However, there are a few things you need to consider when using a mic with any mobile device. By following these steps, you can drastically improve audio quality for your video calls and conferences – and this can make all the difference between a call that is relaxed and flows smoothly, and one that is hard work for everybody. To adjust your microphone volume, you will need to access the level control either in your computer’s audio settings or in your conferencing app settings. It’s a good idea to check your volume before jumping on a call to make sure it isn’t too high or low – roughly 2/3 of the way across the level meter is a good place to be sitting. If you’re close to your microphone when talking and in a relatively quiet room, you shouldn’t need to adjust it at all.
The user must accept that in two of the three modes, there will be no latency-free monitoring. RØDE’s own alternative microphones (in some cases, combined with a third-party interface or mixer) can sometimes be a better value proposition than the NT1-5G. It basically comes down to how often the user expects to be using each of the three options, and whether it is essential to have latency-free monitoring during recording or live broadcasting her/himself. Introduced in the palindromic year of 1991, the NT1 was RØDE’s debut microphone – the first in a long line of products that have reshaped the way creators across every discipline captures audio. Over the last three decades, RØDE states that the NT1 has continued to be the best-selling studio condenser worldwide, beloved for its warm, classic sound signature and incredible versatility.
The NT1A has a slightly higher max SPL as compared to NT1 with a 137dBA vs. 132DbA. This, however, won’t make much difference in the sound unless you are recording instruments. The NT1 resembles the NT1-A in design but for the microphone, which was uniquely designed from scratch.
It includes a removable pop shield with two axes of adjustment and a telescopic arm for ultimate application versatility. Next, insert your microSD card into the slot on the back of the RØDECaster Pro and plug your headphones into the 3.5mm input on the front of the unit. Connecting an external microphone to a smartphone can be somewhat complicated, but with the right equipment and understanding of what’s required to get up and running, it’s actually very simple. It’s an official accreditation from Apple indicating that a third-party device is a certified accessory for iPod, iPhone, or iPad. Both the SC15 and VideoMic NTG are MFi-certified products, so you can be assured they will interact seamlessly with any of your iOS devices. We highly recommend using this method if you want to make the most of all the features the VideoMic NTG has to offer.
From here, press the back button in the top left of the screen to get back to the main settings screen for Channel 1 and select ‘Level’. If you are using a condenser microphone, this is where you can switch on phantom power.
It is important to note that the NT1 was released 14 years after the NT1A. Generally, however, NT1 is more appropriate if you are going for a natural sound while the NT1A is excellent if you want brighter tones.
The RØDE VideoMic GO II, VideoMic Me-C and VideoMic Me-L are good options if you’re looking for a great-sounding solution that’s very easy to use. These super-compact microphones plug into any smartphone with an included cable (VideoMic GO II) or directly via USB-C (Me-C) or Lightning (Me-L) port. They are directional microphones, meaning they focus on what they are pointed at while minimising surrounding sounds, and they mount directly onto the phone with no additional equipment required.
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And the F3 can also be used as a standalone preamp/interface, if desired. I often do interviews with two dynamic microphones connected to the F3, each on its own 32-bit float track at 48 kHz sampling frequency. I will also happily admit that since acquiring and using the F3 for interviews, two interviewees have spontaneously begun reciting a poem or singing a song at a much higher level, so the 32-bit float has saved me already on two occasions so far.
Using the touchscreen, select ‘Microphone’ from these options and select the RØDE microphone you are using. If your mic doesn’t appear in this list, select either ‘Dynamic’ or ‘Condenser’. If you’re unsure what type of mic you’re using, contact us at /rode.com/support/contact. With most smartphone manufacturers moving away from utilising 3.5mm audio connections, the easiest way to connect a microphone to your device is via its USB-C or Lightning port. Using an external microphone is the single best way to improve your smartphone audio.
You will also need a TRS cable that you plug in the section “MAIN OUT” in your console. You might want to go for the NT1 if you like making your tweaks, and defining your own sound as a flatter sound is easier to work with.