Rode is possibly the most popular on-camera microphone especially when it comes to DSLR Video shooters. Rode makes a number of different types of microphones, but as far as compact shotgun style shoe mounted microphones go, they offered three main types. On the low end, there is the "Rode VideoMic Go" (requires plug-in power and no Selectable 10 or 20dB Pad). The middle product is the Rode VideoMic" (can be battery powered with Selectable 10 or 20dB Pad). On the high end there's the more compact "Rode VideoMic Pro" (Battery powered with Selectable -10 or 20dB Pad).
Even though the VideoMic GO was a lower end microphone, it had the best suspension system using the Rycote Lyre. The original Rode VideoMic also received a Rycote Lyre suspension upgrade from a previous rubber band style shock mount. Unfortunately over several years, Rode did not get around to upgrading the shock mount of the more professional and compact Rode VideoMic Pro.
Well the good news has finally arrived. Officially today Rode has announced that much needed upgrade and the latest Rode VideoMic Pro now comes with the Rycote Lyre suspension.
For those who have the original Rode VideoMic Pro, unfortunately you cannot simply buy the Rycote suspension to upgrade your old one. You also can't use your old Furry Windscreen (deadcat), on the new VideoMic Pro. You'll need to use the new Furry Windscreen that will be designed specifically for the VMPR (R for Rycote).
RØDE VIDEOMIC PRO GETS UPGRADE WITH RYCOTE ONBOARD
Tuesday May 19th, 2015, Sydney Australia – Pro-audio brand RØDE Microphones is announcing an upgrade to its number one selling microphone worldwide, the VideoMic Pro.
Originally released in 2010, the VideoMic Pro quickly became an industry standard on-camera shotgun microphone for professionals and enthusiasts alike. With its small form factor, superior audio quality and industry first +20db level boost, it was the perfect companion for DSLR cameras as they became the go-to device for high definition video capture.
Determined to raise the bar again in 2015, RØDE’s all new VideoMic Pro will feature the acclaimed Rycote Lyre suspension system, along with an upgraded microphone capsule, improving both the physical characteristics and audio performance of the microphone.
Already implemented on the VideoMic and VideoMic GO, the Rycote Lyre suspension system is widely regarded as the best microphone shock mounting solution available. Featuring a suspension structure composed of a hard-wearing thermoplastic, it is far more effective at minimising unwanted vibrations, handling and cable-borne noise than traditional elastic suspensions. Virtually indestructible, the Rycote Lyre will never sag, snap, wear out or require rethreading to maintain its effectiveness.
Completing the upgrade is an all-new microphone capsule, giving the 2015 VideoMic Pro even higher sensitivity and lower self-noise, ensuring crystal clear audio capture over a wider dynamic range.
“The VideoMic Pro was a revelation for DSLR users the world over, making broadcast quality audio accessible to everyone at an affordable price” comments Damien Wilson, RØDE’s Global Sales and Marketing Director. “Now we’re taking it to another level. With the Rycote Lyre upgrade, and an upgraded capsule, it’s now even better value for such an amazing broadcast quality product.”
The VideoMic Pro featuring Rycote Lyre suspension is shipping to authorised RØDE dealers now. For more information please visit www.rode.com/microphones/videomicpro.
Do you have any videos using this new version?
Does anyone actually have these in stock right now? Rode states that it's shipping right now.
the old one was known to have poor RF interference shielding and had a very difficult to remove battery cover. have these issues been addressed?
Anyone have a link where you can buy this new version?
I bought a videomic pro last month. Ah well, it’s still nice.
So glad to see the Lyre in black rather than red.
Seems they (Rycote Lyre) do make one separate but it's been taken off the market. I presume it's because of this new offering by Rode... Bit of a shame really.
Here's the link to the item. https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1047353-REG/rycote_042263_lyre_cradle_upgrade_set_rode.html
The lack of un upgrade option for previous owners is surely a huge disappointment.
It's too bad Rode couldn't have just made an add on to the old version. So many people including myself have one already. As much as I like the new cradle I can't justify buying a new microphone when the other one still works just fine.
The Rycote Lyre is the best suspension bar none. Completely eliminates vibrations. Good job Rode!
this is good news. the old VMP suspension was crap. the rubber bands would come off all the time and were a pain to put back into place