iXY

Stereo Microphone for Apple iPhone® & iPad®
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The RØDE iXY 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 iXY recordings are rich, smooth and accurate.

At the heart of the iXY 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 iXY 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 iXY 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.

The iXY is available as:



Larry Crane
Tape Op

Simple, easy, and useful. I wanted one just from seeing this ad and imagining all the problems the iXY 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 iXY (in the included protective zip case) with me everywhere I go.

Nigel Jopson
Resolution

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 iXY improves audio on the iPhone beyond what most people thought was possible.

Paul White
Sound on Sound

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 iXY comes in.

The iXY sounds good, works as it should do, and as an alternative to buying a separate flash recorder, it makes a lot of sense.

Paul Lau
Canadian Musician

It has a solid build and physically feels top-notch.

In the new world of social media where everything is nearly instantaneous, the iXY 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 iXY is a cool little powerhouse device, and I’m sure you’ll be impressed.

Travis North
The Modern Vocalist

Immediately out of the box its clear that Rode has brought the proverbial gun to a knife fight. The iXY 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 iXY. 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.

Mark Davie
Audio Technology

RØDE has a knack for over-delivering. iXY 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 iXY 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.

Andy Price
Music Tech Magazine

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 iXY is impressive – no grainy frequencies and good high-end detail. Stereo is also nice and wide while retaining good positional information.

iXY Specifications
Acoustic PrinciplePressure Gradient
Capsule0.50"
Polar Pattern Cardioid
Address TypeEnd
Frequency Range20Hz - 20kHz (selected HPF @ 0)
Output Impedance
Maximum SPL120dB 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
Weight 40.00gm
Dimensions46.00mmH x 55.00mmW x 40.00mmD
Dimensions46.00mmH x 55.00mmW x 40.00mmD
Output
Warranty 1 year
  • How do I update the firmware on my iXY?+
    • The iXY'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 iXY 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 iXY is attached).


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      To update:



      1. Open the RØDE Rec LE app 

      2. Connect the iXY

      3. Select the '+' symbol (bottom right) to create a new recording

      4. If the input selection screen displays, click 'Create' (top right)

      5. In the recording screen, click the 'settings' button (bottom center)


      6. Select 'Input'


      7. Select 'iXY' (if the iXY selection isn't available, disconnect and reconnect the iXY)


      8. The interface will display the iXY details, including the firmware version. If an update is available, there will be an 'Update Firmware' button

      9. Select 'Update Firmware'


      10. Select 'Next'

      11. Select 'Update Firmware'. Please do not disconnect the device during this process, which could take up to five minutes.


      12. Once the firmware is successfully updated the new version will be displayed in the interface.

  • How is the iXY capable of recording at 24-bit/96kHz?+
    • RØDE has engineered both the iXY and the RØDE Rec software with the goal of providing the highest resolution recording on Apple iOS devices.


       


      The iXY 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.

  • When I connect headphones to my iOS device the RØDE Rec microphone changes - why is that?+
    • 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.

  • My iXY is not detected, or is only occasionally detected by my device+
    • There was an update in iOS 6.1.1 that caused compatibility issues with the iXY, 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.

  • How do I export my recording to my computer from RØDE Rec?+
    • 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:



      1. View the recording and click on the 'share' button in the bottom right corner

      2. Tap 'iTunes File Sharing'


      3. Tap 'Create Audio File'


      4. Now you are able to select your preferred audio format. RØDE Rec LE will have limited options but the full version gives you eight popular codecs to choose from. Note that you can select multiple formats also.

      5. Tap 'Create Audio File'


      6. Now connect your phone to your computer if you haven't already done so.

      7. Open iTunes and Select your device

      8. Click on the 'Apps' tab at the top of the screen and then select RØDE Rec (or RØDE Rec LE) from the 'File Sharing' section.





         

      9. Select the file you wish to transfer and click 'save as' to save the file to your computer


       


      Currently RØDE Rec does not support batch exporting of files, but we are working very hard to incorporate this feature.

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