loudly the mic captures MORE ambient noise than the SmartLav+ connected to my iPhone. So it is just convenient and good enough when the conditions are there, but for more heavy duty I use the lavalier mic and it is WAY better. P.S. I don't use sound recorders or anything similar, although I know it could help, imagine a vlogger using that (instead of just having a lapel mic under the shirt connected to an iPhone in inside a jean's pocket, or the VideoMic Pro mounted on the camera).
    Date published: 2017-07-14
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Sound Capture This is my second Rode mic. I was extremely please with my Rode shotgun mic, but the shockproof mount (old style) kept breaking the rubber suspension mounts. The VideoMic Pro is almost half the size of my shotgun mic, but still seems to capture voice and other sounds from a distance and makes them feel close up in the final productions. I generally produce instructional videos and the new mic has performed well. I will be recording a live music performance in 3 weeks and will see how well it handle that venue. I also own a Rode stereo mic, but the sound from the shotgun mic has gotten me many compliments. After all, 80% of a video is the audio.
    Date published: 2017-06-25
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Mediocre Mic With Poorly Designed Battery Access I've used a number of mics in this price range, and I'm not that impressed with the Rode Videomic in terms of sound.? You're not going to get great sound anyway, having it seated atop your camera, likely pretty far away from whatever you are recording, but even so, sound is mediocre. But what really gets me is how maddening it is to try to swap out the battery.? I spent a good 15-20min the first time, trying to get that stupid battery door closed.? I've gotten better at it with practice, but it still takes 5min, when it should take 5sec.? I only hope that whomever designed it is forced to use it for the rest of his life.? That would be fitting punishment. There are better, and easier to use mics in this price range.
    Date published: 2018-06-02
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Directional, Robust, and Compact I make short films and often use an interview setup with the mic boomed from a stand. I have to admit, this microphone is a worthy investment and does not disappoint. It is directional and is just a pleasure to use with the Zoom H1. The switches are intuitive and the design is clean. The shockmount is quite good. Some operator noise can be heard if the boom pole is moved vigorously, but I doubt that will happen often if at all during field recording. This mic, coupled with the extension cable and the Zoom H1 are a very solid beginner's starter kit. If purchased during a sale, the whole set can be purchased in under $$.
    Date published: 2015-12-21
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