With the RØDECaster Pro, RØDE created one of the best podcasting consoles on the market, so what could the company bring to the party when it launched a new version? Well, quite a lot, it turns out.
When RØDE started work on the RØDECaster Pro II, its ambition was to create a product that would not only be useful to podcasters, but also streamers, gamers, musicians and all other types of content creators.
The console offers four four Neutrik combo inputs, each of which is equipped with one of the new Revolution preamps. These deliver an input noise rating -131.5dBV and 76dB of gain, so high-quality sound is a given, no matter what you plug into them.
The preamps are backed up by Aphex audio processing, which gives you the customisable DSP you need to make your recordings sound like they were made in a pro studio. These are supported by a quad-core audio engine and plenty of tone-crafting effects.
Rode has also been careful to ensure that the RØDECaster Pro II is easy to use. A full-colour touchscreen and rotary encoder mean that it’s easy to stay in control, while presets and the VoxLab processing editor are on hand to help out beginners.
What’s more, the RØDECaster Pro II is endlessly flexible. Any of the nine channels can be assigned to six physical faders and three virtual faders, and you can use the eight Smart Pads to trigger sound and effects. There’s more to them than this, though - these pads can also be configured to send MIDI commands and activate automated mixer actions such as fade-ins and fade-outs.
In fact, with access to eight banks of pads, you can have up to 64 actions under your hands at any one time. You’ll also be pleased to learn that a complete setup configuration can be saved as a Show, ready to be recalled instantly the next time you need it.
The RØDECaster Pro II is stuffed with connectivity, too, including four analogue inputs, four headphone outputs and 1/4-inch balanced line outputs. Dual USB-C ports mean that you can even connect up to two computers or mobile devices simultaneously, while Bluetooth audio support gives you wireless connectivity.
Whatever kind of content you make, then, the RØDECaster Pro II is a true studio centrepiece. Find out more on the RØDE website.