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RØDECaster Pro audio console-first look

Whether you broadcast live or record live-to-drive, the RØDECaster Pro seems made to fit.

The Australian microphone manufacturer RØDE has just announced its new RØDECaster Pro audio integrated console for live or live-to-drive production, be it for radio or television, online or conventional. The device has several microphone inputs, virtual carts to play pre-recorded our opening, bridges, bumpers, jingles and spots, as well as mix-minus, a built-in audio recorder, APHEX aural exciter/compressor/limiter/gate and much more. While I await a review unit, I’ll cover everything I know about it so far.

Initial specs and capabilities

  • 4 XLR mic inputs with phantom power
  • 4 individual headphone outputs with individual output volume potentiometers
  • 8 faders to control audio levels
  • APHEX processing (aural exciter/compressor/limiter/gate)
  • 8 programmable virtual carts for instantly playing our opening, bridges, bumpers, closings, jingles and spots
  • Instant mix-minus for echo-free phone or app calls
  • TRRS for smartphone or tablet connectivity (phone calls or apps)
  • Bluetooth
  • USB-C to record on computer or broadcast live
  • Onboard recording microSD card
  • Color touchscreen
  • Works either standalone or with computer

Initial pricing

RØDECaster Pro initial pricing is US$599 (B&H). This price excludes the microphones and other accessories.

Pending details to discover in my upcoming review

  • Maximum input gain on microphone preamps
  • Available audio sampling rate(s), i.e. 48 kHz etc.
  • Resolution in recording, i.e. 24-bit, 16-bit etc.
  • Audio delay?
  • Automix?
  • Multitrack to DAW, or only stereo mix?
  • Mono recording capability?
  • Much more

The RØDECaster Pro promises to be an amazing device for audio and audio/video content producers, regardless of their final delivery venues. Be sure to subscribe or re-subscribe to my emailing list to be notified when I publish the final review.

Photo credits

All photos in this first-look article are courtesy of RØDE.

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Born in Connecticut, United States, Allan Tépper is an award-winning broadcaster & podcaster, bilingual consultant, multi-title author, tech journalist, translator, and language activist who has been working with professional video since the eighties. Since 1994,…

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