a powerful studio hub for all content creators –
RØDE has released a beast. The RØDECaster Pro II is an audio production studio for all content creators. Vloggers, musicians, podcasters, streamers and gamers read on.
RØDE has taken a long journey in the world of audio changing the game with high quality yet affordable microphones – seen in every home studio and used by Adele — making waves in the film industry with their camera-mounted microphones, blimps, booms and various accessories.
With the release of the RØDECaster Pro II, they have delivered a product that serves all content creators. While the original RØDECaster Pro was geared towards podcasters, this new audio production studio can be used to record a podcast, live stream, or in a recording studio.
We live in a multi-tasking, multi-skilled world. Musicians make their own music at home and make their own music videos, Twitch has become a huge platform for gamers, musicians and more, the world’s top podcasters are recording and filming themselves and apparently 720,000 hours of video are uploaded to Youtube each day!
So how do these creatives set up a studio? You need preamps, headphone amps, mixers, control surfaces, and then all the microphones, stands, headphones, and cables. It’s overwhelming both for the bank balance and for making the right quality choice.
RØDE knows this setup can be exhausting and confusing, so they created the RØDECaster Pro II to cover it all. For example, if you were to create a podcast, you could plug in 4 physical microphones, each guest having their own headphones and level, a Bluetooth and USB channel for remote guests, and you could use the smart pads for your music, captures audio and/or sound effects.
Connections and commands
To connect the RØDECaster Pro II you have 4 analog inputs via combo jacks, 6.35mm main outputs to connect to speakers, 4 headphone outputs, 2 USB-C connections for computers or mobile devices, Wifi connectivity and Ethernet, a microSD card slot, and its own power supply.
To control the device there is a high resolution 5.5 inch touch screen, 6 faders with an on/off button and mute/solo buttons, 8 smart pads, 4 headphone level buttons, a recording and an encoder button for your menu dive.
The 8 smart pads can be changed in 8 banks – a total of 64 – and each pad can be colored, renamed and assigned to anything.
There’s also an app called RØDE central that lets you configure the smart tablets, export files, update firmware and more. You can also connect the devices to wifi and get your firmware that way, nifty!
There is a huge range of built-in effects from the audio company Aphex. To name a few, there’s the exciter, the Big Bottom and a master compressor and leveler as well as a de-esser, noise gate, filters and EQ for each channel.
Using the RØDECaster Pro II
The Revolution preamps on each of the 4 inputs have been specially designed for the RØDECaster Pro II and are ultra low noise, high gain preamps. Perfect for those using dynamic microphones typically used in a podcast setting. Think RØDE Procaster, Shure SM7, Sennheiser MD421 and EV RE20.
For the audio geeks in the room, that’s -131.5 dBV EIN (Equivalent Input Noise) and 76 dB of gain. Say goodbye to your microphone risers or your short-gain preamps.
If the musicians in the room are put off by the words podcasts, games, or streaming, consider a recording studio setup. With Neutrik’s 4 high-quality combo jacks (mic and instrument inputs) and 4 headphones, a band can easily demo new songs or record multiple sources at once. If you’re a solo artist, you can connect all your favorite mics, guitars, and keys to be ready when inspiration and creativity strike.
In addition to these setups, an artist or band can perform a live set or even take the RØDECaster Pro II to a location and record to a microSD card.
RØDE also offers a wide range of accessories to go with it, including a cover, mic cable color rings and all the USB connections you might need.
With a colorful design, inputs and many features, the RØDECaster Pro II falls for us in the category “Master of all trades”. For a retail price of AUD$1199 (most places have it at AUD$1079), it’s worth considering this as a new audio interface and/or upgrading your setup to elevate your content.
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