The Rode Wireless GO II can now be used as a tiny audio field recorder
One of the great things about the recently released Rode Wireless GO II over its predecessor is that the transmitters have built-in recorders. This allows them to keep recording internally even if they suffer from interference or go out of range of the receiver plugged into your camera (if you’re not in the USA).
Well, Rode has now released a new firmware update for the Wireless GO II microphone system that allows the transmitters to act solely as audio recorders completely independently, without the receiver having to be plugged into your camera or even turned on.
Introducing new firmware for the Wireless GO II!
This update allows you to use the on-board recording function without the need for the transmitter to be connected to the receiver, turning the Wireless GO II into a compact field recorder.
— RØDE (@rodemics) March 30, 2021
This update means that your 2x transmitter & 1x receiver kit is now basically also two field recorders. Handy if all you need to do is record audio for a voiceover without having to have the camera rolling or if you want to start adding multiple microphones and don’t have enough audio inputs on your camera to record each of them on a separate track.
To enable the feature, you’ll need the Rode Central software in order to activate it and after you do, the device will start recording as soon as it’s turned on and stop when it’s turned off. But it’s only available in uncompressed mode, which means that your 2GB of internal storage offers up to about 7 hours of recording.
The firmware also adds low sensitivity mode for the transmitters, transmitter LED brightness adjustment and a change to the functionality of the transmitter power button to embed markets into the onboard recording.
As with enabling the new recorder feature, you’ll also need to download Rode Central in order to update the firmware, which you can grab over on the Rode website.
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.