Rode VideoMic with Rycote Lyre Suspension System

Rode VideoMic with Rycote Lyre Suspension System

Rode VideoMic with Rycote Lyre Suspension System

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Product Highlights

  • Directional Video Condenser Microphone
  • Rycote Suspension System
  • Mounts to Standard Camera Shoe
  • 3.5mm Mini Plug
  • Studio-Quality Sound
  • 9V-Battery-Powered
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The VideoMic with Rycote Lyre Suspension System from Rode is a shotgun microphone that can easily be mounted on a DSLR camera. It features a Rycote suspension system that attaches to the camera's shoe. The VideoMic is lightweight, and when mounted on a camera it does not appear in the frame. The VideoMic can also mount to Rode's boompoles for elevated audio capture. Its supercardioid polar pattern attenuates sounds from the sides. The result is a signal that sounds closer to the camera, even when shooting in noisy environments or at moderate distances.

The included Rycote Lyre is a non-elasticated suspension structure composed of a hard-wearing thermoplastic. It is more effective at acoustically decoupling microphones from unwanted vibrations, handling and cable-borne noise than elasticated suspensions. The lyre remains effective at a wide range of temperatures and is virtually indestructible. It will never wear out, sag, snap or require any rethreading to maintain its effectiveness.

An attached, coiled cable terminates to a 1/8" (3.5mm) mini output connection. The VideoMic features a condenser element that utilizes a standard 9V battery (sold separately). The microphone will run for approximately 100 hours on a single battery.

Barrel-Canceling Pickup
The Rode Video Mic functions as a true line+gradient microphone with a supercardioid pattern in the front and a barrel that cancels side audio. The result is maximum pickup of the source in highly ambient and noisy environments.
Selectable 10 or 20 dB Pad
When capturing audio in loud environments, the VideoMic offers built-in attenuation. The selectable 10 or 20 dB pad lessens the microphone's sensitivity, allowing it to handle higher SPL levels without sacrificing clarity.
High-Pass Filter Switch
A high-pass filter switch eliminates room ambiance and noise below 80 Hz. This results in improved intelligibility while recording around machinery, wind or close proximities.
Internal Power
The condenser element is powered with a standard 9V battery for up to 100 hours (approximately).
UPC: 698813002900
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Rode VideoMic with Rycote Lyre Suspension System
  • Rycote Suspension System
  • Windscreen
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty (10 Years When Registered After Purchase)
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    Rode VideoMic specs

    Analog Performance
    Operating Principle Line Gradient
    Transducer Condenser
    Diaphragm 0.50" / 12.70 mm
    Polar Pattern Supercardioid
    Frequency Range 40 Hz to 20 kHz
    Equivalent Noise Level 20 dB A-Weighted
    Maximum SPL 134 dB SPL
    Pad -10 dB
    -20 dB
    THD 1%
    Impedance 200 Ohms
    Sensitivity -38 dB at 1 kHz
    Low-Cut Filter @ 80 Hz
    General
    Output Connectors 1 x 1/8" (3.5 mm) TRS
    Battery Type 1 x 9 V
    Operating Voltage Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Length 2.56" / 65 mm
    Diameter 4.02" / 102 mm
    Weight 6.21 oz / 176 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 0.9 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 11.7 x 5.3 x 3.4"

