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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corthee, 09.12.2018
The Rode VideoMic works exactly as advertised is very good and stable processed. I use it on an iPhone8 with iOS 12.1.1 with Apple Smart Battery Case for longer runtime and Apple EarPods with 3.5mm jack. When plugged in, the iPhone switches to the VideoMic. Sound input and output then run through the VideoMic. It works not only with video recordings but also in the voice memo app as a microphone.
If you want to hear the sound of the recording with the VideoMic plugged in, you have to connect a headphone to the VideoMic with a 3.5 mm jack, disconnect the VideoMic or manually change the sound output via the control center. AirPods do not change this behavior. When playing back the recording with the VideoMic plugged in, you can also hear the live sound of the VideoMics (!) At the same time
The VideoMic can also close in the display direction to the iPhone. The mic is very sensitive to such a short distance and also records touches of the VideoMics by hand. So you should not touch the VideoMic during recording. The supplied Wind Shield is quickly plugged in and also useful at short distances to get a grip on the noise caused by breathing air.
A nice side effect is that the VideoMic plugged into the iPhone can also serve as a stand to put the iPhone angled on the table.
I am very happy with the device and always have it with me.
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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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