Already having successful products like the Procaster and VideoMic microphones in its line-up, Australia’s renowned manufacturer RODE has gone all-in on the podcasting segment with the RODECaster Pro. It’s an integrated podcast recording station that doesn’t seem to skip a beat. First off, there are four mic inputs with Class A preamps and servo biased inputs, serving both condenser and dynamic microphones. In addition, there’s a 3.5mm line input, as well as Bluetooth and USB.
On the right side, you get eight colour-coded pads for triggering sound effects and jingles. Bringing in a guest over the phone or a messaging app is meant to be much simpler and better-sounding with this unit, and that’s not all. RODE brought in APHEX’s infamous Exciter and Big Bottom processors for dialing in the familiar Voice of God effect. Processing is complete with compression, limiting, and a noise gate. Like I said, RODE has gone all-in with this. And as far as I know, there is no other product on the market with the same focus and functionality geared towards podcasters.
In terms of outputs, the RODECaster Pro comes equipped with four headphone outputs and a stereo speaker out, all with dedicated volume controls. Recording is done directly to a microSD card or to your computer over USB. Overall, this unit is a self-contained professional podcasting studio and I admit I am quite excited about it. Setting up a professional podcast studio can be tricky and complicated, which I know from personal experience. And RODE has managed to simplify and fit it all in one self-contained box. I am impressed!
Pricing isn’t yet available, but the RODECaster Pro will be shipping in December.