Having released a mic for just about every conceivable video recording situation, Rode has been turning its hand to the bits in between to bring up the quality of capture along the way. The new iXLR takes a few of the conversion lessons from the iXY iOS mic series, and opens up the process to any mic. The iXLR is a little box that connects to the end of any XLR microphone, like Rode’s Reporter mic, and converts its output to digital — specifically to funnel into a Lightning connector-equipped iOS device. It’s a simple gadget, not much wider than an XLR that has two controls; a switch to boost the level of dynamic mics by 20dB, and a thumb-adjustable headphone volume control that doubles as a record pushbutton. That, of course, means there’s a headphone output for getting that mouth to mic distance consistent. In conjunction with iXLR’s release later in the year, Rode has also flagged a new recording app to go with it.