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2014/23/3 Microphone prototypes (3), RØDE iXY, metal / electronic components, made by RØDE Microphones, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 2011-2012. Click to enlarge.

RØDE iXY microphone prototypes

Made by RØDE Microphones in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 2011-2012.

These three prototypes show how the design for the RØDE iXY stereo microphone changed over time. In the first concept the condenser capsules were side by side lying flat. But the X-Y stacking configuration often used in music studios produced better sound quality. These prototypes were all designed in 3D CAD and made at the RØDE factory in Sydney using CNC machining. Together with the sketches and components these prototypes illustrate the design and manufacturing process for a small consumer el...

Summary

Object No.

2014/23/3

Object Statement

Microphone prototypes (3), RØDE iXY, metal / electronic components, made by RØDE Microphones, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 2011-2012

Physical Description

Three aluminium microphone prototypes showing different configurations for the RØDE (RODE) iXY iPhone microphone.

Production

Notes

Designed and made by RØDE Microphones, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia 2011-2012.

These prototypes were made using CNC machining at the RØDE Silverwater manufacturing facility in late 2011 - early 2012.

The initial flat configuration was the most straightforward. But acoustic testing suggested the configuration should be redesigned. To obtain better sound quality the traditional XY configuration used in studio microphones was explored. This combined with the introduction of a new type of port or pin dock for the iPhone allowed the XY configuration to become possible.

By mid-2012 the final XY design was decided and testing began.

History

Notes

These objects were lent to the Museum for display in the 2013 Australian International Design Awards exhibition from July 2013 - June 2014.

In 2013 the iXY received an Australian International Design Award and a Red Dot Design Award.

Source

Credit Line

Gift of RØDE Microphones, 2014

Acquisition Date

24 February 2014

Cite this Object

Harvard

RØDE iXY microphone prototypes 2019, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 8 December 2019, <https://ma.as/484334>

Wikipedia

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