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(Pocket-lint) – Rode has revealed the Rodecaster Pro 2, which it claims is a “hack” in the original Rodecaster Pro. It is an all-in-one audio production console designed for content creators, live broadcasters, podcasters, musicians, and more.
The feature set makes it clear that this instrument sings and dances at will and can be used for all kinds of things. It allows you to raise the quality of your production with a well-thought-out package full of capabilities and promises.
As you can see in the picture, the Rodecaster Pro 2 offers nine different channels, with six hardware dimmers, three virtual attenuators and multiple inputs for different devices including XLR microphones, guitars, gaming PCs and many more. Still others. Route all kinds of audio signals into the mix, including Bluetooth devices, 3.5mm connections, smartphones, and more, and then monitor the audio from each source individually.
Rode claims to have improved the Rodecaster Pro 2 in several ways, chief among them being an improved industrial-grade amplifier and delivering a clean signal with more preamp gain than the original Rodecaster Pro. So it works with more microphones, even gain-hungry ones like the Shure SM7B.
It’s designed to be easy to use, with a smart setup wizard that helps you get great sound right out of the box, plus the ability to tweak all kinds of settings to make your sound better. It features a 1.5GHz quad-core audio engine, capable of processing multiple elements at the same time and producing ultra-low noise for improved sound quality.
The Rodecaster Pro 2 works with different microphones and also has several pre-programmed microphones (such as the Rode PodMic, Procaster, NT1) so you can switch to the one you’re using for great sound right away. There are also many pre-programmed treatments and effects that can be easily applied. As you might expect, these advanced settings include the compressor, data remover, noise gate, high pass filters, EQ settings, exciter and more.
To fine-tune the sound, there is audio processing built in by Aphex that includes settings for Audio Exciter, Big Bottom, Compressor, Noise Gate, High Pass Filter, EQ, and plenty of built-in effects. At the hardware level, there are special buttons called smart panels which can be programmed for all sorts of things including sound effects pages, volume down settings, live audio sampling, and much more.
One of the features that amazed us the most was the back channel option, which allows users to talk to each other without it appearing on the recording or the live broadcast, in order to manage the production as it happens.
Other benefits include the ability to record directly to a MicroSD card or SSD via USB, as well as PC or streaming recording. There are also “display settings” useful for people who create different types of content. So if you’re streaming, playing, podcasting, or music from the same device, but with different settings for each, you can set different Presentation Settings for each, and switch from one to the other with ease.
Rodecaster Pro 2 feels like a content creator’s dream and an incredibly useful device. It’s available for pre-order now on Rode’s website, priced at $699, and ships in June.
Written by Adrian Wellings.
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