RODE MICROPHONES - RODECaster Pro
RODECaster Pro has been designed for podcast production, with main features including four microphone inputs, five headphone outputs, eight programmable pads, TRRS or Bluetooth telephone inputs, and direct one-touch recording to microSD card or via USB to computer.
Operating as a standalone production studio, RODECaster Pro is able to capture audio from up to four microphones via 3-pin XLR inputs with switchable +48V phantom power. The four microphone inputs have been designed with Class A, servo-based preamps to give a ‘cleaner gain structure’ whilst lowering distortion levels. The user can add independent processing to each of the microphone channels via the intuitive touch screen display menu, with options of compression, high-pass filter, de-esser, ducking, along with the popular APHEX Aural Exciter and APHEX Big Bottom being on/off switchable. In addition to the microphone inputs, a USB-C connection allows conversation with compatible computer along with audio playback, a 3.5mm TTRS input for connection to a mobile phone, and Bluetooth connection – the latter two useful for phone call inclusion.
Four 6.35mm TRS jack headphone outputs are located on the rear facing panel, all of which give the same mix as that that is being recorded to the microSD card. Limiting can be applied to the headphone outputs to avoid acoustic shock and to prevent damage to the user’s hearing. If using this mode, the audio in the headphones may not truly reflect the recorded audio. Each of the four headphone output levels can be controlled via rotary volume controllers on the main control surface. A fifth headphone output via 3.5mm jack connection is located on the front facing panel. This output is designed for a mixing engineer who isn’t necessarily part of the podcast recording. Dual balanced 6.35mm jack outputs are provided for connection to external monitor loudspeakers. A rotary control on the main control surface allows adjustment of the speaker output level.
Along with an intuitive touch screen display, the main surface of the RODECaster Pro has a large ‘REC’ record button which illuminated red when active. The main control surface also houses faders for all inputs and outputs. Illuminated input channel selection buttons and illuminated mute and solo buttons for each input are located above or below the respective channel fader. There is also an illuminated solo button associated with the output fader. To the right of the faders, eight backlit touch pads can be programmed and used to instigate sound effect and jingle playback. The audio can be recorded directly into the RODECaster Pro, or via a computer using the ‘drag and drop’ functionality of the included software. Pad illumination colour is user adjustable, and up to eight pages of pads can be stored. This is particularly useful for different reoccurring podcasts, or multi-user devices. Other useful features include mix-minus processing to prevent the caller hearing echo; and preset EQ for select Rode microphones.
Included accessories: 1x 2m USB-A to USB-C cable, 1x Scribble Sheet for pads.
Optional accessories: (15-6816) SKB 3i-1813-7-RCP utility case
Frequency range: 20Hz – 20kHz, -3dB at 20Hz, mic inputs; 20Hz – 20kHz, better than +/- 0.5dB, monitor outputs. Input impedance: 600ohm. Equivalent noise: -125dBA, A-weighted. Maximum output level: +3dBu. Headphone output power: 32ohm -> 220mW, 300ohm -> 31mW, maximum at 1% THD. Dynamic range: 100dBA. Gain range: 0-55dB. Bit depth: 24-bit. Sample rates: 48kHz. OS requirements: macOS 10.11/Windows 10. Power requirements: 12-15V DC, 1A. Dimensions (LxWxH): 350 x 275 x 82mm. Weight: 1.98kg