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.
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
- 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
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
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
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
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
Bus Power Lightning Operating Voltage Not Specified by Manufacturer
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