Rode has introduced the new iXY Stereo Mic for iPad and iPhone with a 30-pin connector that allows high quality recording at sampling rates up to 24-bit/96kHz. It will be available soon, somewhere between January and March of 2013 at B&H by clicking here.
Podcasting does not always mean recording your own voice on a special mic in your home studio. Sometimes, you may want to record an interview in the field, capture some ambience at a soccer game, or record your children singing in the bathroom. This is where the Rode iXY will be best suited.
The “XY” in iXY means a coincident pair of directional microphones typically placed at a 90 degree angle to one another. This technique records stereo sources nicely and generally means less hassle for the podcaster. I won’t go into the other methods of recording stereo here, so you’ll have to trust me on this one.
A foam windscreen is provided for reducing wind in outdoor recordings, as well as a zip pocket for transport.
From the Rode website:
“I’m more excited about iXY than any other product in RØDE’s twenty year history,” commented Peter Freedman, RØDE’s Founder and President. “The audio quality of the iXY is breathtaking and really affirms RØDE’s commitment to providing the very best audio products available at a price that’s accessible to the general public.”
Released in conjunction with the iXY is RØDE Rec, an app for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch designed to be the ultimate companion to RØDE’s new microphone. When used together the iXY and RØDE Rec transform an iOS device into a fully featured field recorder.
RØDE Rec allows for complete control of the iXY’s continuously adjustable input levels for recording in loud and quiet environments, as well as the high pass filter to cut out low frequency rumbling such as air conditioning or outdoor traffic noises.
The RØDE Rec App is available for purchase from the App Store on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch or at www.itunes.com/appstore. The app provides a full suite of features including multiple sampling rates up to 96kHz, equalization effects (compressor/expander, high-pass filter, low pass filter, parametric EQ), non-linear editing, geo and photo tagging, and one-touch publishing to SoundCloud, Dropbox, email, FTP and iTunes.