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Rode VideoMic Me-L Directional Microphone for iOS Devices

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Rode VideoMic Me-L Directional Microphone for iOS Devices
Key Features
  • For Mobile Video or Mobile VO
  • Shotgun-Style Mic with iOS Connector
  • Included Mic Clip & Furry Windscreen
  • 3.5mm & Lightning Connections
If you're shooting mobile iOS video and want better audio than what your phone provides—or if you need to record VO or ADR on the go—the Rode VideoMic Me-L is worth your consideration. This is a shotgun mic that plugs right into iOS devices via a lightning port, using the connection point as a mount as well.
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Rode VideoMic Me-L Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Perfect for Mobile Video and More
  • 3Broadcast Quality
  • 4Versatile 3.5mm Jack

If you're shooting mobile iOS video and want better audio than what your phone provides—or if you need to record VO or ADR on the go—the Rode VideoMic Me-L is worth your consideration. This is a shotgun mic that plugs right into iOS devices via a lightning port, using the connection point as a mount as well.

The mic focuses the audio capture on what's directly in front of the capsule thanks to the directional polar pattern. It's primarily intended for use with iOS devices, though it does offer a 3.5mm TRS jack, which can be used for monitoring or for backup analog recording, provided you've plugged in the mic to a lightning port. Even though the mic can mount directly on top of your iOS lightning port, it comes with a dedicated mic clip should you rather use it as well as a furry windscreen for achieving a better sound in windy conditions.

Perfect for Mobile Video and More

With its simple plug-and-play form factor, the mic is perfectly suited for mobile iOS video recording. However, the quality of the mic itself is good enough to be used for VO or ADR when studios are not available; the mic has been used this way in a few television shows.

Broadcast Quality

When connected over the Lightning port, the mic captures audio in a broadcast-quality 48 kHz sample-rate, making it suitable for use in pro circumstances. The highly directional cardioid polar pattern will help tamp down unwanted room noise and ambience.

Versatile 3.5mm Jack

The built-in 3.5mm jack works with headphones, or it can also be utilized for backup recording.
UPC: 698813005192

Rode VideoMic Me-L Specs

Microphone
Form FactorMobile Device Mic / Shotgun Mic
Sound FieldMono
Operating PrinciplePressure Gradient
CapsuleElectret Condenser
Polar PatternCardioid
OrientationEnd Address
CircuitrySolid-State
High-Pass FilterNone
Gain AdjustmentNone
Performance
Frequency Range20 Hz to 20 kHz
Maximum SPL115 dB SPL
Signal-to-Noise Ratio74.5 dB
Equivalent Noise Level19.5 dB SPL A-Weighted
Connectivity
Output Connectors (Analog)1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS
Output Connectors (Digital)1 x Lightning
Headphone Connector1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm
Digital Audio
A/D Conversion24-Bit
Sample Rate44.1 / 48 kHz
Operating System SupportiOS
Mobile Device CompatibilityiPad (with Lightning Connector)
iPhone (with Lightning Connector)
Available PortLightning
Power
Bus PowerLightning
Operating VoltageNot Specified by Manufacturer
Physical
ColorBlack
MountingDirect Connection to Mobile Device
Construction MaterialAluminum
DimensionsH: 1 x W: 0.8 x L: 2.9" / H: 25.7 x W: 20.2 x L: 73.5 mm
Weight1 oz / 28 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight0.25 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)7.2 x 5.05 x 2.65"

Rode VideoMic Me-L Reviews

Great sound!

By Mark
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-05-30

I'm quite pleased with this little microphone. It doesn't have to do much to improve on the omnidirectional microphone found on the iPhone, but this one does a lot! For any web content filmed on an iPhone, you can't go wrong! Very pleased with this purchase. Excellent little mic to keep in the kit.

Sound quality is good, but doesn't work with a case.

By Katelyn
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2022-04-19

The sound quality of this mic is good, even when recording outdoors. My main complaint is that 1) there isn't a good way to change the sound levels of the mic - though that is probably more of an Apple problem than a fault of the mic. and 2) it doesn't connect if you have a case on your phone. My case is the slim silicon apple mag safe case, so I cant imagine that there is a case for which this would work. Not a deal breaker, but kind of annoying to have to take your case off before recording.

Buyer beware

By RONALD
Rated 1 out of 5
Date: 2022-04-13

The mic looks well made a feels solid. However, You can't mount the darn thing on your iPhone or Ipad that has a case on it. I don't know many people who carry their iPhone without a case. Removing my iPhone case just to use the VideoMic is not an option. If Rode makes the the lightning stem just 4 mm longer it would fit my Quad Lock case. The case has a mount for a tripod and if I could attach the mic to it then it would be a winner. The Rode Rec Le software that you can get from the App store doesn't recognise the VideoMic now that is just poor programming.

Poor design

By Michael
Rated 1 out of 5
Date: 2022-04-01

A worthless purchase due to the design of the mic. You can't use it with a phone case over your iPhone. I'm not removing my case just to use the mic. Very disappointed.

Great Deal for Self tapes

By Mino
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2022-03-23

It's okay for the price and good for self tapes

Iphone perfect

By Neal
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-03-22

Excellent mic! Easy to use and exceeded my expectations recording live music. Definitely a must buy item.

Great concept - - poorly designed

By Peter
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2022-05-10

As other reviewers have pointed out - had high hopes as it would obviate the need for a connection cable for earlier Rode mic's to newest iPhones without speaker input. I had tried several cables, and all suffered from noise / interference Sadly the design of Lightning connection on the Rode mic is such that it WILL NOT fit onto an iPhone with a protective case. The fuzzy wind protector also makes it hard to visualize if a proper connection has been established I trimmed/cut out a 1 section along protective case which did allow the mic to fit onto iPhone . It did not compromise overall integrity of outer protective case. Another issue is that the mic connects to bottom of the iPHone. When in use , most software (eg- Rode app) will not flip 180 degrees. As such - can only hold iPhone upright in normal position with mic projecting forward from bottom of iPhone. The Rode mic does work well with Rode Reporter audio app giving superior recordings to internal iPhone mic.

It's good

By Scott
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-04-26

All fine

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Since this plugs into the lighting port you can't charge and record audio at the same time which is a flaw. If a lighting splitter was used on the phone with this going to one port and the charger going to the other will it work? Will still need to rig it so the mic is not just dangling from the dongle.
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