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Australian audio company RDEMicrophones has released the iXY Microphone with Lightning connector for the iPhone 5, 5S, and 5C, which can record audio at sample rates of up 24-bit/96kHz.

The original iXY was announced in early 2013 and had the distinction of being the world’s first iOS microphone that could record at such a high-quality resolution. It received numerous awards, including the Red Dot Design Award.

In the spirit of not fixing what isn’t broken, the new iXY Microphone uses the same broadcast audio performance and features a matched pair of 1/2 inch condenser capsules and on-board high-fidelity analogue to digital conversion. I can’t imagine how exciting that must be for audiophiles that actually understand what it all means.

The iXY Microphone is shipping now and comes with useful accessories like rubber mounting clamps that cut down on vibration and a foam windshield for outdoor recording. RDE Rec, the company’s field recording app, recently received an update that improved compatibility and stability on iOS 7. Both RDE Rec and RDE Rec LE are available now in the App Store.

I recently picked up a Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and I’m amazed at how its camera completely replaces my actual camcorder, so why not use a smartphone for your audio recording needs as well?

Check out the full press release below.

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ANNOUNCING THE NEW iXY MICROPHONE FOR iPHONE 5, 5s AND 5c

Monday July 14th 2014, Sydney Australia Australian pro-audio manufacturer RDE Microphones has today announced the iXY with Lightning connector for iPhone 5, 5s and 5c — the highly-anticipated update to RDEs stereo microphone for Apple iPhone devices, that allows high-quality recording at sample rates up to 24-bit/96kHz.

The original iXY was announced in early 2013 and was the worlds first microphone for iOS devices, able to record at such a high-quality resolution. This innovative approach saw the iXY awarded several product design awards, culminating with the prestigious International Red Dot Design Award, which recognizes products of the very highest quality by an expert panel of 37 judges from around the world.

Equipped with the same broadcast audio performance as the original 30-pin microphone, the iXY with Lightning connector features a matched pair of inch condenser capsules arranged in a stacked X-Y configuration, with on-board high-fidelity analogue to digital conversion. This ensures accurate, immersive and true to life stereo recordings.

Interchangeable rubber mounting clamps are supplied to suit both iPhone 5/5s and 5c, which also provide shock mounting and help to minimise vibration transferring to the microphone capsules. A foam windshield for outdoor recording and protective storage pouch are also included. The RDEGrip mount is optionally available for mounting the iXY and iPhone on a camera or microphone stand, and a deadcat windshield for high wind conditions will be available shortly.

The original iXY was an industry leader in both design and function, so were thrilled to continue this success with the updated version for iPhone 5. commented Damien Wilson, RDEs Global Sales and Marketing Director. Being able to record at this quality with a device that sits in your pocket has been a game changer not only for audio professionals, but for enthusiasts alike. We saw this first-hand with so numerous entrants to our My RDE Reel short film competition choosing to use the iXY for their amazing short films.

Finally, RDEs field recording app for iOS devices, RDE Rec also recently received an update to increase compatibility and stability on the iOS 7 platform. RDE Rec and RDE Rec LE are available now in the App store for iPhone and iPad.


The RDE iXY is shipping now. Visit www.ixymic.com for more information.
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