Introducing the New Rode VideoMic with Rycote Lyre Suspension System


The original Rode VideoMic has been one of the most popular on-camera microphones in video production for several years. It greatly improves the sound quality of a camera, making it one of the best options for video shooters who need to upgrade their sound on a budget. However, one downside that this mic always had was its wobbly shockmount. The new Rode VideoMic with Rycote Lyre Suspension System, however, equips this microphone with one of the most celebrated shockmounts in the industry.

Elastic bands provide the suspension in most shockmounts, however, all elastics suffer from the same shortcomings. One of the main gripes with elastic suspenders is that they tend to pop out of their mounts, and often need to be refastened. This eats up valuable time during a video shoot, and it’s a distraction that most videographers can do without. Elastic bands are also more susceptible to wear and tear. They lose their elasticity over time, and they’re prone to break and snap. The Rycote Lyre system on the new VideoMic doesn’t suffer from any of these issues.

Shaped and named after the ancient Greek musical instrument, Rycote Lyres are made out of a thermoplastic called Hytrel, which provides the flexibility of rubber and the strength of plastic. Unlike elastic suspenders, Lyres never wear out, and they provide a more effective suspension that helps to reduce unwanted vibration and handling noise. Coupled with the excellent performance of the Rode VideoMic, shooters of HDSLRs and camcorders alike have a potent new sound-gathering tool at their disposal.

This new microphone is more than just an original Rode VideoMic that’s been affixed to a Rycote Lyre shockmount; the mic itself has been redesigned to be more user-friendly in this configuration. The original VideoMic stood up on its shockmount slightly diagonally, whereas the new Rode VideoMic with Rycote Lyre Suspension System sits flat on the shockmount, achieving a more low-profile design. The Power/High-Pass Filter switch has been reoriented to be easier to use in this position.

The base of the shockmount features a metal camera shoe, so it can easily be mounted on top of a camera. There is also a 3/8" thread at the base of the shockmount, so the mic can be attached to a boompole. The mic requires a 9-volt battery for operation, and features a 1/8" mini-plug output. It can be attached to cameras and recorders that feature XLR inputs with the separately available Rode VXLR adapter.      

If you have any questions about the new Rode VideoMic with Rycote Lyre Suspension System, we encouraged you to submit a Comment below. You can also stop by our SuperStore in New York City and speak to a B&H Sales Professional, give us a call at 1-800-606-6969, or join us online for a Live Chat.

Acoustic Principle Line Gradient
Active Electronics JFET impedance converter
Capsule 0.50" (12.7mm)
Polar Pattern Supercardioid
Address Type End
Frequency Range 40 Hz - 20 kHz
Output Impedance 200 ohms
Maximum SPL 134 dB SPL (@ 1kHz, 1% THD into 1Kohm load)
Sensitivity  -38.0 dB re 1 Volt/Pascal (12.60 mV @ 94 dB SPL) +/- 2 dB @ 1kHz
Power 9 Volt battery
Output 1/8" (3.5mm) mini-plug
Dimensions 2.6 x 4 x 9.8" (65 x 102 x 250mm)
Weight 0.39 lb (176 g)

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Hi. I purchased the Rode VideoMic with Rycote Lyre Suspension System recently with the necessary adapter cable for use with an Ipod touch 5th generation. i am shooting a series of videos quite close up and the sound I am getting is pretty crap. Is there a setting on the apple device I should change or something on the mic. Please help. Cheers. Rory

Hi Rory -

You may want to try a different recording app and check the microphone along with the adaptor on a different camera or phone.  If you are encountering over-modulation distortion then your gain settings may be too high.

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end september 2014.

well, one year has past and still rycote didn't chage its mind. the shockmount support still can't be bought separately, so now i have to hand hold my rode. thank you! i'm wondering if it's the same story for the wind shield sponge: in case it brakes, shall i buy the whole kit again? c'mon!

please, use your immagination to add the worst insults you can think of to close this post. 

have a nice day

I am planning to use this mic along with the webcam on my laptop to make instructional yoga videos without using a head set. I guess I will need to purchase a cable to plug the shotgun mic into my computer? Would that be a stereo mini male to stereo mini female cable? 

Hi Rosco -

You can use this extension cable:

The Rode Mini Phone VideoMic Cable is a 10' long extension cable that can be used to position the VideoMic up to 10' away from the video camera. For the most of its length this cable is straight, but also features a short coiled section on the side of the mic connection.

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Hi! I bought this mic (Rode VideoMic with Rycote Lyre Suspension System) a while ago (less than a year) for my company to use at conferences. We are using it with the Canon EOS Rebel T3i 18 MP CMOS Digital SLR Camera and DIGIC 4 Imaging with EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens. We are a textbook publisher and wanted to use the camera and microphone to record testimonials from our customers who use and love our textbook. We have a booth that we record the testimonials in, but there is a lot of background noise from the conference. We can't seem to get good quality audio, unfortunately. I know this is a good microphone and our camera is good so I'm just wondering if there's something we're missing, something we're not doing correctly. Do you have any tips or pointers you could offer? We are in publishing, not photgraphy or videography so we're fairly novice with the equipment. Any help you can offer is appreciated.
Thank you!

I watch the mic from the camera and put in on a boom pole or stand much closer to the person talking.

Could you please tell me why is the Rode VideoMic Pro Compact Shotgun Microphone with 60 dollars more expensive than the Rode VideoMic with Rycote Lyre Suspension System? Although it's a newer version with better shockmount. I tried to search on the internet some compare reviews, but haven't found.

Do you know if Rode will be bringing out the VideoMic Pro with the Rycote suspension system?

This windsock will still fit on it even with the Lyre system right?

Hello -

Yes - The K-Tek KR-50-180 Fur Windsock is designed by Reinhardt and is intended to be used as an extra layer of wind protection; fitting over existing foam windscreens and plastic windshields. This Windsock is made of top-grade synthetic fur and measures 1.96 x 7.08" (50 x 180mm), which allows it to fit snugly over the Rode Video Mic and windscreen.

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Agree just need the mount not the mic, how much!!!

Unfortunately, Rycote does not offer the Lyre Suspension system by itself. Rycote has not made any indication, if this will be available as an option.

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I already have the Rode mic, how can i get just the Rycote Lyre Suspension System?

Agree. The suspension system should be made avaialble as an accessory item.

Completely agree! I know I would buy it in a second.

Hi -

Unfortunately, Rycote does not offer the Lyre Suspension system by itself. Rycote has not made any indication if this will be available as an option in the future.

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Very sad to find the shock mount is not available separately. I already have the mic. I don't want to have to buy the entire kit just for the mount. I hope Rycote changes there mind.