Rode to perfection
S uperb sound is imperative in keeping your audience engaged. And away from big-budget productions with dedicated sound recordists, filmmakers need to be able to shoot everything – from commercials to narrative work, ENG, run-and-gun documentaries, events, talking head interviews and more. What’s required is a range of top- quality, reliable, yet portable audio equipment. If each bit of kit can be made to do more than just one thing effectively, it’s an ideal buy. Aussie audio expert Rode The Wireless Go II and VideoMic NTG are two award-winning sound systems, helping to create awesome audio
makes not only great mics, but one of the most affordable and compact audio systems, taking the headaches out of recording stunning sound. And it all works perfectly together. That’s why the Wireless Go II and VideoMic NTG shotgun mic have come out on top of their respective categories in the Pro Moviemaker Gear of the Year Awards – as voted for by working professionals. Not only were these both great products from the moment they hit the shops; they have been upgraded through the year by free firmware advances to unlock
more functionality – and there have been further accessories launched.
Wireless at the double! Last year, the original Rode Wireless Go mic systemwon a Pro Moviemaker Gear of the Year award. By adding a second mic/transmitter, internal recording, and extending the wireless range, the new Wireless Go II is a huge upgrade. So, it was no surprise when Rode triumphed again. The system is designed to solve the problem of recording two subjects into a camera via a single wireless receiver, while keeping the equipment as compact and simple as possible. The Wireless Go II includes two separate transmitters with built-in mics. These come already in sync with each other, and the single camera- top receiver has an LCD display that shows levels and peaks for both mic channels. The Wireless Go II receiver has a 3.5mm analogue TRS output for cameras, plus a digital audio output via USB-C for smartphones and computers – ideal for vlogging, for example. The system can also record seven hours of uncompressed audio to its internal memory as a backup. This is activated via the Rode Central smartphone app, that gives access to firmware updates and advanced features such as activation of a safety channel – which records a second track at -20dB in case the main channel distorts due to sudden increases in sound. The Wireless Go II can switch between mono and stereo modes, has a mute button and rechargeable lithium-ion batteries that last up to seven hours, with a two- hour recharge. The range has increased to 200m/656ft – almost triple the old units. The audio from the built-in mic is crisp, with impressive low- and high-end tones. As it’s omnidirectional, the sound is clear – even if the speaker turns their head – and background noise is well-controlled.
“By adding a secondmic/transmitter, internal recording, and extending thewireless range, the newWirelessGo II is a huge upgrade”
GREEN SCREEN Rode has launched a range of blue and green mic foams to make the VideoMic NTG great for chroma keying
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