NEW GEAR: RODE’S STEREO VIDEOMIC X
The guys at Rode just sent over the specs for their newest stereo video mic and man oh MAN what a piece of gear (click the photos for a closer look). I’m hoping to get my hands on one of these in the very near future but this looks like an all new level of audio for video/film professionals looking to go that one step further. Audio is just as important as video and when we consider the huge leaps that we’ve seen from recent camera releases, it’s refreshing to see that Rode are looking to raise the bar too in terms of what they can offer. Personally for me I’m always excited to see what these guys do next. I’ve heard on the grapevine from some inside links that a possible new video mic pro could well be on the horizon to match this beast. How much truth is in that? We’ll have to wait and see.
Here are the raw details:
Cardioid (in X-Y stereo)
Rate: 40Hz ~ 20kHz
Range (High Pass Filter): 0, 75, 150Hz
Variable Level: -10, 0, +20dB
Output Impedence: 200Ω
Signal to Noise Ratio: 82 dBA SPL (as per IEC651)
Equivalent Noise: 12 dBA SPL (as per IEC651)
Maximum SPL: 143dB SPL
Dynamic Range: 131 dB SPL
Sensitivity: -32 dB re 1V/Pa (25mV @ 94dB SPL) ± 2dB @ 1kHz
WEIGHT / DIMENSIONS:
300g / 100mm H, 102mm W, 118mm L
9V alkaline battery or P48 (via miniXLR)
30 Hours battery life
10 year warranty - with online registration
Here’s the official release from the company though regarding the VideoMic X:
Australian audio company RØDE Microphones is excited to announce a new standard for broadcast-quality, immersive audio recording for on-camera use. The Stereo VideoMic X is RØDE’s flagship microphone for single-system audio, featuring acoustically matched true-condenser capsules and the option for balanced XLR output.
Designed and manufactured at RØDE’s headquarters in Sydney, Australia, using a ‘no expense spared’ approach to engineering, RØDE has employed only the finest audiophile-grade components in designing the Stereo VideoMic X. With an acoustically matched pair of externally-biased, true condenser capsules, the SVMX offers the highest level of performance of any stereo microphone from RØDE. These capsules in turn are independently housed in integrated Rycote® Lyre multi-axis shock mounts, protecting the sensitive transducers from any bumps or vibration without needing to suspend the microphone body.
Its body is constructed from aluminium, ensuring an extremely high level of RF rejection, while remaining lightweight (300gm/101Ž2oz). Critical body components such as the capsule and shoe mounts are precision machined to ensure the tightest possible tolerances, thereby minimising any acoustic resonance.
In addition to 3.5mm stereo output (via the included RØDE SC2 cable) the SVMX has the option of outputting a balanced signal via mini XLR, which can be used simultaneously. This gives the user a broadcast-grade output for professional camera systems and audio recorders.
The rear panel of the microphone features a range of adjustments to maximise the SVMX’s performance in almost any situation, including a three-stage high pass filter (0/75/150Hz), a three-stage level control (-10/0/+20dB) and an innovative frequency boost which is designed to help pick out high frequency detail, such as voices, in a recording environment. The boost will also combat any high frequency loss experienced with the use of wind protection. For the first time on any RØDE microphone these settings are accessed via press-button digital switching, which minimises the chance of settings being changed accidentally. For added convenience the SVMX will retain your settings when the microphone is powered off.
The microphone can be powered by either an internal 9V battery or by the P48 phantom power standard via XLR.
“The Stereo VideoMic X not only raises the bar for on-camera audio, it shatters it.” Commented Damien Wilson, RØDE’s Global Marketing & Sales Manager during the product launch at IBC. “When we started the “X” project we had the objective of creating the best of the best and I believe we’ve done just that. The SVMX is the ultimate tool for superlative audio capture in any environment.”
Like many other RØDE microphones, the Stereo VideoMic X is covered by a ten year warranty following registration on www.rodemic.com.
The RØDE Stereo VideoMic X is being demonstrated at the IBC show in Amsterdam, on booth 8.D56 and shipping globally in October 2014.
Hear the moment now at www.rodemic.com/svmx.