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Keep a low profile with Rode’s discreet new Lavalier II microphone

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The Rode Lavalier II offers broadcast-quality recording in a tiny package.
The Rode Lavalier II offers broadcast-quality recording in a tiny package.
Photo: Rode

Australia-based Rode Microphones rolled out its new Rode Lavalier II microphone, a big update — or a small one, literally — on its original premium lavalier mic introduced about a decade ago. The new mic’s low-profile design makes it discreet and simple to conceal underneath clothing.

Rode said the new microphone features “broadcast-grade sound quality” with a flat frequency response and omnidirectional polar recording pattern.

The mic’s cable has a 3.5mm locking TRS connector, which lets you screw it into standard lockable TRS sockets. The mic comes with a premium accessory kit that includes a pop filter, furry windshield, mounting clip, colorful ID rings and a zip case.

Lavalier II microphone

The new Lavalier II takes advantage of capsule technology to give it a unique form factor the lets it sit flush against clothing and other surfaces, Rode said. That makes the mic discreet and easier to hide, giving users more freedom regarding mic placement.

Rode indicated the mic provides broadcast-grade sound with a flat frequency and an omnidirectional pickup pattern. It’s suitable for a range of recording applications. You can use it for vlogging, making YouTube content and even filmmaking and broadcast uses.

The mic pairs well with the Rode Wireless GO II and the recently released Rode AI-Micro interface, Rode said.

Premium accessory kit

It comes with a premium accessory kit, including a pop filter, a mini furry windshield for outdoor use and a mounting clip. A set of colored identification rings help color code mics when several are used. A handy zip case helps keep thing organized.

At $99, the Rode Lavalier II is considerably less expensive than the original Rode Lavalier ($249). And it’s just about $20 more than the Rode Lavalier GO.

Price: $99

Where to buy: Rode