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X/Y StereoRØDE iXY

X/Y Stereo Condenser Stereo Microphone

The iXY is a stereo recording solution for the iOS market. It is available in two versions, the iXY-30PIN for 30-pin connectors, and, as of 2014, the iXY-L for the lightning connector.

It is the first 24-bit ADC mic solution for the iPhone.

The iXY consists of two prepolarized half-inch condenser capsules in a fixed 90° XY array. The housing is metal, contributing both ruggedness and EMI shielding.

A proprietary onboard ADC does analog to digital conversion at up to 24 bits of resolution, at a maximum sample rate of 96 kHz. The iPhone’s dock connector accepts the digital audio stream without additional conversion.

Rode’s “Rode Rec” app, available via the App Store, comes in two versions. The free “LE” version offers basic mono or stereo recording (at up to 24/96), and export in multiple audio formats via FTP or SoundCloud. The full version (priced at $5.99 as of January 2013) offers additional output formats, editing, compression, and Dropbox integration. Both versions of the app can be used with the device’s built-in microphone, with the iXY, or with other 3rd-party microphone systems such as the Blue Mikey Digital.

Rode iXYIs the iXY compatible with the Apple Lightning connector?

According to RODE tech support, the iXY was tested extensively with the 30-pin to Lightning adapter. Officially, this usage is not recommended, presumably because cantilevering the 40g weight of the iXY at the end of the adapter creates a recording device that is not as stable or secure as the iXY was designed to be.

The mic unit ships with a foam windscreen and a form-fitting storage pouch. It has no physical buttons or switches; all configuration is done via the Rode Rec app for iPhone/iPad.

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The mic was released in 2013.


Pickup Patterns Pads & Filters
X/Y Stereo (8.5 mV/Pa; 25 - 20,000 Hz)
Capsule Dimensions Impedance SPL/Noise
Capsule diameter: 12.5mm
n/a Max SPL: 120 dB
Self-noise: 18.6 dB(A)
Weight Length Max Diameter Interface(s)
40g (1.41oz) 46mm (1.81'') n/a
  • Apple 30-pin (iPhone 4) (1)
Power Specifications

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