The people at Rode have just unveiled a new tool that aims to simplify high-quality 3.5 mm port microphone input via a USB-C port. If you have a smartphone or laptop with a USB-C port, this device simplifies the process of connecting 1 or 2 microphones to audio input. Rode AI-Micro is effectively an audio input splitter for our modern mobile age.
The folks at Rode have previously released devices like this AI-Micro for devices like the iPhone and iPad. If you have an iOS or iPadOS device, you would like to take a look at the Rode SC6-L interface. This new device takes the “core design” of this product and makes it possible to work with a wider range of devices with a universal USB port.
This new device also has “enhanced microphone inputs” in addition to what is offered in the slightly older device, along with the latest set of features from the Rode app package. Like all other Rode devices, this new AI-Micro was designed and manufactured at Rode facilities in Sydney, Australia.
Rode AI-Micro has a USB port on one side and includes multiple wires (USB-A, USB-C, Lightning) to connect to any device with a USB-C port. The other side of the Rode AI-Micro has a single headphone port and two microphone ports (all 3.5 mm).
Users can connect Rode AI-Micro to their selected hardware (laptop, smartphone, tablet) and connect 1 or 2 microphones to high quality audio input. The individual headphone jack is in place so that a user can monitor sound in real time and during playback.
This device has plug-and-play capabilities with Android, iOS, Mac and Windows devices. This device works with a collection of Rode apps for both device control and audio manipulation. Rode Connect, Rode Central and Rode Reporter are available (free of charge) for use with the device.
Rode Connect is a podcasting and streaming app for Mac and Windows. Rode Central is a controller app for desktop and mobile devices. Rode Reporter is a super simple audio app made for recording on mobile devices.
This device seems to be exactly what the doctor ordered when it comes to dual microphone input for a mobile device, especially USB-C devices, which currently have a strong need for a “it just works” solution from a company that also provides advanced, user-friendly software to ensure the smooth process of audio recording and streaming. We have yet to test this latest device from Rode, but given their past success with audio products of all kinds, we have no reason to doubt the likely high-end quality of this product.
Rode AI-Micro will be sold for approximately $ 70 USD (AU $ 130) and will at some point be sold at retailers around the world. The device is currently available for sale in Australia and is being distributed to resellers worldwide.