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Lavalier Microphone Kit



1. Launch your audio recording application

  • We recommend using the free Rode Reporter app when using a smartphone. 
    • Change the settings to Standard Quality (48kHz 24-bit WAVE) and Configure the mic(s) as Separate Channels.  This app functions similarly to Voice Memos.
  • When recording with the Zoom H5, enable the 1 and 2 tracks by pressing the buttons on the front of the Zoom recorder, and in the Menu, set the "Rec Mode" to Multifile

2. Microphone Placement

Clip the microphone near your subject's sternum.

  • You may want them to do this themselves for their own comfort since wires will be tucked under clothing.
  • You may also need to play with the direction of the mic and proximity depending on environmental factors such as wind.

3. Check your levels

Do a test recording and playback through the headphones provided to hear the quality of the audio you are recording.

  • Make sure the audio levels generally stay in the -12 to -6 range.
  • We suggest wearing the headphones during the entire recording process for continuous monitoring. 

4. Power Off when not in use

Always turn off the microphone(s) and recoil cables neatly when finished recording!  

When You're Done Recording

You will need to transfer your audio files onto your computer in order to edit them using an audio software such as Audacity, Garageband or Audition or to integrate in a video edit using software such as iMovie or Premiere Pro

If Recording with the Zoom H5

  • Remove the SD card from the device and connect it to your computer (you may need to use an SD card reader). From there you may transfer files to your desktop or external hard drive. 

If Recording with the Smartphone Adapter 

  • You can access your audio files in the Rode Reporter app. To transfer the files to your computer, you may share them using Airdrop, email or uploading to cloud storage such as Box or Google Drive. From there, you will be able to download these files back on to your desktop or external hard drive.