Rode doubles down with new Wireless GO accessories to record 2-person interviews

Aug 27, 2020

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

Rode doubles down with new Wireless GO accessories to record 2-person interviews

Aug 27, 2020

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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The Rode Wireless GO has proven to be pretty extremely popular since its initial release back in April last year (review here). It’s not really surprising, given the audio quality and versatility it offers for what it costs. Every other video I watch on YouTube these days seems to have a host wearing one. But one of the biggest things customers have been asking for is a way to put two of them into a single camera, either for multiple presenters or an interview situation.

Well, now, Rode has delivered with the new DCS-1 Double Cold Shoe Mount & SC11 Y-Splitter cable that lets you do exactly that. They’ve also announced a new SC10 TRRS to TRRS cable and an SC16 Type-C USB to Type-C USB cable.

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The Rode DCS-1 Double Cold Shoe Mount lets you add either a pair of the Wireless GO receivers onto your camera simultaneously, and the SC11 Y-Splitter cable lets you plug them both into the single microphone socket on your camera. One microphone is then recorded to the left channel and the other to the right, allowing you to easily balance the levels between the two subjects in post.

But this isn’t the only use for this pair of accessories. You can also use them to run an on-camera shotgun mic like the Rode VideoMic NTG alongside a Wireless GO so that you have two different options for audio when it comes to the edit.

Sometimes you turn away from your camera or walk a little far and the on-camera mic isn’t great, but at other times the on-camera mic is going to sound much better. This lets you pick which one you want to use after you get the chance to listen to them both and switch between them at will in the edit. And when you are only using a single mic, you can always use that second cold shoe to hold a little on-camera LED light or something.

Rode has also announced a couple of new connection cables, including the SC10 TRRS to TRRS cable, for connecting microphones to cameras and smartphones that utilise TRRS rather than TRS. There’s also a new SC16 Type-C to Type-C USB cable to let you plug your VideoMic NTG into Android and other Type-C devices for recording into.

 

Left-to-right: Rode SC11 Y-Splitter, Rode SC10 3.5mm TRRS to TRRS, Rode SC16 USB-C to USB-C

Rode’s Wireless GO system seems to be expanding out nicely after having introduced a new lav mic last year and several other new accessories in April of 2020.

All four of the new items are available to buy now. The Rode DCS-1 Dual Cold Shoe Mount is $15, as are the Rode SC11 Y-Splitter and the SC16 Type-C to Type-C USB cable. The SC10 3.5mm TRRS to TRRS cable is $25.

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John Aldred

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John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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3 responses to “Rode doubles down with new Wireless GO accessories to record 2-person interviews”

  1. Stephen Tillman Avatar
    Stephen Tillman

    These would be really cool, if I could find the Wireless Go in stock somewhere. :(

  2. Nick Avatar
    Nick

    Wireless is cool and all but if you aren’t monitoring your audio there’s no need to go wireless and then you have more room on top of your camera for accessories. I recently got the DR-10L’s from Tascam and I think they’re better than using a wireless system like this one that relies on the camera to record the audio.

  3. Scott Avatar
    Scott

    Will they ever come out with a splitter to an iPhone lightning jack? I hate using the dongle! Sure would be great to see that SC11 Y-splitter go directly into an iPhone.