The New RØDE VideoMic Pro+ is Now Available

The New RØDE VideoMic Pro+ is Now Available

The new RØDE VideoMic Pro++ is now available and it boasts many new features. It automatically powers on and off and gives filmmakers extended control over recorded sound.

New RØDE VideoMic Pro++

RØDE Microphones is a Sydney, Australia-based company especially popular especially among DSLR and mirrorless filmmakers for their VideoMic series of on-camera microphones. Their newest addition to the line, the VideoMic Pro++, has now become available for pre-order. The product was announced in January during RØDEshow 2017 which celebrated the 50 years of Freedman Electronics, which RØDE is a part of.

The new VideoMic Pro++ improves on the existing VideoMic Pro+ capsule/line tube and windshield. It has the same Rycote Lyre suspension system but it also boasts many new features.

Detail of the new RØDE VideoMic Pro++

New features of the RØDE VideoMic Pro++

  • Automatic Power Function (with plug-in power availability) – great feature for run-and-gun shooters. Automatically turns the microphone on when the connected camera turns on and automatically turns off when unplugged from the camera.
  • Built-in Battery Door – makes replacing the battery quite easy.
  • Power Options – the VideoMic Pro++ can be powered by the new RØDE LB-1 Lithium-Ion Rechargeable Battery (included with the microphone), 2 x AA Batteries or continuously via Micro USB.
  • Digital Switching – will ensure the user has full control over capture of the audio signal at the source, reducing post-production and editing times. The Digital Switching includes:
    • 2-Stage High Pass Filter – reduce low frequencies such as rumble from traffic or air conditioning.
    • 3-Stage Gain Control, with +20dB function – designed to improve audio quality on DSLR or mirrorless cameras.
    • High Frequency Boost – will boost high frequencies enhancing detail and clarity in the recording.
    • Safety Channel – helps ensure the signal does not clip when unexpected spikes occur.

All new features are nicely explained in the video directly from RØDE:

Key specs of the RØDE VideoMic Pro++

  • Acoustic Principle: Line Gradient
  • Active Electronics: JFET impedance converter
  • Capsule: 0.55″
  • Frequency Range: 20Hz – 20kHz (selected HPF @75Hz/150Hz)
  • Output Impedance: 200Ω
  • Maximum SPL: 133dBSPL
  • Maximum Output Level: 7.7dBu (@ 1kHz, 1% THD into 1KΩ load)
  • Sensitivity: -33.6dB re 1 Volt/Pascal (21.20mV @ 94 dB SPL) +/- 2 dB @ 1kHz
  • Equivalent Noise Level (A-weighted): 14dBA
  • Weight: 122g
  • Dimensions: 111mmH x 66mmW x 170mmD
  • Output: 3.5mm Jack

The VideoMic Pro++ is available now for pre-order and it will ship with the LB-1 Lithium-Ion Rechargeable Battery, 3.5mm TRS Cable and Micro USB Cable. It is also possible to register the product and get RØDE’s 10-year extended warranty. There is more information and specifications directly on the RØDE website.

Seems like RØDE really listened to their customers and perfected their best-selling microphone. I especially like the automatic power function as it has already happened to me a few times that I had to re-shoot a clip because I forgot to turn on the microphone – and if a microphone is plugged into the mini jack of a camera without being turned on, the camera also doesn’t record internal audio, which is a huge problem. This makes it much more convenient.

What do you think of the new VideoMic Pro++? Are the new features enough to upgrade?


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