More than just a microphone, this is a must have for all video creators.
When audio heavyweights Rode release a new product we all take notice and the release of the Rode Wireless Go 2 was one of those moments. A 2 channel wireless lav set, with supreme audio quality for under $300. But the wireless go 2 is far more than just a simple lav mic set, I want to show why this, is the must have purchase for filmmakers in 2021.
When the original Rode Wireless Go hit the market, it was to a lot of excitement. Finally we had a affordable, high quality wireless lav set, with the added bonus of the transmitter units featuring a built in microphone. For me, the excitement was that the world of higher quality audio in creators videos was now far more accessible.
A two channel version of that was always going to be a welcome upgrade and that’s exactly what the Wireless Go 2 has brought us. But this upgrade is far, far more than just that. And before I go on too far I will warn you this video sees the full audio geek in me get more than a little excited, so it’s less of a review and more of a “holy shit what have Rode done” kinda vibe.
Once you dig a little deeper with the Wireless Go 2 you will notice some of the key, exciting features. Firstly the audio quality, its impeccable, so good I’m comfortable recording this whole video with it. I would say that to my ear it’s actually right up there with my Sennheiser ME 2 and G4 set, and that’s without using an external lav mic.
Then comes the added functionality. Firstly having this little portable unit, without the need for an added lapel microphone is always welcome. For me if gear is easier to use then it’s more likely to get used more often. But beyond that, is what happens when you use the Rode Central software on your computer. Doing this will allow you to control the built in transmitter’s recording feature, which is huge.
This feature allows the transmitters to independently record the uncompressed audio onto the transmitters themselves, acting as a high quality redundancy for your shoots. This will likely bypass any interference, pre-amp noise or drop-outs sometimes associated with wireless mics. I will say though that with a 200metre max range, drops out are very unlikely.
Now comes the update and the really exciting part. With the Rode Central software you can and should update your transmitters to the latest firmware, this is available as of the 30th March. Doing so enables Standalone Transmitter recording, without receiver pairing. This means you now have two independent microphones and recorders in this set. Let me go further, this set can now act as it’s own standalone field recorder. Filmmakers everywhere should pay attention to this, because yes you can use this kit as a convenient, affordable and high quality 2 channel lav mic, but you can also use it as tiny portable field recorder and microphone for foley, or sound effects, or to record audio of any kind, better than that, you have two of these mic-recorder combo’s in the kit.
The possibilities for this are only just sinking in for me, but conceivably you could use this in place of your expensive field recorders. And if Rode are to be believed they’re planning an evening bigger firmware update soon that will integrate some of the DSP processing, seen in the Rodecaster Pro, into the transmitter/recorder units. So you may soon be able to add processing such as compressors and parametric EQ’s on the transmitter units recordings themselves. If that happens expect Pete to take to twitter to escape my excited audiophile ramblings.
So normally here I would summarise my thoughts on the piece of equipment I’ve reviewed, but really there’s no need. If you can stretch to $300 for this kit, just do it, don’t hesitate because it offers so much that it is impossible to beat. I hope Rode’s claims are true because those future upgrades will make this a ground breaking product, but even without it, the Wireless Go 2 truly should make poor audio quality from the casual creator, a thing of the past.
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