Including new firmware updates for the Wireless GO II and RØDECaster Pro II, new products such as the Streamer X, RØDECaster Duo and PodMic USB, and some anticipated accessories, it’s a busy NAB for RØDE.
First off, we should state that pricing and availability information here is all TBA, but even without that it’s an impressive line up of new and updated gear.
Let’s start with the firmware update coming for the Wireless GO II. RØDE says this will unlock even more features for what it proudly says is already the most feature-packed compact wireless microphone system available. This includes the ability to save on-board recordings as WAV files for easy transfer to a computer on-the-go and start/stop on-board recordings using the transmitter power button – two highly requested features – as well as new camera models added to the camera preset feature, which was introduced in the most recent firmware update, and a number of system enhancements and workflow improvements.
A new firmware update will also soon be released for the RØDECaster Pro II integrated audio production studio, which unlocks a rather high-profile hidden feature: wireless mic connectivity. With this new update, users will also be able to connect any RØDE Series IV wireless transmitter – including the Wireless GO II and Wireless ME – for recording wireless audio directly to the RØDECaster Pro II. This is being billed as a world’s-first and ensures the RØDECaster Pro II has more inputs and outputs than any other device of its kind on the market.
Streamer X (above) is a new product that combines a professional audio interface and video capture card in a compact, easy-to-use console for an all-in-one streaming solution. It features studio-grade audio inputs for XLR and line-level devices, headsets and RØDE wireless microphones, with an ultra-low-noise, high-gain Revolution Preamp and powerful APHEX audio processing delivering pristine sound quality. It also offers 4K30 / 2K60 streaming and up to 2K120 / 4K60 pass-through for high video quality in a wide variety of applications, from streaming and gaming, to podcasting and content creation, to business presentations. Two USB-C connections seamlessly accommodate dual PC setups, and four customisable SMART pads allow for on-the-fly triggering of sound or voice FX and other actions on a computer. It is also fully compatible with RØDE software solutions, including UNIFY, RØDE Central and RØDE Connect for expanded functionality and unmatched flexibility.
The RØDECaster Duo (above) is a compact and powerful all-in-one audio production solution for podcasters, streamers, musicians and content creators. It offers the same unmatched feature set and peerless versatility as the RØDECaster Pro II – with the same high-power quad-core audio engine, Revolution Preamps, APHEX audio processing and endless customisability – but in an even more compact and portable form factor.
The PodMic USB (above) is an ultra-versatile, broadcast-grade dynamic microphone for podcasting, streaming and content creation. It offers the same sound quality and compact yet rugged form factor as the best-selling PodMic, with a powerful new feature up its sleeve: XLR and USB connectivity. When using the analog XLR output, the PodMic USB is exactly the same as the original, albeit with a sleek new finish and studio-grade pop filter. When using the digital USB output though it offers a range of next-generation features that make it super flexible, including a Revolution Preamp and high-quality analog-to-digital conversion for pristine audio capture, advanced DSP for adding professional APHEX voice processing to any recording, and compatibility with smartphones and tablets for use on the go. It also features a zero-latency headphone output and on-board volume control and is compatible with the complete RØDE software suite, including RØDE Central, RØDE Connect, RØDE Capture and UNIFY, making it possibly the most versatile microphone ever.
Last but not least, the RØDECaster Backpack is a custom-designed carry bag for the entire RØDECaster series, while the Wireless GO II Charging Case (above) accommodates both transmitters and the receiver and features an integrated battery that facilitates three full recharges for up to 30 hours of continuous use.
Lots to sink your teeth into here. Just looking forward to those release dates and prices now...