Although they are many types of lavalier mics available in the market currently, We will narrow down our research and only review the major types of Rode’s microphones in this article to help you choose the most suitable Rode lav microphones based on your needs and applications.
The lavalier microphone (also called lapel mic) is the smallest mic ever created in recording device industry. Its size, shape, mobility, flexibility, and convenience of usage have made them the most sought-after mic for on-stage performances, speeches, singing concerts, interviews and recording purposes. It’s a small clip-on mic that is hardly noticeable if you didn’t observe it precisely.
Mostly, they are dynamic mics which are more suitable for general applications such as theater, newscasters, sports reporters, interviews, podcasts, public speaking, presentations, on-stage performance and also can be used as an external microphone for DSLRs.
Table of Contents
- Things To Consider When Buying A Rode Lapel / Lavalier Microphone
- Rode Lavalier / Lapel Microphones Review
- Useful Rode’s Lavalier Microphone Accessories
Things To Consider When Buying A Rode Lapel / Lavalier Microphone
There are only a few criteria that you need to take into consideration when reviewing the Rode’s lav mics, and Thus, it’s quite straight-forward in deciding and choosing the most suitable one for you.
There are some compatibility issues you should take into consideration when choosing the Rode lapel/Lav mic. You have to make sure it consists of MiCon connector system where you can connect it with different types of wireless systems, cameras, portable recording devices and consoles.
2) Wireless or Wired?
Fortunately, you can use these microphones in both wireless and wired systems. However, it depends on the lav mic you choose. Some may work better on wireless. Whereas, some may only work great on the wired system.
However, it also depends on the movements of your sound sources. If the lav mic wearer needs to move around during recording, you better get a wireless lav mic for him/her.
3) Your Budget
The lav mic itself is relatively inexpensive. There are not much price differences in general. However, it will be at the significantly higher price if you opt for the high-end models. Furthermore, it will cost you even more if you want to go for the wireless lav microphone systems.
Rode Lavalier / Lapel Microphones Review
Currently, there are only two types of Lavalier microphones from Rode. One is made for the professional high-end recordings. And another one is made for compatibility with iPhone and smartphone in mind.
To be honest, Rode has been in the market for a very long time since 1967. Its reputation in the audio recording industry is undoubtedly strong and reputable with lots of good reviews from audio professionals. Nevertheless, let’s review it now.
1) Rode LAVALIER Condenser Microphone
This Rode Lavalier Condenser Mic is quite a quality piece of mic product and is better than any average lav mic in the market. It utilizes better omnidirectional condenser capsule that can pick up the sound sources evenly with low self-noise. And it does come with a foam pop shield to filter out the B, T, P-popping noises when you are speaking or to sing up-close to the lav mic clipped on your collar.
If you tend to use this lav mic with a wireless system and digital recorder, this is the suitable lav mic for these purposes. However, it will not work with the digital camera or camcorder with a 3.5mm port.
2) Rode smartLav+ Lav Microphone for iPhone and Smartphones
Rode’s SmartLav mic is a professional lav mic that made for iPhone and other smartphones. Like the Rode LAVALIER Condenser microphone we have reviewed above, it does come with a pop shield, mounting clip, and pouch in the package too.
I found that the sound of the record is quite clear and low noise from the surroundings. However, It does pick up a little bit of ambient noise from other sound sources if two or more persons were speaking at the same time.
The best part is that The smartLav mic is compatible with all of the audio applications that accept audio input from headphone connection. But, you need to purchase and install the Rode Rec app on your iPhone or smartphone to make it a fully-functional recorder on your phone. With the Rode Rec app, you can choose to adjust the equalization mode to suit different recording circumstances and to edit the recorded audio on the phone and upload it instantly to “Dropbox” and “SoundCloud” right away from the app
If you are recording only one person’s voice in speaking, presentations, vocals, singing, podcasting, video calls, voice calls, film-makings via iPhone or smartphone. Rode’s SmartLav microphone could be a suitable Lav mic for you.
Useful Rode’s Lavalier Microphone Accessories
There are several essential mic accessories that are very useful to give you a significant upgrade to your lav mic in term of their effectiveness, presence and recording quality.
- Sc1 TRRS Extension Cable: It’s a 20-feet cable that works great with the SmartLav. You can record your audio from 20 feet away without losing its audio quality.
- Rode SC3 3.5mm TRRS to TRS Adaptor: It’s designed for SmartLav mic to connect with cameras and audio recorders that use 3.5 3.5 connecting jack.
- Rode Lav-Headset Headset mount for Lavalier Microphones: It is very useful and applicable if you need to project your voice up-close to the lav mic. It’s very useful for on-stage performance, presentations, and singing performances.
- Rode Microphones LAV-CLIP Clip Mount for Lavalier: It’s a better replacement if you need a stronger clip mount.
- Rode Microphones Minifur-LAV Artificial Fur Wind Shield for Lavalier Microphone: It’s a synthetic fur cover shield for the Lav mic. It’s designed to use in the outdoor environment and high-wind conditions.