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Rode Introduces New SmartLav+ For Easy Audio Capture

By Anthony Thurston on June 20th 2014

It shouldn’t be a secret, but if you didn’t know, the key to a good video is good audio – be it music or speech. The problem that many of us face is having a way to capture that great audio. One such option has been the Rode SmartLav, and today, Rode announced a new broadcast quality upgrade to that, the Rode SmartLav+.


While the original SmartLav was, and still is, a great option, the new SmartLav+ takes it to a whole new level with a higher quality capsule, which offers more detail and a lower noise floor.

What makes the SmartLav and the SmartLav+ such a great choice, is that they allow you to turn your iPhone into a fully functional field recorder so you are able to capture high quality audio from anywhere, with just your phone. The new SmartLav+ even comes with a kevlar reinforced cable so that you can use it with confidence, knowing it will not snap or break on you under normal usage conditions.

While this is designed for use with an iPhone, you can buy an adapter to make it compatible with normal field recorders like the Zoom H4n, or Tascam DR-05. The new SmartLav+ pricing is great as well, coming in at only $79. Units should begin shipping soon, you can order your SmartLav+ from B&H here.


What are you thoughts on this new SmartLav+? What do you currently use for your audio capture? Leave a comment below!

[via News Shooter, video via Rode Vimeo Page]

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Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Frazer Varney

    This is a perfect low cost solution for me, excellent.

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  2. Spencer Bunting

    lavs have been one of the reasons I haven’t gotten much into video. Finding the right one I mean, this may be what it takes to get me into it.

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  3. Greg Faulkner

    Is this gonna be available in the uk somewhere?

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  4. Ji Hoon Heo

    I have a H6 that i normally use for my audio capture plus a Rode NTG2 but im in need of a lav. Would it be possible to buy one of the Sennehiser mics from the G3 package ($130 in BH) and use it with the H6? The XY mic capsule has a 3.5mm input and apparently supports power.

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    • RØDE Microphones

      You can use the smartLav+ combined with the SC3 adaptor to use it with your H6 adaptor.

      Let us know if you have any other questions about using your smartLav+ with your H6.

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  5. John Shaver

    So sick, just ordered one.

    I do a lot of screencasts and videos. My screencast setup is very nice but not very mobile, so it takes 20-30 minutes to move everything each time. This will save me tons of time.

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    • Anthony Thurston

      I agree, I do a lot of voice overs as well. This would be so easy to take out when needed and hide away when not.

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  6. Tyler Friesen

    Just ordered one! Thanks for the post.

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  8. Jacob Jexmark

    Sign me up for two of these!

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  9. Matt Walsh

    Finally I’ve been waiting for a simple solution like this. It will make interviews so much easier.

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