RØDE has launched the PodMic USB. Here's their press release with the details...
Based on the legendary original PodMic, the go-to microphone for podcasters, streamers and content creators, the PodMic USB takes versatility to new heights, offering both XLR and USB connectivity, plus loads of next-generation features for capturing professional sound with ease. RØDE makes the world's most popular audio solutions for podcasters, streamers and content creators, from a wide range of microphones to innovative audio software to powerful all-in-one audio production solutions. The PodMic USB combines all of this incredible technology in a supremely flexible microphone that sounds incredible and is simple to use, making world-class audio accessible to everyone – the perfect do-it-all mic for today's content creators.
KEY FEATURES OF THE PODMIC USB
- Broadcast-grade dynamic microphone optimised for podcasting, streaming and other speech applications
- High-power neodymium capsule for warm, highly detailed audio capture
- Tight cardioid polar pattern, flat frequency response and low self-noise
- Analog XLR and digital USB-C connectivity for unmatched versatility
- Ultra-low-noise, high-gain Revolution Preamp™ and high-resolution analog-to-digital conversion for pristine audio capture via USB
- On-board DSP for advancedAPHEX® audio processing, including a compressor, noise gate, high-pass filter, Aural Exciter™ and Big Bottom™
- Built-in headphone output for zero-latency monitoring, complete with on-board volume control
- Internal pop filter for minimising plosives and internal shock mount for reducing vibrations
- Custom professional pop filter included
- Fully compatible with RØDE's suite of apps, including RØDE Connect, RØDE Capture and UNIFY
- Robust all-metal construction and premium components – incredibly rugged and highly durable
- Designed and made in RØDE's precision manufacturing facilities in Sydney, Australia and backed by industry-leading 5-year warranty
The PodMic USB is an extremely versatile microphone that can be used in a huge variety of creative applications. It features both XLR and USB outputs, allowing it to be connected to a mixer, console or audio interface and used just like classic broadcast microphone, or plugged directly into a computer for easy plug-and-play recording. The option to record via XLR or USB makes the PodMic USB ideal for entry level creators and seasoned pros alike. For even more versatility, the PodMic USB is also seamlessly compatible with all iOS and Android mobile devices for a studio-quality portable recording solution. This incredible flexibility makes PodMic USB the ultimate Swiss Army mic, perfect for everything from creating content in a home studio, to use in a professional broadcast studio, to making high-quality recordings on a phone or tablet literally anywhere – for the do-it-all creator, it may be the only mic they ever need.
PRO SOUND WHEN CREATIVITY CALLS
The PodMic USB makes professional sound accessible to any creator. It features a high-power neodymium capsule that delivers warm, highly detailed audio optimised for speech.
Like the original PodMic, it has a balanced sound signature that flatters all voice types and an in-built pop filter for managing plosives, ensuring clean audio capture. Its circuitry has been enhanced to deliver an even flatter frequency response and lower self-noise for incredible performance in any content creation application, and it features tight cardioid polar pattern ensuring a focused sound with excellent rejection of background noise from room reflections, and keyboard and mouse clicks.
These characteristics make the PodMic USB the perfect microphone for podcasting, streaming, and other voice recording use cases, and when using the analog XLR output, it delivers exceptional audio quality that is broadcast-ready right out of the box. When using the digital USB output, the PodMic USB offers a range of powerful features for taking any recording to the next level. It has a professional-grade audio interface built in, with RØDE's ultra-low-noise, high-gain Revolution Preamp™ and high-resolution analog-to-digital conversion ensuring pristine audio quality. It also features on-board DSP for adding advanced APHEX® audio processing to any recording. Activated and controlled via RØDE's suite of free software solutions, RØDE Central, RØDE Connect and UNIFY, this powerful DSP allows users to add a studio-grade compressor, noise gate and high-pass filter to their voice, as well as the legendary Aural Exciter™ and Big Bottom™ effects. These can be tweaked to taste using the intuitive VoxLab™ editor, which has three simple controls for Depth, Sparkle and Punch, allowing users to dial in the perfect sound for their voice in seconds. For deeper control, the advanced editor gives users access to every single parameter for each processor, just like a professional plugin or hardware unit. The microphone also has a high-power headphone output, which allows users to monitor their audio with zero latency. The on-board volume control offers quick-and-easy level adjustment and doubles as a zero-latency on/off switch, or a mic mute when used with RØDE Connect or UNIFY.
These features combined offer a complete, studio-grade recording solution in a compact, easy-to-use package and, with the option to record via XLR, make the PodMic USB the ultimate desert island mic for any creator.
SLEEK LOOKS, ROCK-SOLID BUILD
Not only does the PodMic USB sound incredible, it looks incredible too. Featuring a stunning black finish with a matching black grille, it is sleek and understated – classic broadcast mic aesthetics meets cutting-edge industrial design. It is also compact and low-profile, making it perfect for streaming or video podcasting, where having an unobscured shot is hugely important. The custom pop filter is designed to the exact dimensions of the mic, ensuring it is as unobtrusive as possible. Like the original PodMic, it is also extremely rugged. It features a robust, all-metal construction, from the body to the rock-solid stainless steel mesh grille. The integrated swing mount allows for easy, flexible positioning and is internally decoupled from the body for superior isolation from keyboard and mouse clicks, and desk noise. The capsule is also internally suspended for maximum protection from vibrations caused by knocks and bumps. Built like a tank is an understatement.
The PodMic USB is designed and made to the highest standard in RØDE's precision manufacturing facilities in Sydney, Australia using premium components. It is also backed by an industry-leading 5-year warranty.
Pricing and Availability:
The PodMic USB is US $199 and is shipping worldwide now.
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