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The RØDE PinMic™ is a discreet lavalier/lapel microphone with an innovative pin-through design that is not only easier to conceal than a traditional lapel microphone, but provides greater mounting versatility.
Comprised of a cabled backplate and a removable omni-directional capsule head, the PinMic™ is easily mounted onto any clothing or fabric by simply pushing the backplate pins through the back of the fabric and sliding the capsule into place on the front. The microphone backplate and cable are hidden behind the fabric, and the capsule head can be easily disguised, covered or decorated to further conceal the microphone.
The PinMic™ capsule is discrete at only 9mm deep and 11mm in diameter, and is supplied with both a black and an unpainted silver mesh head that can be further camouflaged by painting.
The microphone easily mounts through any fabric up to 1.5mm (0.006") thick without any damage to clothing. A longer pin version (PinMic-Long) is available for mounting on thicker fabrics (up to 3.5mm/0.14" thick).
The microphone capsule is connected via a 1.2m (4') shielded, detachable Kevlar® reinforced cable that has been rigorously strain tested to ensure reliable performance.
The included mini-furry for high wind protection ensures quality recordings in adverse environments, while the anti-trauma water resistant case provides rugged and secure protection for the microphone, a spare capsule head, the microphone cable and included accessories.
The PinMic™ is an ideal solution for film, television, video, theatre, house of worship and anywhere where a high quality microphone needs to be heard but not seen.
Knowing that versatility is paramount in any product, RØDE has developed the MiCon™ connector system which provides seamless integration between the PinMic™ and a wide range of wireless systems as well as consoles, cameras and portable recorders.
The RØDE PinMic™ lapel microphone is designed and made in Australia and is covered by RØDE Microphones' innovative 5 year 'no questions asked' warranty which provides 12 months of complete cover, and an optional US$99 replacement microphone during the extended warranty period.
|Acoustic Principle||Permanently Polarized|
|Active Electronics||JFET impedance converter|
|Frequency Range||60Hz - 18kHz|
|Maximum Output Level||189.0mV (@ 1kHz, 1% THD into 1KΩ load)|
|Sensitivity||-33.5dB re 1 Volt/Pascal (21.00mV @ 94 dB SPL) +/- 2 dB @ 1kHz|
|Equivalent Noise Level (A-weighted)||25dBA|
|Dimensions||16.00mmH x 22.00mmW x 33.00mmD|
|Warranty||1 year with free extension to 5 years following registration here|
On the face of it – the idea looks promising – but is Rode’s first lavalier/headworn/pinable capsule up to scratch? Well, yes – unsurprisingly. I tested it in a few locations, the first being an acoustically treated studio – without the ambient distractions there I could really explore the mic – it’s got a nice full frequency response, with good bass coverage and a smooth high-end – unlike many traditional lavaliers.
Next up was a cathedral – with a reverb time of 3 seconds, it did indeed pick up quite a bit of the ‘room’, but then it is an omni – what can we really expect? Lastly, we had a sports stadium – when using the included ‘mini-dead cat’ it picked up no wind noise whatsoever, and was as clear as possible.
With the PinMic, absolutely all components and cabling stay inside the clothes, except the microphone element itself, which connects to the rest via three tiny pins, which perforate the shirt or dress non-destructively.
The design also makes it quite clear that the only way is the proper way, so that should both cure the bashfulness mentioned earlier, and create an even more discreet appearance.
The PinMic from RØDE is clearly the Ferrari of lavalier microphones, due to it esthetics and flexibility in connectivity.
Yes, many manufacturers of portable recording devices only state that their microphone inputs have plug-in power and do not give any more technical information. The RØDE Lavalier, Headset and Pinmic are compatible with this type of connection. Our microphones require at least 1V of power. Standard 'plug-in power' will be able to supply this.
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