Rode caused a sensation two years ago when he debuted GO wireless microphone system. The small size, the built-in mic and the relatively affordable price were a winning formula. Today, Rode unveils its sequel, the GO II wireless, and it comes with many improvements.
Specifically, the kit now comes with two transmitters (and one receiver). The owners of the original version will tell you that one of the most limiting factors was that you could only record one sound source (unless you wanted to get into splitter cables and the like). Now you can record two presenters or one voice and some vibe (or any other creative setup) right out of the box.
That alone makes the Wireless GO II interesting beyond its primary video purpose. For example, recording both sides of an in-person interview without being tethered to the recorder (and socially distant!). Rode also saw fit to double the wireless range to achieve a line of sight of 200 meters (650 feet) (the original was around 70).
As before, the transmitters have built-in microphones and a clip on the back of the device means the setup doesn’t need anything else (and is wireless in the truest sense). However, as before, you can plug in your own micro lav if you want. In fact, this time around you can also connect the receiver of the Wireless GO II via USB or Lightning, so that you are no longer limited to recording in anything with a 3.5mm port ( the Wireless Zoom is calling anyone?), you can plug the transmitter into most modern phones and laptops.
If you want a really light setup, the new transmitters have built-in storage so you can record directly to them or use it to do a backup recording on the device. Rode claims there is enough room for a full 24 hours of audio, but at what quality we don’t know yet. Keep in mind that the battery life is only seven hours, but you can leave this recording somewhere attached to a battery if you really want that endless vibe.
Improvements on the software side include the ability to record in stereo or mono, three-level gain control, and a ‘safety channel’ which records an on-board backup in case the one you receive in the camera is too much. noisy and has clipping. Most of these features will be accessible through a new companion app called Rode Central. Maybe that could lead to more features down the line or at least some convenient firmware updates.
One of the more understated advantages of the original was the GO Interview Accessory, which transformed the kit into a portable wireless micro reporter. Fortunately, the dimensions of the new version are essentially the same, so the attachment (and the magnetic clip) will work here as well. Rode also claims that a new connector on the included fur windshields should make them more secure when in use.
The Wireless GO will cost $ 299, or about $ 100 more than the original kit, but includes the second transmitter, so it’s on average a similar price “by weight”.