Rode RODECaster Pro
The RODECaster Pro is the world’s first fully integrated podcast production studio. Whether you are just starting out, or are a seasoned broadcast professional, the RØDECaster Pro Podcast Production Studio is all you will ever need.
RØDECaster Pro News:
RØDECaster Pro Multitrack – How It Works (And More Features From Update 1.1.0 Explained)
We are thrilled to announce the first major firmware update for the RØDECaster Pro Podcast Production Studio has arrived. Update 1.1.0 introduces a stack of new features to the RØDECaster Pro, including the much-anticipated multitrack functionality, as well as an updated user interface and mix-minus on the USB output. More below and download HERE.
Multitrack Output to USB
Multitrack mode (called ‘multi-channel’ mode on the RØDECaster) allows you to record not only the stereo mix of your podcast, as was previously the case with the RØDECaster, but also each individual track, meaning you can now mix your podcast in post-production.
Multitrack-to-USB is activated via the RØDECaster Pro’s ‘Advanced’ settings. Once activated, an additional RØDECaster Pro USB output device will appear on your computer, in addition to the regular stereo USB output.(Note that when you activate this mode you may have to disconnect and then reconnect the USB connection to your computer for your computer to recognise the additional USB device – the RØDECaster Pro will prompt you to do this if necessary).
This additional USB device has 14 different sources available. The first two tracks are the stereo mix, exactly as the RØDECaster Pro records to the microSD card. The remaining tracks represent the sources on the RØDECaster Pro, going from left to right across the console – starting with Mic 1 and going across through Mics 2, 3 and 4, the USB input, TRRS phone connector, Bluetooth input, and finally the sound pads. The mic channels are single mono tracks, and all the other tracks are stereo – first left, then right.
The process for accessing and allocating tracks in a DAW will vary between platforms and software, but in general you need to select the multitrack USB device in your preferences and select the individual source on a per-track basis.
Switching Multi-Channel Outputs Between Pre and Post Audio Processing
By default, each of the tracks output in multitrack mode will include any audio processing you have selected while recording, such as the on-board APHEX processers or compression. However, you can choose to bypass this processing, giving you the raw channel output of each track instead. This is ideal if you want to add all of your processing in post-production. If this mode is activated, the on-board processing will still output to the main stereo mix.
Switchable Mix-Minus on USB Main Output
The RØDECaster Pro now has switchable mix-minus on the USB channel, in addition to the mix-minus on the Bluetooth and TRRS channels. This means if you want to connect a computer-based communication app like Discord or Skype via the USB channel, you can do so without a feedback loop. This is also activated via the ‘Advanced’ menu.
An important note to remember: if you activate mix-minus mode on the USB output, the main USB output no longer represents the full podcast mix. This means if you want to record the stereo mix to your computer as well as use the USB input for a phone call or similar, you will need to activate multitrack mode. Make sure you allocate the main USB device to your communications app, and Source 1 and 2 of the multitrack USB device to your recording software.
Colour Coded Microphone Channels
Each microphone channel on the RØDECaster Pro now has its own dedicated colour, which remains on the sidebar as you cycle through the menus. This means you’ll always know which channel you’re adjusting while in the settings.
Other Changes to The User Interface
The record button on the RØDECaster Pro now gently pulses when the unit is ready to record, making it easier to tell the difference between when the unit is armed to go and actually recording. When you are recording, the button goes a solid bright red as before.
The menu layout has also changed slightly to accommodate the new features, and to make it easier to navigate between settings.
RØDECaster Pro Multitrack To microSD : How It Works PLUS More Features In Update 1.2.0 Explained
We are thrilled to announce that the second major firmware update for the RØDECaster Pro™ has arrived! Following on from update 1.1.0, which was released back in February and introduced multitrack recording via USB, version 1.2.0 expands the RØDECaster Pro’s multitrack capabilities, enabling multitrack recording direct to microSD™, as well as some other handy features. Take a look at what they are and how they work below.
Recording Multitrack to microSD™ Card
Multitrack (called ‘multichannel’ on the RØDECaster) to microSD mode allows you to record not only a stereo mix of your podcast to the on-board microSD card, as was previously the case with the RØDECaster, but also each individual track. This means each track of your podcast can be edited in post-production without the need to be connected to a computer during recording.
To activate multitrack to microSD, simply head to ‘Hardware’ > ‘Advanced’ in your RØDECaster’s menu and hit the switch labeled ‘microSD’. Once activated, your recordings will save to your microSD card as a polyWAV file that contains each individual channel from the RØDECaster Pro as a separate track, as well as the complete stereo mix.
To open this file, you will need a DAW that supports polyWAV files. Most modern DAWs will support this file type, but you may find some basic audio editors will not be able to fully open the file and may only give you access to the first track (see below for a work-around for this!).
Within the polyWAV file, there are 14 tracks. The first two tracks are the stereo mix, exactly as the RØDECaster Pro would record if multichannel mode was switched off. The remaining tracks represent the sources on the RØDECaster Pro, going from left to right across the console – starting with Mic 1 and going across through Mics 2, 3 and 4, the USB input, TRRS phone connector, Bluetooth input, and finally the sound pads. The mic channels are single mono tracks, and all the other tracks are stereo.
