Rode’s RodeCaster Pro II could be the ultimate podcasting console

Rode is going all-in with the hyperbole for the launch of the RodeCaster Pro II audio production studio, calling it “its most revolutionary audio innovation to date” and claiming that it “offers a plethora of groundbreaking features that have never been seen before in a single console”. Wowzer.

This is the follow-up to the original RodeCaster Pro, a podcasting console that was released in 2018 and possibly the best podcast mixer on the market. On the front-end it features four Neutrik combo inputs for connecting mics and other gear, which each benefitting from one of the new Revolution preamps. These promise an input noise rating of -131.5dBV and 76dB of gain, resulting in a sound that delivers clarity and transparency.

The Aphex audio processors have also been overhauled. These are based on component-level analysis of analogue hardware and designed “to capture the magic of a professional studio”. There’s a quad-core audio engine - Rode claims that this provides more processing power than any other content creation console on the market - along with built-in effects.

Rode RodeCaster Pro II

(Image credit: Rode)

You can navigate the RodeCaster Pro II using a combination of the full-colour touchscreen and a rotary encoder, and the presets and VoxLab processing editor are on-hand to ensure that even beginners should be able to make decent recordings.

There are flexible configuration options, too - any of the nine channels can be assigned to six physical faders and three virtual faders - and the eight Smart pads can trigger both sounds and effects. They can also be used to send MIDI commands and activate automated mixer actions such as fade-ins and fade-outs, and with eight banks, you effectively have access to 64 pads at a time.

Complete setups on the RodeCaster Pro II can be saved as ‘Shows’ for easy recall, while further connectivity options include dual USB-C, WiFi, Ethernet and Bluetooth.

The RodeCaster Pro II will be available in June priced at $699. It’s available for pre-order now, and you can find out more on the Rode website.

Ben Rogerson

I’m the Deputy Editor of MusicRadar, having worked on the site since its launch in 2007. I previously spent eight years working on our sister magazine, Computer Music. I’ve been playing the piano, gigging in bands and failing to finish tracks at home for more than 30 years, 24 of which I’ve also spent writing about music and the ever-changing technology used to make it. 

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