If you're shooting mobile iOS video and want better audio than what your phone provides—or if you need to record VO or ADR on the go—the Rode VideoMic Me-L is worth your consideration. This is a shotgun mic that plugs right into iOS devices via a lightning port, using the connection point as a mount as well.

The mic focuses the audio capture on what's directly in front of the capsule thanks to the directional polar pattern. It's primarily intended for use with iOS devices, though it does offer a 3.5mm TRS jack, which can be used for monitoring or for backup analog recording, provided you've plugged in the mic to a lightning port. Even though the mic can mount directly on top of your iOS lightning port, it comes with a dedicated mic clip should you rather use it as well as a furry windscreen for achieving a better sound in windy conditions.

Perfect for Mobile Video and More

With its simple plug-and-play form factor, the mic is perfectly suited for mobile iOS video recording. However, the quality of the mic itself is good enough to be used for VO or ADR when studios are not available; the mic has been used this way in a few television shows.

Broadcast Quality

When connected over the Lightning port, the mic captures audio in a broadcast-quality 48 kHz sample-rate, making it suitable for use in pro circumstances. The highly directional cardioid polar pattern will help tamp down unwanted room noise and ambience.

Versatile 3.5mm Jack

The built-in 3.5mm jack works with headphones, or it can also be utilized for backup recording.

Rode VideoMic Me-L Directional Microphone for iOS Devices

SKU: Rode VideoMic Me L
RM380.00Price
  • Key Features

    • For Mobile Video or Mobile VO
    • Shotgun-Style Mic with iOS Connector
    • Included Mic Clip & Furry Windscreen
    • 3.5mm & Lightning Connections
    • Compatible with Built-In Audio Apps
    • Cardioid Pattern Tamps Down Room Tone
    • Monitor/Record with 3.5mm Headphone Jack
    • Broadcast-Quality Capture up to 48 kHz
  • Microphone

    Form Factor Mobile Device Mic / Shotgun Mic
    Sound Field Mono
    Operating Principle Pressure Gradient
    Capsule Electret Condenser
    Polar Pattern Cardioid
    Orientation End Address
    Circuitry Solid-State
    High-Pass Filter None
    Gain Adjustment None

    Performance

    Frequency Range 20 Hz to 20 kHz
    Maximum SPL 115 dB SPL
    Signal-to-Noise Ratio 74.5 dB
    Equivalent Noise Level 19.5 dB SPL A-Weighted

    Connectivity

    Output Connectors (Analog) 1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS
    Output Connectors (Digital) 1 x Lightning
    Headphone Connector 1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm

    Digital Audio

    A/D Conversion 24-Bit
    Sample Rate 44.1 / 48 kHz
    Operating System Support iOS
    Mobile Device Compatibility iPad (with Lightning Connector)
    iPhone (with Lightning Connector)
    Available Port Lightning

    Power

    Bus Power Lightning
    Operating Voltage Not Specified by Manufacturer

    Physical

    Color Black
    Mounting Direct Connection to Mobile Device
    Construction Material Aluminum
    Dimensions H: 1 x W: 0.8 x L: 2.9" / H: 25.7 x W: 20.2 x L: 73.5 mm
    Weight 1 oz / 28 g