Rode VideoMic Me-L

Directional Microphone for iPhone and iPad

  • Suitable for all iOS devices with Lightning connector for direct plugging
  • 1/2" Condenser capsule
  • Directivity: Cardioid
  • Built-in preamp with D / A converter (24-bit / 48 kHz)
  • Transmission range: 20 - 20,000 Hz
  • Self-noise: 19.5 dBA
  • Boundary sound pressure level: 115 dB
  • Headphone output: 3.5 mm mini jack on the back
  • Aluminium housing with scratch-resistant ceramic coating
  • System requirement: iOS 11
  • Dimensions (W x H x D): 73.5 x 25.7 x 20 mm
  • Weight: 28 g
  • Includes clip and deluxe fur windshield

Note: iPhone and earbuds not included.

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Polar Pattern Cardioid
Accessories Windscreen

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The Lightning microphone we've been waiting for

Emilcar, 08.08.2018
Although the iPhone is a very extended phone with some great features for the production of audiovisual content, it surprises the scarce variety of Lightning microphones that exist in the market. Fortunately Rode has decided to fill that space with the Lightning version of his already very popular VideoMic Me.

The construction quality of the microphone is surprising, far from colorful but weak plastics. Simply the weight in the hand of the device indicates to us that we are before a product of a high quality of manufacture. Although this new VideoMic Me-L carries the Lightning connection, it has not given up on a minijack to monitor the recording, something that some competitors' products suffer from and which for me and many other producers it completely discards.

The accessories included (the adjustment clip and the Windshield) are very useful. In particular, the Windshield allows us to achieve a much cleaner sound even indoors, where there is no wind or additional noise. It is surprising that this accessory is included with the microphone, because without a doubt it would have achieved very good sales if sold separately.

The default gain of the microphone is ideal for the purpose for which it was designed: to record video with an iPhone at a minimum distance from one arm to the sound source. It is therefore ideal for video recording using the front camera and picks up enough ambient sound to contextualize but in no case covers the main sound source, although obviously this depends a lot on the circumstances of use.

In my case, I bought this microphone for podcasting, using it attached to my mouth. For this I must use an audio app that allows me to control the gain of the microphone and set it to the minimum. Even so, the proximity to the mouth causes the microphone to collect all the explosive vowels, since it was not designed for that. Once again the Windshield comes to the rescue showing that even at short distances it behaves dramatically.

I have compared the sound quality of this microphone with the Zoom iq6 and I personally like more the one offered by Rode, although I understand that this may be in taste or may even depend on the use that is wanted to give. Its most direct competitor, by design, could be the Shure MV88 that has many virtues, but as I said the absence of a minijack connector for monitoring it completely discards me.

If the product box only incorporates the microphone, the price-quality ratio would be more than saved. Including the clip and especially the Windshield, makes it a fully winning product that I understand we will see omnipresent in many producers from now on.
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The sound R DE, its quality of manufacture, but some regrets

NOlivier-YT, 12.09.2018
Before buying the Me-L, I had the iQ5 Zoom, the iQ7 and finally the Shure MV-88. Rode's microphone is located in the top of the basket facing zoom by its quality of manufacture. Where zooms are made of brittle plastic, the Rode is made of metallic material and does not seem to give in to the slightest drop.

On the other hand, what the Rode does not allow compared to the 3 microphones mentioned above, it is the possibility to act in a software or mechanical way on the sound spectrum of capture. We plug, it works, point. It can be a quality but with the zooms where the shure appreciates being able to reduce or widen the field of capture according to the situations of recording.
Another design flaw, the lightning connection. We are forced to remove any shell or protective cover to connect it to the terminal. Not reassuring.
Finally, the microphone does not come with a small carrying case. Like the zoom elsewhere. This is where the Shure takes the hand because his box protects him in a photo bag for example.

I end with the sound, irreproachable for me, but I'm not an expert!
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