AI-Micro

AI-Micro

Compact Audio Interface

The AI-Micro is an ultra-compact dual-channel interface for recording high-quality audio to a mobile device or computer. Featuring two auto-sensing inputs for connecting virtually any microphone with a 3.5mm output, headphone monitoring, a universal USB output for use with smartphones, tablets and computers, and compatibility with RØDE apps for supercharged sound, the AI-Micro allows you to record without limits.   

Key Features:

  • Ultra-compact dual-channel audio interface for computers and mobile devices  
  • Compatible with virtually any microphone with a 3.5mm output, including RØDE VideoMics, lavaliers, wireless systems and stereo microphones​
  • Auto-sensing inputs for connecting TRS or TRRS microphones 
  • High-quality headphone output for zero-latency audio monitoring and playback 
  • Connects seamlessly to computers, smartphones and tablets via the universal USB output (USB-A, USB-C and Lightning cables supplied) 
  • Compatible with the RØDE app suite for expanded features and functionality, on-the-go configuration and broadcast-quality recording on any device 


Incredible Audio, Anywhere  

The AI-Micro allows you to capture high-quality audio on your mobile or computer with ease. It features two 3.5mm inputs for connecting a wide range of microphones, including RØDE VideoMics, lavaliers, wireless systems like the Wireless GO. These are auto-sensing inputs that detect whether a TRS or TRRS microphone is connected and automatically adapt to accommodate – no adaptors needed. Input 1 can also be configured as a single stereo TRS input for use with stereo microphones. 

High-quality microphone preamps and high-resolution (24-bit/48kHz) recording ensure crystal-clear audio capture on any device, with a headphone output for echo-free audio monitoring and playback. Whether you're interviewing, podcasting, presenting, or livestreaming, record incredible audio anywhere with the AI-Micro. 

Universal Compatibility With All Your Devices

The AI-Micro can connect seamlessly to all your devices via its universal USB output. It is supplied with USB-A, USB-C and Lightning cables, so you can get recording instantly, and is plug-and-play compatible with Mac, Windows, iOS and Android devices. Portable recording has never been easier.


Pocket-sized Portability

Weighing less than 20 grams, the AI-Micro is extremely compact and lightweight. Just add two lavalier microphones and you have a complete, studio-quality recording setup that fits in your pocket. Perfect for interviewing in the field, on-the-go podcasting, and making video calls or livestreaming at home.  



Supercharge Your Microphone

The AI-Micro is compatible with the entire RØDE app suite, giving you access to expanded features
and functionality, on-the-go configuration, broadcast-quality recording on any device. 


AI-Micro connected to computer using RØDE Connect

RØDE Connect

Record pro-quality podcasts or livestreams on a computer with your 3.5mm microphone. Record with up to four microphones on a computer. Access studio-quality audio processing at the click of a button, and much more.

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AI-Micro connected to iPhone using RØDE Reporter

RØDE Reporter

Record broadcast-quality audio anywhere using your smartphone or tablet, with complete control over the AI-Micro’s settings, a realtime waveform display and level meter, native sharing and more.

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AI-Micro connected to Samsung using RØDE Central

RØDE Central

Configure your AI-Micro with your mobile device or computer, including setting the microphone input gain and headphone monitor level, engaging a high-pass filter, and more.

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Specifications

Acoustic & Electrical Specifications

Frequency Response
20Hz to 20kHz

Headphone Output Power
125mW into 32Ω

Input Dynamic Range
100dB A-Weighted

Gain Range
0-26dB analog gain

Analog Inputs
2 x 3.5mm auto-sensing TRS/TRRS

Analog Outputs
3.5mm TRS headphone output

Computer Connectivity
USB Type-C

OS Requirements

macOS Big Sur and higher

Windows 10 (Build 19041) and higher

iOS 14 and higher

Android 9.0 and higher


Simultaneous I/O
2/2

Number of Preamps
2

Bit Depth
24-bit

Sample Rates
44.1/48kHz

Power Requirements
Bus Powered

Mechanical Specifications

Weight (g)

AI-Micro: 13

SC21: 6, SC22: 4, SC23: 6


Dimensions (mm)

