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As we were setting up yesterday to film my Canon C300 review with the Canon XF100 I had problems with my RODE subminiature microphones.

I plugged the first lapel mic into my XLR cable only to get a buzzing noise…mains hum. Since this was the first time using the Canon XF100 I sat down to go over the audio settings in the menu, after exhausting all my options in the menu I changed the XLR cable, no joy.

Finally in desperation I changed over to my second RODE lapel mic…same old mains hum. My third option was to test another make of mic so I connected my Sennheiser lapel mic and…noise gone !

I am rather disappointed in the RODE mics as I had put a lot of faith in them, I have since emailed RODE …as yet no reply. If anyone else has had similar problems please get in touch. (


Having been working in the video business since 1988 I have amassed a great amount of knowledge of both the kit and production values over the last 30 years.

6 thoughts on “Rather disappointing results from my RODE subminiature lapel microphones

  1. did you try unscrewing the mic and connector from the cable. Clean of the connections, put back together and try it. Maybe some moisture got into the connectors.

  2. Cheers for this info. I have the NTG-3 rode mic and it is brilliant. I also have the sennheiser G1 wireless mic. Needing to upgrade to the new sennhesier due to OFcoms regulations. I was seriously considering the rode wireless mic but now going to stick with sennheiser wireless – never given me a problem.



  3. The connectors are housed in a moisture proof box, this is not the 1st review I have used them on so I was not expecting any problems. Did all the basics, swapped, everything I could then tried another make of mic and problem solved…but not for my RODE mics unfortunatly.

  4. Please let us know how you get on with the Rode mikes. I’m fascinated to know what the problem was. Thanks.

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