Back in 2018, the Rodecaster Pro created a flutter in the podcasting world, becoming the well-deserved standard podcasting console. Rode could well have rested on those mighty laurels, given that there are even today very few similarly competent platforms.
Rode have now announced the Rodecaster Pro II, and its positioned as the the ultimate audio production solution for content creators. Whether it’s streaming, podcasting or music production, the Rodecaster Pro II is up for the challenge, boasting a plethora of features never been seen before in a single console.
The Rodecaster II is built to deliver the key functions of a full-sized audio control room for countless audio-like production capability, albeit in a desktop-sized console for amateurs and professionals alike to utilize.
As for what’s new, there’s a ton of hardware and software upgrades, quality of life improvements and visual changes. The first and most obvious one, of course is the smaller and sleeker footprint of the console itself, ideal for slotting alongside any creator’s setup with ease.
When developing the RodeCaster Pro II, Rode “went with a similar mindset to the original: we wanted to create something truly revolutionary once again, but this time our focus was all creators, not just podcasters,” explains Rode CEO Damien Wilson.
The layout features flashier upgrades in terms of added inputs and aesthetics. A grand total of nine individually assignable channels with six broadcast-quality physical faders and three virtual faders make up the switchboard.
Any of the nine audio sources can be allocated to any fader, allowing users to design their ideal mixer configuration to suit their creative requirements and workflow. That means any creative recording application, including live streaming, gaming, podcasting, or music production grants creators complete control, right at their fingertips.
The console is powered via USB-C and is capable of connecting to two computers or mobile devices at once for dual operation. There’s also a larger, aesthetically-looking touchscreen that gives the entire unit a more professional look. The system arrives with additional options to customize processing, key bindings, and automation thanks to the buffed onboard software.
Four high-quality Neutrik combo inputs mean instant connection for microphones, instruments, and line-level devices in an instant, designed to make any creator sound exceptional every time they hit the record button. That’s because each input features Rode’s ultra-low-noise, high-gain Revolution Preamps, which deliver pristine audio quality with any microphone or instrument, no matter if it’s guitar, bass, keyboards, or the like—you name the device, Rode’s up the task.
Now titled SMART pads, the previously labeled sound pads are fully customizable—a far cry from the limitations of the first model that could only be used for playing audio clips.
Triggering prompts to transition, fade, and lighting settings from the Rodecaster Pro II ensures it proves relevant to the audio production market. It’s incredibly convenient to have a control room alternative in desk-sized form.
Retailing at $699, the RodeCaster Pro II will soon be available for pre-orders in the region, Head to the Advanced Media site to book your unit today!