With NAB kicking off this week in Las Vegas, RØDE has flown in from Australia with the largest product launch in its history.
The company’s new products include new audio mixing and streaming consoles for video and gaming, a more compact version of the RØDECaster Pro II, and a brand new studio microphone designed specifically for podcasting. Let’s take a closer look.
RØDE STREAMER X
The biggest new product RØDE is bringing to content creators is the Streamer X professional audio interface and video capture console.
Streamer X features studio-grade audio inputs for XLR connections and line-level devices, with plugs for headsets, RØDE Wireless microphones, and the same high gain preamps and APHEX audio processing technology found in the phenomenally successful RØDECaster Pro podcast console.
With a compact and simple interface, Streamer X offers 4k30/2K60 streaming and up to 2K/120 and 4K/60 pass-through for live streaming and gaming, podcasting, and even video presentations.
Streamer X has two USB-C connections which can connect dual PC setups, and four customizable SMART pads for triggering sound, voice FX, and even musical cues for transitions and added production value.
The console is also compatible with RØDE’s complete lineup of software solutions including UNIFY, RØDE Central, and RØDE Connect for added features and production options.
Next on the horizon is the RØDECaster Duo, an audio mixing console with the same design and features as the RØDECaster Pro II, but with a more compact footprint.
The Duo is half the size, with four channels and two XLR connections for microphones, and six SMART pads for triggering sound and voice FX.
The Duo doesn’t compromise, however on professional sound quality, packing in the same quad-core audio engine, Revolution Preamps, APHEX audio processing, and support for connecting to RØDE’s line of wireless microphones and cellular mobile support.
RØDE PODMIC USB
Those consoles need a microphone that can drive audio recording with the same professional sound quality that RØDE is known for, and the new PODMic USB is more than up to the task.
Based on the technology found in RØDE’s 5th generation NT1 studio condenser microphone, the RØDE Podmic USB.
The main feature brought over from the NT1 5th Gen is its dual XLR/USB connectivity. This feature provides an analog XLR output, as well as a digital USB-C connection for complete flexibility in the studio.
The Podmic USB also has the same studio-grade pop filters and Revolution Preamps built right in for high-quality analog to digital-conversion and audio capture.
The PodMic USB also has advanced digital signal and APHEX voice processing tools for recording to any interface including capturing to smartphones, tablets, and PCs.
It’s also compatible with RØDE’s complete software suite which includes RØDE Central, RØDE Connect, UNIFY, and RØDE’s new smartphone production app RØDE Capture.
While those are the heavy hitters in RØDE’s new audio lineup, that is by no means the end.
The company is also releasing a new charging case for the RØDE Wireless Go II, which provides up to 30 hours of continuous use and three full recharges for transmitters and receivers, as well as a robust protective storage case.
RØDE is also launching a new RØDECaster Backpack, which can be used to transport the RØDECaster Pro, RØDECaster Pro II, and RØDECaster Duo, as well as its microphones, studio arms, and even laptops up to 16 inches large.
With ergonomic shoulder straps with back and chest support, exterior pockets, and compartments, the RØDECaster Backpack can transport an entire production studio.
NEW REQUESTED FEATURES
Lastly, RØDE has released firmware updates for the RØDECaster Pro II and RØDE Wireless Go II microphone system.
The update for the RØDECaster Pro II unlocks wireless microphone connectivity to the system, a feature that was waiting to be activated.
The update provides support for RØDE’s Series IV wireless devices including the RØDE Wireless Go II and Wireless ME for recording pristine audio directly to the RØDECaster Pro II.
Moreover, the RØDE Wireless Go II microphone system update unlocks more features including saving onboard recordings as WAV files for easy transfer to a computer, as well as stop/stop recordings using the transmitter/receiver’s power button.
There is also expanded support for the Go II’s camera preset feature, providing for more new camera models, as well as system enhancements.
There is no word on when these products will be available and for what price, but RØDE has said that more information will be forthcoming in the next few weeks.
The firmware updates will be available for download through the RØDECentral PC app or directly through your RØDECaster Pro II unit.
RØDE will also be showcasing the entire new lineup at the B&H Booth at NAB, Central Hall, booth #C8317 from April 16th-20th.
- RØDE X Streamer X Audio Interface and Video Streaming Console (B&H)
- RØDECaster DUO Console (B&H)
- RØDE PodMic USB (B&H)
- RØDE Wireless Go II Charging Case (B&H)
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