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iPhones are incredibly powerful content creation tools. With onboard cameras capable of shooting pro-grade photo and video, powerful processors, and endless creative apps available at the tap of a button, most people have everything they need to create super high-quality content right in their pockets. What iPhones aren’t great at is recording audio; they simply aren’t capable of high-quality sound capture. Luckily, this is an easy fix.
The single best way to vastly improve the audio quality of your content is to use an external microphone. This doesn’t mean you have to start lugging around tonnes of recording gear either – there are many compact microphones in the RØDE range that deliver professional-quality audio and plug directly into your phone.
Whether it’s for vlogging, filmmaking, making a podcast, or recording music, let’s take a look at the top RØDE mics for recording with an iPhone.
The VideoMic Me-L is the perfect easy-to-use, all-rounder iPhone mic. It plugs directly into the Lightning port on your phone and comes with a clip to ensure it’s always secure. Much like an on-camera shotgun microphone for a DSLR camera, such as the RØDE VideoMic Pro, the VideoMic Me-L is a directional microphone, meaning it focuses on what it is pointed at while reducing background noise. It has a 3.5mm jack for plugging in headphones so you can monitor your audio as you record, and it comes with a furry windshield for recording outdoors. This kind of microphone is ideal for a wide range of uses, from vlogging, to run and gun filmmaking, to on-the-go podcasting.
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The smartLav+ is what is known as a ‘lavalier’ or ‘lapel’ mic. These compact clip-on mics are used in a variety of film, TV, and broadcast scenarios, often with a wireless microphone system. The smartLav+ plugs directly into the headphone port of your iPhone (use a Lightning adaptor if you have a newer iPhone) has a 1.2m-long cable, making it perfect for recording a piece to camera where you need to stand a bit further back, for example, a lecture or presentation. Being a clip-on mic, you can get it close to your mouth, which will give you rich sound with minimal background noise even if you’re a few feet away from the camera. For the best sound quality, we recommend clipping it roughly a handspan from your mouth, ideally near the chest.
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The SC6-L Mobile Interview Kit is the perfect solution for recording two people clearly and distinctly. This compact kit features two smartLav+ mics, plus an SC6-L, which is an audio interface for plugging the two mics directly into an iPhone. There’s also a headphone output for monitoring your audio. This is perfect for journalists who need to record two-person interviews or even recording a podcast on the go.
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The i-XY is a broadcast-grade stereo microphone that plugs directly into an iPhone. It utilises a matched pair of ½-inch cardioid condenser capsules to capture highly detailed, true-to-life stereo recordings, much like your ears hear sounds in the real world. This kind of microphone is usually used by filmmakers to record immersive soundscapes for professional videos, but with the i-XY, anyone with an iPhone can capture true ambience anywhere. This is perfect for recording sports events, music performances – anything where you want to capture the full sonic detail of a scene.
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The Wireless GO is an ultra-compact wireless microphone system. It features two components – a transmitter, which you attach to what you want to record, and a receiver, which you plug into your iPhone (note: you need to use an SC7 adaptor cable to connect it to your phone). The transmitter sends the audio to the receiver wirelessly, giving you complete freedom to move around while recording and stand much further back from the camera. Most wireless systems require you to plug a lavalier mic into the transmitter, but the Wireless GO actually features a built-in mic, making it super easy to set up and use (if you do prefer using a lavalier mic, the Lavalier GO is perfect). The Wireless GO is the ideal mic for vlogging, filmmaking, recording interviews, or reporting – basically anything where you need the freedom of wireless audio.
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The RØDE range offers the perfect microphone for every kind of content creator, filmmaker, musician, or podcaster. Check out more here.