Rode’s Rodecaster Pro II isn’t simply for podcasting

When Rode revealed the initial Rodecaster Pro it was something uncommon: a capable blending desk with a particular concentrate on podcasting. It made it simple to tape numerous visitors personally or over the internet/phone, while including background music and audio improvements in genuine time or with very little processing in post. A small radio station in a box if you will.

Today, Rode is revealing its follower, the Rodecaster Pro II, and the messaging this time is that it’s for all developers, be that podcasting, streaming or music production. The brand-new hardware looks familiar, however brings with it numerous modifications that need to enhance your audio anywhere and whatever you release.

The most apparent distinction you’ll see here is the smaller sized footprint. The Rodecaster Pro II loses 2 physical fader strips in favor of inhabiting less desk area. You still have as numerous channels readily available, however some are appointed to virtual controls and it seems like the ideal relocate to conserve desk area.

Other external hardware tweaks consist of an all brand-new contextual rotary control and the relocate to combination ports around the back instead of simply straight XLR connections like the initial. This opens the Rodecaster Pro II to things like guitars and synthesizers without inhabiting other inputs or requiring adapters.

A rear view of the new Rodecaster Pro II mixing desk from Rode.

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Whatever you plug into the brand-new Rodecaster it ought to sound much better as it comes geared up with brand-new preamps that can drive even the most starving of microphones(taking a look at you SM7B). Rode declares the brand-new preamps are so effective and peaceful that utilizing an in-line signal booster like a FetHed or Cloudlifter would technically be harmful, not advantageous, to your audio quality. This stays to be evaluated, obviously, however it’s excellent news in any case if you have a microphone that requires a great deal of gain.

On the listening side of things, Bluetooth on the Rodecaster Pro II supports audio out along with in, which suggests you can get cool and monitor your program wirelessly on speakers or earphones. Rode likewise declares if you tape call-in visitors over Bluetooth there need to be enhanced sound quality likewise (a minimum of in between the phone and the mixer– clearly not the cellular network).

Semi relatedly, there’s no longer a 3.5 mm earphone jack on the leading edge. On the initial, the program’s host/producer might link their earphones either around the back (with the other earphone jacks) or through the devoted jack on the front, if that was easier. Sadly that alternative has actually now gone and headphone 1 is just available by means of the 1/4 inch ports on the back. A moderate discomfort if you have a shorter/non-coiled cable television.

On a more useful front, the brand-new hardware has WiFi built-in and ethernet connection which enables simple upgrading (without needing to leave your computer system on). You can likewise link it to 2 PCs at the very same time, and even your phone that makes it best for podcasters on the go or video game banners who have a different video gaming rig. You’ll likewise have the ability to tape straight to SSDs in addition to sd card. And with that dual-PC connection your choices for routing where your audio goes are myriad.

A close up of the top right corner of the Rodecaster Pro II where the headphone volume controls are shown with colored LEDs.

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Perhaps the secret sauce here is how personalized the workflow is. This begins with basic things like the 8 pads on the Rodecaster Pro II can activate audio or send out MIDI as prior to however likewise be designated to “mixer actions” like a go out or be utilized to change video cameras in your stream. You can likewise reassign mixer channels nevertheless you like, consisting of mapping 2 inputs to one fader and conserving them as profiles if you do not like how things run out package.

There are likewise a variety of brand-new audio results consisting of stereo panning, echo and reverb. Maybe the most unanticipated addition here are some amusing voice impacts. This may make podcasters recoil, however Voicemod has actually shown popular … so someone someplace is everything about the squeaky voices.

Overall, there’s rather a lot brand-new here. The brand-new audio internals and connection ought to make this a more practical alternative for all kinds of developers, and the methods to link, set up and process the audio will likely make this much more versatile. Information essential to banners such as OBS control, double PC connection and the capability to sync/delay audio to match video recommend it’s an authentic effort at being more capable instead of simply a couple of buzzy marketing terms.

Whatever your usage case, the Rodecaster Pro II is readily available for pre-order beginning today for $699 Rode anticipates to begin delivering “early to mid-June.”

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