Building on the success of the VideoMic Pro, which launched in early 2011 and quickly became the defacto standard for DSLR on-camera audio, and RØDE’s original Stereo VideoMic, the new Stereo VideoMic Pro provides a high quality stereo option for videographers, and is ideal for recording music, and the atmospheric ambience essential in building a realistic audio scene.
Based around a matched pair of high sensitivity ½”cardioid condenser capsules in a coincident XY pair, the Stereo VideoMic Pro provides a wide stereo image with natural depth.
The Stereo VideoMic Pro builds on the feature set of the VideoMic Pro, with an ergonomic form factor perfectly suited to DSLR, consumer camcorders and large-sensor video cameras. The integrated shock mounting system provides superior isolation from vibration and mechanical noise that can otherwise degrade the recording quality. Additionally the lightweight yet robust multi-strand cable provides excellent acoustic decoupling from the camera and offers significantly lower noise transference than traditional audio cable.
The user friendly designed rear of the microphone body features the power and equalisation controls, including a high pass filter at 75Hz which is designed to cut out the noise generated by air conditioning, traffic and other undesirable low frequency interference.
A -10dB PAD allows the user to reduce the sensitivity of the microphone, making it suitable for recording loud sound sources such as live music or at sporting events.
Like the VideoMic Pro, the Stereo VideoMic Pro features a +20dB level boost specifically designed to provide a higher quality signal with DSLR cameras. When activated, the typically low quality camera preamp level can be reduced, resulting in a lower noise floor and much clearer recording.
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Stereo VideoMic Pro microphone reviews:
“RØDE have once again given us an excellent new DSLR mic this time in the cuter than a button Rode Stereo Mic Pro. Super sound, crazily compact design. This is a massive improvement on the original Stereo VideoMic. Another winner from the boys in Australia!”
- Philip Bloom
“...the new RØDE Stereo Video Mic is a little bit different. For starters, when you remove the foam windshield, the engineering underneath is simply breathtaking in its design and simplicity. It also solves a major problem for those who have embraced the world of dSLR video recording as the sound – if available – on dSLRs leaves rather a lot to be desired in the main.
Next, the RØDE Stereo Video Mic is made in Australia, and that has to be good. I have had a tour of the RØDE factory and it is an impressive sight indeed and of course, Australian manufacturing, especially of an accepted world class product such as RØDE is famous for, should be supported and applauded.
But best of all, it works like a ripper!
There are some nice touches too such as a level attenuation boost switch with settings of -10, 0 and +20db and a high pass filter (off, flat and HPF). Mounting the Stereo Video Mic is via a standard cold show or using a 3/8” thread mount.
The main body is suspended with shockmount bands (and spares are supplied in the box) and even the way the cable and plug to the Mic in on the camera is routed is catered for with a small clip underneath the body to keep it neatly tucked under.”
- Auscam Online
“During a recent recording trip to Wyoming, I decided to try out my new RØDE Stereo Videomic Pro. I wanted this specific mic with me to capture the vastness of the natural surroundings. The first thing I noticed when unboxing the retail package is that this Pro version is surprisingly lighter and smaller than the regular Stereo VideoMic.
While being light, it is still a strong and well made product. For a true unbiased test, I filmed everything from very soft to extremely loud sources. The quietness of small birds, insects, buttons being pushed, foot steps of dirt and twigs, water from small creeks all sounded very clear and pleasant. Moreover, the mic also shined when capturing loud sounds such as crowds, planes, water falls, vehicles, and even super loud firearms.
I will never never film again without my Stereo VideoMic Pro! ”
- Watson Wu
“When it comes to microphones I do get a real pleasure in opening the box and in this case I was not disappointed! The Stereo VideoMic Pro is well made and rugged but more importantly for the DSLR market it is light and manageable. To be honest I found the test results for reviewing the RØDE Stereo VideoMic Pro to be much better than I expected. For its size and price the SVMP is exceptional…”
- Phil Janvier M.M.Inst.V., Focus Magazine
“This is a beautifully designed easy to use piece of Australian audio engineering which faithfully captures ambient atmospheres. It would be especially useful in natural settings and at musical and sporting venues. I will find it extremely valuable in recording assemblies at the school where I work and in capturing B-roll ambience for my documentaries.”
- Keith White, Macworld