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Rode AI-Micro Ultracompact 2x2 USB Type-C Audio Interface

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Rode AI-Micro Ultracompact 2x2 USB Type-C Audio Interface
Key Features
  • Podcasters, Interviewers, Content Makers
  • Connect Lightning, USB Type-A, and USB-C
  • 2 Auto-Sensing TRS/TRRS Mic Inputs
  • 1 Headphone Output
Swiftly record two-person interviews, podcasts, and vlogs straight to your smartphone, tablet, or computer with the RODE AI-Micro ultracompact audio interface and your trusty 3.5mm equipped microphones. Pocket friendly and bus powered, the AI-Micro is perfect for keeping your setup small and simple while maintaining quality, and enjoying convenient optimization and expanded functionality through Rode's suite of popular apps.
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Rode AI-MICRO Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Record Two Mics at Once
  • 3Auto-Sensing Inputs
  • 4Built-In Headphone Output
  • 5Universal Connectivity
  • 6App Support
  • 7Ultracompact and Portable

Swiftly record two-person interviews, podcasts, and vlogs straight to your smartphone, tablet, or computer with the RODE AI-Micro ultracompact audio interface and your trusty 3.5mm equipped microphones. Pocket friendly and bus powered, the AI-Micro is perfect for keeping your setup small and simple while maintaining quality, and enjoying convenient optimization and expanded functionality through Rode's suite of popular apps.

The interface's two mic inputs are auto-sensing jacks, allowing them to accept signal from a broad range of TRS/TRRS microphones without needing additional adapters. Monitor the live signal or playback via the built-in, zero-latency headphone port, and connect to virtually any mobile device or computer with the supplied USB Type-C, USB Type-A, and Lightning cables.

Record Two Mics at Once

With two mini-jack mic inputs and a USB Type-C output, the AI-Micro lets you simultaneously record two mics to your computer or mobile device at up to 24-bit / 48 kHz digital resolution. It's ideal for interviews, podcasts, live streaming, and more. Alternatively, input 1 can be configured as a single stereo TRS input for use with stereo microphones.

Auto-Sensing Inputs

The two 3.5mm inputs are auto sensing and detect whether a TRS or TRRS microphone is connected, automatically switching to accommodate a wide variety of separately available mics such as the SmartLav+, Lavalier GO, RODELink Lav, any VideoMic with 3.5mm outputs, and more.

Built-In Headphone Output

The AI-Micro also features a high-quality 3.5mm headphone output for zero-latency audio monitoring and playback.

Universal Connectivity

Thanks to the supplied cables, the AI-Micro can connect seamlessly to USB Type-A, USB Type-C, and Lightning devices. Use it with your Mac/Windows computer, iPhone, iPad, or Android smartphone/tablet.

App Support

It is compatible with the Rode app suite including Rode Central, Rode Connect, and Rode Reporter, for accessing expanded features and functionality, on-the-go configuration, and broadcast-quality recording on any device.

Ultracompact and Portable

Easily held in the palm of your hand or tucked away in your pocket, the AI-Micro boasts an exceptionally small footprint. Plus, it is bus powered, so you never have to worry about swapping batteries or recharging it.
UPC: 698813007530

Rode AI-MICRO Specs

Form FactorMobile
DisplayNone
Channels of I/O2 Inputs / 2 Outputs
Max Sample Rate/Resolution48 kHz / 24-Bit
Number of Mic Preamps2
Input Level Adjustment2 x via Software
Expansion SlotsNone
Signal Processing
PadNone
Gain/Trim Range-24 to 0 dB
High-Pass Filter75 to 150 Hz (via Software)
Solo/MuteNone
Connectivity
Analog Audio I/O2 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRRS Unbalanced Mic Input
1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Unbalanced Headphone Output
Phantom PowerNone
Digital Audio I/ONone
Host Connection / USB1 x USB Type-C (Class-Compliant)
USB (Non-Host)None
Sync I/ONone
Network I/ONone
MIDI I/ONone
Wireless ConnectivityNone
Performance
Frequency Response20 Hz to 20 kHz
Headphone Output Power125 mW into 32 Ohms
Dynamic Range100 dB (A-Weighted)
Digital Audio
Sample Rates44.1 / 48 kHz
Sample Rate ConversionNone
Bit Depths24-Bit
LatencyZero-Latency Direct Monitoring
Sync SourcesInternal
Audio Storage & Playback
Memory Card SlotNone
Compatibility
OS CompatibilitymacOS 11
Windows 10.19,041
iOS 14
Android 9.0
Included SoftwareNone
Compatible Software (Not Included)Any Core Audio (Mac) Compliant Software
Included Plug-InsNone
Supported Drivers/API & Plug-InsmacOS Class-Compliant (No Driver Needed)
Windows Class-Compliant (No Driver Needed)
Android Class-Compliant (No Driver Needed)
Mobile Device CompatibilityiPad
iPhone
Android Smartphone
Android Tablet
Required HardwareAvailable Lightning Port, USB Port, or USB Type-C Port
Internet ConnectionRequired for Registration, Software/Driver Download
Power
Power RequirementsUSB Bus Power
Physical
Dimensions1.6 x 1.5 x 0.4" / 40 x 38.2 x 11.1 mm
Weight0.5 oz / 13.0 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight0.2 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)5.5 x 3.3 x 1.6"

Rode AI-MICRO Reviews

Is great when it works, but you have to use Rode cables

By Mark
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2021-12-21

In general, this works great with my Mac, but with an iPhone the software is quite finicky working about half the time and you cannot use any other MFi certified USB-C to lightning cable. VERY frustrating. It would be great if it had a clip/cold shoe adapter like the Rode Go wireless mics.

Nice except for 1 issue

By John
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2021-12-10

Great little product except for one issue. The product is supposed to support 3.5mm stereo microphones inserted into Input 1 and configured with the Rode Reporter app to STEREO. Unfortunately, there is a bug in the firmware that only one channel is recorded. Powered stereo microphones (that doesn't need plug in power) works correctly via the input 1. Contacted Rode to see if a firmware fix will solve this. Using a cable to breakout the 3.5mm stereo microphones output would seem to be an option, or a battery box that provides plugin power but less elegant. I was hoping to use binaural binaural microphones like the Roland CS-10EM with this thing.

Just What I Was Looking For

By Jere
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-12-07

I bought an iPad Pro this fall and after using if for a while wondered how I could use it for recording interviews. I pinged Rode asking if I could use the SC6-L with an adapter to connect two microphones. They did not recommend it. Before trying it myself I saw the announcement for the AI-Micro. I pre-ordered as soon as it was available. It came much earlier than expected. I love it. I can use it with my iPad and my phone. All the cables are provided. If you are looking to simplify your interview recording set up, making interviews in remote locations easier that hauling lots of equipment and cables, this is great. Absolultely great. I don't think you'll be disapponted.

Wonderful product

By Tomer
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-12-06

Works a lot in the field. Excellent sound quality recorder

Finally, good quality audio directly to iPhone/ iPad

By Dennis
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-12-06

I've tried several microphones with lightening interfaces and USB-c to the iPhone and iPad, but they were all affected by great RF interference/noise. This is the first device I've used that is extremely portable/pocketable and delivers what it promised. The software is perhaps a bit buggy, but it does work well after a bit of fiddling. Love it, Love it with Rode and Sennheiser microphones.

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