An important thing to remember here is that there is a file size limit to WAV files. You are unlikely to reach that limit in a stereo recording (unless your podcast is very long), but when recording a podcast in multichannel mode the recording can quite easily reach this file size. If this happens, the RØDECaster Pro will automatically continue the recording in a new file, meaning you will have to stitch together the additional files in your DAW.
The individual track outputs are recorded pre-fader, meaning that where the faders are set on the RØDECaster will not affect the multitrack recording. The same goes for the mute buttons. This ensures complete flexibilty when mixing in post. For example, if somebody says something interesting during your podcast, but their channel was muted or turned down, it will still be available on the multichannel file.
Similar to when recording multitrack to USB, you can also choose to record the multichannel tracks without any effects or processing (i.e. just the raw audio) for even more flexibility when editing and mixing in post-production. You can disable the effects and processing on the multitrack output by hitting the switch under the multitrack toggles in the ‘Advanced’ menu. A note to remember: the main stereo mix recording will always have all the processing applied, so that it remains a full stereo mix of your whole podcast.
A Note on SD Cards
As with all real-time recording devices, you need to ensure you are using a high-quality microSD card with the RØDEcaster Pro. If you are using an old or cheap generic card, the data read and write speed from the card may be compromised, which can cause recording errors, or sometimes even playback errors. We recommend using high-speed cards from major vendors to ensure trouble-free recording with your RØDEcaster Pro, especially when using the multitrack recording feature. Check out our list of recommended microSD cards here.
Updated Companion App
There has also been an update to the RØDECaster Pro’s companion app which offers more user-friendly handling of the multitrack files.
As mentioned, when recording in multitrack to microSD, the RØDECaster Pro will record both the main stereo mix and each of the individual sources connected to the RØDECaster Pro to your SD card as a polyWAV file. Not all DAWs can support polyWAVs, and to help with this we have introduced a new feature to the companion app for PC and Mac which converts the polyWAV file to seperate WAVs, ready to be imported to your DAW.
To access this feature, take the microSD card with your recordings out of the RØDECaster Pro and put it into your computer. Then start up the companion app. Select the ‘Podcast’ option to see all the individual podcasts recorded onto your microSD card. The app will also tell you if they are stereo or multichannel recordings.
From here you can also rename your podcasts and give them colour codes to help you identify which are which. To transfer the recordings to your computer, simply click on one of the podcasts, and hit ‘Save’.
Your computer will then prompt you for a file location to save the podcast to. Once you have selected a suitable folder or location, click ‘OK’.
If the podcast was recorded in stereo mode, the companion app will transfer the file to your computer, naming it according to the name you gave it in the app. If the podcast was recorded in multichannel mode, the companion app will split out each individual track into its own WAV file – mono files for the mic channels, and stereo files for the TRRS, Bluetooth, USB and sound pad channels. The app will also automatically stitch together any long recordings that have been split into multiple polyWAV files. Handy!
Pause Mode and Updated Colour-Coding on the Record Button
Finally, the RØDECaster Pro now offers the option to pause a recording at any time by pressing and holding the record button for two seconds – note that the unit starts pausing the moment you press the button, but you need to hold it down for two seconds to activate the pause. Tapping the button will resume the recording, whereas pressing and holding again will end the recording.
To make this process as simple as possible, we’ve updated the colour-coding on the record button! Green means the RØDECaster is armed and ready to record, red means it is recording, and flashing amber means it is paused.
There you have it – update 1.2.0 for the RØDECaster Pro, with multitrack recording to microSD, an updated app for easy file handling and the option to pause a recording! You can download the new firmware here.
RØDECaster Pro Firmware Version 2.0 Now Available!
The new update introduces over 25 powerful new features to the RØDECaster and the companion app, which are designed to make it even easier for you to make incredible sounding podcasts. The RØDECaster Pro keeps getting better!
RØDECaster Pro Firmware Updates
Podcast Transfer Mode
One of the most common requests we’ve had from users is the ability to access podcasts stored on the microSD card directly from the unit without having to take the card out and putting it into a computer. That’s exactly what ‘Podcast Transfer Mode’ allows you to do – it essentially turns your RØDECaster Pro into a microSD card reader!
To access, choose Settings > Hardware > microSD Card and enable ‘Podcast Transfer Mode’. Once enabled, the microSD card will appear in the Finder on a Mac or File Explorer on Windows. You can also use the companion app to access and manage files as before. Note that when the RØDECaster is in ‘Podcast Transfer Mode’ all other functionality is disabled.
Powerful New Sound Pad Functionality
When you download the firmware, you will notice there is a new sound pad playback indicator button on the home screen of your RØDECaster. This icon indicates (by colour) which sound pad is currently playing, as well as how much time that pad has before the sound ends. If you have multiple pads playing at once, the icon will show the pad that will end soonest.
This icon is also a handy shortcut to the sound pad configuration screen. The new firmware allows you to modify settings that you could previously only accessed in the companion app, such as colour-coding the pads and setting the playback mode.
