Pro video blog…Produced by Philip Johnston DoP/Editor

I own the 1st version of RODE’s radio mic system and was very impressed with the size but not the performance. It was fine up to 50m line of sight then bad drop out. This version is seemingly a lot better at 200m line of sight.

Rode has announced the Wireless Go II, its second-generation dual channel wireless microphone system. The new system consists of the same basic form factor as its Wireless Go predecessor, but adds the ability to record two sound sources at once, improved device compatibility and onboard storage.

Unlike the original Rode Wireless Go, which came with only one transmitter and one receiver unit, the Wireless Go II kit comes with three units: two transmitters and one dual channel receiver. This is because the new kit can record not just one, but two sound sources at once thanks to its dual channel design. This means you can use just one kit to record two-person interviews or use the second transmitter to record with a backup microphone in more complicated environments.

Key Features:

  • Dual channel wireless microphone system for recording two sound sources simultaneously
  • Series IV 2.4GHz digital transmission, 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 24 hours of internal memory
  • Mono or stereo recording modes – record each channel separately or combine them for ultimate flexibility in post-production
  • Safety channel (see note), flexible gain control (three-stage pad, expandable to 10-stage)
  • In-built rechargeable lithium-ion battery – up to 7 hours battery life
  • Designed and made in RØDE’s precision manufacturing facilities in Australia
  • Note, When activated, safety channel mode will record a second track of audio at -20dB as a backup in case your sound source gets loud unexpectedly and causes the main channel to distort. To enable safety track mode, open the RØDE Central app, plug in the Wireless GO II receiver, navigate to the settings screen and click the ‘Safety Cahnnel’ toggle (note: this can only be activated in stereo mode).

For those of us wanting to use the Wireless GO II receiver with professional XLR sockets you have to buy the VXLR-PRO for an extra £35.

You also need to buy the Lavalier GO a professional-grade lavalier microphone that is designed to pair perfectly with the Wireless GO II. Very useful having the choice of 2 colours. Each mic is £58.

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Having been working in the video business since 1988 I have amassed a great amount of knowledge of both the kit and production values over the last 30 years.

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