RØDE Introduces New Headset Microphone and Upgrades Some of its Most Popular Products And Accessories

August 30 2016, 02:50
Australian microphone manufacturer RØDE Microphones announced a series of new products and upgrades for some of its most popular products and accessories, starting with the introduction of the new HS2 headset microphone. Focusing on solutions for video production and presentation, which include RØDE’s new Stereo VideoMic Pro now featuring a Rycote Lyre suspension system, the new products are shipping now and will be displayed during the IBC 2016 show in Amsterdam.

RØDE Microphones, announced its new HS2 headset microphone. The result of an extensive and complete redesign process, the HS2 provides clear and pronounced audio for any application where the microphone needs to be in close proximity to the presenter’s mouth.

The revamp begins with the ear strips. The new flexible, silicone design is both comfortable and robust allowing users to wear the HS2 for hours without feeling any discomfort. The articulated arm of the HS1 has been removed and replaced with a fixed arm – allowing the boom arm to be easily moved and shaped into position.

The new strain relief system will ensure the cable will not be damaged when pulled on or adjusted at the back of the neck. The HS2 also boasts a new 3.5mm TRS connector, with a removable locking nut, making it compatible with a wide range of recording devices and wireless transmitters, including the RØDELink Filmmaker and Newsshooter kits.

Available in both pink (HS2-P) and black (HS2-B), the new HS2 Headset Microphone is also available in large and small sizes allowing adults and children alike to enjoy the RØDE sound with comfort and convenience. The HS2’s light weight, comfortable fit, low self-noise, minimal appearance and user friendly omni-directional polar pattern make it an ideal microphone for film, television, video, theatre, house of worship and live vocal performance. The new HS2 headset microphone is shipping now.

RØDE Upgrades
Originally released in 2012, RØDE’s Stereo VideoMic Pro quickly became the go-to choice for on-camera stereo audio for DSLR cameras. Building on that solid foundation, RØDE’s all new Stereo VideoMic Pro now features the acclaimed Rycote Lyre suspension system, which isolates the Stereo VideoMic Pro capsules and electronics from mechanical vibration and handling noise, preventing unwanted rumble and vibrations in recorded audio.

Completing the upgrade is an all-new matched pair of condenser capsules with an improved foam windshield, giving the new Stereo VideoMic Pro even higher sensitivity and lower self-noise. Also a thicker, Kevlar-reinforced braided cable has been introduced. These improvements allow the Stereo VideoMic Pro to be used in conjunction with the RØDELink Wireless System, or Wi-Fi heavy locations without fear of RF interference ruining critical audio takes.

RØDE Microphones also announced an upgrade to some of its most popular accessories with the addition of the Rycote Lyre suspension system, in the new SM3-R, SM4-R, PG2-R and PG2-R Pro Cable.

The SM3-R camera shoe shockmount, and SM4-R boompole/microphone stand shockmount now feature a dual Rycote Lyre suspension system, with four possible mounting points for the Lyres, making them compatible with the entire range of short RØDE pencil condenser microphones, or longer RØDE shotgun Microphones.

The PG2-R pistol grip has also received the same Rycote Lyre update, as well as a newly designed lightweight handle that delivers improvements in ergonomics and functionality.

Each of the updated mounts feature a newly designed cable management system designed to accommodate most types of audio cables, providing a strain relief point between the recording device and microphone.

To perfectly suit this cable management system, RØDE has designed a new specialized cable, the PG2-R Pro Cable. Featuring a strain relief junction box that will clip into the cable management system, the PG2-R Pro Cable provides a de-coupled audio connection between the recording device and microphone for maximum isolation, similar to the cable supplied with the Blimp suspension system. The PG2-R Pro Cable is compatible with all newly announced shockmounts.
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