RØDE IXY Light­ning

Mac Format - - RATED | KIT -

£149 Man­u­fac­turer Røde Mi­cro­phones, rode.com

4 The iPhone mic isn’t great for pod­casts, re­port­ing or video projects. This stereo mi­cro­phone from Røde, which con­nects to your phone via the Light­ning con­nec­tor (a 30-pin ver­sion is avail­able too) of­fers a huge im­prove­ment in record­ing qual­ity.

The half-inch car­dioid con­denser mics are fixed 90º apart to dampen back­ground noise, and the iXY can record at rates up to stu­dio-qual­ity 24-bit/96kHz. It’s ex­pen­sive, but Røde has thought it through down to the pyra­mid-shaped car­ry­ing case – the qual­ity and level of thought is al­most Ap­ple-like. Steve Davis

A smart and solid, if pricey, por­ta­ble mi­cro­phone that equals a stand-alone au­dio recorder in so many ways.

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