Rode RODECaster Pro II Integrated Audio Production Studio
Version II Updates
Of course, the big question is, “What’s wrong with version II?” Here are the top five highlights:
- Premium boutique-class preamps with a complete overhaul, tons of gain, and mic/line/instrument inputs
- A customizable mixer with RGB color coding and increased sound power
- Extensively programmable SMART pads for initiating sounds, shows, mix actions, and more.
- Two iOS-compatible USB Type-C ports for connecting multiple computers or mobile devices
- High quality advanced Bluetooth input/output, Wi-Fi and Ethernet
These and other improvements are presented in the same tabletop form factor as the original RØDECaster Pro II, but now with a slightly smaller footprint.
4 premium high-gain preamps
Designed to hold their own against expensive and boutique microphone preamplifiers, the RØDECaster Pro II’s new Revolution preamps deliver sleek transparency and detail with ultra-low noise (just -131.5 dBV) and incredible gain up to 76dB, allowing robust recording levels even for low-output dynamic mics – no mic amplifiers, boosters or normalization needed.
Professional-grade Neutrik XLR-1/4″ combo jacks provide connection points for microphones (+ 48V phantom power is available for condenser mics), line-level sources like mixers, and rack gear , or instruments such as electric guitar and bass. Additionally, pairs of analog input channels can be linked for easy recording of stereo mic setups or stereo outputs of synthesizers, DJ mixers or external equipment.
Studio-grade processing and effects
Give your productions the polish and impact they need with authentic emulations of classic APHEX hardware processors – Aural Exciter elevates clarity and brilliance, Big Bottom adds a warm, deep low-frequency punch, and Compellor glues the all with compression/leveling – plus other widely used processors including reverb, delay, pitch shifter, EQ, high pass filter, noise gate, de-esser, robot effects , etc.
Use the VoxLab Editor to quickly manipulate parameters across multiple processors via three intuitive controls, or access the Advanced Editor (on-screen or with RØDE Central on a computer) for complex editing. Use preloaded presets, save your own and load them anytime to call up your favorite settings right away. Thanks to the internal 1.5 GHz quad-core audio engine, the RØDECaster has impressive processing power and great potential for future upgrades.
8 programmable smart pads
Instead of the sound pads of the original model, the RØDECaster Pro II has programmable SMART pads. Each SMART pad can trigger audio files such as music or sound clips, activate special effects, send MIDI commands to software or hardware, or perform mixing functions such as fades, music ducking and beeps.
Bank switch buttons below the pads allow easy access to eight banks for a total of 64 unique actions. Making the pads even better is color-selectable pad lighting, a handy way to remember which effect is on which pad.
Customizable multi-channel color-coded mixer
The 9-channel mixer features six channels equipped with broadcast-quality physical faders and three virtual channels. Physical faders and virtual channels are freely assignable to the four analog inputs, USB and Bluetooth interfaces and SMART pads, and it is possible to expand via digital hosting and hardware integrations in future updates. Each channel of the RØDECaster Pro II offers a pan control, a mute button and a listen button (solo before or after fader). With channel-specific color coding, you are assured of quick identification of your sources.
Stereo/multitrack recording and USB audio
Record individual stereo or fully separated multitrack files (in uncompressed WAV format for maximum audio quality or MP3 format to save storage space and extend recording time) to a microSD card or USB storage such as an external drive. Alternatively or simultaneously, you can use the RØDECaster Pro II as a high-quality USB audio interface for streaming/recording to a computer. In keeping with the industry standard audio resolution for video production, the RØDECaster Pro II operates at 24-bit/48kHz.
Monitoring for all
Four high-power headphone outputs with ¼-inch jacks provide clear personal monitoring for the host and up to three guests, while separate color-coded volume controls allow all attendees to easily control their own volume levels. helmet. Connect a pair of active speakers to the 1/4″ line outputs if you need to amplify your content for a live audience, or go wireless and monitor via a Bluetooth speaker to check the mix on another system.
Specialties adapted to podcasts
The inclusion of “Producer Talk Mode” lets you communicate with guests without affecting the recording, and mix-minus on Bluetooth and USB channels prevents the person on the other end of the call from overhearing annoying echo. Equipped with advanced Bluetooth connectivity, the RØDECaster Pro II can be used for ultra-high quality phone call integration, flawless audio streaming, convenient wireless monitoring, and more.
Something that really shocked me about the RØDECaster Pro II was the presence of not one, but two USB Type-C ports, allowing two computers or mobile devices to be connected simultaneously and unlocking some great options for everything from remote podcasting to complex streaming setups. These USB connections are MFi-certified for seamless integration with iPads and other iOS devices, and they support two-way MIDI communication for seamless gaming with DAWs and streaming software.
As the perfect way to instantly switch between production types such as podcasts, live streams and game commentary, the Rode RØDECaster Pro II allows you to save several “Shows” containing all the settings of the device. Custom presets for RØDE microphones (like the PodMic) and other popular models are available to help you get great sounds fast. The large 5.5-inch color touchscreen with haptic feedback and automatic brightness adjustment also contributes to the efficiency of the RØDECaster. Where the screen of the original model was flat, this one is tilted upwards for optimal viewing. Next to the touch screen, a rotary encoder is placed for optimum efficiency. navigation and control.
Given the two methods of powering the RØDECaster Pro II – via the included AC adapter or via USB Type-C PD (30W), it’s equally ready to live in your home studio or join you when you venture into the world. In both cases, the option RØDECover II, a tough polycarbonate cover that protects it from debris, dust and spills, is available to protect the RØDECaster Pro II. Prepared for worldwide use, the device is programmed in 10 languages, including English, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese and Hindi .
Providing high-speed communication with computers and other devices, Wi-Fi and Ethernet connections (new to the Version II model) offer functionality for firmware updates, software and hardware integration, and more. Firmware updates are key to the continued evolution of the RØDECaster Pro II, and RØDE has many plans for new firmware and additional hardware accessories, like colored cables, carrying bags and mounting options.
Too good to resist
While even minor improvements over the previous generation RØDECaster Pro made it a compelling choice, the substantial improvements in the RØDECaster Pro II make it too tempting to pass up.
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