The Rode Wireless GO II can now be used as a tiny audio field recorder

Apr 2, 2021

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.

The Rode Wireless GO II can now be used as a tiny audio field recorder

Apr 2, 2021

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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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.

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.

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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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6 responses to “The Rode Wireless GO II can now be used as a tiny audio field recorder”

  1. Sada Avatar
    Sada

    still very sad that rode central doesnt have any auto update, and the partial export isnt in the software :(
    Its in the text but its not in the software… so waiting for the next update :)

  2. Kevin Lane Avatar
    Kevin Lane

    Used my set for the first time on a job this week. Very impressed.

  3. Markus Hofstätter Avatar
    Markus Hofstätter

    I have lots of their products and I am really happy with the quality. That’s why I bought the wireless go II. And again I was happy with quality. Sadly I one was broken. So I had to contact support. And that was a pretty bad experience. Maybe I had bad luck, but I contacted them three times and had three times bad luck…

    1. Sada Avatar
      Sada

      mine reviewer one is also broke, the internal storage was faulty but they changed it immediately.

      1. Markus Hofstätter Avatar
        Markus Hofstätter

        Happy for you! Please let me know who you contacted.

        I wrote with two different support technicians from Rode and their repair shop in Germany and sent it back to the shop where I bought it afterwards (the shop in Germany told me they need two weeks and won’t send a replacement). They sent it to Rode on the same day and it looks like two weeks later, the repair is still not finished (just wrote with them and they didn’t hear anything back either). Over a month has passed now without having a working unit. Maybe I just had bad luck on every contact, but the odds look not so good for Rode having a good service.
        I am talking about a unit that came broken on arrival.

  4. Christian A. Kepler Avatar
    Christian A. Kepler

    I’ve posted a YouTube video:
    https://youtu.be/2DzeiJF5zTk
    I have windows 8 64 bit. Rode central will not install unless you have apple or windows 10 32bit or 64bit why? Most likely Rode didn’t bother to pay Microsoft’s licensing fees for compatibility with all windows versions. Rode emailed me to say that windows 8 64 bit doesn’t meet their requirements? In other words officially Rode has “zero intention” to be responsible at accommodating their future potential customers who “dont” have Apple or windows 10.
    The reason why windows 10 works and not older windows operating systems is not what Rode responded in they’re email to me that windows 8 doesn’t meet they’re requirements instead Microsoft historically offers the first several months of programs as well as operating system licensing fees as free thereafter companies are required to pay their share for the access to Microsofts products.
    Rode is either to short sighted to provide windows compatibility to all versions for it’s potential customers or too cheap to pay Microsoft’s licensing fees even though they’re making millions of dollars in profit from this new Rode Go II product.