Rode made a little bit of a splash two years in the past when it debuted its Wireless GO microphone system. The diminutive dimension, built-in mic and comparatively inexpensive worth had been a successful formulation. Right this moment, Rode is unveiling its sequel, the Wireless GO II, and it comes with a slew of enhancements.
Most notably, the equipment now comes with two transmitters (and one receiver). Homeowners of the unique model will let you know that one of many extra limiting elements was that you would solely report one sound supply (except you needed to get into splitter cables and the like). Now, you’ll be able to report two presenters or one voice and a few atmosphere (or every other inventive configuration) proper out of the field.
This alone makes the Wi-fi GO II attention-grabbing past its major video focus. For instance, recording either side of an in-person interview with out being tethered to the recorder (and socially distanced!). Rode additionally noticed match to over double the wi-fi vary to 200 meters (650 ft) line of sight (the unique was round 70).
As earlier than, the transmitters have microphones built-in and a clip on the again of the unit means the setup doesn’t want the rest (and is wi-fi within the truest sense). Although, as earlier than, you’ll be able to plug in your individual lav mic if you’d like. In actual fact, this time round, you too can join the Wi-fi GO II’s receiver over USB or lightning, so that you’re now not restricted to recording into simply something with a 3.5mm port (wi-fi Zoom calls anybody?), you’ll be able to plug the transmitter into most trendy telephones and laptops, too.
In order for you a very light-weight setup, the brand new transmitters have onboard storage so you’ll be able to report on to them or use it to make a backup recording on the gadget. Rode claims there’s sufficient room for a full 24 hours of audio, although at what high quality we don’t but know. Keep in mind the battery life is simply seven hours, however you would depart this recording someplace connected to a battery pack should you really need that countless atmosphere.
Enhancements on the software program facet embody the choice to report in stereo or mono, three-stage acquire management and a “security channel” that information a backup on board in case the one you get in-camera is just too loud and has clipping. Most of those options will probably be accessed by way of a brand new companion app referred to as Rode Central. Maybe this might result in extra options down the road or a minimum of handy firmware updates.
One of many extra understated perks of the unique was the Interview GO accessory, which turned the equipment right into a wi-fi handheld reporter mic. Luckily, the size of the brand new model are primarily the identical, in order that accent (and the magnetic clip) will work right here additionally. Rode additionally claims a brand new connector on the included furry windshields ought to make them safer when in use.
The Wireless GO II will price $299, which is round $100 greater than the unique equipment, however does embody the second transmitter so it averages out to be an analogous worth “by weight.”