Designed for handheld interview and presentation applications, the Reporter features an omnidirectional dynamic capsule that is designed to allow the user freedom of use, without the technique related issues typical of directional end-address microphones.
Additionally its frequency response has been specially tailored for voice reproduction, to maximise intelligibility and deliver crisp, clear results in almost any condition.
The microphone features a durable die-cast aluminium alloy body coated in a discrete matte black anti-glare finish. An innovative multi-layer mesh basket protects the microphone from environmental noise without the need for a bulky and distracting foam wind shield.
It is supplied with a removable microphone ‘flag’ that can accommodate high-visibility branding.
The Reporter is covered by RØDE’s industry-leading support guarantee, with a twelve month warranty ‘out of the box’ that is easily increased to ten years free of charge, following online registration of the microphone.
Reporter microphone reviews:
“I took the mic on an interview with a college music professor. Environmentally speaking, the location was ok. A moderately reflective room, a big-voiced professor, students chatting outside the door, HVAC noise and instruments in adjacent rooms embodied the location. At the start of the interview, I noticed right away that the professor and I did not need to be miked closely. Again, at chest level and evenly spaced between us, the mic performed smoothly. I didn't need to wave the mic back and forth. The resulting audio was a natural, clear sound of the two voices. No booming low frequencies and no unwanted ambient sound was recorded. Reporter produced a natural-sounding audio. Vocal characteristics were punchy and clear.
In a world where audio is most often needed immediately, having tools that are ready "now" is key. No time can be spent on looking for the right microphone. With the Rode Reporter in a news-gathering arsenal, clear and professional audio is a guaranteed result.”
- Radio Magazine
“The RØDE Reporter is a classic handheld, end-address, dynamic omni stick mic in a long-handled form factor. It comes in a designer box with zipper pouch and mic clip. The mic’s 10.7-inch shaft is three inches longer than the industry-standard ElectroVoice RE50, providing a few more inches of reach for inquisitive video journalists. A two-sided clip-on flag holder is provided for station logos. Unlike square flag holders, this requires the user to make sure that the mic is held with the flag broadside instead of on edge to the camera so the flag is visible.
That’s where the Reporter’s unique shaft shape comes in handy. The mic is flattened on one side. While the on-camera talent is trying to make their point to the camera, all they have to do is hold the shaft so that their thumb is on the flat side and make sure the flag is turned so that it faces the camera.
The body is made of a hardy die-cast aluminum alloy coated in a matte black non reflective finish. The headgrille is comprised of three layers of metal mesh, also non reflective. The innermost screen is almost half an inch below the outer two, providing a nice space for plosives to slow down before encountering the final screen. As the headgrille is easily removed by simply unscrewing it, you can dunk the grille in disinfectant periodically during flu season to prevent contagion.
The capsule itself has a final thin foam screen set into the handsome brass housing. The capsule is difficult to remove. The Reporter weighs in at just slightly more than half a pound.
On the upper end, the frequency response of the RØDE Reporter has a lift that begins to rise at 3 kHz and hits + 5dB at 6 kHz. This will pull the voice nicely out of the mud. The response stays there until 11 kHz when it starts dropping down across 0 dB at about 15 kHz. The low end is fl at to about 120 Hz, and then slopes off to −10 dB at 40 Hz. That will push the mud a bit farther down without taking the bottom off most voices.
Well-made onmidirectional microphones are supposed to sound pretty even, with no on- or offaxis frequency lobes. I spent some time moving around the capsule in search of beams, peaks and nulls but found no axial anomalies. The RØDE Reporter is a lightweight, but solid piece of gear. To back that up, it comes with a 12 month warranty that extends to a 10 year warranty when you register after logging onto rodemic.com”
- TV Technology