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Rodecaster Pro II is a slim, customizable audio mixer

Rodecaster Pro II is a slim, customizable audio mixer

Rodecaster Pro II is a slim, customizable audio mixer

Road launches new version of its portable audio composite console, Broadcaster ProImproved hardware, new speakers, new software features and meticulously polished design. Roadcaster Pro II Designed to compile key parts of the audio control room for live broadcasts, podcasts and other audio productions on the desktop console for entertainment and professionals.

At first glance, the Roadcaster Pro II may seem like a much smaller version of its predecessor, with six real bats instead of eight, reducing its width from 14 inches to 12 inches. But the console comes with some major upgrades inside. The console is now powered by USB-C and has the ability to connect to two computers or laptops simultaneously for dual functions. A large touchscreen also looks great, and the system comes with a number of options for customizing the processing and automation in integrated software.

There is a huge update on audio pads (now called smart pads). Pads were used before playing audio clips as needed, but they are now open for full customization – with the ability to execute effects similar to Elkado’s stream deck, auto-fade, MIDI commands, shuffle video and more.

Rod says the new console’s preamplifiers have less noise and higher gain than the previous model, thus eliminating the need for cloudlifter-like products to increase the signal-to-noise ratio of professional mics such as the Shure SM7b before it comes out. . In a blender.

The most common complaint about the original Roadcaster Pro was the limited internal audio processing options, with only on / off functionality with some effects such as compressor and pre-equalizer. Rod develops these features with highly adjustable nuclear parameters and additional effects such as reverb, reverb and pitch adjustment.

Overall, these may seem like minor updates and may not be the necessary upgrade for all existing Roadcaster Pro users – but as live video and audio platforms have evolved into high quality products, devices need to keep up. Turn on change, dim and lighting settings, and the console approaches a complete control room in your office.

Rode claims to be constantly updating the Pro II firmware for additional functionality, additional features, and software compatibility (which can now be updated via Wi-Fi and Ethernet on the console), in addition to the “weeks / months of release”. Software releases. Fixed the original version of Rodecaster Pro. When asked if Rod would update the original Rodcastster Pro with future firmware versions, Rod said “not at this point”, so it seems that many of these software functions will only be available on Pro II.

The Rodecaster Pro II is now available for pre-ordering in June 2022 with shipping plans for $ 699 ($ ​​100 more than the price of the Rodecaster Pro I).

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