    Rode VideoMic reviews

    VideoMic with Rycote Lyre Suspension System is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 181.
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great sound for the price For a quick interview and a small budget this mic is a great backup boom for the price. Of course there are better mic's out there. This one feels cheap (plastic) but what can you expect for $$. It's extremely sensitive to direction and distance so it's best for close interviews. Impressed with the sound quality. Not impressed with the 8th inch connector. I'd rather the cable be independent from the unit. I've been having some issues with connection to my Canon 5D Mark ii. I'm not sure if it's the connection or the unit itself but I'll get levels but two minutes later all I hear is static on my clips. If the chord was independent I could test other ones to at least find out myself if it's a bad chord or if I need to send the mic in.
    Date published: 2013-10-24
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from very pleased Just getting into DSLR videography and boy am I glad I got this. The suspension is excellent there is no sound of my hands fumbliing around on the camera. Much better than 6D mic for indoors and out. I did not see much difference with higain switch, even outdoors with plane flying overhead - maybe that wasn't the correct test situation. Inside battery compartment is even a PAD switch to reduce sensitivity when around very loud sources. Plugged into my handheld digital recorder it showed itself even better than on the camera. I have plans now to record sound files separately and mix with video later, should be especially good for nature.
    Date published: 2014-02-25
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent Microphone, Vast Improvement This microphone works great and has significantly improved the sound quality of my videos. Because of its directional nature, it has also cut down on extraneous sounds. Price is right, hooks up nicely to My Canon DSLR. I shoot instructional videos in which I am cameraman and on-screen talent. I wish the power on light was also on the front because I have shot clips and forgotten to turn the mic on. I guess I can't blame the product for my forgetfulness. Also the plug is a little large, and when I turn the Canon screen around so I can see myself while filming, the cord/plug gets in the way. Kind of a minor annoyance, but still...
    Date published: 2014-02-17
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing microphone for DSLR video This newer model with the Lyre Suspension System bears the same VideoMic name as the prior version but solves two problems noted by users: suspension bands that break or make noise and plastic shoe mount that can break off. The new model has a one piece suspension that is effective and has no replacement bands and the mounting foot is metal. That aside, the mic is very effective. While a clip on lavaliere mic is ideal, when you need to move fast and there is little time to use a lavaliere mic, this Rode mic is great in that the amount of ambient noise rejection is superb and very close to the quality of a lavaliere mic. My Canon 5D Mark III internal mic is very poor substitute. I strongly recommend the VideoMic by Rode
    Date published: 2013-03-19
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from I recommend this I am an amateur video journalist and do a lot of interview and shoot at concerts. This mic works great for those purposes. It also fits perfectly in my camera bag. If you're trying to gather music audio for background this mic will do the trick, but if you want something a little crisper it might take more post-production work on your end. My main complaints are that it feels a little flimsy at times because of the plastic suspension system. I highly recommend using this mic on a boom pole for better sound during interviews, otherwise there may be some background hum. This is an easy to use mic, that takes pretty good audio for the size and price.
    Date published: 2013-09-22
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great for indy film makers/interviews on a budget I've used this product for a couple of interviews and I was truly astonished at how great and crisp the sound was especially when I connected this to the boom pole. Although this is a great mic in most situations the need to for a +20db switch is sometimes needed and in order to configure the db settings you have to take out the battery and get a small paper clip in order to change the settings. Although there are minor issues you get what you pay for and if you'd pay a little more for a Rode Videomic Pro you'd get those options that aren't on this mic. All in all this is a good beginner mic that I would recommend.
    Date published: 2015-09-21
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great beginning piece of gear I bought this mic as an entry level product to start getting better audio quality. It is very simple to operate and goes right on the shoe mount. Two things that I found that were annoying were 1) the red cradle/shock mount sags under the weight of the mic so the dead cat actually shows up in the field of view with my 24-105 lens. I have to jam something between the lens and mic to elevate it out of the way. 2) it has a hissing sound on all my video. It doesn't matter if I have the 80Hz filter selected or not. But for the money this is a good value to get things started. The quality of the mic itself is good overall.
    Date published: 2014-11-10
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Okay, but I returned it for an upgraded mic I bought this to pickup scratch and the occasional interview in a pinch. There's a known hiss when plugged straight into some cameras. It can be avoided with an DSLR adapter. Or you can try to remove it in post. I'd rather not have another step in post, especially when there are situations when another frequency might also need removal. Its bigger brother has a work around for this hiss, so I'll either pick that up or maybe even the Shure Lenshopper.
    Date published: 2015-07-30
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