We will narrow down our research and only review the major types of best Rode Lav mics in this article to help you choose the most suitable lapel microphones based on your needs and applications. Even though they are many types of lavalier mics available in the market currently.
The lavalier microphone (also called lapel mic) is the smallest mic ever created in the 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 that 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.
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 mic you choose. Some may work better on the 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 lapel mic itself is relatively inexpensive. There are not much price differences in general. However, it will be at a 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
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.
Currently, there are only three types of Lavalier microphones from Rode. One is made for the professional high-end recordings. And another one is made for compatibility with the iPhone and smartphone in mind.
1) Rode RodeLink FM Digital Wireless Filmmaker System
If the filming angle is not conducive to the utilization of a handheld or boom mic, the use of a digital wireless filmmaker kit lavalier may be an ideal alternative to transmit audio signals. There are many digital wireless filmmaker systems in the market today, and finding the right one for your need may be a bit tasking and challenging. One good choice, however, of digital wireless filmmaker kit is the Rode RodeLink FM Digital Wireless Filmmaker System.
If you are a Vlogger, content creator, or DIY videographer, you should check out the RodeLink FM Digital Wireless Filmmaker System. It is a cost-effective option that comes with simple plug-and-record operation along with a reliable and clean sound. It also comes with extended battery life.
As a wireless system for video and film production, it features a receiver and transmitter and includes a lavalier microphone. It also makes use of Series II 2.4 GHz 128-bit encrypted digital-transmission signal. This regularly hops and monitors between frequencies and selects the best signal at hand.
The Rode RodeLink FM Digital Wireless Filmmaker System provides a high level of signal-noise ratio. This allows for a high-resolution 24-bit 44.1 kHz digital transmission without any audio signal loss at a given range of up to 328 ft. With it, you can use up to eight systems together simultaneously.
The RodeLink’s belt-pack transmitter comes with a three-stage gain adjustment. It also features a mute lock function for preventing accidental muting. Its body-worn microphones are kept secure by a 3.5-mm locking input audio connector. On the other hand, the camera mount receiver comes with a removable shoe mount that enables it to be mounted on a camera or be used as a belt-pack receiver.
The abovementioned mute function comes with a mute override function. This gives the operator a perfect control of the mute function. The mute status, battery status, and input level of both receiver and transmitter are casually displayed on the unit’s front part. The receiver makes use likewise of the same 3.5 locking connector for added robust security.
The camera mount receiver and the belt-pack transmitter can be both powered by a USB power source that makes use of micro-USB cable. Furthermore, this system offers eight discrete channels with over 8,000 various channel combinations available. The channel selection, as well as the pairing, is achieved with a single press operation along with automatic scanning. This readily reduces the setup times as compared to the use of traditional UHF setups.
The RodeLink’s digital wireless system provides a tremendous noise-to-signal ratio, and with its some great features, it is really the right choice. Its “easy-to-use” one-touch pairing is one of its most convenient features that users would surely love. The Rode RodeLink FM Digital Wireless Filmmaker System is definitely your best choice among wireless systems within its price range.
2) Rode LAVALIER Condenser Microphone
This Rode’s Condenser Lavalier Mic is quite a quality piece of mic product and is better than any average lav mic in the market. It utilizes a 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 it 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. In fact, it is a piece of high-end lapel mic that you can opt for if the sound quality is your major concern.
3) 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 the 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 terms 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.