The worldwide launch took place during IBC 2010 and follows a raft of Røde successes, including its large diaphragm studio mics and NTG Series shotgun fixtures. Now the company has developed three new miniature mics, each designed to provide crystal clear audio while maximising ergonomics.
Showcased during IBC on the stand of HHB Communications, the new products include the Røde HS1 Headset Microphone. An ultra-light headset mic that is designed to give the user the ultimate in flexibility and mobility, the HS1 features a malleable headband and tube arm assembly with three axes of mechanical adjustment. The tube arm can be relocated to either the left or right side of the user’s face to ensure the perfect fit for any individual, while the omnidirectional capsule provides low handling noise and a wide frequency response.
Available in both black (HS1-B) and pink (HS1-P), the headset is supplied with a 1.2m detachable shielded Kevlar-reinforced cable as well as a pop filter, mini furry and a complete set of adjustment tools. It ships in a stackable anti-trauma travel case that is designed to protect the HS1 and its accessories from the rigours of transport and storage.
The second new product, the Røde PinMic, offers a new spin on the traditional lapel microphone and incorporates a detachable capsule head that mounts onto three pins on the microphone backplate, providing a discreet alternative that can be located almost anywhere on a wide range of clothing and fabrics. The microphone ships with a black capsule installed, and an additional unpainted interchangeable capsule mesh is supplied.
Finally, the Røde Lavalier Microphone is billed as a high performance lapel microphone that offers simple, intuitive use and cable management. Like the HS1 and PinMic, the Lavalier is supplied with a pop filter, mini furry for use in adverse environments, cable management clips and a rugged storage case.
For reasons of versatility, Røde has also developed the MiCon connector system that provides seamless integration between all of Røde’s compact wearable microphones and a wide range of wireless systems.
HHB Broadcast sales manager Martin O’Donnell commented: “With these new miniature mics, Røde look set to replicate their success in the shotgun mic market by applying much the same formula – great performance, outstanding build quality and unrivalled value for money.”