Røde Microphones has announced the Stereo VideoMic X, a new on-board stereo microphone featuring acoustically matched true-condenser capsules and the option for balanced XLR output.
Designed and manufactured in Sydney, Australia, Røde claims to have employed only the finest audiophile-grade components in designing the Stereo VideoMic X. With an acoustically matched pair of externally-biased, true condenser capsules, which are independently housed in integrated Rycote Lyre multi-axis shock mounts, protecting the sensitive transducers from any bumps or vibration without suspension, the body is constructed from aluminium, ensuring a high level of RF rejection, while remaining lightweight (300gm/10½oz). Critical body components such as the capsule and shoe mounts are precision machined to ensure the tightest possible tolerances, thereby minimising any acoustic resonance.
In addition to 3.5mm stereo output (via the included Røde SC2 cable) the SVMX has the option of outputting a balanced signal via mini XLR, which can be used simultaneously. This gives the user a broadcast-grade output for professional camera systems and audio recorders.
The rear panel of the microphone features a range of adjustments to maximise the SVMX’s performance in almost any situation, including a three-stage high pass filter (0/75/150Hz), a three-stage level control (-10/0/+20dB) and a frequency boost which is designed to help pick out high frequency detail, such as voices, in a recording environment. The boost will also combat any high frequency loss experienced with the use of wind protection. For the first time on any Røde microphone these settings are accessed via press-button digital switching, which minimises the chance of settings being changed accidentally. For added convenience the SVMX will retain your settings when the microphone is powered off. The microphone can be powered by either an internal 9V battery or by the P48 phantom power standard via XLR.
» Acoustic Principle
— Pressure gradient
» Polar Pattern
—Cardioid (in X-Y stereo)
—Rate: 40Hz ~ 20kHz
—Range (High Pass Filter): 0, 75, 150Hz
» Technical Data
—Variable Level: -10, 0, +20dB
—Output Impedence: 200Ω
—Signal to Noise Ratio: 82 dBA SPL (as per IEC651)
—Equivalent Noise: 12 dBA SPL (as per IEC651)
—Maximum SPL: 143dB SPL
—Dynamic Range: 131 dB SPL
—Sensitivity: -32 dB re 1V/Pa (25mV @ 94dB SPL) ± 2dB @ 1kHz
» Weight / Dimensions
—300g / 100mm H, 102mm W, 118mm L
—9V alkaline battery or P48 (via miniXLR)
—30 Hours battery life
The Stereo VideoMic X is covered by a ten year warranty following product registration.
Røde’s VideoMic X costs $799 and will be available shortly.