The RØDE i-XY is the ultimate recording microphone for iPhone® and iPad®. With up to 24-bit/96k* recording and on-board high-fidelity A/D conversion, your i-XY recordings are rich, smooth and accurate. At the heart of the i-XY is a matched pair of ½” cardioid condenser capsules, fixed in a perfect 90 degree ‘near-coincident’ alignment. This results in immersive and true-to-life stereo recordings, captured in incredibly high detail. Designed and manufactured in Australia, the i-XY is available in two versions - Lightning and 30-pin. The Lightning version supports the iPhone® 5s, iPhone® 5 and iPhone® 5c. The 30-pin version supports the iPhone® 4S, iPhone® 4, iPad® (3rd generation) and iPad® 2. A foam windshield is supplied for outdoor recording as well as a reinforced protective zip case to ensure your i-XY is available whenever you need it. For more information and to hear audio samples visit www.ixymic.com. *RØDE Rec or RØDE Rec LE app required for 24/96 quality. iPhone and iPad are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries.
|Acoustic Principle||Pressure Gradient|
|Frequency Range||20Hz - 20kHz(selected HPF @0)|
|Maximum SPL||120dB SPL (@ 1kHz, 1% THD into 1KΩ load)|
|Sensitivity||-42.0dB re 1 Volt/Pascal (8.52mV @ 94 dB SPL) +/- 2 dB @ 1kHz|
|Equivalent Noise Level (A-weighted)||18dB-A|
|Dimensions||46.00mmH x 55.00mmW x 40.00mmD|
Simple, easy, and useful. I wanted one just from seeing this ad and imagining all the problems the i-XY could solve for me.
It's pretty awesome to have a quality company like RØDE design and build a mic/converter like this for use with Apple iOS devices. In the past, we've had to suffer through tech companies creating accessories like this that were always lacking in build and sound quality. Before now, I never considered using my iPhone to record a show or anything beyond a simple voice memo or a roughed-out musical idea. Now I will be carrying the i-XY (in the included protective zip case) with me everywhere I go.
RØDE has recently developed a reputation for making the right tools for the job at a good price, and these two well-thought out packages won't disappoint. The i-XY improves audio on the iPhone beyond what most people thought was possible.
With the advent of iThings and apps came the expectation that pretty much anything you could run on them or plug into them would be cheap and cheerful. But to make the best possible use of their 24-bit, 96kHz recording capabilities, you need a good microphone, which is where the RØDE i-XY comes in.
The i-XY sounds good, works as it should do, and as an alternative to buying a separate flash recorder, it makes a lot of sense.
It has a solid build and physically feels top-notch.
In the new world of social media where everything is nearly instantaneous, the i-XY delivers professional quality instantly.
Whether it’s to record song ideas, capture a one-on-one interview, or even create any type of foley or sound effects on-the-fly, the i-XY is a cool little powerhouse device, and I’m sure you’ll be impressed.
Immediately out of the box its clear that Rode has brought the proverbial gun to a knife fight. The i-XY is unquestionably one of the most professional looking iThings to plug in to the 30 pin dock of an iOS device.
When it comes high quality field recording for iOS devices Rode brings their A-Game with the i-XY. They’ve managed to package high quality hardware with a clever and complete recording application that in our opinion negates the need to carry around a separate field recording device.
RØDE has a knack for over-delivering. i-XY is a case in point.
While for some manufacturers the iDevices are just another opportunity to graft a few bucks from the general public with adjunct plastic bits ’n’ bobs. RØDE has really bought into the design story of Apple’s devices and designed an accessory that would even satisfy Jonny Ives’ aesthetic sensibilities.
The combo of i-XY and RØDE REC is far more formidable than a phone ‘accessory’ and an app should be. Not to mention it comes in a miniature moulded, zip-up case you can carabiner to your key chain,and a custom windsock. RØDE’s on a winner with these two.
The unit’s build oozes quality.
We tested the unit by recording a vocal and acoustic guitar performance, percussion sampling and general speech capture. The fidelity of the i-XY is impressive – no grainy frequencies and good high-end detail. Stereo is also nice and wide while retaining good positional information.
The i-XY's firmware is the small piece of software that controls how the microphone operates in conjunction with the iOS device. It is easily updatable, via the free RØDE Rec LE app.
Please note that while the update is performed via RØDE Rec LE, it updates the i-XY itself so it can then be used with any app.
Before updating it is strongly recommended that you enable flight mode on your device, close all other apps, and have at least 20% battery remaining (as you cannot connect the device to power while the i-XY is attached).
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RØDE has engineered both the i-XY and the RØDE Rec software with the goal of providing the highest resolution recording on Apple iOS devices.
The i-XY uses the iOS device's digital interface to bypass its audio circuitry, instead performing all the A/D (Analogue to Digital) conversion inside the iXY itself.
By controlling both the hardware and software RØDE has been able to offer recording at up to 24-bit/96kHz on iOS devices.
Apple iOS automatically takes the last connected device as the recording input, so if you are using headphones to monitor your RØDE Rec recording please ensure you connect them before connecting your recording device, or alternatively remember to select your preferred microphone after connecting the headphones.
There was an update in iOS 6.1.1 that caused compatibility issues with the i-XY, where it would be only occasionally responsive and have to be physically reconnected to the device in order to be detected.
This has been corrected in firmware version 0.14.19 and above. You can update your firmware to the latest version by following the directions here.
RØDE Rec offers a number of convenient export options including SoundCloud, DropBox, FTP, email and web browser, but possibly the most common method is be an export direct to computer via a wired connection. In RØDE Rec (and RØDE Rec LE) this is known as 'iTunes File Sharing' as it relies on Apple's iTunes program to retrieve the files from your device.
To download your files, just follow these easy steps:
Currently RØDE Rec does not support batch exporting of files, but we are working very hard to incorporate this feature.
Due to the processing power required at 24-bit/96kHz, RØDE Rec is unable to offer playthrough to headphones at this resolution with latency acceptable to professional applications.
Playthrough is available at 24-bit/48kHz and all resolutions below however.