Rode’s New VideoMicro II is Totally Redesigned for Better Performance

Rode VideoMicro II

Rode has introduced the successor to its compact on-camera microphone, the VideoMicro II. The corporate says this new iteration provides on to the unique with new options and enhanced efficiency.

The unique VideoMicro was launched nearly 10 years in the past and Rode says that it supplied content material creators a solution to seize crystal-clear audio in a remarkably compact and light-weight package deal that was additionally extremely easy to make use of.

“It has since develop into the world’s best-selling on-camera mic and has spawned many imitators, although none have replicated the skilled efficiency of the unique,” Rode’s CEO Damien Wilson says. “Over the previous ten years, we now have continued to innovate throughout our total VideoMic vary, and we’re excited to now replace the VideoMicro with next-generation options for right now’s creators.”

Rode VideoMicro II

Rode VideoMicro II

The brand new VideoMicro II weighs a scant 39 grams and plugs immediately right into a digicam or smartphone and permits the units to seize higher-quality audio. The shotgun-style design is a real condenser microphone with what Rode describes as a supercardioid polar sample that it says permits for extremely directional audio seize that focuses on what it’s pointed at whereas lowering background noise.

A Totally Redesigned Microphone

The physique of the microphone has been redesigned and makes use of Rode’s annular line tube expertise, which the corporate says gives unmatched transparency and pure, full-bodied sound. Rode additionally says that the mic’s circuitry has been overhauled to supply enhanced sensitivity and decrease self-noise.

Rode VideoMicro II

The result’s a microphone that Rode guarantees delivers “unbelievable” sound high quality “by no means earlier than heard” in such a compact kind issue, however doesn’t change any of the usability advantages of the unique and stays simply as easy to make use of because it requires no batteries to function and has no “sophisticated” controls.

Rode says that one of the noticeable new options is the purple suspension mount, which it calls a HELIX isolation mount. This shock mount system was developed in-house at Rode particularly for the VideoMicro II and the design is touted as fixing most of the points that different shock mounts face when used with compact microphones.

Rode VideoMicro II

“Molded from a single piece of superior Hytrel thermoplastic, it absolutely isolates the capsule from vibrations that happen from knocks, bumps, and common dealing with, which can lead to rumbles and different audio artifacts in a recording,” Rode claims. “It’s designed to the precise dimension and weight of the microphone, making certain optimum stabilization and acoustic efficiency, whereas being tremendous low-profile.”

It additionally has cable administration slots and a normal mount for attaching to a digicam’s scorching shoe in addition to a 3/8-inch thread for mounting to different equipment, like a increase pole. The VideoMicro II comes with each a foam and furry windshields and a 3.5mm TRS to TRS cable for connecting to cameras and a 3.5mm TRS to TRRS cable for connecting to smartphones.

Pricing and Availability

The Rode VideoMicro II is obtainable beginning right now for $79.