RØDE launches new audio interface that puts a recording studio in your pocket
Once upon a time, to record sound, you had to be in the studio. In the dawn of recorded music, when everything was mechanical, it took a lot of effort to capture the recorded sound of choirs and orchestras. Even in the age of electric recording systems, there was a need for large reel tape recorders and many other equipment.
Fortunately, times have changed. We can now capture superb sound quality on smartphones and pocket digital recorders. We can capture audio almost anywhere in high resolution that exceeds CD quality.
One of the brands leading the development of portable sound capture is Australian company RØDE. The Sydney-based company dominates the market for video microphones and many other audio equipment for outdoor use. RØDE has just announced the release of the AI-Micro, an ultra-compact dual-channel interface that records high-quality audio to any mobile device or computer.
The new AI-Micro features two microphone inputs backed up with high-quality preamps and can record in high resolution, up to 24-bit/48kHz, allowing creatives to capture sound on almost any device. The AI-Micro’s inputs are auto-sensing so they can instantly detect if a mic has a TRS or TRRS jack, then automatically match the input without the need for adapters.
The first input can also be configured as a single stereo TRS input so virtually any microphone with a 3.5mm output can be connected to the AI-Micro, including RØDE’s VideoMics, lavaliers, as well than wireless systems like the RØDE Wireless GO. It even works with stereo microphones like the Stereo VideoMic Pro. The AI-Micro also includes a high-power headphone jack that can provide clear, latency-free audio monitoring and playback.
Weighing less than 20 grams, the AI-Micro is superbly compact and an ideal pocket recording studio that can be taken anywhere. Designed primarily to connect to smartphones, tablets and computers, via its USB output, the AI-Micro is plug-and-play compatible with macOS, Windows, iOS and Android devices. It also comes with high-quality USB-A, USB-C and Lightning cables, making it quick and easy to set up.
The AI-Micro is compatible with RØDE Connect, RØDE’s free podcasting and streaming software for Mac and Windows. This allows up to four microphones to be connected to a computer with level controls, solo and mute buttons, and one-click studio-quality audio processing. Processing effects include a noise gate, the legendary APHEX Aural Exciter, as well as Big Bottom effects. Using the AI-Micro with RØDE Connect allows anyone to record a professional quality podcast or live streams with a basic 3.5mm microphone.
RØDE Central is another app from the Australian company. It allows users to configure the AI-Micro on a computer or mobile device, including adjusting input gain and headphone output level, as well as switching between channel modes “Merged”, ” Split” and “Stereo”, as well as switching on the high-pass filter. The RØDE Reporter mobile app is another piece of software that can configure the AI-Micro for broadcast-quality recording in the field by reporters and media journalists.
This new interface is RØDE’s latest product aimed at helping audio creators and professionals capture audio anywhere. It packs some really powerful features in such a lightweight, ultra-compact package that’s easy to use. It sounds like it could be the perfect pocket recording studio.
Price and availability: The AI-Micro is available now and costs $79.
More information: www.rode.com
- Compact two-channel interface for recording high-quality sound on computers and mobile devices
- Compatible with virtually any microphone with a 3.5mm output, including RØDE VideoMics, lavaliers, wireless systems and stereo microphones
- Auto-sensing inputs for connecting TRS or TRRS microphones
- High-power headphone output for clear, latency-free audio monitoring and playback
- Easily connects to computers, smartphones and tablets via the universal USB output (USB-A, USB-C and Lightning cables included)
- Compatible with the RØDE suite of apps for expanded functionality and functionality, on-the-go setup, as well as broadcast-quality recording on any device
- Designed and manufactured by RØDE in Sydney, Australia