One of the big benefits of both the Rode VideoMic NTG and the Rode Wireless GO II is that you can use them as digital audio devices, plugged straight into a USB port on your computer or the Type-C or Lightning sockets on your smartphones. And this isn’t just the standard analogue pin reassignment like the headphone adapter that comes with your iPhone. It’s true digital audio.
Well, Rode has now put this tech into a new little box called the Rode AI-Micro. Essentially a scaled-down Rode AI-1, it features two auto-sensing inputs, allowing you to plug in up to two TRS or TRRS microphones and then converts it into a digital signal you can send straight into your computer or smartphone to pretty much eliminate preamp hiss.