RØDE SC4Rode SC4 3.5mm TRS to TRRS Microphone Cable Adaptor
- High-quality shielded adapter
- Allow microphones with a 3.5 mm output to connect to TRRS smartphones and tablets
- Gold-plated contacts are colour coded with grey
- Designed to operate with Apple iOS devices such as iPhone and iPad
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The SC4 is a high-quality shielded adaptor, designed to allow microphones with a 3.5 mm output to connect to TRRS smartphones and tablets. This is ideal for users wanting to connect their Rode VideoMic's to their iPhone and record using the Rode Rec app for iOS. The gold-plated contacts are colour coded with grey indicating the TRRS output. While the SC4 was designed to operate with Apple iOS devices such as the iPhone and iPad, it is compatible with the majority of Android devices on the market.
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Rode SC4 3.5mm TRS to TRRS Microphone Cable Adaptor, 3 Inches
The SC4 is a high-quality shielded adaptor, designed to allow microphones with a 3.5mm output to connect to TRRS smartphones and tablets. This is ideal for users wanting to connect their RØDE VideoMic to their iPhone, and record using the RØDE Rec app for iOS. The gold-plated contacts are color coded, with grey indicating the TRRS output. While the SC4 was designed to operate with Apple iOS devices such as the iPhone and iPad, it is compatible with the majority of Android devices on the market. Note that the SC4 is compatible with stereo microphones, with both left and right channels combined to a mono signal to be compatible with TRRS.
About Rode Microphones
RØDE Microphones are a uniquely Australian owned and operated audio company. Our home is in beautiful Sydney, just 20km west of Sydney's downtown area and right near the home of the Sydney 2000 Olympics.
Comprising three warehouses with a total footprint of over 110,000 square feet, the RØDE state-of-the-art plant has over 60 million dollars in precision machinery and an international team of more than 250 people across highly skilled disciplines: electronics engineering, industrial design, technical engineering, robotics, audio and acoustics engineering, metal production, toolmaking, injection-mould technology, logistics, assembly, quality control, finance, marketing and sales.
As well as our main campus in Sydney, we have offices in Los Angeles, New York, London, Hong Kong, Shenzhen and Seoul. Our extensive distributor and 6000-strong storefront network ensures RØDE Microphones are sold in 117 countries – and growing – making RØDE a truly global company.
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It does what it's meant to do but it's a bit frustrating... Firstly the cable is very flimsy. If I take this to clubs to film it will not last long!
You have to plug the adapter into the phone first and only then plug your audio cable into the adapter. This way the phone recognizes it as a headset and stops using the internal mic. If you plug the audio cable into the adapter and then the adapter into the phone it doesn't work. Took a long evening to figure this one out. be careful on the input levels too or you will be broadcasting very badly clipping levels! Takes a bit of experimenting to get it right but not an issue.
Quite frankly I can't believe there is not a more robust solution out there - or that this is £10!
Frustrations aside it does work for the intended purpose.
I had purchased another Rode cable recently, the Rode SC7, in order to connect the Rode VideoMicro microphone to my smartphone. Despite being more expensive that generic non-branded equivalents, I was pleased with the purchase because it is well made, features a good cable, and is colour coded black for TRS (for your microphone) and grey for TRRS (for your smartphone).
Unfortunately, the Rode SC7 connection cable cannot be used with my Shure VP83 as the cable is built directly into the microphone.
That is why I had to buy a TRS to TRRS connection cable that featured a female port for a TRS connection. Once again, I looked at cheaper non-branded alternatives, but I opted for the Rode SC4 as this is a cable I can use for years to come.
Whilst I was really happy with the SC7, the SC4 is a mixed bag.
From a sound quality point of view, the SC4 seems like a good cable. I have did a few test video recordings on my smartphone and everything seems good.
From a build quality point of view, it's hard not to be disappointed with the SC4. The cable is thin; really thin. Due to this, the whole thing seems cheap. I am really surprised that they didn't use the same type of cable as the SC7. That one is coloured red, is branded with the Rode logo, and is thicker. The SC4 is black, super thin, and non branded. It wouldn't surprise me if they are just reselling generic TRS to TRRS cables under the Rode brand.
I have a similar cable to this that has TRS at the male end instead of TRRS. That cable cost me £1.00 and the cable is much thicker than the one on the Rode SC4 that cost me £10.99.
I am happy with the sound quality, but I am really not confident in this lasting any period of time. I am going to continue using this over the next few days to see how I get on, however I have ordered a cheap alternative as a backup as it seems inevitable that this will stop working at one point.
I don't want to completely discourage others from buying this cable as audio quality does seem good and it is allowing me to use my Shure VP83 LensHopper microphone with my Google Nexus 6P. You should, however, be aware that the Rode SC4 cable is vastly overpriced for what you are getting.
Overall, I feel like most people will purchase this cable because of the brand name. But there are other more suitable options out there for half the price.
Question mark over durability