I am a huge fan of Rode Microphones. They are pretty simple to use for the general public and have solid performance. I currently use the Rode VideoMic Me, shotgun mic, and the smartLav+, lavalier mic with the iPhone. Each of these mics has given me excellent performance in many settings. One product I have wanted is the Wireless Go. This want has only been increased with the new Wireless Go II.
Two features set this apart from the original Wireless Go. The first feature is it’s a two-channel mic system. Meaning you can record two mics at the same time. Two channels are a must when you have more than one person. The second feature is the ability to record on the receiver. This was a game-changer for me. I have done live streams where the audio has issues, and there was no way to fix it. You can fix the audio and re-upload the video if you have a recording.
However, there are a lot more features to this new mic. Here are the major features of the new Wireless GO II
- Ultra-compact and versatile single-transmitter wireless microphone system
- Series IV 2.4GHz digital transmission with 128-bit encryption – crystal-clear audio at up to 200m (line of sight), optimised for extremely stable operation in dense RF environments
- 3.5mm TRS analog output, USB-C and iOS digital output – universal compatibility with cameras, mobile devices and computers
- On-board recording – over 40 hours of internal memory
- Safety channel, flexible gain control (three-stage pad, expandable to 10-stage)
- In-built rechargeable lithium-ion battery – up to 7 hours battery life
- Compatible with free RØDE Connect podcasting and streaming software
- Complete on-the-go device configuration, access to advanced features, firmware updates and easy file management via RØDE Central app
- Dual-channel receiver – compatible with additional Wireless GO II transmitter
- Designed and made in RØDE’s precision manufacturing facilities in Sydney, Australia
The Rode Wireless Go II is out now. One of my favorite places to shop for gear is B&H Photo, and they retail for $299. This may seem like a large sum, but the price to other wireless mics is not a bad price for something so simple to use.