Rode Microphones has a brand new and improved model of its much-loved Go moveable mic, the Wireless Go II, which makes use of the identical type issue as the unique however provides an inventory of recent and improved options. Most notably, the Go II provides two transmitter packs that may concurrently speak to a single receiver, letting you report two particular person audio system to the identical digicam or linked machine.
The Rode Wireless Go II ($299) ships with all the things you want to start recording high-quality audio to a digicam or anything that may join to a 3.5mm jack. The transmitter packs — there are two of them in the field — have built-in microphones that provide nice sound on their very own, or you need to use them with any 3.5mm-equipped lavalier mic, relying in your wants.
The receiver pack can output to 3.5mm TRS, however it might additionally transmit utilizing USB Type-C (which can also be for charging). This is new for this technology, and Rode additionally sells USB-C to USB-C and USB-C to Lightning cables so you need to use them with fashionable Android units, iPhones, iPads, Macs and PCs.
Each of the three packs has a built-in rechargeable battery that may present up to seven hours of working time on a single cost. You can independently alter the acquire on every of the transmitters, and mute every individually or each from the receiver pack. You can also swap between mono recording with every transmitter as a channel, and stereo recording modes.
The transmitters can function at a spread of 200 meters (roughly 650 toes) from the receiver, supplied they’ve line-of-sight, and the receiver has a show to present you enter ranges, battery standing, connectivity and extra. The transmitters every have two LEDs that present visible suggestions for connectivity and acquire. Each additionally mechanically information regionally, with the capability to retailer greater than 24 hours of audio on built-in storage in case of dropouts in connectivity.
Design and efficiency
With this replace, it actually appears like Rode has considered all the things. You can get began instantly, for one, since the transmitter packs and receiver come pre-paired and assigned to left and proper channels by default. They’re extremely user-friendly, and whereas Rode has launched a brand new Windows and Mac app for centralized management of them known as Rode Central, you don’t really want any extra software program to get began recording with them.
This up to date model additionally makes use of a brand new RF transmission tech that has 128-bit encryption in-built, with a a lot farther line-of-site vary for their use. This is designed to make them rather more dependable in areas the place there’s lots of RF site visitors occurring already — like a busy shopping center (as soon as COVID instances are behind us), convention halls or different public areas with numerous folks and smartphones round.
The onboard reminiscence can also be new, and means you’ll by no means have to fear about any potential dropped connections since you’ll all the time have a neighborhood file on which to depend on the transmitter packs themselves. An identical peace-of-mind function is a security channel that information a back-up observe at -20db, in order that if you happen to encounter any overloud sounds that trigger peaking in your main recording, you’ll have an alternative choice. Both of those options have to be turned on proactively in the Rode Central app, which Rode may even use to ship future firmware updates for the Go II, however they’re very welcome additions.
Meanwhile, the best new function may be that you just get all these enhancements in the identical nice bundle. Rode’s unique Go was exceptional largely as a result of it got here in such a small, moveable bundle, with transmitters that featured built-in mics in addition to being nice physique packs. The dimension right here is precisely the identical, and these use the identical built-in clips that make them suitable with all of Rode’s present Go equipment.
There’s an idea of “lapping” in racing, the place you’re to this point forward of a competitor that you just overtake them once more. That’s principally what Rode has achieved with the Go II, which pads the lead for the best mobile video/subject podcasting mic on the market, with good options that deal with the few downsides of the unique.