First preview of RODE’s Newshooter’s kit (and other iMicrophones)
One of the things we were excited about in photokina was the RODE booth. Partly becasue we are big RODE fans (TBH, they payed part of our trip to the show), but mostly becasue they showed us some microphones that will incredibly ease our workflow for future shows and interviews.
The first piece of kit was the Rode wireless shooter kit. Now, having a wireless interview microphone is a big deal for us. We run a lot of interviews and killing the 10 meters long and heavy XLR would mean much more portability for us. I thought that this alone was cool, but there is more. The transmission cube has a 3.5mm port for a lavalier mic. This means that you can piggyback a lav (or any other 3.5mm mic) on the same Tx/Rx kit. I lost this idea. Sadly, right now its an either/or so you can not mix the two. But Ryan said they will be looking into that. (Sadly this is far from a solid promise, but hey, we’ll take it).
Another cool feature is a built in headphones jack that the audio person can use to verify their audio without carrying a full sound bag.
Powerwise you can select between AA batteries or NPF style batteries.
The other news are there for people who do vlogging or on-the-go type or reporting and use an iPhone. It is called the iXLR adapter and its a digital convertor from an XLR port into a lighting port. (Heya iPhone7 users, you are not totally screwed yet). This basically means that you can have any XLR mic tied in to your iPhone workflow. More info about this in the video. This will turn your iPhone into a recorder. To complete the set, Rode released an app that allows start/stop control as well as gain control.
The Newshooter kit should be available in a few weeks for $500 and the iXLR will be available in a week or two for $150.
Udi Tirosh is an entrepreneur, photography inventor, journalist, educator, and writer based in Israel. With over 25 years of experience in the photo-video industry, Udi has built and sold several photography-related brands. Udi has a double degree in mass media communications and computer science.