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)
- USB-C to record on computer or broadcast live
- Onboard recording microSD card
- Color touchscreen
- Works either standalone or with computer
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?
- 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.
All photos in this first-look article are courtesy of RØDE.
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