The RØDE VideoMic Pro has been unchanged for a very long time mainly because it was such a great product. It sounded great, ran on a single easy to find 9 Volt battery for hours, and was a perfect match for DSLRs. It allowed many people, including ourselves, to create very compact run and gun setups on cameras like the Canon C100. It was almost a perfect product, except for one thing: The shockmount!

For starters, the mic would pick up a squeak if you are in slightly rougher territory. And sometimes, it would knock up against the cradle which it was attached to by a series of rubber bands. This brings us to the second issue, which was the rubber bands. They would often break, fly off into the farthest reaches of your Pelican case, and when lost, would render your mic’s suspension useless, and your mic crooked. In fact, I had to “borrow” the Rycote suspension from the VideoMic GO one time when I ran out of rubber bands. I disconnected it from, the VideoMic Go, and zip tied it to the VideoMic Pro and I liked the way it performed better than the original.

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And it appears RØDE has made the same discovery as well. Their new VideoMic Pro not only gets a Rycote suspension system, but they’ve made other improvements as well. For starters, the new mic gets an upgraded capsule with much lower self noise and improved dynamic range. Returning is the switch for -10 db and +20 db boost, and the 80Hz highpass filter. It’ll continue to run on 9 Volt batteries, rated for 70hrs of use, which is about the same as the original. If you have the deadcat from your original VideoMic Pro, it’ll work with the new version as well.

In terms of pricing and availability, it should be arriving at your local cinema gear store in the next couple weeks and should be available for the same MSRP as the original.

Full press release is posted below.

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RØDE VIDEOMIC PRO GETS UPGRADE WITH RYCOTE ONBOARD

Tueaday May 19th, 2015, Sydney Australia – Pro-audio brand RØDE Microphones is announcing an upgrade to its number one selling microphone worldwide, the VideoMic Pro.

Originally released in 2010, the VideoMic Pro quickly became an industry standard on-camera shotgun microphone for professionals and enthusiasts alike. With its small form factor, superior audio quality and industry first +20db level boost, it was the perfect companion for DSLR cameras as they became the go-to device for high definition video capture.

Determined to raise the bar again in 2015, RØDE’s all new VideoMic Pro will feature the acclaimed Rycote Lyre suspension system, along with an upgraded microphone capsule, improving both the physical characteristics and audio performance of the microphone.

Already implemented on the VideoMic and VideoMic GO, the Rycote Lyre suspension system is widely regarded as the best microphone shock mounting solution available. Featuring a suspension structure composed of a hard-wearing thermoplastic, it is far more effective at minimising unwanted vibrations, handling and cable-borne noise than traditional elastic suspensions. Virtually indestructible, the Rycote Lyre will never sag, snap, wear out or require rethreading to maintain its effectiveness.

Completing the upgrade is an all-new microphone capsule, giving the 2015 VideoMic Pro even higher sensitivity and lower self-noise, ensuring crystal clear audio capture over a wider dynamic range.

“The VideoMic Pro was a revelation for DSLR users the world over, making broadcast quality audio accessible to everyone at an affordable price” comments Damien Wilson, RØDE’s Global Sales and Marketing Director. “Now we’re taking it to another level. With the Rycote Lyre upgrade, and an upgraded capsule, it’s now even better value for such an amazing broadcast quality product.”

The VideoMic Pro featuring Rycote Lyre suspension is shipping to authorised RØDE dealers now. For more information please visit www.rode.com/microphones/videomicpro.

About RØDE microphones:

RØDE Microphones (www.rode.com) designs and manufactures high-quality microphones and related accessories for studio, live and location use. Its products are designed and primarily manufactured in Sydney, Australia and exported to over 100 countries globally.


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