RØDE Lavalier GO – New Lavalier Mic to Pair with RØDE Wireless GO

July 31st, 2019
RØDE Lavalier GO - New Lavalier Mic to Pair with RØDE Wireless GO

The RØDE Lavalier GO is a new tiny lavalier microphone with a 3.5mm TRS jack connector. It contains a high-quality 4.5mm omnidirectional condenser capsule and a durable, kevlar reinforced cable. Though it is optimised for use with the RØDE Wireless GO, it will work with any device with a 3.5mm TRS mic input. Available now for US $79.

Lavalier GO microphone. Source: RØDE

The Australian audio equipment company RØDE does not need an introduction. Their microphones are very widely used and I think most filmmakers are familiar with some of their products. This year during NAB, RØDE announced the Wireless GO – a very compact wireless audio transmitter & receiver set. For more information about the RØDE Wireless GO, please check our announcement article and our NAB video interview with RØDE. Today, RØDE launches the new Lavalier GO – a lavalier microphone to accompany their tiny wireless set. What are its features?

RØDE Lavalier GO

The Lavalier GO is a broadcast-grade lavalier microphone with a 3.5mm TRS jack connector. TRS (tip-ring-sleeve) means that the connector has three conductors. It contains a high-quality 4.5mm omnidirectional condenser capsule and a durable, hard-wearing kevlar reinforced cable.

Lavalier GO microphone. Source: RØDE

It is optimised for use with the RØDE Wireless GO, but will work with any device with a 3.5mm TRS mic input, which supplies plug-in power. It is even compatible with smartphones and other devices with TRRS inputs, using the RØDE SC4 adapter.

Lavalier GO microphone. Source: RØDE

RØDE Lavalier GO – Key Specs

  • Acoustic principle: permanently polarised condenser
  • Polar pattern: OMNI-directional
  • Frequency range: 20Hz – 20kHz
  • Output impedance 3k Ω typical
  • Signal to noise ratio: 67 dB
  • Equivalent noise: 27 dB typical
  • Maximum SPL: 110 dB
  • Sensitivity: -35dB (17.8mV @94dB SPL)
  • Dynamic range: 83dB typical
  • Power requirements: powered from plug-in power TRS socket (2.7V)
  • Output connection: gold-plated TRS plug

Lavalier GO microphone – included accessories. Source: RØDE

The RØDE Lavalier GO is now shipping and will be available in stores soon. The costs are set at US $79. The Lavalier GO comes with a durable mounting clip for quick and easy rigging, a foam pop filter for reducing harsh plosives and wind noise, and a carry pouch.

For those looking for a lavalier with a locking connecter, the RØDELink Lavalier microphone that ships with the RØDELink Filmmaker Kit is now available to buy, separately.

What do you think of the new Lavalier GO? If you use RØDE’s wireless GO, how do you like it so far? Are you going to pair it with this new mic? Let us know in the comments underneath the article.

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Stefan flos
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November 9th, 2019

Just recorded a 2 day symposium event, 30 speakers, come and go, fast lane. I record audio ( and video the presentation etc ) both for room and the video.

Changing mics is a hassle. Mics, cable, sender… one off other on, high risk. Ladie speakers? Where to put the mic? So I want to ditch the cables. Thought I try the wireless go and this was a huge succes: clip off clip on in one second. And audio? Super. Because I control everything it is manageable. The mic pics up a lot of noise, thats OK as ambient but sometimes annoying ( screeking Chairs, nose blows etc ) i normally mix that in seperate.

I did connect the rode go receiver to my sennheiser beltpack sender to send the signal to my fixed receiver and small mixer. The battery did not last 7 hours, so i will need spares to replace. Maybe hook the go receiver to a usb powersource or change sets in the breaks.

Overall conclusion: whaow! Thanks rode!!! Main problem: don’t loose them you never find them back they’re so small light and black. . ( oh and you need to color code the pairs if you use more than one!!! )

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August 2nd, 2019

This looks like the same price as the Smartlav+, roughly the same features, roughly the same design… am I missing something? What’s new here?

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August 2nd, 2019

I was just thinking the same… i have the Filmmaker kit but the mic cable broke because every person i interview just stands up and walk whenever i say “ok, we’re done, thanks!”… i bought the smartlav+ because it’s much less expensive (75€) compared to the filmmaker one (200€). They sound almost the same to me, i can’t see the diference… and now this new mic, is it different?

 Martijn van der Sanden
Martijn van der Sanden
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August 1st, 2019

Looks like a nice combo and a cheaper alternative to the more expensive Rode Lavalier.

I’ve been using the Lavaliers with the Zoom H1 for ages now. The lavalier is quite expensive, but audio quality is great. But, what bothers me most, is the absence of locking plugs. The Lavalier’s cable is also very fragile. I’ve had to buy new cables multiple times already, because they easily break when attached to the H1, moving around inside the talents pocket.

This wireless Go system, now with addition of this Go lavalier, looks like a really nice setup. Super small compared to the filmmaker kit. The biggest problem with this Go kit however, is the range of the signal and the line of sight. I want to be able to hide a recorder / transmitter in the back pocket of the talent when facing the camera. This already could result in a loss of signal, which is unacceptable.

Which is why right now I’m sticking to my Lavalier + H1 setup, and taking the risk that occasionally I end up losing a recording or having cracks and noise recorded because of the fragile cable.

I really hope though that Rode will fix this line of sight issue in the future.

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July 31st, 2019

Guys,
I use the Rode Wireless Filmmaker Kit with my Sony FS7 to record interviews but the RX units are quite cumbersome to attach to the camera. Regarding audio quality I have nothing to say but the form factor is annoying. I’m not an audio expert and was wondering, is there any reason not to consider those Rode Go System to replace the Filmmaker kit? Only thing I see is that it doesn’t have that audio jack screwing system that I find reassuring (no risk of accidentally unpluging the lav mic). I also looked at the Sennheiser XSWD but no audio gain settings..

What do you think?

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