Rode Microphones offers a new and improved version of its popular Go portable microphone, the Wireless Go II, which uses the same form factor as the original but adds a list of new and improved features. Specifically, the Go II offers two transmitter packs that can talk to a single receiver simultaneously, allowing you to record two individual speakers to the same camera or connected device.
The Rode Wireless Go II ($ 299) comes with everything you need to start recording high-quality sound on a camera or anything else that can connect to a 3.5mm jack. The transmitter packs – there are two in the box – have built-in microphones that deliver great sound, or you can use them with any equipped 3.5mm lavalier microphone depending on your needs.
The receiver pack can transmit in 3.5mm TRS, but it can also transmit via USB Type-C (which is also used for charging). It’s new to this generation, and Rode also sells USB-C to USB-C and USB-C to Lightning cables so you can use them with modern Android devices, iPhones, iPads, Macs, and PCs. .
Each of the three packs has a built-in rechargeable battery that can provide up to 7 hours of battery life on a single charge. You can independently adjust the gain on each of the transmitters and mute each individually or both from the receiver pack. You can also switch between mono recording with each transmitter as a channel and stereo recording modes.
The transmitters can operate within a range of 200 meters (approximately 650 feet) from the receiver, provided they have line of sight, and the receiver has a screen to show you input levels, state of battery, connectivity and more. The transmitters each have two LEDs which provide visual feedback for connectivity and gain. Each also automatically records locally, with the ability to store more than 24 hours of audio on the built-in storage if connectivity is lost.
Design and performance
With this update, it really feels like Rode has thought of everything. You can start immediately, on the one hand, since the transmitter packs and the receiver are pre-paired and assigned by default to the left and right channels. They’re incredibly user-friendly, and while Rode has introduced a new Windows and Mac app for centralized control of these called Rode Central, you actually don’t need any additional software to start recording with them.
This updated version also uses new RF transmission technology that incorporates 128-bit encryption, with a much larger site line range for their use. This is designed to make them much more reliable in areas where there is already a lot of RF traffic – like a busy shopping mall (once COVID time is behind us), conference rooms, or other spaces. audiences with a lot of people and smartphones.
The built-in memory is also new and means you never have to worry about possible dropped connections, as you’ll always have a local file to rely on the transmitter packs themselves. A similar peace of mind feature is a safety channel that records a backup track at -20dB, so if you experience layered sounds that cause a spike in your main recording, you’ll have another option. Both of these features should be proactively enabled in the Rode Central app, which Rode will also use to deliver future Go II firmware updates, but they are much welcome additions.
In the meantime, the best new feature might be that you get all of these enhancements in one great package. Rode’s original Go was notable in large part because it came in such a small, portable case, with transmitters with built-in microphones as well as some excellent body packs. The size here is exactly the same and these use the same built-in clips which make them compatible with all of Rode’s existing Go accessories.
At the end of the line
There is a concept of “lapping” in racing, where you are so far ahead of a competitor that you overtake them again. That’s basically what Rode did with the Go II, which tops the market for the best mobile video / field podcasting mic, with smart features that address the few drawbacks of the original.
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