Rode SmartLav+

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Lavalier microphone for iPhone and iPad

  • Miniature condenser capsule with omnidirectional polar pattern
  • Frequency range: 60 - 18,000 Hz
  • With Kevlar reinforced connector cable with TRRS jack connector
  • Operates with any audio- or video app that accepts audio signals from headset connectors
  • Cable length: 118 cm
  • Incl. foam pop filter, clamp and transport bag
available since July 2014
Item number 345457
sales unit 1 piece(s)
Color Black
Pattern omnidirectional
Connector 3,5 mm TRRS
Capsule Type Condenser
Incl. Phantom Adaptor No
Frequency range from 20 Hz
Frequency range to 20000
Cable Length 118 mm
Diameter 4,5 mm
Length 12 mm
Weight 6 g
Wire 1
Foam Windshield 1
Clamp 1
Bag 1
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Versatile audio quality on the go
Victor Stan 19.03.2018
After doing days and nights of research for a good quality and affordable lavalier for light interviews and freelancer work, I finally decided to go with the Rode SmartLav+ as it seemed the best investment for long-term use and a good balance between price-quality-features.

This lavalier is designed primarily to use in conjunction with smartphones to record the audio off-camera in situations where it's not possible or feasible. And it does this brilliantly. The audio quality is on-par with more expensive Shure or Sennheiser lavaliers if placed and used correctly. I recommend using RecForgeII for recording your audio, it's available on both Android and iOS.

The lavalier comes with a pouch, velcro cable strap, foam pop shield and a clip. I am not a big fan of the clip design because it's difficult to loop the cable due to the narrow cable slot. I much prefer the Sennheiser free loop system. Also a bit disappointed that the Rode lav is not compatible with other clip systems due to its small size. I have a few other clips mainly from Sennheiser and none of them work. This means you have to get creative when it comes to placing the lav in certain conditions.

Also I think the cable is a bit short, if it was 150cm it would have been perfect. I tried to use it on a laptop during a video call and it pretty awkward to have it routed under my shirt and into the laptop sitting on the desk.

Overall I'm happy with the purchase and can recommend this to anyone looking for a great lav at a decent price.

Oh and make sure to check out the windshield and cable adapter if you plan to shoot outside or use it with a non-smartphone device.
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A really handy mic to have in your bag
Gearóid O'Sullivan 19.11.2020
I bought this mic almost as an aside and have been incredibly glad that I did. Having the ability to connect a good lav mic to your smartphone phone in a pinch has saved me on several occasions. Like they say about cameras, the best one is the one you have with you.
If you get this mic, be sure to get the minifur as well for use outdoors.

One thing to be mindful of, if you want to use it with trs devices you'll need to get an adapter cable (rode SC-3).
The only downsides are the clip, which can be fiddly. Also the cable could've been a bit longer, but you can easily buy an extension if needed.

By no means perfect but it is excellent value, and for that one time you need it in an emergency, it's priceless.
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iD14 12.08.2020
One of the best Lavalier microphone, incredible sound. Its so easy to use!
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A big step up
Andrew935 17.01.2015
I bought the original SmartLav and was unhappy with the self noise.
It seems that Rode listened to their customers and came out with this.
For this price range, you simply cannot get better. Yes you need a smart phone to operate this Lav mic but surely everyone has one now don't they?

I regularly produce videos and podcasts and this had made getting audio into my productions very simple.

The app is smooth and the audio quality is superb. I edit a little bit in post (low cut roll off) but apart from that, this SmartLav+ does everything you need it to at a budget that everyone can afford.
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