There is also a new playback mode called “Pause” – this allows you to pause playback by pressing the pad. The pad will blink to indicate its paused. To resume, press the pad again. To stop, press and hold the pad.
Lastly, you can now store up to 8 banks of sounds (64 in total)! Super handy if you produce multiple podcasts or your show is very sound-focused. Keep in mind that these populate dynamically – a new bank is added each time you fill up the preceding bank.
New Broadcast-Ready Features
We’ve also added a number of features for those of you who are using the RØDECaster Pro in a broadcast context – live podcasts, video streaming and so on. These features accessed via the new ‘Audio’ screen (Settings > Hardware > Advanced > Audio).
First of all, we’ve added a few features when it comes to using the RØDECaster Pro’s monitor outputs. You can now disable the main output level control knob (Monitor Outputs > Disable Level Knob). This will bypass the level control entirely, defaulting to standard line level regardless of the position of the control knob. This is particularly handy if you are using the monitor output to feed into a recorder or live stream and want to make sure you don’t accidentally change the level.
There is also a button to automatically mute the monitor outputs when faders are open to prevent feedback when using monitors (Monitor Outputs > Automatically Mute Outputs).
Another new feature that is commonly found on broadcast consoles is the ability to switch the solo button to enable pre-fade listen mode (Channels > Enable Pre-Fade Listen). When engaged, the ‘host’ (headphone output 1) be able to will hear what is coming out of that channel at unity gain, even if the fader is completely down. This is perfect for previewing the volume or content of a channel before fading it into a recording.
Finally, the ‘host’ (channel 1) can now speak with callers on the USB, Smartphone and Bluetooth channels without the conversation being recorded or going to the monitor outputs. To enable this, press both the Solo and Mute buttons on channel 1, then both the Solo and Mute buttons on any of the channels you want to speak to (can be multiple channels if you have multiple callers).
Last but not least, the RØDECaster Pro’s audio processing engine has been tweaked to make your podcasts sound even better!
RØDECaster Pro Companion App Updates
Saving ‘Shows’ and Settings
One awesome new feature in the companion app is the ability to save and load ‘Shows’. A ‘Show’ is basically a snapshot of your RØDECaster Pro: settings, sounds, everything. These can be saved on your computer and re-loaded at any time in the future. Super handy if you produce a couple of different podcasts or your RØDECaster is being used by multiple people. This also means that you can load a ‘Show’ from one RØDECaster Pro to another – very useful if you have a studio with multiple RØDECasters!
To save a ‘Show’ in the companion app, head to the menu bar and choose File > Save Show. You can also save/load settings on their own (not the sounds) by clicking File > Advanced > Save/Load Settings.
The RØDECaster Pro and companion app now communicate in real-time! This means that any changes made in the app will be reflected on the RØDECaster Pro immediately and vice versa. This is especially useful when using the companion app to configure the sound pads.
Factory sounds can now be restored via the app (File > Restore Factory Sounds) and the app now has the option to automatically sync the date and time between the RØDECaster and the host computer (File > Advanced > Automatically Sync Time To Computer).
Connect and Record
The 4 high-quality microphone channels are able to power studio condenser microphones as well as conventional dynamic microphones. You can quickly connect microphones for you and your guests with automatic level setting and one-touch recording to a microSD card. You can literally be recording your first podcast within minutes of taking the RØDECaster Pro out of the box.
Sound Effects and Jingles
The RØDECaster Pro comes with eight programmable sound effects pads, for instant triggering of sound effects, music, jingles, applause and ads – perfect for giving your podcast that professional quality. You can record audio direct to the programmable pads from any input, or simply “drag and drop” files from your computer using the supplied software. You can even select your favourite colours for the pad illumination.
Have a remote guest you want to interview? Simply connect your phone to the RØDECaster Pro via Bluetooth™ or with a TRRS cable. The RØDECaster Pro automatically provides “mix-minus” audio to prevent echo being heard by the caller, without the need to purchase dedicated and costly hardware. Telephone interviews with remote guest never sounded so good!
Sound like a million dollars – Class A Servo-biased Preamps
The RØDECaster Pro’s pristine preamps and outputs feature Class A circuitry, as featured on broadcast consoles that cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. The Class A preamps provide a much cleaner gain structure with lower levels of distortion, providing an incredibly clean, low-noise signal. The Preamps are also servo-biased, keeping distortion levels low. Your signal is broadcast-pure.
APHEX® On board
Your pristine signal can also be enhanced with the legendary patented audio processors, APHEX Aural Exciter™ and APHEX Big Bottom™. These have been incorporated in the audio processing section of the RØDECaster Pro, and your sound will have that rich, warm tone only found in professional studios. The RØDECaster Pro also features multistage dynamics, such as compression, limiting, de-essing and noise-gating.
The RØDECaster Pro operates as a standalone unit straight out of the box, recording direct to a microSD™ card. You can be up and running in minutes. The RØDECaster Pro can also connect to your computer via USB, as it is a USB audio interface. This means you can record your podcast to your favourite recording software.
The RØDECaster Pro is also able to seamlessly stream a live show – today’s radio!