Australian-based audio company RODE Microphones has announced the iXY, a stereo microphone for iPhone and iPad and iPod touch with 30-pin connector that allows high quality recording at sampling rates up to 24-bit/96kHz, the only microphone on the market to do so. Appearing at the International CES (Consumer Electronics Show) in Las Vegas for the first time, the company has unveiled the innovative device to an expected audience of over 150,000 visitors.
At the heart of the iXY is a matched pair of 1/2″ cardioid condenser capsules, fixed in a perfect 90 degree ‘near-coincident’ alignment resulting in immersive and true-to-life stereo recordings, captured in incredibly high detail. The iXY uses its own high-fidelity analog to digital conversion ensuring all recordings are rich, smooth and accurate.
The iXY’s small form factor and incredibly detailed performance makes it the perfect microphone for recording live music, meetings, lectures, reporting, dictation, sound design, and also is ideal for use on-camera as a dual-system recorder for DSLR.
A foam windshield is provided for outdoor recordings, as well as a rugged zip pocket to ensure the mic is always around when you need it.
“I’m more excited about iXY than any other product in RODE’s twenty year history.” commented Peter Freedman, RODE’s Founder and President. “The audio quality of the iXY is breathtaking and really affirms RODE’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 RODE Rec, an app for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch designed to be the ultimate companion to RODE’s new microphone. When used together the iXY and RODE Rec transform an iOS device into a fully-featured field recorder.
RODE 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 RODE Rec App is available 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. RODE has also announced a feature-limited free version of the app, simply titled RØDE Rec LE.
The RODE iXY is shipping this month. Visit www.ixymic.com for more information or visit the iXY booth at CES January 8 – 11, 2013 booth #50001.