AI-Micro Width: 40, Length 11.1, Height: 38.2

SC21, SC22, SC23 Length: 300


Compatible RØDE Products
  • SmartLav+
  • Lavalier GO
  • RØDELink Lav
  • All VideoMics
  • SC15, SC16, SC17, SC18, SC19, SC20, SC21, SC22, SC23


Box Contains

AI-Micro

1 x AI-Micro

SC21

1 x SC21

SC22

1 x SC22

SC23

1 x SC23


Downloads

Datasheet

Quickstart Guide

CE - Declaration Of Conformity

UKCA - Declaration Of Conformity


FAQs

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What devices is the AI-Micro compatible with?
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The AI-Micro can be used with iOS and Android smartphones and tablets, and Mac and Windows computers, as long as the device has a USB-A, USB-C or Lightning connector. OS requirements: macOS Big Sur and higher, Windows 10 (Build 19041) and higher, iOS 14 and higher, Android 9.0 and higher.

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It is possible to connect a dynamic XLR microphone (or other microphone that does not require phantom power) to the AI-Micro with an appropriate XLR to 3.5mm adaptor, however we recommend using the RØDE AI-1 interface for connecting XLR microphones to a computer.

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Yes. The AI-Micro supplies plug-in power for microphones such as lavaliers and VideoMics.

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You may have direct monitoring deactivated. This can be turned on/off via a computer or mobile device using RØDE Central (note: direct monitoring is activated by default on the AI-Micro).

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The AI-Micro allows you to configure how the audio from the input channels is routed to the output. There are three different channel modes, ‘Merged’, ‘Split’ and ‘Stereo’, which are suited to different microphone setups. In ‘Merged’ mode, the input signal is routed to both the left and right channels of the output, which is ideal if you are just using one microphone. In ‘Split’ mode, input 1 is routed to the left channel of the output and input 2 is routed to the right channel, which is ideal if you are using two microphones. ‘Stereo’ mode is ideal when you are using a stereo microphone; the left and right channels of input 1 are routed to the respective channels of the output to ensure you retain the microphone’s stereo image (input 2 is disabled).

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The input gain for each of the AI-Micro's microphone channels can be adjusted in RØDE Connect, RØDE Central and RØDE Reporter. You can also adjust the input gain using the level control in third-party audio or video apps if they have this feature. If you are using an app without a level control and would like to adjust the input gain, use RØDE Central, as any changes made to the levels in RØDE Connect or RØDE Reporter will not be retained when using another app.

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Check out the AI-Micro Learning Hub for detailed information on its functions and features.

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We recommend using the included cables to connect the AI-Micro to your device. If you require a longer cable, there is a selection of different cable types available from the RØDE accessory range. To connect the AI-Micro to an iOS device with a Lightning port, you need a Lightning Accessory Cable – either the included SC21 cable, or the RØDE SC15 or SC19.

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Yes. To connect the AI-Micro to an iOS device with a Lightning port, you need a Lightning Accessory Cable – either the included SC21 cable, or the RØDE SC15 or SC19.

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While similar in design and concept to the SC6-L, the AI-Micro has a few key updates that make it far more versatile, including a universal USB output for use with Android smartphones and tablets (and iOS devices with a Lightning port like the SC6-L), as well as computers. It has also enhanced inputs for use with a wider range of microphones and is compatible with the RØDE app suite for accessing advanced features, on-the-go configuration, and broadcast-quality recording on any device.

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You can plug virtually any microphone that has a 3.5mm output into the AI-Micro. This includes RØDE VideoMics, lavaliers, wireless systems like the Wireless GO, and stereo microphones like the Stereo VideoMic Pro. The AI-Micro's microphone inputs are TRS/TRRS auto-sensing, meaning they automatically detect whether a TRS or TRRS microphone is connected and adapt to accommodate either connection type.

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To connect a stereo microphone such as the Stereo VideoMic Pro to the AI-Micro, you must plug it into input 1 and use either RODE Central or RODE Reporter apps to set the channel mode to ‘Stereo’. This configures input 1 to be a standard stereo TRS input (and disables input 2).

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Yes, the AI-Micro can accept line level signals, provided that the output of the connected device and the input gain of the interface are turned down enough to accommodate the higher output of the signal. Use RØDE Reporter or any other app that has a level meter to monitor your audio, start with the input gain turned right down and slowly increase the output level from your device until the meters indicate a healthy recording level.